Innocent Idibia, fondly called 2face is a legend; the greatest artiste to come out of Africa in recent times.
While many artistes he started with has fallen off, he still remains unshakeable, releasing songs that continue to shape the industry and re-affirm his already indisputable place in music folklore.
Sometime in 2014, 2face announced an official name change. We weren’t too worried of course, it was 2baba, It was respect, It was ancestry.
Today, I present to you five songs (not necessarily the best) from the 2baba regime, that has proven Innocent Idibia as a modern titan who is never afraid to shed old wings like the Eagle, in order to achieve longevity.
1. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU (Ft Bridget Kelly)
Over the years, 2baba has collaborated with international artistes but this makes the cut because of its sheer beauty.
In the video directed by Luke Biggins, there is 2baba, waiting for a woman, crooning in that legendary voice of his, telling her to ‘loosen up’ and let somebody love her.
This song is one of the first commercial success of the 2baba regime, as it was off the ‘The Ascension’ album released in 2014.
2. OYA COME MAKE WE GO (Ft. Sauti Sol)
2baba recruits the Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol for this infectious and positivity message driven tune.
It is a song that tells the listener to believe in the validity of his or her dreams, as people that have succeeded ‘no get two heads.’
2baba recognizes his voice and brand as an inspiration to many Africans and over the years, he has continued on the path. The video, shot in somewhere like a desert has the back drop of a child inventor who creates something that flies. The glee in his eyes as it takes off to the sky is so cute.
3. CODED TINZ (Ft. Phyno & Chief Obi)
Perhaps 2baba’s greatest strength as an artiste is to sing the things we all think and say. He is so human.
This song, which begins with a voice over by the Igbo accented Chief Obi, telling his woman that he doesn’t agree with her bringing her friends over for what was supposed to be ‘private.’
2baba further drives home the point singing ‘as you see me so, I too jealous. I only have time for only us.’ The Playmaker Phyno delivers a relatively good verse in his trademark style.
4. HOLY HOLY
One of 2baba’s recurring themes in his music has got to be Live and Let Live. Don’t Judge. This song is a more recent record which suggests that it is most likely inspired by religiously themed mini wars and crisis.
The video sees 2baba clad in white going through a war infested nation preaching truth. There is a scene in the video where he’s in the midst of people and he’s saying his truth, however it stings the people’s ears. It must be told.
They hurl stones and other things at him but there is a barrier-like thing keeping him safe.
The legend challenges us to speak the truth and live life in peace with all irrespective of religion, sexuality or gender. You No Holy Pass.
5. GAAGA SHUFFLE
When 2baba decides to unwind, it is so natural and groovy. The man is unhinged by the burdens of creative versatility.
This song features a Larry Gaaga. Google search took me straight back to the song, unable to find previous works of the aforementioned so I’m guessing that he (Larry Gaaga) is the man with 2baba in the video, the one with streaks of white and black beard on his chin, probably the creator of the dance. (Last I checked, it is called Gaaga Shuffle)
Mid-tempo, groovy, comes with a dance. The dance has you stretch forth your hands, and sway them from side to side, you also raise them up, all the while moving your waist, left, right.
2baba and the other many celebrities (insert AY, Timaya, Rude Bwoy of PSquare, Olu Maintain and many others) obviously rocked the dance in the video that easily depicts the feel good vibe of the jam.
There you have it! The songs that defined the versatility of the 2baba era (2014—Present).