When people talk about how much they love Paybac Iboro’s sophomore album ‘Cult!’, one song that keeps coming up as a favourite is the second lead single off the project, ‘Activ8’. Opening with raw but gripping keys, head-bumping kicks and a faded but stifling baseline the rap finds Paybac in his element, delivering stream-of-consciousness verses about how he keeps pushing against all odds in this country. On the striking and highly infectious hook, Paybac raps, ‘Activ8, activ8, activ8, young Samuel Oparaji, I’m balling till I pass away. Legends only die on a Saturday, get the plug if you want activate‘.
He also dropped the beat for free online, inspiring scads of freestyle verses from some of the brightest rappers in Nigeria, known and unknown. But for the remix of such a standout single, Paybac seeks the big dawgs, the tested and trusted wordsmiths revered all over for their sharp pen. He brings along Ghost of SDC, Vector the Viper and Boogey, his friend and frequent collaborator who all came through with jawdropping and thoughtful bars on the record.
Listen to this record above and let us know who you think has the best verse.