Twenty-one and heartily paving a way for his special sound in a society where Afro-Pop and the likes are all that are accepted, final year English major student of Babcock University, Rookie (short for Oghenerukewve Agofure) is determined to diversify the Nigerian music industry by introducing us to his unique blend of music. With Singles like ‘Crazy’, ‘Forever’ and ‘Way you Dance’, Rookie has proved that he is not here to play as his love for music is not all fun & games. He portrayed this in his upcoming E.P, which he has been working on for a while now. His voice and lyrics are worthwhile features of his music and every song on his E.P is an unforgettable journey.
The euphonic nature of his sound promised a destination, his lyrics projected a fettle, his melody indicated a journey’s end. The journey is his mellifluous sound. The journey is ‘Blue’, an extraterrestrial trip to the Moon, a place of no return and a journey’s end with an assurance of euphoria.
His break out E.P, Rookie’s Blue has been titled a host of names but none were as elucidating as Blue. A vibrant colour that when light hits, breaks into diverse colours ensuring it leaves an impact on everyone it hits, this is exactly what this body of art does by being effervescent and relatable. I wondered if his indecision was due to his inability to encapsulate his sound but after listening to it, I realize he had to capture everyone in this project. This was coupled with his goal of making music for ‘Constipated Whales’- a synonym, I assume, for the Flower Child. Blue definitely is a more encompassing name.
Blue explores a variety of life situations and captures every frame of mind. On its own, it is a genre of music that is swavey in nature. New Jazz, New Age, Soul, Blues, Reggae, a bit of Pause & Pace Rap, this body of art is a combination of mind-blowing, thought-provoking and life-affirming lyrics caressed by an infusion of dulcet, bassy, savvy beats. Rookie’s voice sounds like tenor punctuated with hints of baritone; lithe, smooth and mesmeric. All these blend into a certain sound that puts you in a state of mind, like you are trapped in a cocoon, rolling around in a body of water calmly rushing over rocks. That is the journey.
Every song, from ‘legacy’ down to the last credit feature, is an ode to his come up; a signature of Rookie’s special blend of music. The E.P deftly explores the life of one who is wanderlust. It exhibits Rookie’s amazing ability to captivate his listeners with lyrics that are totally relatable and a tone-timbre voice serenading the listener, provoking emotions and actions.
Songs like ‘Forever’, ‘Komilla/Sonia’s Idyll’, ‘Melancholy Ville’, take you on a plane journey with his lithy serenading voice. While ‘Way you Dance’ and ‘All you Got’ have been infused with popping dance-hall, dub-step, body-controlling beats projecting your mind to a trippy state that makes you want to dance to the rhythm and align your body with its wavelengths. ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Better Days’ recall your deepest, darkest thoughts and even inspire you. There is a song for everyone.
As far as comparisons go, if Tory Lanez, Olly Alexander, Elijah Blake and Drake had a child, it would be Rookie, but it goes without saying he’s one of a kind. In fact, he is the only one of his kind.
Rookie’s ‘Blue’ is an assurance of a diverse world of music for the African Flower Child in every one of us. An aesthetic beauty, Blue is that journey you take but never return from because you get lost, not to lose yourself, but to find yourself. I recommend that you cop it when it is released this December, and I promise you would not be disappointed.
Here’s ‘Way you dance’, a single off the upcoming project.