#BumpThis: Mojeed’s “No Time”

July 3, 2019

There’s so much music out there that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to stay up with their favourite artists or what’s new and hot right now. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a daily series that features the one song you need to listen to, every day. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

“Where did Mojeed go?” is a question that every Nigerian rap aficionado has asked or had to answer in some form over the last five years.

A notoriously-reclusive rapper with a penchant for descriptive storytelling, Mojeed warmed his way into the hearts of fans with what some argue is the best mixtape out of Nigeria in a decade.

5 years after “Westernized West African” was released, the mixtape is back on streaming platforms as a remastered album.

“No Time”, a song about ambition, success and longevity, is one of the mixtape’s standout cuts. Backed by a spaced-out beat by Leriq, Mojeed sings a prayer for long life and enough time for his dreams to come through.

Cream of the crop, I swear the root of all evil got me paying these tithes now“, is how he opens the first verse. Mojeed’s stop-start delivery is one of his main quirks and he pauses for effect often here. He raps with more aggression on the second verse and his biggest influences – East Coast rap, Jay-Z and Juju shine through. “Shey wa w’ago mi if you don’t know what time it is” is an invitation to keep up with him. It sets off snapshots of stories about the pace and the distractions of fast-paced paper chasing.

“No Time” has everything that won Mojeed his fans and kept them loyal since. He has an uncanny ability to switch between English, Yoruba and Pidgin mid-verse. The multilayered verses remind you of Hov. And the Surulere/NYC rapper does it with a slurred but precise delivery that is pretty much ear candy.

Five years after it first cracked our consciousness, “No Time” sounds as up-to-date as the day it was released. Maybe it’s a small sign that Mojeed’s prayers may have been answered.

Where the hell is Mojeed, man?

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