2018 was filled with some of the best Nigerian albums we’ve had in a long while — from Burna Boy’s Outside to Odunsi The Engine’s rare. — so a few solid LPs were bound to get a bit ignored. One of such unfortunate projects was DJ Neptune’s star-studded debut, Greatness.
While a few of the album’s singles got a bit of attention — the biggest being the Kizz Daniel-led "Wait" — a ton of its equally impressive deep cuts will never get a deserving audience, with the Burna Boy-assisted "Shayo" being one of the project’s biggest potential hits.
Produced by Sossick — the legendary beatsmith behind iconic gems like Da Grin’s "Pon Pon Pon" and Shank’s "Julie" — the groovy “Shayo” is one of the many tracks from last year that Burna Boy, who was 2018’s most essential Nigerian artist, effortlessly elevated.
On the fantastic hustler's anthem, Burna Boy seamlessly alternates between Yoruba and English, begging God to make him even more successful. "Me I dey pray make my hustle connect/ Make all the people wey dey doubt me to dey regret", he sings on the opening verse.
Honestly, DJ Neptune's album is loaded with a ton of tracks that would make easy hits if they ever got released as singles — from "Rolling" featuring Niniola to "In A Way" featuring Patroanking and Efya — and we really hope he keeps the bangers coming this year.
Listen to "Shayo" below: