Posh Agege Boy would have been a top 10 Nigerian project in 2021 if I had known about Punchline Amund. It has it all: intrigue, razor-sharp flows, content, context, concept, grounding, humour, excellent production, flawless flow scheme, pristine rhymes, and storytelling.
The project is a mash-up of Amund’s personal story and a discussion about the circumstances of his upbringing on the streets. While some of the beats appear to be modern, they are rooted in rudimentary Hip-Hop, and Amund displayed dexterity in flowing in both English and Yoruba. Whether Amund was articulating pain, self-deprecation, or his story, the project is also honest and genuine.
Amund’s story is similar to Nas’: he is the son of a strict headmistress who wears jerry curls and lives in Agege, Lagos. A diamond in the rough of inner-city life, hardened by adversity but still living better than the majority of those around him, hence the moniker ‘Posh Agege Boy.’ Agege is a bustling inner-city neighborhood full of hustle and bustle, but also full of creativity.
Agege has become the beating heart of Nigerian mainstream pop culture over the last ten years. It’s no surprise, then, that a proper MC could have emerged alongside Shepeteri artists, street-hop acts, and hypemen.
This EP showcases both the ‘Posh’ and ‘Agege’ sides of this talented rapper: ‘Bambi Allah’ is a genre-defying record with roots in Northern Nigerian music, whereas ‘Way,’ ‘If I Be Yahoo Boy,’ and ‘Hypeman’ represent the posh in terms of sound and delivery. ‘Agege,’ on the other hand, is somewhere in the middle. On a Drill beat, Amund tells the story in Yoruba.
Amund documents the early morning alarm in the hood in the first seconds of this EP: the voice of a trader on ‘Way,’ through which he expresses the pain and frustration of unfulfilled dreams. It also demonstrates Amund’s religious roots.
With ‘Hypeman,’ Amund interpolates a standup comedy performance with his story about the ‘hailing’ culture on Nigerian streets to close the album. While it was amusing, it also demonstrated the lengths to which some Lagos residents will go to make money. Something that a newcomer could easily fall for.
‘If I Be Yahoo Boy’ is the biggest creative win on this EP. With a banging beat, it feels inspired by Joyner Lucas’s ‘I’m Not Racist or AQ’s ‘My PVC Story.’ The common denominator between all the beats is a great beat and a multi-narrative, from different angles. In Amund’s case, it’s a compilation of the Nigerian dreamer’s perspective on how Yahoo boys live, before ending it with the underlying hypocrisy in all those perspectives.
He also addresses love through the concept of hypergamy on ‘Omo Agege.’
This is such an amazing body of work. And Cobhams killed that hook on ‘Way.’
• 0-1.9: Flop
• 2.0-3.9: Near fall
• 4.0-5.9: Average
• 6.0-7.9: Victory
• 8.0-10: Champion
Pulse Rating: /10
Album Sequencing: 1.8/2
Themes and Delivery: 1.8/2
Enjoyability and Satisfaction: 1.8/2
9.2 – Champion