Falz’s fourth solo studio album, Moral Instruction starts off on a Fela-esque note with the track ‘Johnny’. The track which samples Fela Kuti’s 1977 record J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop) addresses police brutality, religious clashes and bloodshed. The song sets you in a conscious mood which will see you through the rest of the album.
Track 2 is ‘Follow Follow’ and once again Mr. Folarin Falana samples Fela. This time around he bites from the brilliance of Fela’s 1976 record, Zombie. The song starts with horns reminiscent of military parades.
For his second period in the Moral Instruction class, Falz teaches us about the dangers of inferiority complex and how social media has negatively influenced humanity and made zombies of us all.
Afrocentric singer, Demmie Vee delivers a stellar hook on ‘Hypocrite’; a track which slows down the pace of the project. Falz fondles with topics such as corruption, human rights, Nigeria’s anti-gay legislation, Nigeria’s 2019 elections, consent and abuse of minors.
Track 4 is the much TALKed about and trending single. On ‘Talk’, Falz takes a jibe at Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Nigeria’s top political parties and legislators, internet fraudsters, corrupt clergies, sex hawkers and tribalists. Of course, some subliminal shots are well aimed at President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.
On ‘Amen’, Falz is inspired by Fela’s 1980 classic, Coffin For Head Of State. The genius called Falz digs deep into the dealings of corrupt pastors and rips them apart. Your favourite General Overseers and priests might be pissed at the sermon delivered by the Moral Instruction teacher on this one. Gullible churchgoers might have a reorientation after listening to this song or they may just even hate Falz’s gut the more. No one will be surprised if this becomes Daddy Freeze’s ringtone.
‘Brother’s Keeper’ features Falz’s longtime producer, collaborator and friend, Sess. The message is simple on this slow tune. The selfishness and hypocrisy of Nigerian elites and masses is well dissected on this track. “Pharmacists dey sell some fake drugs. I no send if people die as long as I dey make buck” is just one of the numerous quotable lines from this meditative song which can serve a great purpose as the third stanza of Nigeria’s national anthem.
‘Paper’ featuring fast rising singer, Chillz is a brilliant tune. The chorus of the song reminds you of P-Square’s 2011 hit, Danger and is well delivered by Chillz. Money is not everything and when you see it as everything, it becomes the root of all evil; that’s the core of the message delivered on this one. The world should watch out for Chillz. For better appreciation, you can look up his 2018 single ‘Grateful’ featuring Mayorkun.
The penultimate track of the album, ‘E No Finish’ is a potential Afrobeat classic and a tribute to Afrobeat King and legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The late Abami Eda should be proud of this one. This song is a summary of all topics he addressed on what happens to be his sixth project. ‘E No Finish’ is that final revision class a teacher has with his/her students just before exams.
The final period of Falz’s Moral Instruction class is a spoken-word poem titled ‘After All Said And Done’. This one is a perfect valedictory speech for all of his graduating students. Falz admonishes them to all play their part and get involved in setting little things right as a means towards reshaping Nigeria.
#MoralInstruction is proof that Falz has indeed come of age and is well on the path to attaining legendary status in the Nigerian entertainment scene. The timing of the album-release which is exactly a month before Nigeria’s general elections reeks of sheer brilliance. It is left to be seen what impact this project will make in the coming days, weeks and months.
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