Olumide has quietly become one of the workhorses in the DMV. I’ve always been the type to congratulate him on his successes and call him out on the rare occurrence of a slip-up. In other words, I’m a fan but also an advocate for the artist.
His latest project, Maintain, keeps that workhorse mentality while stretching it over a ten-track album that delves into what makes us tick in 2020.
From stressors to the successes, Olumide talks his talk but also opens up more than he has on earlier projects. He’s not more vulnerable, per se, but he shows his humanity as much as he shows his wins. The Riverdale, Maryland native has always been an artist who is original with his approach, dating back since at least my first run-in with him. Mixing Southern hospitality and a grown swagger with bass-heavy DMV production, Maintain is, like Olumide, one of those things that creeps up on you and unloads.
It features such as Ciscero and Funsho–as well as WillThaRapper on “Ushy Gushy.” These collaborations add another sense of “I’ve got to make it,” such as through Funsho’s bridge on “So Cynical.” Speaking of that track, it interpolates a Corrine Bailey Rae classic with guitar licks and bass to make a track that asks both for your ears and your support. The project is definitely one of those “this time we live in is crazy, but we’ve got to keep pushing” types of albums, one that’s as celebratory as it is emotional. There are as many “damn, man we gotta keep going” moments as there are “I’m making my dreams reality” moments and I, for one, am here for the whole package.
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Olumide delivers an emotional but celebratory journey on Maintain.