September 30 is here and Asaph has dropped his highly-anticipated follow-up to last year Kingsvilla, aptly titled Kingsvilla 2.
Judging from Deep in the Burg and the preceding EP and that SNDR record, my expectations going into this were high (to put it lightly). Obviously I was expecting it to be better than the first one.
On the cover we see Asaph with a female (not sure if it's the same one on the Kingsvilla 1 cover). Judging from the album concept this is a different one since the first "daije" was from Harare and this one is from Bulawayo. She even gives him a warning as the album starts about messing with Harare females.
What follows is the half of the album I'm not really feeling. You can catch the concepts but the execution.... Vereza Music was the exception for me during the top half. The FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) has a theme of note about being tipsy and one thing leading to another with a complete stranger, whose motives may be questionable. I was waiting for "that thing" and nearing half of the album had me worried that he had put the dope content on Deep in the Burg. Double Cup Love had me expecting the same magic that happened on Izandla Emoyeni (which I think Asaph slayed) but alas then Hot Plate Daije came on...
Very few rappers would have the guts to do a song about getting hit with a venereal disease. Finally, the generic content was dead (who needs it on a concept album?). A very vivid picture is painted here as Asaph tells the story about getting "burnt" and only having the courage to tell a Christian homie.
Back to the grind, EcoCash has become a medium of transactional preference as the cash crunch has hit the country hard. Even the bible at Mark 11:17 states, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's...". I've been on that SNDR tip for close to a year now so you can check out the review here.
No Regrets goes out to the fallen homies who have us revaluating our own lives and decisions and meanwhile Asaph's daije just informed him that she's pregnant (errrr... yeah). After unsuccessfully reassuring her that he is ready to be a part of his child's life she isn't moved by his current lifestyle and needs "More". Asaph also does some personal soul-searching and getting a job since music money is coming in slow and isn't enough to sustain himself.
After being told that he won't be be a part of his child's life as his future baby mama relocates to South Africa with her sister. Left with only one other family to turn to, Open Arms is a track for his parents, chronicling how they showed him the right path but he instead took his own path. This is testament to many people of our generation who have upstanding parents who are pillars of the community but their children are sideway talk hot topics.
"The lovely Tamara" does the album's outro and then I suddenly can't help but wonder if it's her on the cover, since she is about supporting and royalty yada yada.
Overally, I think that if this had been trimmed and some tracks from Deep in the Burg added on here, this album would be solid. I won't classify it as wack either (that second half really got me vibing) as it has some solid themes. Out of a scale of 10, I was expecting a 9, 10 even, but this is a strong 6/ light 7.
Stream and download Kingsvilla 2 below