After spending the last seven years at the top of the afrobeats music scene, Mr Eazi is finally set to drop his debut solo album scheduled for release on 27th October.
Available for pre-order from 19th July, the highly anticipated album announcement comes with the release of the track ‘Chop Time, No Friend’, serving as the lead single and first taste of Mr Eazi’s long-awaited upcoming album.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning Ghanaian musician Killbeatz, and fast-rising Nigerian producer Andre Vibez, ‘Chop Time, No Friend’ sees Mr Eazi returning to his trademark Banku Music sound – which he pioneered and popularized on his early breakout singles – in true trailblazer fashion. Driven by glorious melodies, magnificent horn sections, and lush keyboard arrangements, the groove-filled opus sees Mr Eazi delivering a silky-smooth hit song that shows a glimpse of just why he is revered as one of the best afrobeats artists to ever do it.
For the accompanying ‘Chop Time, No Friend’ music video, Mr Eazi has collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Allison Swank Owen to bring the track further to life. Shot in Dakar, the video sees Mr Eazi shining the spotlight on the thriving creative scene that is emerging out of Senegal’s capital city – from fashion to fine art to its everyday people. This theme of shining the spotlight is something Mr Eazi also carries along, even in commissioning the cover art for ‘Chop Life, No Friend’, painted by burgeoning South African artist Sinalo Ngcaba.
Speaking about the inspiration behind this new track ‘Chop Time, No Friend’, and how he will not let anybody distract him from enjoying the fruits of his success, Mr Eazi says, “The phrase ‘Chop Time, No Friend’ is a very common Ghanaian saying, something you will see written on the front or side of buses, just like the popular saying, ‘God is Great’. It means when you are eating, you don’t think about anybody, you are just focused on your enjoyment – this song is touching on how people chit-chat on me, but I am still focused on my enjoyment. It is a declaration, a celebration of self. I am saying everything I touch turns to gold, and you can’t trouble me”.