This article was published on Loud Sound Ghana (https://loudsoundgh.com/2016/01/review-of-jaysos-making-tasha-proud-album/)
Artist: Jayso || Album: Making Tasha Proud || Label: Skillions Record
After about a decade of thirst for some good music, Paul Nuamah Donkor, popularly known as Jayso quenches the thirst by showering us with refreshing songs packaged in a body of work with the title “Making Tasha Proud.” Some may ask why would Jayso make an album after all these years and dedicate it to just one person? Why Tasha? Who is Tasha?
|Jayso Making Tasha Proud|
The album touches on various aspects of life.
To set the ball rolling, he preaches greatness. Being the lead single off the album he narrated the Tasha story on Making Tasha Proud. With help from former fellow Skillion members Copta and Kevin Beats he basically talks about achieving greatness and claiming what’s yours on Two Thumbs Up. Winning Be All That I Know as the name implies falls into the victory and ascendancy category.
|Making Tasha Proud tracklist|
Bursting out of what may be referred to as annoyance, Jayso addresses haters on Do-Re-Me, Little Monsters and Sit Yourself Down. He throws shade on They Wanna Know, and tackles other random issues on Enyom No, talking about Hip-Life going down the drain, Mercy Mercy, Have a Party and presents his life on My Daddy Is A Champ. Such a heavy project huh?
Jayso, well known as a man of substance delivers great lyricism and pure content. Sticking to his brand of completely avoiding foul language, he carefully selects words and puts it in sentences that’ll send the message out perfectly. He involves puns and metaphors which are outstanding elements of rap.
“Stuck behind the computers, believing the hype, like they sick, but they lying(Lyon); Lucious” - Do-Re-Me.
“Why drop the work for free like philanthropist” – Shade.
“Got a bone to pick like a soothsayer” – Shade.
“This is made for the stage; Tyler Perry” – Shade.
“Love is a web, we connected; no wireless” – Say You Love Me.
“I wrote it in clouds, thumbs to my iPhone 5S” – Say You Love Me.
“On my marks, no one gave me a headstart” – Obaa Mu Baa Nie.
These and a few other lines I’ll however refer to as basic puns since it can’t put most Hip-Hop heads in a frenzy. For an “old gee” like Jayso and a rapper of his caliber, honestly, much more was expected of him. There’s an indication that he wanted to make the album primarily relatable, but putting in a couple of hard-knocking punchlines wouldn’t have hurt a soul. However, his rhyme scheme was on ‘fleek’, especially the in-rhymes on They Wanna Know. His delivery was on point, and he detached himself from flows he’s not comfortable with.
A few artists who happen to be friends were featured on the project, thus the GH rap heavyweight, Sarkodie, dropped 2 verses. Kobi Onyame, Copta and Kevin Beats laid dope rap verses which ameliorated the album. The latter arguably had the best featured verse… his switch of flows, rhyming patterns, and lyricism were at its peak. A.I’s sung hook made Making Tasha Proud easily accepted by the people. I instantly fell in love with Haidara hearing her chorus and Raquel kept me moving my body to the music. Not to forget the vocals of Nessa (Jayso’s daughter) which made My Daddy Is A Champ extraordinary.
|Jayso with ace producer, Coptic|
Without fear of taking my words back I’d say Jayso is a digital genius. The perfection on the post-production is what every ear desires. The vocals clearly match excellently with the beats. He did his homework, thus carefully blending the autotune effect so it doesn’t sound irritating. Dang! what did he do to the Mercy Mercy edit? During my first listen I was wondering who was on the track. The mastering stage came out good. Behind the boards, none of the young cats is messing with Jayso.
This is how far Ghanaian music has gone. The album has more than enough classic moments to be considered worth the wait. A corner of darkness of the music industry has been illuminated by rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, Jayso. Tasha just had a smile on her face.
ALBUM RATING: 7/10