MR EAZI SHARES AUDIO + VISUALS FOR NEW SINGLE, “LEGALIZE”
Global music superstar and business visionary Mr Eazi has shared “Legalize,” the first single from his forthcoming debut album, and one of his most personal tracks to date.
Produced by an international team of Michael Brun (Haiti/USA), E Kelly (Nigeria) and Nonso Amadi (Nigeria/Canada), “Legalize” and its accompanying video celebrates Eazi’s love for his fiancée, the Nigerian actress Temi Otedola.
The couple got engaged in April when Mr Eazi proposed while shooting the video in Venice, Italy.
The city’s famously romantic canals, bridges and architectural gems form the backdrop of the luxe “Legalize” video, directed by Italy’s Federico Mazzarisi.
Notable landmarks used in the making of the clip include the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel and the Punta Della Dogana and Palazzo Grimani museums.
For “Legalize”, Eazi tapped Benin’s Patricorel, whose painting by the same name simultaneously captures the intimacy of love, submission, vulnerability, and death's finality.
“What struck me was the fact that he represents love with his pieces, but he draws with skeletons,” Mr Eazi says of Patricorel. “I think skeletons are our most human, naked form.”
The visuals match the raw emotions that Eazi lays bare in “Legalize.”
While the track began as a way to express his feelings towards Temi, it was only after he’d listened back to an early demo that he realized what he was actually saying to her and himself with his lyrics.
The introspective “Legalize” has a different feel than the current wave of raucous and boastful afrobeats, and that’s the point.
“It’s more like this song is for me,” Eazi says. “A lot of the album I’m working on feels that way. I am making music for myself.”
Listen to 'Legalize':