Stunna is a port Harcourt based rap artist whose musical journey began in the church although his career didn’t quite kick off until he was away schooling in Malaysia, having done relatively well Stunna returned to Nigeria in 2012 and has since then linked up with some of the industry’s elite including Olamide on his track ‘Buate‘.
Stunna dropped his EP ‘5 tracks of Glory‘ at the close of 2019, the EP which is still yet to gain the recognition it deserves is five track long and includes a bonus track.
The play starts off with ‘Holy Boy‘ which features a choir resonation in the chorus, as if to throw some light on the artiste’s choir background, it tells the tale of a young man who has lost his way and struggles to find it whilst declaring himself holy.
It goes on to reveal “Fear Balling” which is the only song on the EP to record a feature however the ambiance of the song and it’s lyrical content could be likened to that of Port Harcourt’s music duo Ajebo Hustlers, giving listeners a feeling of nostalgia however this exact reason allows it o make the cut for our least favourite track on the album as the sound is neither original nor does it seem to present anything new to the musical scene.
However in the seconds that precede we experience some type of musical transformation as we get thrown into a party with “Life of the Party” a feel good song about living the good life which almost everyone can relate and vibe to, this track’s unexpected adequate delivery at the proverbial right time definitely brought back the lively vibe to this EPs and as such is no surprise that is makes the cut for our personal favourite. For those who like a good time I recommend it because just like the introductory lines ”me I like to party”.
Once the party ends we are left with the lamentations of a guy who has fallen for a materialistic girl he cannot afford and can’t seem to let go, “Leave you Alone” examines the inner most thoughts of every guy that falls for a girl who is “out of his league” and as this topic is not so often approached with as much honesty as is laid on this track it makes for a great listen, well if you’ve ever been in this sticky bit this one’s for you.
After the heart wrenching moment we are overwhelmed by a feeling of satisfaction and gratitude as we vibe to “Hallelujah” were the artiste recounts a crazy night stopping every now and again to be thankful with the lines “last night was bloody lit”………”the money enter we sing hallelujah” however even though the song contains promising lyrical content it didn’t fit quite right as something seemed to be missing and as if sensing a gap closure was found when Stunna like the saying goes ‘saved the best for last’ delivering to us in his bonus track “In my Etibo” an indigenous melody of sound Hip Hop background reminding us that this was after all the Extended play of a hip hop artist, the boldness embodied in the beat and the lines of this piece will instantly make you think of South Africa’s AKA, well need I say more if you love AKA make sure to check this one out
The overall theme of the EP is presumably ‘inner thoughts’ as the songs from top to finish though hosts a vibe of indigeneity, plays out the thoughts of a young man which many would like to believe is Stunna.
Although Stunna clearly has a thing or two to learn when compared with his previous works ‘5 tracks of Glory’ is definitely an agreeable step up of his brand of music and the originality of his sound.
So, while we anticipate more pulsating music from Stunna, I advice you don’t sleep on this, get a listen on this EP as this could be the start of a truly lyrical journey
And wouldn’t you want to be there for the whole ride?