Stream Roy O.’s ‘Ovie’ Sophomore LP Guilt-Free | @royoraps #Ovie Bradford J. Howard September 28, 2017 Album Streams, Music Houston rapper Roy O.’s sophomore project, ‘Ovie,’ touched down on the internets Wednesday night. Roy O. won’t fit into anybody’s box. Yes, the Houston-hailing Nigerian-American emcee is a rapper. He can also sing and break out a melody when he wants to. AND he can act – or at least, he can use hilarious skits (i.e., his “Short Rap Tales” series) to tackle any given topic. YouTube personality aside, however, Roy O.’s artistry is unmatched when he’s focused. That was apparent from the moment Roy O. shared “Fluorescent,” his bounce music-powered single with Hot Peez. “Fluorescent” was not only intended to thrust Roy O. back into the public eye – it was also meant to lay the foundation for his sophomore LP, ‘Ovie.’ ‘Ovie’ – so entitled after a Nigerian name that translates to “King” in English – is the follow-up to Roy O.’s 2014 debut project ‘Hue.’ The album officially released on Wednesday, a day after it was exclusively premiered to the public on Houston creative Kelsey McDaniel’s All Real Radio show, “The Tuesday Special.” Ten tracks deep, ‘Ovie’ features frequent Roy O. collaborator William Joseph, as well as Kez Jonez (who also produced the entire LP), Hot Peez, and Lee-Lonn. As incredible as “Fluorescent” is, it can’t quite be used as a measuring stick for the rest of the project. That’s because ‘Ovie’ goes in so many different directions in terms of its sound. Roy O. uses spoken word on “A.A.,” for example, to describe his journey to becoming comfortable in his own. “Find Your Way” sounds like the rap/neo-soul collabs of the early ’00s (and the recently “Fallen” Lee-Lonn’s voice absolutely sparkles on the hook). The rapper preaches a message of perseverance on “Pushin'” and becomes of the life of the party on standout cut “Swervy Jackson.” Even “Elijah” has Roy O. and feature William Joseph ending the album by taking listeners to church on a gospel-esque note. “Say I’m top five, now holla – don’t underrate me,” Roy O. advises listeners on “Foolie.” Roy O. sincerely believes he’s got the flow and the talent to get and keep your attention. For 35 minutes, at least, he manages to do that and then some. Stream Roy O.’s ‘Ovie’ project for yourself down below and grab it now off iTunes. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.