2 Kings (album)

2 Kings is a collaborative studio album by Nigerian rappers Olamide and Phyno. It was released through Cloud 9 and the iTunes Store with little announcement on 1 April 2015, by Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation. The album features collaborations with producers and guest artists such as Wizkid, Lil Kesh, Storm Rex, Pheelz, Major Bangz, B.Banks and Young John.[1] Prior to recording the album, Olamide and Phyno frequently collaborated with each other on several songs, including "Ghost Mode" and "Dope Money". The album produced the singles "Une" and "Confam Ni", both of which were released in the months leading to the album's release.

2 Kings
2 Kings album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
Recorded2014–15
GenreHip hop
Length37:28
Label
Producer
Olamide chronology
Street OT
(2014)
2 Kings
(2015)
Eyan Mayweather
(2015)
Phyno chronology
No Guts No Glory
(2014)
2 Kings
(2015)
The Playmaker
(2016)
Singles from 2 Kings
  1. "Une"
    Released: February 5, 2015
  2. "Confam Ni"
    Released: March 8, 2015

BackgroundEdit

Olamide first announced plans for a collaborative project with Phyno in January 2014.[2] The album was initially scheduled for release in 2014, but was pushed back. While speaking to Yaw of Wazobia FM in October 2014, Olamide said the album was still being worked on.[3]

SinglesEdit

Phyno released the album's lead single "Une" on 5 February 2015.[4] Olamide released the album's second single "Confam Ni" on 8 March 2015. The song features vocals from Wizkid and was produced by Young John.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

2 Kings received generally positive reviews from music critics and consumers. Jim Donnett awarded the album 4 stars out of 5, characterizing it as "the battle axe, crafted and fashioned for the reawakening purpose" and commending Olamide and Phyno for "breaking the fetters and reigning supreme as kings."[6] Ayomide Tayo of Pulse Nigeria granted the album 3.5 stars out of 5, describing it as a "project that had more promise and potential than impact" while applauding both rappers for not taking the "let's play it safe" approach.[7] A writer for music blog Jaguda described the album as a "classic masterpiece" and commended its production and length.[8]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Cypher"
2:47
2."Koba Koba"
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
  • Pheelz
  • Young John
4:37
3."Nobody's Fault"
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
Pheelz3:57
4."Ladi" (featuring Lil Kesh)
Young John3:42
5."God Be With Us"
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
Major Bangz3:10
6."Une"
  • Nelson
Major Bangz3:38
7."Real Nigga"
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
Pheelz3:26
8."Confam Ni" (featuring Wizkid)Young John4:28
9."Carry Me Go" (featuring Storm Rex)
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
  • Storm Rex
Pheelz3:46
10."For My City"
  • Adedeji
  • Nelson
Pheelz3:52
Total length:37:28

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's cover.

  • Olamide Adedeji - Primary artist, writer
  • Azubuike Nelson - Primary artist, writer
  • Ayodeji Balogun - Featured artist, writer
  • Lil Kesh - Featured artist, writer
  • Storm Rex - Featured artist, writer
  • Pheelz - Producer
  • Major Bangz - Producer
  • B.Banks - Producer
  • Young John - Producer

Release historyEdit

Region Date Version Format Label
Various April 1, 2015 Standard

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Akan, Joey (1 April 2015). "Rappers release tracklist, release date, artwork for '2 Kings'". Pulse. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Olamide, Phyno to collaborate on album, 2 Kings". Premium Times. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Olamide, Phyno to drop album titled 2kings next year". Vanguard. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Phyno – Une (Prod. by Major Bangz)". NotjustOk. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ Showemimo, Dayo (9 March 2015). "Olamide and Wizkid team up on 'Confam ni'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Donnett, Jim (8 April 2015). "ALBUM REVIEW: Olamide & Phyno – "2 Kings"". Tooxclusive. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Tayo, Ayomide (14 April 2015). "'2 Kings', the sum of its parts is greater than the whole". Pulse. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Album Review: Olamide and Phyno – 2 Kings". Jaguda. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.