Fireboy DML Apollo Album Review: With a brilliant debut album that is still one of the highest-charting albums of 2020, Fireboy DML decided to return with his sophomore album, Apollo. For context, Apollo is the Greek god of the music and the arts. With an unprecedented successful debut, perhaps Fireboy DML began to see himself as some sort of music god and this influenced how he approached this album.
Album openers are important. They set the tone for the rest of the project and on this album, Fireboy came through solidly with Champion featuring D Smoke. The song is a bold declaration of how Fireboy sees himself “I be king, I’m the best my generation ever seen”.
Meanwhile “I came suddenly, I be like NEPA bill” might just be the realest line on that entire album. What makes this album stand out is Fireboy’s confidence.
It is borderline cocky but it’s no problem at all. It’s a mark of growth. As a person/brand/creative, he has grown and he wants to accord him the respect that is due to him and of course, success comes with haters and he gladly addresses that on Lifestyle singing “Ever since I got my first hit song, they’ve been jealous. Silly a** broke a** n***s, but since I got famous, I couldn’t care less… I nor dey fake am, it’s a lifestyle. Make I yarn you, I’m better than most of them…”
The collaboration with Olamide onAfar was a delight. Olamide hasn’t rapped like that in a while and it was refreshing to hear him go crazy in a verse like that. Two other things that make this album a delight are the production from Pheelz and hearing the extent to which Fireboy has pushed himself vocally.
Conclusion: Apollo is more than an album, it’s a statement. Fireboy DML is telling us that he is going to be on top for a long while. He doesn’t want to be one of the new kings. He sees himself as a god already.
Album rating: 8/10 #FireboyDML
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