iJay – “Mo Juwonlo” ft. M.I & Olamide
After almost two years of seemingly dropping off the radar, Akande Olashile Juwonlo better known as iJay drops his debut single, appropriately titled; Mo Juwonlo. The song is sampled off his feature onMI’s 2014 Chairman Album song titled “The Middle”which also featured Olamide.
The in-studio bonding must have been mutually satisfying for all the artistes, as “Mo Juwonlo”reversibly features MI and Olamide. In his early twenties, the Gbagada – Lagos based singer is not new to struggle and “Mo-Juwonlo” is a cathartic expression of the uprooting of deeply entrenched insecurities planted as poisonous verbal seeds over many years of uncertainty but culminating in triumph through faith and self-confidence as iJay sings about victory over his detractors.
The sound is hip-hop/pop, but the emotion is raw and unrehearsed. With a voice comparable to that of 9ice, iJay’s vocal delivery is quicker and more tenacious; slashing through the beat and reminiscent of once broken bones that have now fused to become thicker and even stronger.