YBNL and Empire golden boy, Fireboy DML has released his sophomore LP “Apollo” in the early hours of Thursday, August 20. The album titled after the Greek god of healing, music and poetry contains a total of 17 tracks, including pre-released singles like ‘New York City Girl’, ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Eli’. And unlike his debut album which was an entirely solo effort, this album contains features from Wande Coal, D Smoke and Olamide.
The latest single from the album ‘Tattoo’ finds Fireboy DML girl-crazy yet again as he wants to be stuck on his woman like a tattoo. One thing you’d always appreciate from a Fireboy record is that his tight pen game is always on full display, laid out with pristine vocals and a soothing delivery; and this new record is no exception.
‘Eli’ is a sonically refreshing number that beautifully blends Afropop, dancehall elements and coated with Japanese sounds. And like most of Fireboy’s singles, this record finds him wailing about the effect a woman he calls Delilah has on him. He appears to be crazy in love and suddenly realises he’s no longer in control. In the infectious hook, he relentlessly calls out for help, “someone come save me from Delilah.”
‘New York City Girl’ on the other hand finds Fireboy holding on to a fleeting romance with a tourist; the girl from New York. They have both taken an interest in each other in her stint here and have shared some beautiful times. But sadly, it’s time for her to leave.
This is a romance that was just supposed to be a fling. However, Fireboy seems to have caught the bug and wants it to last longer, even if it’s just one day more. Ideally, he’d want her to leave her man – waiting for her at the other side of the Atlantic – and elope with him. But he knows that might be reaching a bit too far, so he’d gladly settle for one more loving moment with her. One more dance.
For the production of this album, Fireboy works with a capable team of Type A, iamBeatz, P .Prime, and Pheelz who had the major workload, producing a total of nine tracks. Pheelz also works on the engineering of the album alongside ST and TY Mix.
This album “Apollo” comes barely a year after Fireboy’s smashing debut “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” which remains a huge cultural and commercial success. It is even branded as the best album of 2019 in many corners. It is also worth mentioning that this album would make Fireboy DML the first YBNL act asides the label boss Olamide to drop a second album under the label.
Enjoy the new album above.