Updated: March 4, 2021
It is evident from aesthetics that Fireboy DML’s Jealous is a delightsome piece of music designed to suit your ears for any occasion that demands its airplay. This sublime music is audio ecstasy, right from the very first few seconds. Jealous is a song that talks about a lover who has been avoiding opening his heart to loving until all that perception changed after meeting his significant other.
He admits to be hypnotised to this form of love, tongue-tied, glued and overwhelmed by his recent addiction to this latest love interest. The song is a simple song with a catchy chorus and a really addictive beat.
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The song’s genre can be said to be in the region of afro-fusion as it has some danceable elements in it, to make it lively and relatable. All these elements go further to assert that the kind of jealous Fireboy is singing about isn’t the suffocative sort of love that is psychotic, strict and craves a strong special attention to one person.
The feel good lyrics are delivered in banter format just to make the lover know that he is jealous- but the love portrayed here is healthy. Love is not love if envy and jealousy are not slightly incorporated. So it is safe to say that love is quite selfish as you get jealous whenever other parties flirt with your love interest. Fireboy notes here that he is addicted to his partner- like an aphrodisiac- a drug that he cannot get enough of. Which if well considered, is healthy.
It is rendered like a chant with few trickles of verses and lots of variegated afro-fusions in the beat including a konga and talking drum at some points just to give the song some appeal. Nowadays, Africans have shown that they love to dance and they are always looking for songs that have a combo of both good lyrics- in patches and very danceable beats for their weddings, parties and listening pleasure. A worthy example here is Burna Boy’s On The Low- sparse lyrics, exceptional beat. Fireboy truly outdid himself on this one by delivering the Nigerian quintessential love song that combines all the elements of a contemporary Nigerian-African acceptable song- love, scanty lyrics, afro fusion and a great beat. This is unlike Nick Jonas version that is a combo of meaningful lyrics, and pleasurable beats while infusing the alternative concept.
The difference between both songs is perspective. While Nigerian audiences prefer danceable beats over deep lyrics, the American audience prefer deep and well laid lyrics to danceable beats which is why most rap artists over there dish out good rap lyrics but could use too much electronic features which may be boring to an African man who just wants to dance whenever the song is being aired. Away from comparisms, both artistes did justice to their songs alter ego according to their stereotypical beliefs.
Fireboy DML has done other songs- he must have but he has just won the hearts of millions of Nigerians and Africans at large by the immense success of this single. He was signed onto YBNL records as Adekunle Gold’s replacement and this track here is spitting fire all over it. It won’t be wrong to say kudos to Olamide for landing this huge bundle of talent. I guess both Olamide of YBNL and Don Jazzy of MAVIN records have come to understand the importance of scouting young talents in music. Both Music Veterans have been responsible for the likes of Chinko Ekun, Adekunle Gold, Korede Bello and Tiwa Savage. Tiwa’s youthfulness maybe questioned however her career shone brighter with MAVIN, that we can agree upon. However, the Nigerian music industry will be most grateful to Olamide for his discovery of Lil Kesh, the Able God crooner in Chinko and the gold in Adekunle.
Fireboy has just struck gold and he must be really overwhelmed by his sensational success.
I will rate Fireboy’s Jealous an 8/10 for several things. For starters, the song is clean and free from profanities- anyone can listen to it. Jealous may have scanty lyrics and can be said to be repetitive but he makes up for this inconsistencies in the perfect vocal pitch used in the overall play of the song. Since he found a perfect way to melodiously intertwine the good lyrics with this tune, Fireboy should get all the credit for the song that has stolen number spot on my playlist this week.