#BumpThis: Joeboy’s “Faaji” w/ Mr Eazi

July 10, 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.


With the success that his 2019 hit “Baby” is enjoying, it’s a good time to revisit a song that is proof of Joeboy’s knack for party bangers. Like his fellow mid-tempo Afropop hitmakers, the Surulere, Lagos singer weaves sing-along lyrics into catchy rhythms.

On “Faaji” alongside Mr Eazi, the artist who has emerged as his mentor of sorts, Joeboy’s delivery is much more energetic. It fits the theme of the song; a call for anyone who’s listening to come ‘faaji‘ with him. “I can do as I like, make dance and party all night, tori mi o je anybody l’owo“, Joeboy sings over groovy synths and drums. Mr Eazi’s verse is a giant middle finger to everyone who’s directed thinly-veiled hate at his success; he too wants you to come catch a vibe inspite of them.

The music video – set as a house party – brings the campy, happy feel of the song to life. And if you think you hear Ajebutter’s signature “Olohun”, you’re right. As often, it lightens up the song – and makes it even harder to resist. “Faaji” is an outright party jam that shows off what may be Joeboy’s biggest strength – a sense of rhythm that lets him fit into any groove and has made “Baby” one of the biggest pan-african hits of 2019.

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