“It’s ya boy Eazi” and “Zagadat” have become instant signals that you are about to hear a fire record. These trademark statements have been made relevant by Mr. Eazi. Mr. Eazi is arguably the Afrobeats artist of the year without his long awaited mixtape, Accra to Lagos even being released yet. It has been announced that his forthcoming mixtape will be released on February 10th. If the tape is anything like what he’s been dropping, we’re in for a treat.
Mr. Eazi was born Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. There have been quite a few questions over Mr. Eazi’s actual origins leading many people to believe that he is a Ghanaian, which is not true. He spent most of his years growing up in Ghana where he attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Ghana is also where Mr. Eazi first discovered his love for music and started recording. There was a huge controversy earlier this year over him being excluded from the Ghana Music Awards.
Fast forward to a few months later, Mr. Eazi decided to turn up on the timeline, voicing his unpopular opinion about the current Nigerian and Ghanaian sound.
Ghana’s influence on present day “Naija Sound” cannot be over emphasized!!!
— Accra2Lagos 11th feb (@mreazi) January 11, 2017
He was immediately dragged by Nigerians but also naturally supported by many Ghanaians. It is hard to say that he is completely wrong if you are an avid Afrobeats listener. Mr. Eazi sound is something that has been copied a lot recently, which is the point that I believe that he was trying to convey. It would have been more clearly conveyed if he tweeted something like “others are biting my sound” rather than what he sent out due to it being nearly impossible to argue against the influence that the Nigerian sound holds over Afrobeats in general.
Mr. Eazi’s first major single dropped in 2012 (Pipi Dance) and he hasn’t looked back since. He blessed us with Bankulize (a personal favorite) in 2013. Two years later, he released the song that helped him gain recognition, “Skin Tight“. He followed that up with “Hollup“, “Sample You“, and “Jejely“. Being the talent that he is, he built on that momentum in 2016 by dropping “Shitor“, “Sample You Remix“, “Anointing“, and “Dance for Me“. He then ended 2016 by dropping “Leg Over“, which expertly helped to build up excitement for his forthcoming tape.
Another title that Mr. Eazi is aiming for is “feature king” with an onslaught of features on some of the hottest Afrobeats songs to drop in the past two years. He can be heard on DJ Neptune’s “Marry“, DJ Spinall’s “Ohema“, Eazzy’s “Forever“, EugyOfficial’s “Body“, Jeed Rogers’ “Time Bad“, and DJ Sawa’s “Tomorow“; just to name a few.
Arguably, the biggest moment for Mr. Eazi in the past year was getting signed to Wizkid’s StarBoy label. As we await his album release, I just want to say thank you to the man himself for blessing our ears with beautiful music. I would be wrong to recognize Mr. Eazi without shouting out producer/DJ Juls Baby. Thanks for the fire beats brother.