The artiste Damibliz has released another single titled “Formula 1”. Like most Naija songs in the Afropop and Afrobeat genre, it’s a fast-paced song with a very danceable beat. So it definitely satisfies the needs of those who are just looking for a club atmosphere in which to dance away their worries and stress after a hard day at work.
However when I look closely at this song and pay some attention to it’s lyrics and message, it just goes downhill from there. It’s confusing as it doesn’t have any particular theme. It just seems to be a combination of the song writer’s opinion on several different events that just happened to come to his or her mind. The message of the song is completely eclectic.
Although I wasn’t able to understand all of what he was trying to say, (Frankly, following a person’s train of thought can be pretty challenging but when the person in question makes no effort to arrange it in a logical sequence, you know you’ve got your work cut out for you.)
Here is what I garnered from his lyrics:
At first, Damibliz appears to be advising someone on the right strategy to use, which is apparently patience and tactical opening of legs. This indicates that he is advising a woman in this case, telling her that she is overthinking things or doing ‘I-too-know’ by refusing to f*** the right people.
Next in the chorus, he seems to be talking about how once you have received your ‘package’, you should be able to enjoy it and allow others to have their turn, even if you don’t feel you’ve had enough. He goes on to tell us that even though you pass the ‘package’ (which must be some form of ‘enjoyment’) around and it doesn’t seem enough, you shouldn’t overdo yourself. Don’t eat too much, don’t lick too much, don’t do anything too much etc. Evidently, here he is advising fans to do it all in moderation. OK, sounding sensible.
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And then we get to verse two where we are reminded that, of course, the song would not be complete or ‘cool’ if he doesn’t mention women as sexual objects, the act of sex itself and his almighty sexual prowess. After which he remembers the last woman he had sex with and how incompetent he found her to be in bed. Of course, he really felt the need to share that with us, so he did.
The chorus comes again, and we are reminded once more to pass even though it’s not enough and to keep moderation in mind.
He decides to end the song by coming back to the sexy woman’s butt he mentioned earlier and the catchy gibberish that he has been sprinkling in the song to make the song ‘sweeter’ even though it makes no sense at all.
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But hey, Damibliz hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary. With this song, he is simply conforming to the popular standard set in place by the seeming demand and interests of the masses by imitating what many popular artists produced which ended up being regarded as huge ‘hits’.
Yes! THIS SONG IS A HIT NO DOUBT.
Let’s forget the fact that the bar is very low here, Formula 1 fills all the criteria for a hit song since the masses hardly care for what lyrics are being passed across and how this message is unconsciously programming the collective mentality of the masses.
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We just want to dance and prove that we are cool by displaying all the wrong priorities. So DJ, play Formula 1 by Damibliz for us!
La Franglophone, is a French Teacher, Feminist and a blunt content analyst based in Nigeria.