It’s Don Jazzy’s Birthday: His Top Five Songs
It’s Don Jazzy again!
How many times have you heard that in one of your favourite songs? Yeah, you can’t count. That shows how many hits Don Jazzy has had over the years, starting from his Mo hits days when he redefined the role of the producer from a mere studio producer to a collaborator with more visual representation.
And he has given us some of naija’s best pop culture moment – from the Booty Call to Eminado; and from an unknown producer to Industry heavyweight.
Perhaps his biggest accolade is his contribution in the production work to Lift Off, a track on Jay Z and Kanye West’s Grammy award-winning album, Watch the Throne
For the culture, here are his top songs:
- Oliver Twist: Perhaps the song that gave him the much deserved international exposure and the audience of Kanye West and Jay z. This song unfortunately also heralded the end of his collaboration with long term partner, DBanj, but not before taking both of the to the peak of their careers.
- Eminado: This hit has the talented singer Tiwa Savage on vocals and is one of Don Jazzy’s biggest hits post Mo Hits and one that showed a certain deviation from songs of his earlier days. Still, his presence was written all over the song and the result was one of the biggest song of the year.
- Booty Call: This song, by Mo Hits all stars was the song back then. The lyrics and chants about love for a certain booty got everyone on their feet and ears straining to hear more. The production was tight too. It was everything we had come to expect from the Mo Hits crew and then some.
Not long after founding Mavin records, Don Jazzy came out with this song that took over the airwaves and became a massive hit. Definately one of his bigger songs in a catalogue filled with hit songs. The song also introduced to Mavin crew to a more mainstream audience and as a label that deserved attention, and Don Jazzy, as a producer at the top of his game.
Surulere: Another of Don Jazzy’s masterclass – this time, with a message. Beyond the great deep lyricism of the song, what took it to the next level was Don Jazzy’s midas touch and his signature brilliance was written all over it.