Empire Mates State of Mind

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Empire Mates State of Mind
Empire Mates State of Mind cover.jpeg
Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 18, 2012
Recorded2011–2012
Genre
LabelEmpire Mates Entertainment
Producer
Banky W. chronology
The W Experience
(2009)
Empire Mates State of Mind
(2012)
R&BW
(2013)
Wizkid chronology
Superstar
(2011)
Empire Mates State of Mind
(2012)
Ayo
(2014)
Singles from Empire Mates State of Mind
  1. "Baddest Boy"
    Released: April 2, 2012
  2. "Dance for Me"
    Released: July 25, 2012
  3. "Get Down Tonight"
    Released: August 1, 2012
  4. "Ko Mo Le"
    Released: November 7, 2012
  5. "Sun Mo Mi"
    Released: November 14, 2012
  6. "Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There)"
    Released: November 21, 2012
  7. "Change"
    Released: November 28, 2012

Empire Mates State of Mind is a compilation album by recording artists of Nigerian record label Empire Mates Entertainment. It was released on June 18, 2012, by the label.[1] Banky W. and Segun Demuren, heads of the label, executive produced the album. Stanley "Tino Bendel" Ekure and Tunde Demuren co-executive produced the album. Legendury Beatz, Sarz, Masterkraft, Cobhams Asuquo, Kid Konnect and Spellz were enlisted by the heads of the label to assist with production.[2] The album features guest appearances and skits from X.O Senavoe, Rotimi and Basketmouth.[3][4] It produced seven singles—"Baddest Boy", "Dance for Me", "Get Down Tonight", "Ko Mo Le", "Sun Mo Mi", "Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There)" and "Change".

Background and recording[edit]

Banky W, Wizkid and Skales started recording songs for the album in 2011. Empire Mates State of Mind was initially scheduled for release on June 12, 2012.[5] Instead of releasing the album on June 12, the record label released the album's final track listing.[2] On June 15 and 16, the record label organized a listening party/album launch to celebrate and promote the album.[6][7] The listening party was held at the Deuces Bar & Lounge in Victoria Island, Lagos.[8][9] Most of the songs were recorded at E.M.E headquarters. Banky W told Beverly Bryan of MTV Iggy that living with Skales and Wizkid made the album easier to record.[10] Banky W commented on the release and buildup of the album, saying, "We’re very proud of the EME Album. We took our time to put together a fantastic blend of our talents as a collective, while also showcasing what each artiste is able to do individually. It felt like the right time to drop this record; each artiste is bringing his/her A-game, and the production quality is out of this world. There’s something for everybody…songs to dance to, songs to listen to, songs that make you think… We’re very excited about being able to share this with our fans worldwide, and we hope that we’ve been able to live up to and/or surpass their expectations of us. Our work is done. All that remains is for y’all to sit back, relax and press play…"[2]

Spinlet[edit]

Empire Mates State of Mind was released exclusively on Spinlet, a digital media company.[11][12] As a means of promoting the album and its brand, Spinlet gave away 100,000 copies of the album to its subscribers.[11][12] Moreover, the album was made available for free digital download to the first 75,000 people who downloaded Spinlet's official mobile application.[13][14] Nigerian Entertainment Today posted a step by step tutorial on how Spinlet subscribers can download the album.[15]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single "Baddest Boy" was released on April 2, 2012. The song was produced by Legendury Beatz and features contributing vocals from Wizkid, Skales and Banky W. Its music video was directed by Clarence Peters and uploaded onto YouTube on July 18, 2012. The Sarz-produced "Dance for Me" was released as the album's second single on July 25, 2012. Its music video was directed by Sesan. "Get Down Tonight" was released as the third single from the album; the song was also produced by Sarz.[16][17] Directed by Moe Musa, the release of the music video marked the end of E.M.E Wednesdays.[18][19]

"Ko Mo Le" was released as the fourth single from the album. The music video for the song was shot by 1st Impression in Washington DC during E.M.E's U.S tour in 2012.[20] "Sun Mo Mi" was released as the fifth single from the album; the song was co-produced by Masterkraft and Banky W. Its music video was shot in Lagos by Clarence Peters and features cameo appearances from Wizkid, Niyola, DJ Xclusive, Iyanya, Flowssick, Iceberg Slim and Slim T.[21] The Spellz-produced "Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There)" was released as the sixth single from the album. Its music video features cameos from Lynxxx, Gbenro, Dammy Krane, Skales, ShayDee and DJ Xclusive.[22] "Change" was released as the seventh single from the album; the song addresses some of the plights Nigeria is currently facing.[10] The music video for the song was directed by Clarence Peters.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
TayoTV8.5/10[23]
360Nobs7/10[24]
TooXclusive3/5 stars[25]
Nigerian Entertainment Today3.5/5 stars[26]

Empire Mates State of Mind received generally positive reviews from music critics. Tayo Ayomide of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, adding, "The Empire Mates States of Mind album is one directional at times, with its emphasis on party music. What makes the project work is the way each artiste brings their own style to each song. This ends up saving the project from not being too repetitive."[26] Ogaga Sakapide of TooXclusive gave the album 3 stars out of 5, adding. "Monotonous, tired club-beats, under-usage of Niyola, too lengthy, are some of the adjectives or phrases that can be used to describe ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’. Wizkid, Niyola and Wellington stood out from the pack; that said the album is pretty solid."[25] Wilfred Okiche of 360Nobs gave the album an overall rating of 7 out of 10, stating, "The hard hitting hip hop beats may become repetitive at some point despite the variety of producers involved, and the record may come across as lightweight, plus you might eventually get sore from all the getting down low required of you but it is unabashed in owning up to its motives."[24] A writer for TayoTV gave the album 8.5 stars out of 10, adding, "Being the Head of EME, I feel he [Banky W] has done a great job assembling this team, he has focused more on Wizkid thus not giving the rest of the crew equal attention. Weeezy [Wizkid] needs to cut down on the Jamo/Raggae theme and go back to the old Wizkid we fell in love with. He [Skales] needs to work on his bars if he really wants to be a rapper, as per singing he has proved himself. His [Shaydee] voice is unique as in one track he sounded like Slim and then switched it up in other tracks. Niyola is no doubt the 1st lady of this camp."[23]

Accolades[edit]

Empire Mates State of Mind was nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[27]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Baddest Boy" (featuring Wizkid, Skales, and Banky W.)
  • Ayodeji Balogun
  • Olubankole Wellington
  • Raoul John Njeng-Njeng
Legendury Beatz[28]4:00
2."Get Down Tonight" (featuring Wizkid, Skales, and Banky W.)
  • Balogun
  • Wellington
  • Njeng-Njeng
Sarz3:49
3."Sun Mo Mi" (featuring Shaydee, Skales, Banky W.)
  • Shadrach Adeboye
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Wellington
[21]4:06
4."Hate, Pt. 1" (featuring Basketmouth)Bright Okpocha1:12
5."Roll It" (featuring Wizkid and Banky W.)
  • Balogun
  • Wellington
Spellz2:51
6."Find My Trouble" (featuring Banky W., Shaydee, and Skales)
  • Wellington
  • Adeboye
  • Njeng-Njeng
Spellz3:56
7."Body" (featuring Wizkid)BalogunShizzi2:57
8."Ko Mo Le" (featuring Skales)Njeng-NjengSarz[20]4:19
9."Dance" (featuring Banky W. and X.O Senavoe)
  • Wellington
  • X.O Senavoe
Cobhams Asuquo3:51
10."Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There)" (featuring Niyola)Eniola AkinboSpellz[29]4:16
11."London Girl" (featuring Wizkid)BalogunSpellz3:43
12."Hate, Pt. 2" (featuring Basketmouth)Bright Okpocha1:08
13."Dance for Me" (featuring Wizkid)BalogunSarz[30]2:51
14."Follow Go House" (Skales, Shaydee and Banky W.)
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Adeboye
  • Wellington
Spellz4:47
15."My Baby" (featuring Skales)Njeng-NjengSarz3:56
16."Only You" (featuring Banky W., Shaydee, and Rotimi)
  • Wellington
  • Adeboye
  • Rotimi
Masterkraft4:52
17."Reppin' Emeazzyyy" (featuring Wizkid, Skales, and Banky W.)
  • Balogun
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Olubankole Wellington
Kid Konnect4:31
18."Wetin' I Want" (featuring Skales and Niyola)
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Akinbo
Legendury Beatz4:26
19."Change" (featuring Banky W., Wizkid, Skales, Shaydee, Niyola, and DJ Xclusive)
  • Wellington
  • Balogun
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Adeboye
  • Akinbo
Spellz4:23
20."See My Mama" (featuring Wizkid, Banky W., and Shaydee)
  • Balogun
  • Wellington
  • Adeboye
Legendury Beatz4:07
21."Hate, Pt. 3" (featuring Basketmouth)Okpocha1:16
22."Can't Stop Us" (featuring Banky W., Wizkid, Skales, Shaydee, Niyola, and X.O Senavoe)
  • Wellington
  • Balogun
  • Njeng-Njeng
  • Adeboye
  • Akinbo
  • X.O Senavoe
Masterkraft4:09
Total length:74:86
Notes
  • "—" denotes a skit

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's back cover.[31]

  • Olubankole Wellington – primary artist, writer, executive producer
  • Segun Demuren – executive producer
  • Stanley "Tino Bendel" Ekure – A&R, co-executive producer, management
  • Tunde Demuren – A&R, co-executive producer
  • Ayodeji Balogun – primary artist, writer
  • Raoul John Njeng-Njeng – primary artist, writer
  • Shadrach Adeboye – primary artist, writer
  • Eniola Akinbo – primary artist, writer
  • X.O Senavoe – featured artist
  • Rotimi – featured artist
  • Bright Okpocha – skit performer, writer
  • Legendury Beatz – producer
  • Sarz – producer
  • Masterkraft – producer
  • Cohbams Asuquo – producer
  • Kid Konnect – producer
  • Spellz – producer
  • Suka "The Surgeon" Andrew – mix and master engineer
  • Anuel Modebe – photography
  • Seyi Charles George – photography
  • Obi Somto – photography
  • Osagie Osarenkhoe – management

Release History[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Nigeria July 4, 2012 CD, Digital download Empire Mates Entertainment

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