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Vector speaks on ‘State of Surprise’ [10th year anniversary]

Earlier than then, he had a cope with one other UK-based firm however the deal and freedom promised by YSG Leisure was too good to show down. He packed his luggage and headed for FESTAC City, the place the label was located. He had limitless studio time, didn’t should pay for something and had amenities to make countless music – Disneyland for any younger artist.

Vector - State of Surprsise. [YSG]

Vector – State of Surprsise. [YSG]

Across the similar time, he additionally recorded ‘I Luv You Nigeria,’ and slightly later, he recorded ‘Kilode’ that includes Emmsong. Each songs made his debut album State of Shock. On November three, 2020, ‘State of Shock’ turned 10.

“Wow, all of it glided by so quick [laughs]. I can’t even consider it’s been 10 years already, however one needs to be grateful for the journey, excellent or imperfect,” Vector says. “‘State of Shock’ defines an period of my life. Wanting again, it’s been fairly the experience, really.”

Though State of Shock dropped in November 2010, followers had anticipated the album to drop some a minimum of one 12 months earlier, however Vector needed to take his time. He additionally needed the album to be a mirrored image of his true intentions. Nonetheless, he by no means felt like he was underneath stress to launch the album, though he heard what the followers have been saying.

The plan

Going into the album, the plan was to make music that was as various as potential. The soundscape was being impacted by pop information and Vector needed to discover a steadiness between his Hip-Hop roots and extra experiential sounds that confirmed different sides to him.

For instance, ‘Di Di Mu’ that includes Shogon was an EDM document and ‘Heat and Shut’ that includes Ade Piper was a document that Brick and Lace may have made.

We needed to make an album the place all people may have one thing. Wanting again, perhaps we may have made the album about 5 tracks shorter. However on the time it felt like the precise resolution [laughs].” Vector says. “If all people may see the longer term, no one would make errors. Sadly, we’re all human beings and these items should occur so we are able to develop.”

Nonetheless, the songs that made the album have been simply 17 of tons of songs that Vector recorded between 2008 and 2010. Nonetheless, a number of the songs that made the album have been recorded between the center of 2009 and the center of 2010 – anticipate ‘I Luv You Nigeria.’

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The album title additionally originates from the general branding of the album. Nonetheless, the album artwork and the fly don’t have anything to do with the title. Vector was making an attempt to inform a special story with that.


The largest tune from ‘State of Shock’ featured 2face Idibia on ‘Get Down.’ The tune was produced by the late H-Code. One of many founders of YSG Leisure was associates with 2face. One factor led to a different and Vector discovered himself within the studio with 2face Idibia. The document was made with few hassles and the remaining has since develop into historical past.

Idibia was certainly one of eleven options on the album although. Whereas Vector might need most popular to work with different artists on the time, he’s by no means been the artist to drive options. He prefers when camaraderie and dynamism produces music, slightly than merely assembly up for options.


Many of the album was produced by Dapiano and H-Code. Whereas Vector respects Dapiano as an individual and producer who helped carve a sound for him, however he felt like he had better chemistry with the late H-Code.

We had our variations, however I felt H-Code and I had an understanding on one other stage. Dapiano additionally did superb work on the album, however I loved working with H-Code extra,” Vector reminisces. “I admire all of the producers that labored on the album although. They’re a part of the story.”

On March 7, 2014, Nigerian producer, artist and DJ, H-Code died of an bronchial asthma assault on the age of 28. It was the primary time that Vector realized that individuals may die from bronchial asthma assaults.

“I didn’t know what to assume at first, however we needed to transfer on. Sadly, H-Code additionally died with the password to his system,” Vector reminisces. “We had tons and tons of songs on that system. But when I may have exchanged these songs for human life, I might have. H-Code had nice ardour for music.


‘Kilode’ was the lead single for ‘State of Shock.’ The tune was the primary time Vector responded to critics who saved pounding him for sounding like Jay Z.

On the tune Vector requested his critics why they have been hammering him for sounding like Jay Z whereas they couldn’t preserve the identical power for Normal Pype who seemed like Sean Paul, P Sq. who recycled American pop songs, and the similarities between Durella and D’Banj.

The title calling was fairly pungent on the time, however Vector claims that he would try this once more.

“I used to be combating for myself, I wasn’t dissing anyone. I used to be uninterested in the Jay Z comparisons as a result of I used to be only a child who needed to make music by means of the adversity and truly make one thing of it,” he clarifies. “Why would I not point out these names once more? If it will obtain the objectives, I might do it as a result of there’s nothing incorrect with it.”

I Luv You Nigeria

The tune was a dedication to Vector’s love for his nation. Today, Vector is a staunch critic of the Nigerian political elite. Some individuals assume he grew into that part, however he has at all times been there.

“Humorous sufficient, I’ve by no means thought of japa. I really feel like there’s hope for this nation. Moreover, if all of us hand over on the nation, who go come stay [laughs],” Vector emphasizes. “You might say my actuality is totally different and it affords sure alternatives that makes japa much less of an choice, however I’ve simply by no means thought of it.’

Current Day: No Peace

In 2020, Vector has launched Crossroads EP with Masterkraft and The African Mind, a voem. Off ‘Crossroads EP’ got here ‘No Peace’ as an album opener. The tune additionally got here with a tremendous video with which Vector tells a narrative of the phantasm of management within the Nigerian society. Within the songs he goes, “You personal the piece, however there isn’t a peace…”

In his thoughts, that phantasm of management may result in an incredible wrestle if it’s not correctly dealt with. A video for the tune additionally tries to inform that story. You possibly can watch it beneath;

Verdict on ‘State of Shock’

Earlier in 2020, Vector told Pulse Nigeria that, “On the time, my thoughts was on a number of issues and that’s the worth of the human way of thinking. I can perceive your reservations in the direction of these initiatives, however there’s a story behind them. I admire the truth that you discovered your rhythm with the motion as a result of I also can admit that no one is ideal.”

Regardless of the album was, ‘Sha Ma Wa Lo,’Get Down’ and ‘Heat and Shut’ have aged like effective wine.

You possibly can replace your nostalgia and stream the album HERE.

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