Don Jazzy has been active in music for over two decades. He started in church like many other artists, then picked tungba music before pivoting into pop sounds with African leanings — which helped shape afrobeats.
Since his early days with the 419 Squad, Don Jazzy has hundreds of music production and vocal credits to his name, highlighting his insane ability to deliver infectious hooks and choruses. But Don Baba J has shown he’s the master of hook and choruses these 14 times in particular.
Wind Am Well
Don Jazzy was so mesmerised by booty on Ikechukwu’s street banger back in 2009 that he told the babe to “wind am well” more than 30 times. When he finally found words to say, they were, “Na she start from head to toe, even if popsy call, I no go o.” His charismatic delivery elevated Ikechukwu’s verses and made the song unforgettable.
Now Is the Time
Ikechukwu, AKA Killz, linked up with Don Jazzy again on a track off his debut album, The Alliance Reconstructed. It was all red cap chief energy on that hook as he boasted, “Now, it’s time to know who gat the money.”
“I go sing for you, you go sing for me, collabo,” Don Jazzy sings about his desire to be with his love interest on this P-Square hit from 2014, dropping some Portuguese lines and referencing lines from Tiwa Savage’s Eminado.
Also in 2014, his Mavin crew released Adaobi. On this one, Don Jazzy took the chorus and emphatically eulogised Adaobi, a pretty Igbo babe he was eyeing. And once again, he showed he understands the formula to making love songs hit.
Don Jazzy and his former Mavin artists — Reekado Banks, Dr. Sid, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Di’Ja and D’Prince — addressed haters with memorable vibes.
This 2015 song has a four-line chorus.
“Jatanmanta, kill and die, kabakaba ah
Eh, jantamanta, kabakaba.”
These first two lines though, are so infectious, yet most people have no clue what language Don Jazzy was speaking. However, further research showed he read from a Professor Peller book.
Iyanya was one of the hottest Afrobeats singers in 2015, the year Gift came out. Still, it had to be Don Jazzy on the chorus. Who else could’ve delivered that sexy baritone?
Up to Something
The old Supreme Mavin Dynasty boss started this 2017 jam by telling us to check his melody and not sleep on it. Then made bold statements about his bank account — the type that puts investigators on your tail.
Another Jazzy chorus masterclass. On this DJ Big N song that also featured Kizz Daniel, the Don expressed his affinity for women. The jam will have you throwing your behind unashamedly while one rich man sprays you money.
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All Is in Order
This one will serenade you while Don Jazzy sings that money isn’t a problem and everything has been taken care of. This is what victory over life’s struggles sounded like in 2019. All Is In Order also heralded the coming of Rema and Crayon, who just joined the Mavin crew.
If Don Jazzy was a hype man, he’d still have a successful career. In this Tiwa Savage cut from 2015, Don Jazzy exclaimed about the African waist and begged to see it shake in five different dance styles.Jazzy walked so Toby Shang and co. could fly.
Modenine’s 2014 album, Above Ground Level was packed with heavyweight features, including Don Jazzy. As a serial woman lover, Jazzy turned the chorus into an ad about his sexual prowess that’d keep women coming back for more. Modenine complemented his sultry bars.
At the peak of COVID-19 in 2020, Don Jazzy and Falz united for social awareness, preaching that people should come together and fight the pandemic.
Don Baba J channelled his Cherubim and Seraphim roots and took us straight to church when he featured alongside Olamide on Phyno’s Blessings in 2019. It’s advised to wave your white handkerchiefs when dancing to this.