Fireboy DML’ s remix on Reekado Banks’ “Ozumba Mbadiwe” receives heavy criticism and mixed reactions from fans

When “Ozumba Mbadiwe” dropped on 20 October 2021, it immediately rose to the pinnacle of Nigeria’s music mainstream. Why? Well, for one, it serves as a reminder to the monstrous massacre of the #EndSARS protesrers a year prior, reminding the government of the vile grand saddening end to the peaceful protests that had erupted in the country a year ago (2020). The second verse focused mainly on that: “Well if you think say you be giant you be giant for your pocket / If you only fight for your pocket / For your pocket / October 20 2020 Something happen with the government / They think say we go forget / For where mmm / For Ozumba Mbadiwe“. The song’s catchy hook and head bopping rhythm also made for a sure party-popper, especially during the festive seasons last year (2021).

Today, 4 February 2022, sees the remix of the smash-hit “Ozumba Mbadiwe” hit DSPs, with Fireboy DML being the guest star on it and oh boy, it has been met with mixed reactions and heavy criticism by fans on the internet. While tonnes of considerable number of people consider it a necessary and “fire” remix in that Fireboy brought his special sauce and killed the P.Priime-produced instrumentals on “Ozumba Mbadiwe”, quite a crowd consider it unnecessary and underwhelming, especially coming from an artiste the caliber of Fireboy DML.

A few fans do point out the fact that Fireboy deviated from the main topic on “Ozumba Mbadiwe”, as he solely focused on singing about making money and his wins thus far in his career, with the only reference to Ozumba Mbadiwe (an actual place located at Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria) came on his last bar: “Oya oya oya send me my money / Oya oya oya wire my raba / Owo Io Ie gbe mi wa Ie / Owo Io Ie gbe me wa Ie / And in case the money enter / I go dey oriental for Ozumba Mbadiwe“. Check out some reactions:

Others on the other hand, outrightly called the Fireboy DML feature on “Ozumba Mbadiwe” unnecessary, underwhelming and not up to par without giving a definite reason for being of such notions.

What do you think? Is Reekado Banks’ remix of “Ozumba Mbadiwe” really necessary? Was it worth it? Here’s a snippet:

Stream the remix:

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