Kristal’s “Kristal Clear” mixtape is not your regular music project. It is a carefully created body of work that seeks to entertain and educate it’s consumers. It is a crystal clear message for everyone to sit up and adjust to the new ways of doing things that actually work, and it spares no one, not even Kristal himself.
It contains 10 tracks made up of two skits, two refixes, and six originals. The project features his boss who also doubles as the project’s executive producer, Yung Roc, and another Imo born rapper Pohzitive. Production credits goes to DCUBE THA BEATKILLA, and it was mixed and mastered by Yung Roc at the beats by Roc studios.
It opens with a humored version of what sometimes happens with the work of the Nigeria Police Force, with the title Pholice. That introductory skit tells the story of how unequipped the Nigeria Police Force is and how some officers shy away from their duties when they receive distress calls from citizens but are not equipped to tackle them. Instead they resort to making excuses just so as not to endanger their own lives while trying to save others.
Now while that is true, it is not a generalized notion. The Nigeria Police Force, though unequipped, has sometimes too proven to be very useful in tackling crime. But the mixtape focused on reawakening our minds to sit up and do the right thing in different aspects of life, not sparing anyone. It follows in this narrative with subsequent tracks like “Welcome to Owerri”, “Which Way” and “Blow”, correcting flawed impressions and notions that the society has, through no fault of theirs, come to accept and agree with.
For example, “Welcome to Owerri” talks about the lawless lifestyle of Owerri which is hugely influenced by yahoo boys (scammers and internet fraudsters) and runs girls (enlightened prostitutes), and the popular “My People My People chant of the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, with its unusually resounding response, “Our Governor, Our Governor”, which many in the state have now found to be deceptive and a means to defraud them.
By talking about these everyday experiences of the ordinary man in his environment, Kristal showed a high level of responsibility and commitment to awaken his listeners. The second skit and accompanying track “Blow”, cleared the air on the issue of entitlement that surfaces almost always in romantic relationships, usually with the ladies but not restricted to them alone. And in this case, Kristal himself was the victim, seeking to blow (become successful) just to be able to provide the good things of life for himself and his woman. Because of this, a lot of young people have been misled, even put their live at risk just to be able to live the ‘good life’. So the mixtape did come at the right time.
Other tracks like”Kod” and “Humble” are refixes of works by rapper J. Cole and others, and are a great show off of some rap skills.
Probably the best track of the mixtape, “Lucky You” will have you think it was performed by the fastest rapper in the world, Twista, but its not. That was actually Kristal.
It closes with a rather long track for an outro.
In all, the “Kristal Clear” mixtape is a fine show off of some rap skills that bares up all our imperfections and spares no one.