Zlatan’s “Resan” Is Not The Best You’ve Heard, Not The Worst Either – What Will You Rate The Album?
Zlatan’s “Resan” is a story-lined work of art depicting the intensity of the sounds that are hot on the streets of Africa.
Seriously, nobody was expecting Zlatan to just up and leave the streets alone, right? He couldn’t even if he wanted to.
His base is the streets, and that’s why on a normal day, he’s a street-hop artist. He could be a rapper, too, depending on the weather. Fact is, that’s all this guy is; the streets.
“Resan” doesn’t have the purest or rawest vibes Zlatan has ever had. Not exactly. However, as a body of work from a guy whose real base is not exactly mainstream, it works just fine.
But there’s only 12 songs and 35 minutes, so ain’t no time to be beating around the bush, right? By track five, “Polongo” featuring Bella Shmurda, he was knee-deep in the street vibes already.
Besides, his collaborations are kind of random and just look like he’s flexing his reach, which is quite all right.
On “Fada,” for example, Zlatan employs Flavour and Phyno, two of the hottest guys from the Southeast to join him on his streetish highlife vibe about a love interest. I could totally see Phyno and Olamide killing this one.
On another collabo, “Shakur” with Ms. Banks, he does some trap-drill stuff, but the whole time he’s talking to another love interest—or maybe it’s the same girl?
On “Egun,” he’s lamenting about a pretending woman who changed upon him and became the devil himself after they got married.
That’s the only pattern. He’s trying to do his street vibes, but still, he’s not letting go of his love for the ladies. Not at all. On “Alubarika,” in fact, he was doing the same.
Elsewhere, he’s either talking about how he needs to make money for real and not just keep up the appearances (“Money” ft. Davido), or sharing the story of Obi, a JJC that came into Lagos and started flexing (“One Life”).
“Resan” has four or five tracks that can really be the next big Zlatan stuff, and that’s all right. Moreover, he doesn’t need ten hits. Chances are, he can’t even make ten on one album. Even Drake can’t.
Also, he’s not the kind of guy you’ll be looking up to for coherence in sound, or that sort of thing. So, yeah, it’s all good.
In conclusion, he probably could’ve done better, but it really doesn’t matter. “Resan” is all right. That’s as good as it gets these days.
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ – 7/10
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