The man born Olawale Ashimi, popularly known as Brymo, would have
earned a reputation as one of Nigeria's greatest artists of all time by
the time his career is over. And yes, you thought it was right;
commercial success is not going to make up or ruin his reputation.
by Brymo as an album about "love and survival," Yellow to his latest
release will be an alternative pop and electronic project, he said.
Brymo seems to win the hearts of many with that latest attempt.
is his seventh solo studio album released on 1 April 2020. This serves
as a follow-up to his previous EP entitled "AAA." The 15-track album
consists of three (3) sides A – 6, B – 5, and C – 4, respectively.
Yellow has one collaboration with talented Nigerian neo-soul singer
Yellow was initially planned to
contain 17 songs but two tracks were excluded from the project due to
technical problems. On 24 March Brymo cited technical reasons for
omitting tracks from the album "Iya Awele" and "Ife".
The singer in his words said "The
initial plan was to release in August. (then I had other plans) But in
September 2019, we decided to release it earlier. I’m glad I changed my
mind because releasing the album is more important to me than the
resulting material gain".
"I would have been devastated if I
couldn’t complete recording because of the pandemic, and if I had stayed
with August as release date, I would have been in production now,
making it impossible to release”.
The album received support from the single "Strippers + White Line." Cover
art from the album features a display of Perspective and Frustrations
2020, a painting by Nigerian artist Samuel Ancestor. Brymo announced on
Instagram that after many conversations with his friends, he has been
attracted to the painting. With the exception of "Abu Ya," co-produced
by Nsikak David and Lindsey Abudei, all remaining tracks on Yellow were
entirely produced and engineered by frequent collaborator Mikky Me Joses
The album discusses subject matter such as love, heartbreak, socio-politics and mental health. There are
some songs in the album like 'Esprit De Corps,' 'Blackmail,'
'Ozymandias,' 'Heartbreak Songs Are Better in English.' Some include
'Without You,' 'Girl,' 'Black Man,' 'Gambu,' 'Rara Rira,' 'Mind Profit,'
'Adédotun,' 'Orun n Móoru' and 'A F'èédú Fan'ná.'
the album has received positive reviews based on the outstanding talent
of the singer, a music critic, in particular, noted that this is an
album that deserves an accompanying film. Though Brymo has always
created music worthy of the cinema, Yellow is his album with the highest
number of film songs. Brymo – as always – considers appropriate
development in its essence to tell stories or share poetry about
passion, ambition, vices and society.
Although the album is
largely based on resonant subjects taken from the wider culture, Brymo
uses symbolism and metaphor to break his subjects down. Born on 9 May
1986, Brymo managed to pull the strings with series of ventures in the
Nigerian music industry.
He began recording
music while at high school in 1999. He signed a record deal with
Chocolate City in 2010 but was charged in 2013 with violating his
contract with the label. Brymo released Brymstone, his debut studio
album, in 2007. In 2012 he released his second studio album, The Son of a
On 20 October 2013 his third
studio album, Traders, Dealers & Slaves, was released; received
favourable reviews from music critics and accompanied by two singles; in
October 2014, "Down" and "Eko" Brymo released his fourth studio album,
Tabula Rasa; their lead single, "Fe Mi," was described as an "easy
traditional ballad." Brymo released an eight-track compilation album,
Trance, on Decem 8. He had signed an international distribution deal
with Tate Music Group in 2015.
On 9 May 2016,
Brymo released his fifth Klitôris studio album. It contains 11 songs,
and the lead single "Good Memories" was followed. His critically
acclaimed sixth studio album, Osó, was released in March 2018. Six months later he published Oriri's Plight, a self-referential fictional
book. Brymo teamed up with three Skata Vibration members to form A.A.A,
an experimental rock band whose eponymous debut EP came out in August
2019. In December last year, however, he made headlines for adjudicating himself as "Nigeria's decade poet" citing the influence of 'Oleku,' his hit single, on the music landscape of the country.