Laycon’s Underdog Story: An Analysis Of The Artiste & The EP

by 8ztsr

‘Who is Laycon?’ is a question that millions of Nigerians will be wanting an answer to in the next few weeks. But even the slim-built, dreadlocked winner of Season 5 of the viral TV show, BBNaija does not provide a clear answer to the question of his identity that he asks in his debut EP cleverly titled, ‘Who Is Laycon?’

After 70 days in compulsory lockdown, the unassuming music artiste, Laycon finally wins the lockdown edition of the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija and somehow the outcome is not altogether surprising. 

Laycon has been a fan favorite from day one.

The 30 million naira cash prize winner who says he only came to the reality show to promote his new EP was pleasantly surprised to find out that he made the top 5 finalists.

An outcome that he says will open up a flood of opportunities for his fast-rising music career and any other enterprise he undertakes.

Laycon’s EP, ‘Who is Laycon’ which informed his decision to audition for a reality TV show, is a commendable body of work for a debut attempt; it features a healthy mix of hit singles like ‘Fierce’ and ‘Hip-hop’ and a few cerebral  accompaniments like ‘Narcos’, ‘Motivation’ and ‘Accolades.’ 

The music artistry provided by features from veteran rapper, Reminisce and street king, Chinko Ekun helps certify a song like ‘Fierce’ as top notch.

Laycon as an artiste is gifted with fluid lyrical prowess, mixed with a curious mind, a special hybrid that helps any artiste stand out. And so even in the songs where he works with not well known artistes like Deshinor, Tinu and Yusuf Kan Bai, we are not left disappointed; in fact those songs helped Laycon’s special gift shine through, unaided by any external ‘superstar’ input.

“I am a god in a human body,” is the only indication that Laycon gives us that he is of a special breed in the deeply psychological track, ‘Who is Laycon’ and he scores a point for dope lyrics while doing it.

The EP feels intentional; like it was a deliberate attempt to tell a story and so it is interesting to listen to, never quite losing steam. He employs scarcely-used tools like skits to fuel an agenda and push his story along.

Laycon delivers an introductory EP that is formidable and fierce and does a good job of fine-tuning his status as a music creative, and like he says in one of the tracks off the EP, “Bet on Laycon and you are making a fortune.”

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