Ajebutter 22 is a Nigerian performer. Born Akitoye Balogun, he was educated in Lagos for his primary and secondary school and then attended the University of Leeds for tertiary education. Michael Jackson, Heavy D, Mariah Carey are some of his influences.
Ajebutter 22 was a member of duo Soyinka’s Afro, with his sister Taymi, releasing ‘Ko Easy’ in 2010. The group was based in the UK. After his sister/band member relocated to Nigeria, he went solo. The release of ‘Omo Pastor’ (2012), a comically delivered song about a pastor’s daughter shenanigans announced his music to the Nigerian audience. The song ‘Senrere’ also achieved considerable airplay.
As we advance towards the release of his forthcoming project as earlier stated in an interview, Ajebutter is here with a new record titled, Big Man Talking. Quebeat made a bop Afrobeats instrumental by the way of hip-hop. The instrumental was quite minimalistic and gave room for Ajebutter’s wordplay to be heard. Ajebutter came through with his husky voice and unique delivery, dropping lines that would definitely catch your attention but won’t make you pause to think about it. He delivered a catchy hook that is easy to sing or rap along to.
With soft grime leaning instrumental produced by Que, Ajebutter22 charges towards his opponents with a barrage of lyrics that act as a bridge between himself and those he considers beneath him. “They can’t see the vision, they need Specsavers, talking shit like they need lifesavers“, he goes on and on in this direction, wielding his punchlines as a double-edged sword with one side aimed at his haters and the other, at his competitors, all while he seeks to up his status.
Although, ‘Big Man Talking’ is the type of song you just hear once and forget about it. It’s not necessarily boring, but it’s not just interesting enough. Nowadays, music has grown past just creating a regular vibe and hoping it would pick up, and if it doesn’t pick up, you’ll rinse and repeat the same formula. It definitely doesn’t work that way anymore.