It may be quite an overstatement to call King Zamir’s latest album, XXII boring, but only a few other words turn up when describing a project that seems deliberate and headed for something, but neither finds that thing, nor does it reveal anything tangible within. Still, subsuming the album’s entire production in modern hip-hop’s overused synth-electro ambiance doesn’t sound completely boring across board, “Motives” featuring Omagz229, is in fact one of the few places where it is wholly permissible.
“Motives” opens with deep synths occasionally interrupted with single guitar chords, hinting the track’s inherently sinister underlining. King Zamir comes in to confirm that prelude with a verse about every typical Yoruba demon’s modus operandi to do just about anything it takes to get a woman to fall in love, no matter how selfish. Interestingly, King Zamir cuts back where many rap songs exploring similar themes have failed with an opening line where he goes: “Days of inadequacy won’t let me be real with a woman/ Who I am and what I have to offer ain’t enough / So Amma seduce”. It’s a curious and emotionally vulnerable way to start a song, that could have gone any other way.
Omagz229 who has had a rather impressive year long run with singles (“What You Like”, “Osho Free”), expands his presence on “Motives” beyond the hook on the second verse. He accentuates Zamir’s narrative, singing “You got lost in the sauce/ and then into the vibe”, hinting their combined motives were always intended to fool even the most guarded lovers.
Stream “Motives” via Soundcloud here.