The highly-anticipated debut album, “The Evil Genius,” by Afropop superstar Mr Eazi is now available for music lovers worldwide. This remarkable album is a profound reflection of Mr Eazi’s personal experiences, encompassing themes of love, betrayal, loneliness, and family. Divided into three distinctive acts, the album offers listeners a captivating journey through its 16 diverse tracks.
Recorded in various locations across Africa and beyond, including Benin, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and New York City, “The Evil Genius” is a true testament to Mr Eazi’s pan-African vision. This project takes Afrobeats to new heights by seamlessly blending an array of musical styles and influences, from Ghanaian highlife to grime to gospel.
“The Evil Genius” boasts a stellar lineup of guest features, including the legendary Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Efya from Ghana, Whoisakin from Nigeria, and the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. These collaborations add a unique and transcendent dimension to the album.
Afrobeats sensation Tekno joins Mr Eazi on “Jamboree,” a track that harks back to the signature ‘pon pon’ sound that defined the genre’s early years. Additionally, Mr Eazi’s protege Joeboy reunites with his mentor on “Zuzulakate,” highlighting their remarkable musical chemistry.
Produced by a talented array of music creators, “The Evil Genius” features contributions from producers such as Kel-P, Knucks, Michael Brun, Andre Vibez, Yung Willis, Nonso Amadi, KillBeatz, M.O.G Beatz, E Kelly, Type A, Stikmatik, Phantom, Venna, KDream, and Mr Eazi himself.
In an innovative fusion of music and art, Mr Eazi commissioned visual artists from across Africa to craft a unique physical art piece for each of the album’s 16 tracks. This ambitious pan-African multimedia project caught the attention of art-world figures like Marina Abramović, as well as media outlets such as ARTNews and The Guardian.
As part of the album’s rollout, Mr Eazi is hosting multi-sensory exhibition listening experiences that allow the public to connect with the music alongside the art. The exhibition premiered in Accra, Ghana, and was also featured at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. Additional activations are set to be announced soon.
“The Evil Genius” cover art, shot, styled, and designed by Nigerian stylist, designer, and photographer Daniel Obasi, portrays a metaphysical and surrealist depiction inspired by the last supper and David’s prayer of Psalm 23. It encapsulates themes of spirituality, love, confidence, betrayal, and thanksgiving.
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