Ayra Starr – Bad Vibes (feat. Seyi Vibez)

Ayra Starr, with the help of Seyi Vibez, is not ready to have anyone throwing “Bad Vibes” their way. You’d much rather find her “where the money dey” than any place that brings her down. Starr has competently given fans confidence-boosting anthems in the past, and this time, she’s decided to step up her game. In fact, fans are already convinced that her upcoming album The Year I Turned 21 is going to be more popular than her debut effort, 19 And Dangerous.

I let the water touch my mink (Yeah) / Can’t let these people get to me / I know you know I never drink (Yeah) / I’m mixin’ with that Hennessy,” she sings in the first verse, which comes after the intro that immediately sucks one in with its chanty chorus vibes.

I’m leadin’ a life that can clean me from my past shit (Yeah, past shit) / Burn all this money and leave it in my ashes / The Lord is blessin’, I’ll see if I can match it (Yeah),” she sings in the bridge of how she’s always looking forward to going from strength to strength in terms of her success. She also praises her resilience, singing, “If something’s comin’, I’ll see it from my lashes / Never stoppin’ when the red light flashes / To be real, I’m still eatin’ off my last hit (No dey throw).”

On the second verse, Seyi Vibez takes over, rapping, “And I go dance for you, Michael Jackson / Mama always say, “Son, have mercy on me.” This marks Starr’s first collaboration with the Nigerian rapper, who is credited as a songwriter on the track, alongside Starr and several others. The accompanying music video sees her dancing alone and surrounded by female dancers.

Prior to the song’s release on May 10, Starr teased a snippet of it on her socials. On one of those snippets, she’s lounging in a yacht and singing along to the song. Mavin Records also heavily promoted the single, which is listed as the tenth track on the upcoming album.

In addition to the talent already involved in making the song what it is, Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer Johnny Drille is credited as mixing the track. Drille is best known for his hit single “How Are You [My Friend].” Previously, Starr released the single “Commas,” which quickly became a fan-favorite track and acted as a first tease for what will undoubtedly be an album filled with self-confidence, strength, perseverance, and self-love. I’m starting to think no one does confidence-boosting anthems like Starr does.