Mr Eazi has released new songs as well as the title of his long-awaited, decade-long debut solo album. “Advice,” produced by Ghana’s M.O.G. Beatz, is the latest song by The Evil Genius, which will be released on October 27, 2023.
The 16-track album is now available for pre-order HERE: https://empawaafrica.lnk.to/TheEvilGenius.
Mr Eazi is the next artist to be featured in Vevo’s original content series Ctrl., with a passionate, defiant performance of the drill-infused “Advice” released today to coincide with the track’s release.
The lyrically rich “Advice” mentions a number of African martyrs, notably former DRC President Joseph Kabila and Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian writer and activist whose 1995 hanging sparked domestic and international outcry. “I was coming from that place of having that energy,” Eazi explains.
The Evil Genius was recorded over a two-year period between Ouidah and Cotonou, Benin; Kigali, Rwanda; Accra and Kokrobite, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; London; Los Angeles; and New York City, and features some of Mr Eazi’s most personal work, delving deeply into subjects such as love, betrayal, loneliness, and family, expressed through three distinct acts.
Mr Eazi commissioned visual artists from around the continent to create a unique, physical art piece to reflect each of the album’s 16 tracks in a first-of-its-kind marriage of African music and art. For “Advice,” he enlisted the help of Nairobi, Kenya-based artist Alphonce Odhiambo, also known as Alpha ODH, whose rebellious lyrics are reflected in his acrylic painting.
Mr Eazi personally selected 13 artists from eight African countries and invited them to contribute in a ‘informal and spontaneous’ process.
“I invited artists to create for the album because I am passionate about creativity and expression,” Mr Eazi explained. “The artworks visually reveal the ideas, emotions, and energy contained within my music.”
The album’s artworks will be included in a multi-sensory exhibition experience that will debut in Accra, Ghana, from September 13-17, before travelling to the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House in London from October 12-15. More exhibition announcements in additional cities are on the way.
MR EAZI TOUR DATES (w/ ChopLife SoundSystem)
Saturday, September 2 | Washington DC – Karma
Sunday, September 3 | Houston – Rise Roof Top
Sunday, September 24 | Atlanta – Revolt World @ Pangaea Studio