After making us wait for
20 three years, Davido has finally released his fourth studio album, Timeless, and we cannot keep calm.
Everyone knows that besides being better than Shakespeare, Davido is also the king of features. So, with Timeless having not one but ten of them, it’s only fitting that we rank them from the most sizzling bangers to the ones we could do without.
Kante featuring Fave
It’s high time we all come together as a community and give Fave her flowers because if there’s one thing the Baby Riddim-singer is going to do, it’s eat up a hook and leave absolutely no crumbs in sight. From the minute Fave’s rich vocals opened up the Damie-produced track, I knew I was in for a treat. But Kante is more than a treat; it’s a full buffet.
Davido, on his own part, has consistently proven himself to be an incredible duet partner on female collaborations — D&G with Summer Walker and the highly underrated Tanana with Tiwa Savage — so it’s no surprise that he flows on Kante with finesse. We also have to recognise the icon status Davido has achieved. Only an icon would sample his old song (Risky) on a new song.
Questions that’ll keep me up at night: First, it was Odumodublvck with Declan Rice, and now, Davido and Fave have dropped Kante. Are we in the era of songs named after footballers? If we are, then who’s next?
Na Money featuring The Cavemen and Angelique Kidjo
Davido, The Cavemen and Angelique Kidjo’s Na Money will make you want to drink palm wine and spray mint new notes (if you can find sha). The highlife tune about romancing a woman with money is classic The Cavemen — how Benjamin sings “roll” with all those rrrs should be a crime.
Angelique Kidjo makes a brief but delicious appearance towards the end of the song, and unlike some of her other Nigerian collaborations, she sounds right at home there. Na Money is sure to be one of the timeless songs off of Timeless (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). This is the Davido song you, your mother and your grandmother will fall in love with.
Question that’ll keep me up at night: Is it me, or is there a part of the song that sounds like it’s Obongjayar singing?
Picasso featuring Logos Olori
Picasso is proof a Davido and Wizkid song would bang really hard. It would be so good that we’d all vote to make it our National Anthem. The guitars, the smooth saxophone, the melody, the overall production, even the featured act, Logos Olori, sounds like Wizkid. Picasso could’ve been on Made in Lagos, and we would’ve eaten it up. The vibe feels like a warm breeze and a glass of white wine without a care in the world.
Questions that’ll keep me up at night: Is Davido trying to tell Wizkid he’s down for a collab? Do I have to start looking for the deed to my grandfather’s land so I can buy tickets to their joint show? Is nature healing? Will the BVAs work during the next elections? So many questions here.
No Competition featuring Asake
Forget how turnt everyone gets when an Asake song comes on. The truth is Ololade Mi is, at his very core, a die-hard romantic. Listen to Terminator again, and tell me it’s not a love song to rival 2Face’s African Queen.
On No Competition, Asake and Davido try to out-romance each other, with Asake rhyming Angelina Jolie with Indomie, and Davido adding a new word to the Oxford dictionary: “Istolobo”. These men are down bad for love and unafraid to show it.
Question that’ll keep me up at night: No, but seriously, what does “Istolobo” mean? I need answers. David Adeleke, rise. Don’t waste my money.
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Champion Sound featuring Focalistic
This song has been out for over a year, but hearing, “Take me away. Way far away. Oshey far away. Light me up o Faraday” still gets everyone hyped AF. Yes, there are new songs and sizzling collaborations on Timeless, but Champion Sound was and still is THAT girl in Davido’s discography.
Unavailable featuring Musa Keys
Still maintaining that amapiano bug he caught from Focalistic on the Ke Star remix and Champion Sound, Davido taps South-African singer, Musa Keys (you should definitely check out Selema if you haven’t heard it already), for Unavailable, the perfect rich man middle finger to the haters. It’s almost like Davido took the “No dey look for us. We no dey house” line from Ruger’s Asiwaju and turned it into an amapiano banger. I already know club DJs and people on vacation will rinse this song like crazy.
Question that’ll keep me up at night: So if Davido is unavailable, should we move to Lojay, who’s announced that he’s very much available?
U (Juju) featuring Skepta
How many times has Davido announced that money is not a problem when it comes to the woman he loves? If 1milli wasn’t a big enough PSA, on U (Juju), Davido enlists the internet’s favourite UK
daddy rapper, Skepta to convince his woman no amount is too much for him. E for energy.
I have to hand it to Skepta. He’s one of the few rappers who understand the importance of not doing too much and letting the lead act shine on a song. U (Juju) sits up there with Energy (Stay Far Away) and Dimension as one of Skepta’s best Nigerian collaborations of all time.
Questions that’ll keep me up at night: Am I the only one who remembers Ice Prince’s Juju when Davido sang, “Juju dey worry me”? By the way, is egusi soup really the way to Skepta’s heart? Asking for a friend.
In The Garden featuring Morravey `
Davido has always had a great ear for talent — Dremo, Mayorkun, Liya and Perruzzi. So it makes total sense his newest Davido Music Worldwide signee, Morravey, is a serious singer to watch out for. Introducing her to us on In The Garden, Davido allows the singer to shine, and she kills it. The subtle guitar in the background is sickening, and the amapiano beat switch when Morravey starts singing, “I’ll change your status”, will cause a madness for anyone listening.
In The Garden is a bop, but it feels rushed, especially with Davido’s verse. The song should’ve been longer.
Bop featuring Dexta Daps
It’s ironic that the song Davido titled Bop is the least boppy bop on the entire album. While production on this song hints at what could’ve been a hit, neither Davido nor Jamaican singer, Dexta Daps, fully taps into its full potential. Bop is not a bad song, but it doesn’t stand a chance when you place it beside all the other sick collaborations on Timeless.
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