This article honors Mohbad’s impactful journey in the Afrobeats scene, commemorating his legacy by showcasing 10 essential songs in the wake of his untimely loss.
This past week, the music industry suffered a major setback, a tragic event that took everyone by surprise. The light of one of our stars dimmed, a star that hadn’t fully realized its potential. We mourned the untimely passing of Mohbad, a budding Nigerian Street-hop superstar.
In remembrance of him, we highlight 10 essential Mohbad songs you should hear.
“Imole” stands as one of his early singles, having been released in 2019. Through this track, he candidly shares his struggles, pains, and ascent to success. It impeccably exemplifies the sub-genre dubbed “Afro-Adura” by dedicated Afrobeats enthusiasts.
2. Feel Good
Displaying his range and versatility, “Feel Good” is a perfect party song that radiates positive vibes. Released in 2021 and produced by Niphkeys, it remains one of his biggest hits.
This song is an absolute banger, serving as a self-affirmation anthem that jubilantly embraces life and the potential for boundless success. He adds a touch of humor by playfully positioning himself beyond the realm of music, suggesting that if he were a footballer, he’d outshine the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar. Truly a classic from Mohbad!
This timeless record from “Imole” serves as the intro to his 2020 EP, “Light.” It offers a glimpse into his story, journey, and ascent to the top. It’s a perfect song that showcases the tough decisions he had to make to succeed, even if it meant challenging the sacrifices made by his people. The production by SB is immaculate.
5. KPK (Ko Por Ke)
The Nigerian music scene underwent a cultural shift with the release of this infectious tune by Rexxie featuring Mohbad. It became a smash hit, defining a significant part of street-hop and contributing to the rise of slang words in music we know and love today.
Released in 2022, “Peace” is a classic tune from Mohbad. It’s a vibe-filled song that carries a powerful message about peace and the journey to find it, along with the hindrances to achieving it. Produced by Rexxie and Spyda Kid, it marked Mohbad’s last song with Marlian Music as their relationship soured.
This track marked Mohbad’s debut as an independent artist, following his departure from Naira Marley’s Marlian Music. It addressed his former label and was surrounded by some controversy. However, if we set aside the drama, it was undeniably a fantastic musical offering from Mohbad. In his characteristic fashion, he brought his distinctive vibe to the forefront.
Mohbad has a natural knack for delivering feel-good songs. It comes effortlessly to him, and he effortlessly glides through this Niphkeys beat, delivering a dance classic that’s so infectious it’s wonderful.
9. Beast & Peace
Mohbad understood the significance of leaving a strong impression with his introductory tracks. This serves as the opener to his sophomore EP “Blessed”. “Beast & Peace,” is yet another introspective masterpiece. He delves into various ongoing personal issues, demonstrating remarkable lyricism.
10. Ask About Me
Another era-defining single from Mohbad. When this track dropped, the world took notice. Over an Amapiano-style beat by Niphkeys and Nektunes, Mohbad delivers a tune like no other. In his usual style, he makes bold self-affirmations.
There can never be another like the Light himself, Mohbad Imole. His baritone-infused voice will resonate forever and is cherished as one of the most beloved voices from Nigeria. Rest in power, King.