Nigerian multi-hyphenate Cruel Santino (FKA Santi) has hit a new milestone after his sophomore album, Subaru Boys: FINAL HEAVEN debuted on the digital streaming platform, Spotify album charts.
The singer and songwriter whose real name is Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu, achieved this new height on Spotify just a week after the release of the album.
‘Subaru Boys: Final Heaven’ has been an album that has left the fans mesmerized with the sound and major collaboration from heavyweights like Koffee, Skepta, Amaarae, Gus Dapperton, and a slew of new music darlings from the alté “Subaru” world…
A 21-track conceptual album (co-produced by Cruel Santino), the project is broken up into multiple arcs, each with its own theme and navigator, guiding the listener through a sonic tale of war and glory.
According to review, the album wasn’t created for the Nigerian mainstream audience, nor was it created for mainstream American and European audiences. It was created for the type of audience that booed and bounced Drake from a Tyler The Creator show because it was promised a Frank Ocean appearance.
Some genres can be easily understood as R&B, Alternative Hip-Hop, Pop-Rap and Dancehall, Alternative Afrobeats, Synth Pop, and Neo-Soul, but this album can be best described as Hyperpop, a Gen Z-led format, which is a product of many pop-oriented genreless/formless sounds.
While topics revolve around frenzied euphoria, love, sex, internalized rejection, heartbreak, psychedelia, and more, Santi seems to create certain tracks around figures and themes, which are peculiar to him.