For a song that has refused to age even after two years of being on digital shelves, Jupita’s ‘Enemies’ may get to enjoy some further traction.
In a latest injection that should do it some good on urban and regional radio, the Ghanaian act receives some love from reworker-in-chief Patoranking. The Nigerian, responsible for making and shaping up Stonebwoy’s Pull Up into additional form and relevance, brings all his arsenals to the fore in Maga Don Pay.
The internet fraud-inspired title stays off the general theme positioning of the original ‘Enemies’ that had Sarkodie on it. In the original version, both acts tried to make the song predictably Ghanaian in coating and in moral; selling glory after pain and an appeal to one’s enemies to stay off.
That doesn’t happen on Maga Don Pay, where a lot of emphasis is placed on narcissism, largely what makes the average Nigerian relevant, and explanatory of why Patoranking was chosen for this. The sights and targets are pretty much clear; if it has to cross over it has to be in a regionally accepted lingua known not only to the featured guest but his subjects as well. He’s handed a lot of room for that, tellingly exhibiting so much brassiness the way free rangers behave.
Patoranking remains yet one of few Nigerian artistes who enjoy decent cross boarder appeal. The young Nigerian MC is Ghanaian in soul and direction in a way, it is little wonder he’s grown to embrace the nuances of the two countries. The way he perfectly exploits the social breadths of the two cultures on materials, make for intricate mapping detailing you would think he achieved that by just being uninvitedly bludgeoning.
The video to Maga Don Pay was shot by Clarence Peters, Nigeria’s Julien Christian Luez (Director X) if you like. Peters stayed within the reworked version’s theme of flashiness by opting for a one-room location effort that starts and end with a two-man show around fixtures and fittings that are deep-dyed bourgeois. The vixens barely added any life to the video as against what you get to see in the Sesan-directed 2013 one-location Pon Di Thing video featuring Sarkodie and Banky W.