Review: How “Lava Feels” to us after numerous listens.

3.4

“Lava Feels” has different feels

Joey B proves why he has been Ghana’s most reliable Trendsetter with his new project. Fans were left with vast listening curiosity after Joey B announced he will be dropping a project, stating it’s “not an EP not an album, not a mixtape. just a collection of songs”, the rapper is not a fan of how albums are treated so this was a surprise to fans, felt like God had listened to the prayers of the fans. 

The project is stuffed with 9 songs,  with production credits from Accra’s hottest producers and some very notable features. 

Though Joey B has spent much of his career synthesizing trends in Ghana’s music scene, Lava Feels proposes not a new sound but a new format, mashing the 29-minutes project with futuristic sounds, precise delivery, sticky flows, and arena-sized hooks, and its sonically visible on the intro. 

He pays homage to Mexican Chicano Rock pioneer Ritchie Valens On “La Bamba” a song that features Ghana’s most decorated rapper, Sarkodie, and we all know how a Joey and Sark joint is, flames as expected, with a heavy rap production from Kuvie. “Lava Feels” does not just impress, it also gives credits to new creatives, from all dimensions of the industry. 

“Silicon Valley” draws inspiration from Viral rapper Ablekuma Nana Lace, whose freestyle about a Silicon Valley girl is eventually sampled on the song, sensational newbie Bosom P Yung takes over the chorus, with his trademark, summing up a perfect song.

What’s a Joey project without long-time collaborators from La Meme gang? “Paa Kwesi” breathes continuing energy from Joey and RJZ’s “dangerous” with Altra Nova proving why he’s one of the few producers to work with RJZ’s futuristic vocal effects. 

The guest features are top tier, from Santi and Odunsi’s Alte Aura On “Over you” to Stonebwoy’s verse on “Affection”. 

However the joint with M3nsa has got to be the most underrated, from peak Joey B wordplay to basic yet catchy storytelling, M3nsa takes the Barton and paints his trademark all over the song, it’s probably the smoothest song on the album, Slipping between realism and meditative reflection.

“Hard Knock” is that 30 for 30 type of song, and no one could’ve to talk his talk more than Kojo Cue, last time Joey, EL, and Pappy Kojo were on a song, our rap scene was filled with massive potential and the trio are back.

On “Too Hot”, a tectonic bounce and clever flexing on a lover, with a vintage production that sounds woven from elements of 90’s bop music. Lava Feels is a tasting platter of what an actual Joey B album would sound like, and we are here for it!!

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3.4

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