NL Review!! Rexxie’s “A True Champion” Is Just Another Way To Make A Mid AlbumJune 30, 2021
People keep forgetting, and I won’t ever stop reminding them, that Rexxie almost got a Grammy off doing street vibes that many people disregarded at first.
In case you need some perspective on how big a feat that is exactly, then I’d like to remind you that producers like Masterkraft, Pheelz, and Don Jazzy have never worked on an album that has been considered for a Grammy award. But Rexxie did it.
Rexxie came to the scene around 2017, and was one of the originators of the Zanku sound, alongside his frequent collaborator, Zlatan Ibile. From 2017 to 2019, he created some of the biggest street bangers we’ve ever heard, including almost all of Naira Marley‘s hits, a huge chunk of Zlatan‘s album, and the monster hit, “Killin Dem” with Burna Boy and Zlatan.
Last December, he released the amapiano smash hit, “Ko Por Ke” with Mohbad, and it became an instant pop rave jam. After that, it was either Rexxie makes an album or he makes an album. He really had no choice. The people are feeling him, this is his window. Almost six months down the line, he comes with the star-studded “A True Champion.”
One thing is clear, although Rexxie knows his onions, he kind of has a definitive sound. If it’s not groovy, at the very least, then it’s not our guy Rexxie. His sound is a fusion of House, Amapiano, and Afrobeats and that’s why he’s heavy on the percussion.
While it’s not foolish to expect that he’d do different stuff on his album, if you’re expecting that he’d switch up or something, you’d be grossly disappointed by “A True Champion.” The sounds on the album are not raw or pure, but they are street enough for people who listen to that kind of music.
The music is not in any way extraordinary. It’s very basic, in fact. Songs that will wow you on the album are not up to five. There’s the Oxlade joint. Then there’s the Buju and Moelogo collabo, and the dancehall tune, “Ginger Me” with Zinoleesky and Midas The Jagaban. Besides that, everything else on the album is mid, if we’re being honest.
You’d expect him to create something iconic with Naira Marley for his album, given their history, but that did not happen. The song with Naira Marley, which also had Ghanaian superstar, Sarkodie, couldn’t even become a street hit if you add Olamide to the list.
“All” with Davido stands out, as the song most people are feeling on the album. The song is supposed to be a feel of what Rexxie could do with mid-tempo Afrobeats. Decent song. Could use a little synth here and there though.
“For You” with Lyta and Emo Grae reminds you that Rexxie is the same guy that made “Bad Influence” for Naira Marley. He’s got some hip-hop and R&B in him, not gonna lie. “For You” is probably even the best song on the album.
The album’s selling point is the big names. The A&R is good, I give him that. The beat selections match every artist, except for maybe Bella Shmurda that was falling off the amapiano.
There’s not a lot of albums from producers, so “A True Champion” even in all its shortcomings, stands as one of a kind. If it fails commercially, it’ll just be a one-of-a-kind failure. Rexxie makes history, either way.