Solar Plexus (album)

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Solar Plexus
SolarPlexusArtCover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedMay 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
Recorded2012
GenreAfrobeats
Length41:43
LabelMavin Records
ProducerDon Jazzy (exec.)
Singles from Solar Plexus
  1. "Take Banana"
  2. "Oma Ga"

Solar Plexus is a compilation album released by Mavin Records on May 8, 2012. Produced entirely by Don Jazzy, the album comprises 13 tracks and was made available for free digital download. It contains solo tracks from D'Prince, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal and Dr SID.[1] The album's release coincided with the record label's launch date. Solar Plexus was supported by two singles: "Take Banana" and "Omo Ga". It received generally negative reviews from music critics.

Background and singles[edit]

The album's recording sessions took place in Lagos at Mavin Records Studio. Solar Plexus was mixed and mastered by James "LeRock" Loughrey at Tardis Studios in the United Kingdom.[2] Fans hoped for reconciliation between Don Jazzy and D'banj, but weren't certain on the future of Mo' Hits Records. In the midst of this, Don Jazzy announced the establishment of Mavin Records on Twitter. He sought support from his fans, saying, "Please open up your hearts, lend us your ears, give us your love and support as always and let’s continue to entertain you".[3] With the launch of the new label, it was further revealed that the album would be made available the next day.

"Take Banana" was released as the album's lead single. D'Prince remixed the song for his debut studio album Frenzy (2012).[4] "Omo Ga" was released as the album's second single; a teaser of the music video was released.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Nigerian Sounds6.8/10[7]
TayoTV6/10[8]
TooXclusive2/5 stars[9]
Nigerian Entertainment Today2/5 stars[10]
Hip Hop World Magazine2/5 stars [11]

Solar Plexus received negative reviews from music critics. A writer for Nigerian Sounds granted the album 6.8 stars out of 10, applauding Don Jazzy for producing the entire album in three days.[7] Amb Noni of TayoTV awarded the album 6 stars out of 10, saying it was "rushed".[8] James Silas of Hip Hop World Magazine gave the album 2 stars out of 5, saying the "haste to put out an album to officially unveil Mavin Records sort of affected the total composition of the project."[11] Ogaga Sakapide of TooXclusive also assigned 2 stars out of 5, saying it "gives the impression of a hurriedly packaged work with so-so lyrics, ill-matched materials and several hit-miss moments."[9] Wilfred Okiche, whose review was posted on 360nobs, described the record as a "vanity project for Don Jazzy to prove he's still got it after all that happened and unfortunately everyone else is relegated to second place".[12] Chi Ibe of YNaija said the album was "a mistake".[13] Ayomide Tayo of Nigerian Entertainment Today assigned a score of 2 out of 5 and opined that Solar Plexus is Don Jazzy's weakest produced album of his career."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Intro"
  • Michael Ajereh
  • Sidney Esiri
Don Jazzy0:42
2."I'm a Mavin" (featuring Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, Wande Coal, and D'Prince)
  • Ajereh, Tiwatope Savage
  • Esiri
  • Wande Ojosipe
  • Charles Enebeli
Don Jazzy5:19
3."Oma Ga" (featuring Tiwa Savage)
  • Ajereh
  • Savage
  • Esiri
  • Ojosipe
Don Jazzy3:31
4."YOLO" (featuring Dr SID)
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
Don Jazzy3:31
5."See Me Ri" (featuring Wande Coal)
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
  • Ojosipe
  • Towa Ojosipe
Don Jazzy3:27
6."Take Banana" (featuring D'Prince)
  • Ajereh
  • Enebeli
Don Jazzy3:13
7."C.P.R (Kiss of Life)" (featuring Dr SID)
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
Don Jazzy4:06
8."Forever" (featuring Wande Coal)
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
  • Ojosipe
  • Ojosipe
Don Jazzy4:19
9."Why You Over There" (featuring D'Prince)
  • Ajereh
  • Enebeli
Don Jazzy3:24
10."Chocolate" (featuring Dr SID)
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
  • Enebeli
Don Jazzy3:26
11."Pretty Girls" (featuring Wande Coal)
  • Ajereh
  • Ojosipe
Don Jazzy3:26
12."Amarachi" (featuring D'Prince)
  • Ajereh
  • Enebeli
Don Jazzy3:13
13."Outro"
  • Ajereh
  • Esiri
Don Jazzy0:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Collins Ajereh – executive producer, creative director, writer, producer
  • Tiwatope Savage – primary artist, writer
  • Sidney Onoriode Esiri – primary artist, writer
  • Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe – primary artist, writer
  • Charles Enebeli – primary artist, writer
  • Towa Ojosipe – writer
  • James "Lerock" Loughrey – mixing engineer

Release History[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Nigeria May 8, 2012 CD, Digital download Mavin Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nyingifa Theodore (16 October 2013). "New Music- Solar Plexus By Mavin Records Allstars". Pulse Nigeria. Archived from the original on 21 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY of James 'Lerock' Loughrey". Kick-Ass Productions. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Industry Moves: Don Jazzy Makes NBA Thunder Move, Launches Mavin Records, Picks #WINNING Team – Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, D'Prince". Africanmusiclaw. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Take Banana Till You Go Yo! Watch D'Prince's Smashing New Video for "Take Banana Remix"". Bellanaija. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ "BN Exclusive: Tiwa Savage Gets Gangsta for "Oma Ga"! Watch the Teaser for Her New Music Video". Bellanaija. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Video Teaser: Tiwa Savage – Oma Ga". 360nobs. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Critical Album Breakdown:- Mavin Records All Stars - Solar Plexus [Album Review]". Nigeriansounds. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b "[Review] Mavin - Solar Plexus". TayoTv. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b "ALBUM REVIEW: MAVIN RECORDS 'SOLAR PLEXUS'". tooxclusive. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Solar Plexus [Album Review]". TheNetNigeria. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  11. ^ a b "MAVIN ALL STARS – SOLAR PLEXUS [Album Review]". HipHopWorldMagazine. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Where Are The Mavins?- 'Solar Plexus' Album Review". 360nobs. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Album Review: Shall we say the truth about Don Jazzy's 'Solar Plexus'?". YNaija. Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.