In April, Headie One dropped the Fred Again produced experimental EP 'Gang'. Thrown by the alternative, expansive soundscapes, some listeners called for the 'old' Headie to return. Perhaps they'd missed the point. Headie's journey so far has been defined by growth, both artistic and personal. On ….
Headie One 's journey to his debut album is one that features numbers one's, spots on award-winning albums, as well as stints in prison - the very year his debut album comes out is the same year he served his fourth prison sentence. Reckoning with his past life while comprehending his current trajectory - portraying the gritty realism of the world - away from the sanctity those lucky enough to be afforded it, is what this moment is for. Yearning to understand what's been offered up to him so far in life, and reflecting it, EDNA is simultaneously a step up to the soapbox while asking for help in being shown the way to something more.
"GANG"'s genre-busting experiments appeared like a neon signpost, signalling the "critically acclaimed" direction Headie One swerved into with his latest project. His artistic ambitions were hard to fault, but the results could've won a Carbuncle Cup. For his debut album, Edna, he makes the smart decision to scrap those grand designs completely. Instead Headie One, real name Irving Adjei, builds on the road-tested drill from Drillers x Trappers 1 & 2 and the musicality of Music X Road, creating a much more conventional structure that still manages to stand out.