The 5 best songs on Tems’ ‘Born in the Wild’ album

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Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer who is widely regarded as one of the best artists in Africa’s music scene today.

Her debut album, Born in the Wild, showcases her unusual variety and astonishing talent.

Following the release of the GuiltyBeatz-produced Me & U with Not An Angel in 2023, Tems released Love Me Jeje, an afro-fusion hit produced by Spax and GuiltyBeatz, in April 2024, just a few weeks before her debut album Born in the Wild. Tems, Spax, Sarz, London, GuiltyBeatz, Nsikak David, DameDame*, and P2J co-produced the 18-track LP, which was released on June 6, 2024. 

Tems and GuiltyBeatz, a powerful team, produce the acoustic gem Born in the Wild, which opens the album. Tems gives the project a personal touch by including her mother in the Special Baby (Interlude), in which she remembers Tems’ early years and offers her warm counsel and support.

In this article, we highlight five of the best songs (aside from singles) on Tems’ Born in the Wild album:

5. Free Fall featuring J. Cole 

P2J produced Free Fall, which could be another masterpiece on this album. The afro-fusion single includes J. Cole, an American rapper and record producer. Tems sings about not making a place for her beloved. She couldn’t help but confess that she would rather be alone than with her lover, whilst J. Cole appears to be in denial, refusing to accept that it is his responsibility that it is no longer working. It’s a relatable and pleasant tune.

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4. Boy O Boy

Boy O Boy is an acoustic masterpiece showcasing Nsikak David’s mesmerising guitar skills, with extra production by Guilty Beatz, resulting in a deep, textured sound. You could tell Tems was singing from a place of anguish. It’s either she was seriously injured or someone close to her was severely served breakfast. The sentiments expressed on this record can only be nonfiction.

3. Gangsta

Spax produced Gangsta, which sampled Dianna King’s L-L-L Lies. It is undeniably one of the best songs on the Born in the Wild album. The mood is highly addictive, so be advised! 

2.  Get it Right featuring Asake 

Tems collaborates with Asake on Get It Right, a mid-tempo afro-fusion single produced by Sarz. Get It Right is a funky song with a touch of amapiano on a party banger.

1. Turn Me Up

Turn Me Up is music that I never anticipated discovering on a Tems album, and it’s a complete revelation. This up-tempo banger, peppered with reggae adlibs, has a complete vibe from beginning to end. Turn Me Up, produced by the great London and written by Michael Hunter and Tems, stands out as one of the project’s rare beauties.

Notable mentions;

  1. You in My Face 
  2. Forever 

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