Nigerian comic actor and music executive, Basketmouth has established himself as one of Nigeria’s most well-known performers, and satirists, winning honors and critical praise for his observations on the junction of humanity’s growing terrain, Internet culture, and Nigerian histrionics throughout the course of his two-decade career.
All of this did not prepare anyone for Basketmouth’s unexpected musical shift on 2020’s Yabasi, a left-field collection of songs that effervescently melded Basketmouth’s adolescent love of hip-hop with the frothing sound of highlife, a storied genre rooted in Basketmouth’s Eastern Nigerian heritage’s Igbo culture.
Basketmouth chose to continue his collaboration with producer Duktor Sett on his sophomore album, Horoscopes, resulting in a body of work that is at times gloomy but never loses the artist’s trademark comedy. “We are brave with the kind of music we make; it’s not what is trending right now, but we want to make good music,” Basketmouth tells Apple Music. “We believe that it’ll show you a different side of the artists you’ve been listening to, because they all came with something different. I’m not trying to prove any point with the album, to be honest, I’m just creating good music.
Horoscopes finds ways to humanize universal emotions like love, struggle, betrayal, and wanderlust while giving life to new mediums of expression within Basketmouth’s musical world, with contributions from veteran rapper M.I Abaga, rising star Buju, and Ghanaian contemporary bards, Efya and Kwabena Kwabena.
‘Horoscopes’ is a beautifully put together body of work worth the wait and all the hype.
Listen to ‘Money’ below.