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It isn't hot gist when your favorite DJ releases a song, or when a producer lays lyrics over an instrumental. Music is broadly inclusive yet look around, there aren't many VJs doing the stuff SoundCity's Adams has done and is sticking out his neck for. (a minute of applause, please). 

Following the release of his debut album, it becomes clear to see VJ Adams' vision for his music. He wants to reach into hearts and inspire. With the push of his debut, his team described Perception as a "genre less album". How true are they? 

The album opener We're Wan Lee is a typical hip hop joint, three MCs waxing lyrical muscles over the hard hitting beat, a somber hum rendering it a basement vibe. The idea is similar to the vision of Define Rap; basically bars, an improvised or no hook, the boom bap. It is clear what hip hop means to VJ Adams, being his most explored sound. 

On his mettle as an artiste, many tracks show this but two stand out; Farawe and When A Man Cries. The former is an introspective and motivational and autobiographical rap song spiced with church instruments and wouldn't Adekunle Gold be a better feature? Praiz holds the hook well on the latter, Adams' staying loyal to his preferred subject matter, choosing to elucidate on pain of loving and its various manifestations. Many of the album's gems lyric wise would be found here, on this track whose backbone is just a solo piano. My mind state is something I can never lie about//as the tears drops all I do is dry them out. Such lyrics delivered with a calm confidence is the highlight of Perception and Praiz should please, stick to his heart's music. It is clear on When A Man Cries the kind of music he's most comfortable doing. 

If two songs on this album are exact opposites, there are Summer Time and Based on Belief. Summer Time is a genre track, EDM is the dominant sound whilst Based on Belief is like a below average team being dragged through a win by an exceptional standout player. Harrysong is the blessing to a too usual beat and following thematic preferences, hollers at the people hustling the legit way. Pushed adequately, this is Perception's radio hit, the chart topper. 

Atisorire is Fuji music, the drums so frenetic and genius that when VJ Adams drops bars in Yoruba, one couldn’t be a dreamer for thinking up a theory of a dope Hip Hop song featuring Saheed Osupa. The Fuji sound is also explored in bonus track Gbemisoke, with the bars from Reminisce and the hook by Pasuma.

VJ Adams leans to the comfort zone of his features on Bless My Way (ft Mr Eazi), Leg Work (ft Niniola), Mo Le Nu (ft Reminisce) and Hold Something (ft Becca) but the album finds its truest arc when motivation laced with braggadocio; a track like Kabiyesi is evidence of this.

Life Na Movie/A Heist is probably the most distinctive sound of Perception. The easiness of childhood songs is deployed, the rap is softly spoken, even though gun shoots explode from within every now and then. A major shortcoming is the inability for Adams to see this song as an excellent song for a children choir. The keys and drums move in sync with the motivational message and the visual listener could easily vibe to an image of kids in choir gowns moving and singing along.

With Perception, VJ Adams has etched his name into the heart of music lovers for art's sake. He has delivered a quintessential piece which like fine wine, should age graciously. 



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