#BumpThis: Davido & Chris Brown’s “Blow My Mind”

July 31, 2019

There’s so much music out there that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to stay up with their favourite artists or what’s new and hot right now. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a daily series that features the one song you need to listen to, every day. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

Nigerian musicians are not famous for their use of songwriters, even though many know it’s a common practice behind the scenes. On his mission to reach the upper echelons of global pop, Davido has been criticised for using and not using songwriters. It’s consistent with the vitriol that he’s faced throughout his career – and addressed in a recent Instagram video. It is somewhat fitting that on “Blow My Mind”, an international collaboration featuring American singer Chris Brown, Davido proves why his formula (or the absence of one) works.

Last year, Davido sprung onto US charts with two singles; “Fia” and “Fall”, months after their release. “Blow My Mind” is similar in its Afropop leanings, albeit with a tinge of airy R&B and afro-fusion elements. Davido’s melodies are unusually light and breezy – as such, many Nigerian listeners were quick to draw parallels with Wurld, the Nigerian singer who has writing credits on the song. Davido’s pairing with Chris Brown proves to be an inspired choice as well; the US pop star’s forte is melody-driven pop songs and he delivers a typically memorable verse.

The production is a catchy mid-tempo beat that gives a summer tinge to the artists’ invitation to beautiful women. Davido may not have a songbird’s voice as many critics are quick to point out.

Whether he uses songwriters or churns out hits with no help, the man is in the business of crafting hits. “Blow My Mind” is the latest of them and it is as perfect as summer anthems get.

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