Wizkid is no question one of the hottest artists out of Nigeria, everyone agrees that currently, it is Wizkid and Davido that are controlling the Nigerian Music scene. But the two artists are going about their domination separately. Davido spent a few months in the United States and just like Wizkid, he also got an international record deal. But Davido quickly realized that America is not fully ready to accept his music and decided to go back to Nigeria.
Within the short time Davido returned back to Nigeria he released “If” and the song was an instant hit. Even right now there is no bigger song than “If” in the Afrobeats scene. While “If” is still hot and continue to climb the charts all over the world, Davido dropped another hot record “Fall” which is doing extremely well.
I feel that Davido is comfortable with himself, he understands his own sound and where he needs to be. He is making all the right moves, and feel more freely to be his own boss than working with an international record label.
Now back to the subject of this post, why is Wizkid doing so many collaborations with several American artists? It’s truly almost like he is begging and thirsty for attention in America. Before I dig into this further, lets go back to the first record that caught the international attention. it was Wizkid’s song “Ojuelegba”. Africans all over the world connected with this song, even though the song is about a particular place in the middle of Lagos called “Ojuelegba” everyone could relate because there is a place like Ojuelegba all over Africa, all over Europe and obviously America.
Due to the international recognition of the song, Wizkid was eventually able to have Skepta and Drake featured on the remix through the help of Skepta. Skepta is Nigerian artist based in the U.K. Since that collaboration, something made Wizkid totally switched directions and focus more on the U.S market? This is not a problem, but the issue is changing your music just to fit the American market. Why is wizkid doing reggae type songs, RnB type songs, doing crazy interviews and behaving like some hood rappers at times.
He released SFTOS (Sound from the other sides) last week, I have listened to the EP and it’s dope. Wizkid is very talented and clearly versatile. But I don’t think he needs to do all these collaborations to be accepted in America. One of Wizkid’s idol is the original father of Afrobeat “Fela” and If Fela had changed his sound to fit Europe or America, we will not have all the classic and revolutionary songs from him.
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