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Album Review: Original Copy – DJ Cuppy

August was replete with new releases from Nigerian artists. Fresh albums from Burna Boy, FireboyDML, DJ Cuppy, Adekunle Gold and Tiwa Savage hit streaming platforms – a musical buffet, if you may – and listeners were in seventh heaven.

Among these impressive exploits is a debut project from DJ and Producer, Cuppy.

Original Copy is is unlike most albums made by DJs as Cuppy goes beyond the usual co-ordination of artists and production of songs and introduces her character in words and sounds above a repetitive name-call. In all 12 tracks, Cuppy weaves her vocals in alongside her featured artists’ and her personality percolates through every chord. We hear Cuppy speak in the first song, Epe. “I’m looking forward to expressing myself in different sounds. But I want to make sure that in every track, I’m integrating like my own DNA, you know.” Protesting every attempt to coop her in a singular box, she presents herself as Cuppy – a DJ, Producer and Artist.

Her previous tracks like 2017 hit, Green Light featuring Tekno, 2018’s Vybe featuring Ghanaian artist Sarkodie and 2019’s Gelato with Zlatan juxtaposed with her debut album show different shades of Cuppy. It is telling nonetheless that DJ Cuppy keeps on evolving with her means of expression as a musician. A constant theme across board is her celebration of Africa. Cuppy carries the fierce African pride along her music creation. This passion backed with action was not unnoticed as she was hand-picked for the pioneer role of the first African host of Apple Music Radio’s novel segment, Africa Now. Since turning on the microphone in May, she’s hosted industry heavyweights including MasterKG, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Patoranking to celebrate and highlight what the world needs to hear – African music.

On every journey of self-discovery, there will be naysayers along the way and Cuppy’s isn’t an exception. Over the years, she’s received heavy criticism on her art. Cuppy has been accused of lacking talent and not earning her achievements within the music space; these words couldn’t stop her and she emerged with a serving. Some might prefer to dish it cold, but not Cuppy. Sampling a popular commentator’s unsolicited opinion on her album’s interlude with a declaration that she “gat the wave” is her serve back executed both satisfactorily and rhythmically.

The present climate of the world has sparked an increase in demand for feel-good music and Cuppy came in to deliver just that. She said, “With the album, I was just me, I didn’t overthink it. Just enjoyed myself, had fun and talked about how I felt. Literally just did my thing.” Cuppy crafted her debut release with cheerful notes and an infusion of her own personal touch to give you a good time. Her message is clear: Cuppy is being original and she encourages you to be that too.

Original Copy is available on all streaming platforms here.

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