Victony's 'Outlaw' Emboldens the Scope of Afropop

Nigerian musician Victony plays on unique sonic turf. His songs are lined with influences which stretch beyond Afropop and, on Outlaw, those qualities merge into fully realized bops.

Victony’s place in Afropop knows no boundaries. Ever since breaking out with a slew of emo-inspired rap songs, the 20-year-old has continued to evolve his artistry. Now he’s a bankable musician with impactful contributions on transcendental Afropop records like Mayorkun’s “Holy Father” and Savage’s “Rosemary.”

Heading towards pop stardom, Victony was halted by a car accident in April 2021. He lost a friend and after being admitted to hospital, sections of the Nigerian music community contributed towards his welfare. The budding musician however continued his ascent, releasing the two-track EP Dark Times just three months later. The songs were reflective of his perspective; they also held the promise of Victony's resilience.

Afropop is too often described by its hedonist allure but Victony belongs to a new crop of musicians. These acts know the unmistakable power of a bop but are nevertheless curators of their mental landscapes. To say contemporary Nigerian pop is introspective would be stating the obvious. A listen to Victony’s Outlaw would suffice.

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Victony Is Ready For His Ascent

Overcoming a serious car accident, the 21-year-old Nigerian artist is on his way to becoming afropop’s next star.

Victony is a name now well known in Nigerian music. Five years ago, it referred to an obscure rapper on Soundcloud who released singles and popular covers of songs. In 2017, he put out The Outlaw King, a mixtape that introduced his thoughtfully-crafted lyrics and arresting flows to listeners who became early fans and refer to him as ‘The Outlaw King’ to this day.

Since then, Victony’s added more layers of emotion and fused a range of sounds to his music, reaching into the depths of R&B, trap, and afropop to create a signature that’s uniquely his. These additions broadened the spectrum of the Victony that was familiar, moving on to the Victony that was entering his stride. His 2020 debut album, Saturn, was an exhibition of his acquired melodic skills and the capacity to make charting songs, registering his name among a guard of promising music talents.

A temporary but tragic stop happened in Victony’s career on April 26, 2021, when he was in a car accident that claimed the life of his friend, Doyin, and put Victony in a coma. Following crowdfunding efforts from family, friends and fans, Victony underwent surgery and took hiatus from the limelight to process everything that happened.

Victony was determined to not let this derail his work, reappearing in a wheelchair, he bounced back with a single pack that included "Pray," which chronicled some post-accident feelings. Then, his performance on Mayorkun’s "Holy Father" put him right back on course as a budding hitmaker, perched on the number one spot on various music charts.

In 2022, stardom lies at his fingertips, as he's frequently pictured in studios working with some of Nigeria's biggest stars. With an even more mature perspective from a depth of life-shaping experiences, Victony is finally blossoming into his full potential. We spoke with him about his music, pivotal points in his journey, building his career, and overcoming challenges.

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