Review: Flowking Stone ‘GIFTED’ Album
After all said and done, Flowking Stone has released the much anticipated album dubbed ‘GIFTED’ for music lovers across the globe to take a bite of the delicious cake.
Flowking Stone announced his come-back into the music scene as a solo artiste around July 2014 after the group BRADEZ which is made up of himself and his younger brother Kunta Kinte, went dormant due to Kunta‘s health. Loud Sound Ghana followed up on all updates concerning the album till it’s released. We can proudly say we have been a witness to greatness!
The “GIFTED” album is essentially about Flowking Stone‘s musical gift, and all the goodies that makes him an exceptional artist… He has proved to Ghanaians that, he is MUSIC and was born to do it. The album displayed his versatility, the poet in him, and of course confirmed he is a great song writer.
The 27 track album gave us a variety of genres with assorted flavours and styles. The album started with “Rapping Drums” which was clearly a song to prepare us for the “Big Meal”. He displayed his creativity and lyrical dexterity on that song… Definitely a great way to keep you yearning for everything. He took us to a soulful realm with “Breaking Me Down” which is a contrast to the first track. He raised the tempo a bit with “Bae” featuring Efya. He exhibited his singing side on it, and Efya was a goddess on the classic record!
The song “Number One” which featured Manifest made a little switch up as he spoke about himself and what he stands for. We have heard this song prior to the Album release and we can all agree it is a classic. “Happy Birthday” followed up—and this song spoke about life in general and telling us to appreciate life and enjoy every bit of it. The classic highlife beat laced by Peewezel served its purpose! A relaxing and a perfect song to celebrate life with.
The next song is “Grinding” talks about working hard to achieve your dreams. As usual, listeners can perfectly relate to this song and totally put themselves in the picture. The next song “Akwada Bone” had a reggae feel, and I think this song brought out Flowking‘s reggae side. It was more like a lovers rock done with a Ghanaian feel… “The Way You Are” shifted us to the dancefloor after a great soul massage from the previous songs. This song had a Francophone touch which I think was a good way to switch from the relaxing mode to a party mood.
From this stage, the dance songs followed up… From “Electric“, “Go Low“, “Feel Good” (Geege), “Ohene“, “Mekyeakyea” to “Yempe Dede” were all great bangers designed to make you keep your dancing shoes on. The tempo switched again with “My Judgement” which had another crazy display of lyrical might. This followed up with the remix of “Bae” featuring award winning vocalist; Kesse… This song landed us to a whole new realm with an amazing experience.
“Odo Yewu” which features Enam seems to be one of my all time favourite on the album. Enam sang beautifully on this record; allowing Flowking to seamlessly deliver his lyrics to give birth to another classic. The song “Hello” sets the pace for a new journey which leads to Hiphop. The song had an impressive mix of soul and Hiphop… “Igwe” finally draws us into the Hiphop side of the album.
There was a little hitch in the track arrangements. The song “Machine Gun Flow” was actually “Soldier” which featured Ras Kuuku. I think the naming of the audio file went wrong and wasn’t noticed till the album was released. “Ye Gyinam“, “Disturb“, “Fire Bon Dem” (Original and Remix), “We Dey Reign” and “We Out” were a new set of lyrical thrills. Flowking Stone defined his name on these song in various ways by telling us he is indeed the King of Flows.
He closed it all with “Hallelujah” featuring Nero X… This album had a lot of hard work and dedication invested into it. We heard there are even more songs which couldn’t make it to the album. My only disappointment about this album is the absence of Okyeame Kwame. I was hoping to hear him on the album; but it’s all good… Aside that, I think this is greatness and we are very impressed! You can purchase the album on iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, and all Online digital stores worldwide.