Nigerian singer-songwriter Oladapo is set to captivate hearts once again with his latest body of work titled “IN CASE I NEVER LOVE AGAIN (ICINLA).” The 10-track project, a tale of poignant intimacy, serves as a cathartic journey for those who have experienced the ache of unfulfilled emotional connections. Through a carefully crafted narrative, ‘ICINLA’ navigates the ebbs and flows of human relationships, leaving listeners introspective and moved.
The project opens with the evocative track, “ELEVATOR PITCH,” setting the stage for the emotional voyage that lies ahead. The skit introduces the central figure, inviting audiences to embark on the rollercoaster ride that is human connection and vulnerability.
“PERFECT TIMING” follows, resonating with the universal feeling of meeting someone special. Oladapo skillfully captures the sensation of being on the precipice, emphasizing the intricate role divine timing plays in our lives. One second too late or too early and key moments in our lives may have never happened.
“IF AT ALL” the standalone single off the project delves into the inner turmoil that accompanies the pursuit of love. Oladapo introspective musings contemplate the worthiness of surrendering to emotions and the compelling desire that draws us toward vulnerability.
In the track “KILODE,” Oladapo unveils the layers of vulnerability as he steps into a new emotional realm. Amidst these moments, the tension between authenticity and ego emerges, giving listeners a glimpse into the complexities of human self-interaction.
The song “BOMBOY” explores the undeniable human yearning for mutual love and understanding. Despite the complications that often arise, Oladapo reflects on the profound simplicity that underlies these desires.
The project takes a turn with “VOICENOTE,” capturing the melancholic silence that follows emotional distance. Through this reflection, Oladapo uses a voice note as a metaphorical bridge, attempting to close the emotional gap.
In “TEXT,” Oladapo lyrically exposes the addictive nature of connection, detailing how two souls become intertwined in a powerful and transient dance of energy with only technological mediums as their available means of communication.
The project’s climax arrives with “BREAK UP,” a raw portrayal of heartache and finality. Oladapo pulls no punches as he navigates the aftermath of a shattered relationship, exploring the pain of regret and lessons learned.
With “REPLACE ME,” Oladapo embraces a newfound sense of self and independence. This track portrays the emotional liberation that comes with letting go and moving forward.
The project culminates in “OVER AGAIN,” an introspective anthem of resilience. Oladapo reflects on the journey with wisdom, acknowledging the willingness to embrace the highs and lows once more for the sake of personal growth.
Tonade Oldapo Adetunji, popularly known as Oladapo hailing from Ogun State, Nigeria, is a rising singer-songwriter who initially built a name for himself with his captivating freestyles on Instagram. Olapdapo’s unique sound quickly garnered widespread recognition from the Afrobeats community for his immense talent, with his breakthrough single ‘Proud’ garnering critical acclaim and amassing over 3.4 million Spotify streams, leading to his well-deserved inclusion in the 2020 Empawa Africa list. His music style, which he describes at Afro-Fusion, is a delicate blend of Highlife sounds with modern elements, all delicately adorned with his local dialect Yoruba, Oladapo’s music is heavily influenced by the Afrobeat enigma, Lagbaja.
“In Case I Never Love Again (ICINLA)” is a masterful tapestry of emotion, vulnerability, and self-discovery. Oladapo invites listeners to traverse the intricate threads of human connection, offering a captivating musical experience that resonates long after the last note fades.