Album Review: Davolee — Earning Wish

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“Earning Wish” is a long—perhaps too long—chronicle of the life and times of a young man that’s growing old a little too fast.

The 26-year-old kicked off the album by doing what could easily have been another “Festival Bar”—a hardcore hip-hop rendition about his struggles that he came to the limelight with, and has done a couple more installations of.

The intro in question, “Fatherhood” is exactly about fatherhood. Apparently, a while back, the rapper became a father. He started off rapping his heart out about his first time finding out he was going to be a father. His reaction and how he decided they were gonna go through with it.

He narrated it with his impeccable storytelling skill over some really heavy kicks and bass. His voice came out just right, like he’s been, um, doing this for a while. Alas, he has been, and some people would say this is a long time coming.

The thing is, “Earning Wish” is Davolee’s long-anticipated project. Before this album, for a couple of years at least, there’s been a pressure on Davolee to, you know, release something; an EP, an LP, mixtape, anything. It looked like the pressure didn’t really get to him.

Now that “Earning Wish” is here, it feels like that too. And that must be the case because the album has that sheer originality, it retains the vibes he came to the limelight with. Plus, even better vibes.

On this album, Davolee was able to minimize the rap window. This is not to say he abandoned rap completely or anything, but he didn’t cling to it in a way you’d expect someone like Davolee to. He’s channeling his inner Olamide and Zlatan.

Nevertheless, “Fatherhood,” isn’t the only hip-hop track on the 15-track LP. Tracks like “Food For Thought,” “On My Terms,” and “Music Business” are still heavy on rap vibes. But, only a few and that’s all she wrote.

The rest of the album is mirrors the highlife-pop fusion style he’s been trying to master for a while now.

He’s not a very good vocalist, but apparently, he didn’t need so many vocals to ask to be lit up on “Firewood” or to sing about a love interest like he did on “Till The End.” He didn’t even need it to do his Fela impression on the afro “Real OG.”

Songs like “Happiness” and “Play” that have been released before the November 19 album release, were standouts on the LP, but there are at least two more Happinesses on “Earning Wish.”

Earning Wish” is Davolee moving on from his rap roots, and becoming an artist, a creator. I can see why this LP is a step in the right direction.

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