The 8th of September officially marks the beginning of the tropics as Stilo Magolide drops his awaited album Tropicana Jiiig. You'd be forgiven for expecting a party on the album 'cause Stilo is that guy. Much to pleasant surprise, Stilo tones it down to an appealing level of smooth as he opens the album with the diary-esque Famo which bleeds so well into I Don't and Tell Me Why. By the time we get to A Minute with Jay Claude's mesmerising hook I'm in love. Shu!
I know that Stilo can get really stripped down with the smoothness but I honestly didn't expect this direction in the album and I'm so taken by it. The arrangement is perfect too 'cause Jay Claude's presence on the longing A Minute leads you perfectly into Back To Me featuring Anatii which kinda sounds like a happy ending to the story of needing to see that special person as captured in the previous track. From Who Hot we start to warm up for the party as we feel ourselves through Stilo Magolide playing our vice. The familiar Sefolosha swings in and you know it's game time 'cause the ghetto fabulous Yasho sounds like the soundtrack of you and your friends riding into the sunset with that "drop-top Benzo" headed to a good time. I like the fact that although the middle of the album comes to some kind of a build up we never spill over the roof meaning that Stilo intentionally contained the "hype" level on this album. Clever consideration on his side.
Bossy introduces us to a different kinda "party", so instead of the typical turn up we wind up in a circle of only the closest goons as we accentuate our position in the game. Wa Be The Story picks up and lets us into personal reflections by Stilo who expresses the fact that there's a lot that goes into being what we see on the surface, including sacrifices and people battles that are a common hurdle to progress. A perfect set up for Combo with his brothers Okmalumkoolkat, Mashayabhuqe, Riky Rick and uSanele stamping their influence in the game all these years. You can't deny the foundation the likes of Boyz 'n Bucks have laid in terms of lifestyle, street culture and emphasis on individuality. This track encompasses all that really well.
At this point of the album we're kinda bopping our heads just in time for Man With A Plan and the jiggy My Dude. He slows down the pace taking us back to the same mood in the beginning of the album on Like Zuma where he cements his contribution to the table and you already know that you need to give up your seat if you ain't bringing anything to it. Man Of The Year is a perfect outro to the album as he celebrates himself boss style; with no sweat broken nor much effort at all. He's focused on being the best he can be and if it's not for our dire attention you're not getting a minute of our time. Dankie Stilo!
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