On February 9, 2018 M.I played a fast one on us. He had announced the release of his 4th studio album the day before. When he was sure he had everyone’s attention, he dropped “Rendezvouz”, a 15-track album that comprised of songs recorded by a bunch African artistes between 2014 and 2018.
The album featured Wande Coal, AKA, Falz, Casper Nyovest, Yung L, Ajebutter22, Nonso Amadi, Odunsi (The Engine), Moelogo, Dice Ailes, Terry Apala and a host others.
In normal M.I fashion,the album is a mix of Afro Pop and Hiphop tunes. It gives you something to vibe to with a good dose of rap punchlines.
“The Crew” which features Yung L and U.ax, “Jungle” which features Tomi Thomas and Sant, “Sunrise” which features Triga Madtonic, “One way” which features Moelogo, “Lekki” which features Odunsi, Ajebutter22 and Falz, and “Playlist” which features Nonso Amadi lean towards the Afro Pop genre while the rest of the album can be said to be Afro Hiphop.
One thing M.I failed to include in this album is fire. The whole album flowed with mid tempo beats except for the features with Dice Ailes and Casper Nyovest respectively. That kind of beat gives you songs in mid tempo fashion and that is far from the fire we expected. Maybe that was intentional seeing that another M.I album will drop on the 14th of May. Maybe then we’ll get to relieve the legendary M.I fire which he did not hide from us a decade ago.
Overall, Nonso Amadi comes through with captivating melody while Casper Nyovest delivers well organized punchlines. Rendezvous is both mild and deep and offers a mix of African culture both from old and young musicians.