Show Dem Camp – The Palmwine Express review – Tales, vibrations and a good time!
The Show Dem Camp duo are no doubt two of the brightest ‘revolutionaries’ on the music scene in Nigeria, and it didn’t start today, or last year. The polished and refined sound they deliver is a vibe that has been in the making for years. And for every Show Dem Camp single, collaboration and mixtape that graced us, what we got each time was a perfect mixture of hip-hop and the alte sound that we could never get tired of.
What’s even spectacular about their music is how it sounds fresh, every damn time! Aptly termed “Palmwine”, the vibe is always fresh, pure, and powerful enough to make you high. Then talk of Ghost’s dexterity and Tec’s energetic flows, and how they balance each other, creating memorable sounds. And God knows, they never miss when it comes to collaborations, as they’ve consistently ‘roamed’ the world of alternative, connecting with guys that represent a new breed of afro, and a whole new generation at that.
Make person come carry all these energy, come pack am together, put for one album?! Besides being fresh like Palmwine, it’s gotta be Express! We gonn’ need some law enforcement officials here, cause there’s gonna be a lot of Traffic here (all the puns you can think of, intended!)
The 12-track album kicked off with “Tales By Moonlight,” Tec coming in with some catchy lines and singing “tales by moonlight” a couple times. Tems joined half-way, with her powerful vocals, as some ear soothing guitar riffs massage the afro highlife kicks. Ghost was simply magical, and his verse, like Tec’s was short, but enough.
Hm, bars for breakfast? Sexy. “Alariwo” has the two guys taking turns to burst some fire bars on the trap-centric beat. Ay, aand we’ve got some trumpet sounds too. Then we hear “Good Time”, tactical kicks and a few chords, as Nonso Amadi does a breath-taking hook. Ghost goes in first and Funbi doing a bridge that sets the place on fire. Tec did his thing, making this the most complete jam you’ve heard this year. Correct me if I’m wrong.
“In Case” starts with 16 bars of ice from Ghost, with Wani shooting in with a vibe that sounds like Burna Boy back in the day. He actually sampled a Tory Lanez’s “Soco” on the chorus. Tec’s verse seemed shorter than it actually is. But Wani didn’t carry last on this one, make we no lie.
BOJ is one artist that has been associated with Show Dem Camp for a long time, and when they hook up it’s a banger. “Different Case” makes sense, not only because the beat is minimalistic, but also because you get to feel Ghost and Tec, without getting distracted. In fact, the chorus BOJ took was short and sweet leaving a lot of space to be filled by the two rappers.
Classic. Buju shines on “Do Me Nice” and both Tec and Ghost synced, dropping a handful of faaji-centric bars. Probably longer than it should be, by the time it got to Ghost’s turn to rap, the excitement starts to fade. But, Buju shined.
“Cool Down” has some bass, Fasina singing a bang chorus and your favorite guys, rapping like they’re on something. Tec did say they were high when they did it.
Show Dem Camp and African Giant vibes, this track, “True Story” has like the perfect instrumental a badass rapper would def wanna jam on. Burna did more than a just hook, he also pulled a sharp verse and Tec’s verse has a contagious vibe. Burna Boy killed it, though!
“Flex On You” combines Moelogo’s RnB, Tec’s ultra-relatable and braggadocious lines and Ghost’s powerful message. Then Tomi Thomas brings in that ‘foreign’ sauce, on “Vibrations”, singing about love and vibes. Another classic Show Dem Camp tune, it mirrors some of their old jams. But wait, don’t all their songs just have that same energy?
When I saw the Tracklist, I asked why on earth Amaarae and Tems will be on the same song. The vibes on “Too Bad” lasan! Damn! Just listen to the ladies on this one and pak n go!
“The Palmwine Express” is an album full of vibes, and this is a classic that everyone should absolutely cop and put on repeat. Show Dem Camp demonstrated what a LP should look like, the energy, the chills, the sound, everything is spiritual. This isn’t just music, it’s on the high class. Well, after this one, 2019 is complete!