Teni was undoubtedly 2018’s biggest breakout star. With the success of “Askamaya”, “Case” and “Uyo Meyo”, she confidently announced herself as afropop’s newest hitmaker, and on her debut body of work, Billionaire, she reiterates that fact.
The six-track EP, which surprisingly only contains one previously released single (the solid title track), is a collection of radio-friendly songs that smartly lean into Teni’s core gift as an artist — the ability to create music that’s both fun and relatable.
Like with most EPs, which allow artists to release a body of work without dealing with the pressure of a full album, Billionaire isn’t thematically cohesive: Teni goes from singing about securing the bag (“Complain”), to pledging to be the perfect partner (“Super Woman”).
Luckily, the freewheeling nature of the project doesn’t take away from the main point: Teni is basically a bottomless well of potential bangers, and if we allow her to keep doing her thing, she will continue to unleash them until she’s old and grey.
That being said, Billionaire does soar the highest when Teni completely deviates from her tried and trusted hitmaking formula. The brash and confident “Complain”, which sounds the least like a Teni song, ends up being the EP’s standout track.
Listen to Billionaire below: