Newest entry into the school of good music – Omah Lay releases a 5-tracklist solo EP titled ‘Get Layd’ for your listening pleasure. The amazing body of work houses songs like Damn, Ye Ye Ye , You, Bad Influence and Lo Lo.
“Damn,” the opener, shows Omah’s play. Over production stripped to swooning keys, his intricate songwriting seduces; his voice, too. He sings of a lady’s affection for him, weaving the “unrepentant street boys” narrative into it.
At the center of his discography as it is, Omah Lay’s character is often the eccentric youth, and in several lines in this 5-track EP, he wants you to know; plus, there’s always a love tale in play, creating a natural sense of tension.
I know I’m a bad boy; I no get work/ I dey blow cigar; and I dey blow skunk – Damn
‘Cos the doctor said I burnt my liver/ I’ve been drinking; smoking cigars/ used to sing and play my guitar/ now I’m lost in this Sambisa – Bad Influence
When he isn’t acknowledging the grey edges of his lifestyle, the character is promising love (“Lo Lo,” “You”), with beautifully-woven words meant to elicit affectionate laughter from the lady. And perhaps, a time under the sheets. And trust Omah to show the moment as finely as possible.
On closer, “Ye ye ye,” the night is set in novelistic fashion, from the POV of Omah’s character. From the first line, the narrative is built; there’s a back story (“say she like the boy for my Enugu town”), there’s anecdotes (“Omo she be SARS and she carry full van”), and from there on, sexual experiences are explicitly narrated, the male’s prowess being likened to many things and people: laundry man, animal, vanilla, etc.
On the other side of a repetitive chorus, more detail on the man is revealed, to basically say: she go ye ye ye in a bedroom.
A tale spun in that fashion makes for an entry into a sex playlist, surely. Its boldness, both in idea and execution, paints Omah Lay as the confident artist. And he does have a knack for description, a pen many artists should tap into.
Credits : Emmanuel Esomnofu