“Monkey work, Baboon chop, fire in the jungle, what a bang bang, what a what a bang bang” . . This hook explains the aim of this song, song for the masses, a freedom song, a song of reality, songs like this are beginning to get scarce in the Nigerian music scene of today. I’m glad that Omawumi & 2face Idibia both decided to make use of their position, to talk for the people who made them what they are.
First time i saw the title of this song, my mind went somewhere else, don’t blame me, “What a Bang Bang” ft 2face? i mean would you blame me for thinking it was a sexual song? No right? thanks.
The cool and subtle intro by the producer (Oscar Herman Acker) with the piano, set a tone for what turned out to be one of my favorite songs on the album “Lasso of truth”.
“i don’t wanna be a guest in my home, i no want dey feel like a stranger with my very own, i want my people back at home to live in peace and unity, but dem wuru wuru people dey feed on us like bread and tea“.
Omawumi starts off with a plea, goes on to state her wish for us to live in peace and unity, but unfortunately our leaders wont make it any easy for the masses.
“And they claim diplomatic immunity, on top public civil political ingenuity, and dem people be using spirituality like a mask to hide their anxiety“
My favorite lines of the song, short but yet very deep, and a painful reality of what happens in our society. She talks about how the politicians loot funds, subjects the masses to hardship and hide under the umbrella of safety called immunity. And also takes realistic shot at the masses who instead of taking their destiny in their hands, look up to God to come help. She ends the verse with a warning that justice will always catch up with corrupt leaders.
“Monkey work, Baboon chop, fire in the jungle, what a bang bang, what a what a bang bang“
“E be like dem dan see monkey, God forbid i no be suffer head, one day this country go better, na me and you go do am together, because of we no try, our people go suffer, and wuru wuru people go dey claim diplomatic immunity, on top public civil political ingenuity, and dem people be using spirituality like a mask to hide their anxiety “
She goes on to encourage the people to work together to make the country better, as we only can make the country better.
Omawumi for me already did justice to the beat, but 2face is up next in time to ice up the cake, and put an end to a very good and conscious song, that sends out a message that we all need as an encouragement to move our beloved country forward.
“I dey fear for the things wey i dey see, day by day dem dey increase dem thief-ability, this type of thiefing dan dey turn insanity, how long shall we wait for the poverty subsidy” . . 2face pours out the mind of every frustrated Nigerian through these lines, when will things get better, when will poverty be reduced.
His next lines are aimed at the people in power . .
“Na you, na you need am pass, na only for your mouth money sweet pass, instead of to dey go forward, you say na reverse, make all your people to dey carry last, many days for the thief, one day for the owner“
He ends his verse with a prayer of hope that things will change some day.
The song gets a 10/10 from me, well written lyrics delivered on a good beat, a clear message, a song for the people delivered brilliantly by two of Nigeria’s finest.