D’banj’s comeback album, King Don Come was released earlier this summer as he tried to reclaim his seat on the throne. From the artwork, he is enjoying being king but does this album redeem his royalty? Check out our review below.
1. It’s Not A Lie (feat. Wande Coal & Harrysong) – “My name is Dapo, they know me as D’banj!” Harrysong is on the chorus and Wande Coal drops a verse dedicated to D’banj and his accolades. Live guitar and drum patterns make this a song to move to. An interesting opening song to start the album.
2. Be With You – Did you know D’banj has married and has even born pikin? This romantic song may be to his wife. The beat is smooth and D’banj sings very well. Unfortunately the song for me is very “Oyinbo friendly” as it’s arguably an Afrobeat song but made to appeal to those who are not African. Simply put, its watered down. Next.
3. Te Necessito – I believe African artists know their music is being played worldwide, including Latin America (Africa to the World!). The chorus/hook is in Spanish and it’s something to dance to. The beat does sound very familiar, to a song I cannot remember as it loops throughout the song.
4. El Chapo (feat. Gucci Mane & Wande Coal) – What I love about D’banj is that his voice and personality is the same no matter who is on the track with him or what the song is about. I also didn’t expect D’banj to link up with Gucci Mane, but I’m here for this. The Spanish guitar melody is the signature of the song attached to a below par drum beat making a comfortable rhythm. The strongest verses are from Gucci Mane & D’banj…I’m not picking on Wande Coal but his singing on his verse was just a let down.
5. As I Dey Go – D’banj is solo on this song, but the instruments don’t match the energy he brings to the track. He credits God for his success and considers himself blessed all making him the confident artist we appreciate. My favorite part of this song are the lyrics.
6. Turn Down For What (Focus) – “1…2…3…hit it! Another jam for D’banj, this is one of the better beats D’banj has on the album. This song will sound amazing during a live performance. The saxophone (I believe) has its own section towards the end of the song along with a background of the guitar and the step-beat pattern by the drums. One of my favorites on the album for sure.
7. Egweji (feat. Phyno) – To be honest, a party record for D’banj and Phyno sounds like a terrible idea. But this is not a bad song at all. The beat is heavy on harmonica and the drums are very catchy. Whether or not you understand Igbo, you would still enjoy a Phyno verse.
8.That’s What I Mean (feat. Kayswitch) – I love when these two make music together. Kayswitch on the chorus and last verse compliments egbon D’banj and their chemistry on the song is A1. I’m relieved to hear Kayswitch, I expect his own album soon regardless of its on DKM or not. A favorite of mine on the album.
9. Ntswempu (feat. Bucie & Busiswa) – “Lelelelele l’oruko Jesu!” I LOVE THIS SONG! My favorite song on the album. The beat is fast, the drums are complex but sounds simple, and thick South African accents give melodious vocals. Zulu and Yoruba came together to make a very unifying sound. “I want all your cash in my account now..” I appreciate the honesty and the waste no time attitude this song has. Bucie & Busiswa, these South African singers have just gained a new fan, yours truly. Apparently “ntswempu” has different meanings from my google search but regardless, play this song and I’m dancing, period.
10. Emergency – The song is great, but you need to watch the music video! I would say it’s one of the better music videos I’ve seen in a while. The feel and flow of the song is very smooth. You may have forgotten about the song because it was released in 2016 but still, very under-appreciated song.
11. Oliver Twist – In my opinion, this song should not have made the album. I still listen to records from years ago, even decades ago on a daily basis but we want new music. The song is still amazing and helped launch D’banj into international stardom, but instead of Oliver Twist we could have gotten a new song whether it would have been hit or miss.
12. Shoulda – D’banj ends his album with a love song. “I go carry you for my shoulda..” This is probably my least favorite song on the album. The middle and last part of the song is blended with the harmonica…does he even play the harmonica?
The album is a solid 3.5/5. This doesn’t exactly complete his mission to be back on top, in a world of Wizkids and Tenknos but I do recommend listening to this album.