Love It/Hate It: Kizz Daniel’s Barnabas

December 3, 2021

Kizz Daniel has had us in a chokehold since dropping “Woju” in 2015. With new music and some interesting collaborations hitting the streets, we decided to ask Nigerians what they thought about his new EP, “Barnabas” for Love It/Hate It. 

Sarah – His music has evolved, love it!

Kizz Daniel’s sound is evolving and I like it. Just like Adekunle Gold, you can see that he’s adopting this new fusion of Afrobeats that’s very chill and mellow. He’s making the kind of music you’d hear from Buju or Fireboy. Music that you can just vibe to, you don’t really have to dance and shit. Pour Me Water could’ve easily been a Buju song. 

Kayito – I hate that unnecessary The Cavemen feature. 

It’s not the worst song, but if you’re going to do a song with The Cavemen, you have to make it epic! As a fan of The Cavemen, I can’t stand that Oshe song. Also, The Cavemen too should learn to say “no” abeg. Is it every feature you will carry your guitars and drums to? Maybe I went in with too high expectations.

Wale – Why is Kizz Daniel out here singing about racism? 

I like the EP. For the first time in a long time, I was like, “Okay, now I get why this guy is still relevant.” I appreciate the writing because honestly, Nigerians rarely care about the writing process, but I also felt like he was doing the most to appeal to oyinbos. But with all that is happening in Nigeria, why is this man out in the streets singing about racism? Skin is just weird to me. 

Ifeyinwa – I need something new, some edge. 

I’m tired of male artists singing about how they’re the best thing to happen to women since sliced bread. Kizz is a Yoruba man. Wickedness is in his DNA. Why does he always sing these love songs about all he’s going to do for a girl? I need something new. He tried to do it with F**k You, and he definitely needs to do it again.

Josh – This is the best record of the year!

Last year, Odogwu, Big W, Tiwa and Davido all dropped albums, and this year has just been meh. Until Kizz Daniel changed that. 

I like the EP a lot! Kizz knows how to make hits even though most of the songs sound the same. 

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