Lost Files is a column dedicated to celebrating older projects that might have flown under the radar when they were released. This week, Abdul-Jabbar Obiagwu delves into Ozone's valiant effort at reviving Nigerian rap in its waning years, Superiority Complex.
Ozone’s debut project (released in 2014) was amongst some of the premier bodies of work from Aristokrat Records. Titled Superiority Complex, it spoke to – or at least attempted to – certain societal constructs prevalent in Nigerian society, from the perspective of a returning diasporic rapper. Circling specific subject matters with refreshing raps and sometimes underwhelming beats, Ozone’s first attempt at an album provided much-needed variety at the time of release. Back then, rap was taking a sharp decline in Nigeria as new rappers lack the ability to break in and slightly more established ones were pivoting away from the genre in search of more market-friendly approaches.
Wielding his bars with distinct ease and a polished blend of Western enunciation and Nigerian flavour, there were many things to love about the project and Ozone himself. The records provided a relatable tracklist that did not stray too far from the song titles, with no