Nigerian German-based rapper and Afro-Fusionist Garey Godson has released his sophomore album “Still I Rise” today, March 28. This comes barely two years after his 11-track full-length project, “The Lift Off” released in 2018.
This new album contains 13 tracks including pre-released singles like ‘Private Trips’, ‘Low Key’, Cairo’. The project inspired by the revered American poet and activist Maya Angelou also features appearances from Donmd, Law and Daramola.
On the groovy love tune ‘Lowkey’ with Daramola, Garey invites his love interest to come to spend time with him over the weekend. He entices her by reminding her of some of their cherished moments while also making promises of her having the time of her life if she comes over. It’s a private affair with no intruders allowed as Garey sings “will you come over for the weekend, we ain’t gotta tell nobody I can keep it on a low, I can keep it on a low key.”
The DONMD-assisted ‘Cairo’ finds Garey recounting his ordeal in one of Africa’s most historically and culturally rich cities. He tells us about his brief romance with a lady who he met on that short vacation. But she soon slips from his fingers as she isn’t down for any commitments. But the short time spent with her makes his time in Cario one to remember.
Garey Godson also takes on a larger issue on ‘Virtual Love’ as he highlights how instant messaging and social media is fast robbing us of physical and social interactions. On the record, he paints a picture most youths are familiar with; one of a romantic relationship turning sour and complicated due to ineffective and efficient communication.
In ‘Tha Juice’ he gives us a peek into his musical journey and the resilience that has gotten him so far. Over a smooth blend of Trap and R&B coated with an Afropop spice, Garey Godson reflects, “Decided to break all of the doors that were locked or we would just go through the window/ did it myself, no guts no glory/ took my pain and then I turned it into my story.”
The Afrofusionist also pays homage to the hub of Afropop, Lagos on ‘Private Trips’. Riding on bright Afro high-life guitar riffs to bouncy 808s, Garey implores his love interest to join him on his adventurous private trip around the city.
The project was premiered on our very special edition of The PGM Radio Show on Wednesday, where we touched on his music production process, influences and possible collaborations in the works. Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think.