Wizkid (aka Starboy)

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I have to drop this and run, but following up my own claim in rolling afrobeats, here is an overdue thread for Wizkid. And here is smash "Soco" to start with:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VrWaED18_g

rob, Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:24 (ten months ago) link

Ha rob, I had this one lined up, that’s what you get for dragging your feet!

Obviously, Wizkid deserved to have his own thread years ago - I mean, he’s Africa’s best and (arguably) biggest (hello Davido!) pop star, the grandmaster of melodies and hooks, and, increasingly, vibes. But his output of the past year has been so astoundingly good that now is maybe an even better time than any.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:38 (ten months ago) link

These four monsters are all essential as well:

Mut4y ft. Wizkid • Manya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qMZMyH7pWU

DJ Spinall ft. Wizkid • Nowo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES8XuZBafz0

Starboy ft. Duncan Mighty & Wizkid • Fake Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCnvggIdBMU

Olamide x Wizkid • Kana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIJ4vkDa5rI

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:52 (ten months ago) link

The relative failure of last year’s US/international crossover attempt might have been a blessing in disguise. Sure, it opened some doors, but I think all parties involved had expected much more in the wake of the spectacular success of “One Dance” (the limited chart success of “Come Closer” and the Sounds From The Otherside album after that might even have closed some immediate doors, his scrapped contribution to “Unforgettable” comes to mind).

But, thankfully, this seems to have liberated him musically, unleashed even perhaps. He’s making the best music in his career, and it’s more “Nigerian” than ever before. (Solid as it was, SFTOS was a deliberate attempt to meet the US market/public halfway, by being more R&B than is his wont, and quite literally, by way of a very Caribbean filter, and it felt slightly stilted as a result)

You get the sense he’s now decided for himself that if he’s going to make it at all internationally (as in outside of Africa) he might as well try to do it on his own terms.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:59 (ten months ago) link

Yes. Yes. Yes.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 30 August 2018 21:22 (ten months ago) link

I love "Come Closer" and i can't help but wonder if Drake getting in the video might have done more for it. .. didn't feel like a compromise to me particularly (aside from Drake appearance) and it slots in well w/ like "pour me water" or shaydee "make sense"

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 31 August 2018 00:02 (ten months ago) link

“Come Closer” is good, but I find it hard to love (also because of Drake). It’s in no way top-tier Wizzy for me (and its vibe is at least as much Caribbean as African).

But I was talking about the album as a whole. The two Ty Dollar $ign tracks are among W’s weaker stuff (“Dirty Wine” in particular), the Chris Brown and Trey Songz collabs were good but outdated afropop, released two years too late. “Daddy Yo” was produced by dancehall producer Dre Skull, a fun single but also not top-tier.

For me the album was all about “Sweet Love”, “Sexy”, “Naughty Ride”, “Nobody”, and “Picture Perfect” - and some of those have a definite Caribbean vibe as well. (“All For Love”, the latin/SA house track with Bucie was another misfire).

But nothing on the album, “Sweet Love” excepted, is in the same league as “Manya”, “Soco” or “Fake Love”. There’s a looseness and an effortlessness in those songs that is lacking on SFTOS.

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 01:10 (ten months ago) link

But either way, the promotional campaign was handled very badly by RCA, from what I could see from here (you seemed to imply it too, don’t know if you can corroborate this from a US perspective?) “Sweet Love”, “African Bad Gyal” and “Naughty Ride” were squandered as buzz tracks. They had placed all their bets on “Come Closer”, and there was no plan B (or just no interest after it failed to reach the Hot 100 - it did reach #25 or thereabouts on the R&B Airplay chart though if I remember correctly). Drake in the video might have helped (a bit), but it more or less coincided with his chart lull too.

And then, after the album predictably didn’t do too well either, they just sat on “Everytime” with Future, a very fresh and interesting afro-hybrid track with a lot of potential. By no means a guaranteed hit, but it wasn’t even given a shot:

http://www.youtube.com/wat h?v=Nrj51tM_wNs

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 02:11 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrj51tM_wNs

Wizkid ft. Future • Everytime

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 02:13 (ten months ago) link

dont disagree w the bulk of that tho i think i probably like 'come closer' maybe than you do

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 31 August 2018 03:13 (ten months ago) link

Soco really grew on me

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 31 August 2018 09:37 (ten months ago) link

Wizkid is one of those artists who I rarely actively seek out but I hear all the time and literally everything is enjoyable. Even the lightweight/tossed off stuff is just immensely likeable.

A really weird life moment was watching the Caro video and realising it was filmed in the actual hotel room where I spent my wedding night.

Matt DC, Friday, 31 August 2018 10:43 (ten months ago) link

Wow, that’s amazing! Here is that “Caro” video, from 2013, because why not use this thread to post our favourite Wizzy tracks, old or new? There’s eight years worth of them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF47kno4Dro

Starboy ft. Wizkid & L.A.X • Caro
(produced by Legendury Beatz)

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 16:44 (ten months ago) link

This one dropped last week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVwkxV5tp50

Nana Rogues ft. Wizkid & Not3s • To The Max

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 16:50 (ten months ago) link

Matt otm with "immensely likeable"

Starting this thread inspired me to listen to a bit of Superstar this morning. As much as I love the lush beauty of 2018 Wizkid, I was left a little nostalgic for the lo-fi, offbeat quality (relatively speaking) of tracks like "Don't Dull".

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 17:07 (ten months ago) link

Posted by |||||||| in the Afropop thread: Skepta ft. Wizkid • Energy (Stay Far Away): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPIOEheFoHs

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:00 (ten months ago) link

Another good one from this year: Mystro ft. Wizkid • Immediately:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUoNQpZZ70c

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:01 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

First Wizkid-as-Wizkid songs of this Year of Wizkid - no circumventing the RCA contract with Starboy / Mut4y feat. bullshit. Made In Lagos album coming soon, hopefully.

1) Fever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y65E6xXyEF4

(produced by Blaq Jerzee and Northboi)

2) Master Groove:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7eVeca9DA

(produced by Phantom)

Note: Blaq Jerzee also produced Kcee’s new single “Psycho”, which features Wizzy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v0MlHOjLYg

breastcrawl, Monday, 1 October 2018 18:59 (nine months ago) link

wau "Fever" is fantastic! doo-doo doo-doo
(haven't listened to the others yet)

rob, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:04 (nine months ago) link

ok "Master Groove" is also really great. Any word on Made In Lagos? I just searched and one article said he'd announced the release date as Oct 1 back in the spring

rob, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:13 (nine months ago) link

Wizkid and album announcements, don’t get me started. He probably set that date back then because it’s Nigeria’s Independence Day. Let’s count our blessings that he actually came out with these new songs today!

(He did tweet a while back that he’d been working on (more) tracks for the album with both Northboi and Killertunes. Can’t wait!)

breastcrawl, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:26 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hang on a minute, why are Wizkid and Tiwa Savage both trending right now?

*clicks through* Oh that's why.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:13 (eight months ago) link

fever is brilliant

||||||||, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:42 (eight months ago) link

well then...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haA7DpK9Z4k

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:06 (eight months ago) link

good stuff

niels, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:15 (eight months ago) link

if Tim does that favorite music moments thread again this year, "doo-doo, doo-doo" will be my first post

rob, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 13:45 (eight months ago) link

Today, we have a stone cold classic from 2013, before Maleek Berry found out what he really wanted to be:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrhyYcSrQkY

Maleek Berry ft. Wizkid • The Matter

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:07 (eight months ago) link

...and over here in the brand-new crossover corner, it’s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drchDpoX0wo

Normani x Calvin Harris ft. Wizkid • Checklist

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:08 (eight months ago) link

Wizkid teaming up with his long-time Ghanaian buddies R2Bees again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRiYk1nLc20

“Supa”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 1 November 2018 20:40 (eight months ago) link

Back in Crossover Corner:

I’ve been fantasizing about a Wizkid / J Balvin collabo ever since I heard Balvin’s “Tu Verdad” and... it’s here?!!?!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLs4Ia-MIys

Metro Boomin ft. Wizkid, Offset & J Balvin • Only You

Now all we need is a Fever-type video featuring the two lovebirds...

(btw, there’s also a Wizkid x Swae Lee track on the Metro Boomin album)

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:00 (eight months ago) link

The problem with “Borrowed Love”, the Swae Lee track, is that Wizkid is on it for barely 30 secs.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:20 (eight months ago) link

damn "Only You" is good. not totally feeling Balvin's part, but everything else is so pretty

rob, Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:27 (eight months ago) link

New one, for domestic use only:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcsMPSdJ1Y8

Starboy feat. Wizkid & Slimcase • Gucci Snake

(produced by Northboi and Killertunes)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:30 (eight months ago) link

He's on such a roll right now it's pretty much unbelievable, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:34 (eight months ago) link

Some of these Killertunes tracks are starting to blend together for me I have to say. I mean, I kind of like all of them (I'm listening to and loving Tiwa's "One" while I write this), but I'd love to hear Wizkid on something really different

rob, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:00 (eight months ago) link

Be careful what you wish for, rob. Wizkid has been in the studio with... Naughty Boy.

breastcrawl, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:48 (eight months ago) link

haha, I was going to say the same to you after visiting the singles jukebox :/

tbh I'm not very familiar with Boy's oeuvre, but I'd settle for Killertunes not using that synth marimba (or mbira maybe?) sound for a change

rob, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:56 (eight months ago) link

I love Killertunes’ work and I’m glad he found success, but his sound is the mainstream now, so it’s bound to lose its luster at some point. As long as he keeps coming up with breathtaking new approaches like on Olamide’s “Logba Logba” (of which I feel “One” is an extension) I’m not too worried though.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:49 (eight months ago) link

As for Naughty Boy: there’s too much UK-chart tackiness in his MO for my liking. Having said that, this single from last year is the most likely blueprint as far as Wizzy goes and if nothing else, the percussion on it slams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86MV-8gC5uw

Naughty Boy ft. Kyla & Popcaan • Should’ve Been Me

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:51 (eight months ago) link

And yeah, that TSJ review of “Fever” was rough. “Great instrumental, shame about the vocal”, that was about it for the most part.

(Pleasantly surprised that they ran both of my suggestions though, making it three African selections in one week, surely an all-time record. You or longneck should send in some dancehall suggestions!)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 15:17 (eight months ago) link

I think I too often complain on these threads instead of expressing the enthusiasm I actually feel. I love the Killertunes sound and generally what's been so exciting about Nigerian music for the past several years is the energetic and constantly developing production approaches. A few years ago it felt like the Tekno sound was going to take over everything, but jump to 2018 and we've got this lush kinda rnb-highlife fusion stuff, more afropop than afrobeats, everywhere. The range is super thrilling, plus there are of course other things happening, e.g., Burna Boy's Outside is still a major highlight of the year for me.

I wrote a whole thing about TSJ and deleted it. Let's just say while I like some of the individual writers, the format doesn't work for me.

rob, Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:39 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I made a Spotify playlist out of my favorite wizkids this year.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 08:48 (seven months ago) link

It’s missing “For You” with Kizz, Kiddominant’s “Alright” and “Psycho” with Kcee - unless you don’t rate those of course.

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 09:23 (seven months ago) link

I like them but still think they're all a notch below the ones I included on this one. I'll listen again if you think they're on the level though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 10:01 (seven months ago) link

I have a more comprehensive playlist of wizzy's 2018 here.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 10:22 (seven months ago) link

“For You”>”Alright”>”Psycho”, and I’ll take all three over “Bella” in a heartbeat.

But it’s your playlist - as long as you don’t put this Stargate/Coldplay conconction on it I’m fine with it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvoVjUE-FGg
If you don’t want to listen to it: Wizkid is relegated to hypeman status and Tiwa is supposed to be on it too.
(Meanwhile, Davido is featured on a track on the Clean Bandit album, but at least he’s allowed to recognizably be himself)

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 22:07 (seven months ago) link

Also, this old footage of Wizkid is amazing:

http://thenativemag.com/music/legacy-wizkid-throws-down-legendary-freestyle-car/

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 22:10 (seven months ago) link

I somehow never got into For You, but as it’s Kizz Daniel season I will give it another shot. He somehow kept it off his album, though?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 22:31 (seven months ago) link

Yes, that kind of surprised me too.

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 22:36 (seven months ago) link

Hmm, a few things on longneck's list I don't think I've heard. Plus I forgot "Commando" was 2018--he really put out quite an oeuvre this year.

Glad to see Master Groove. It's kind of the perfect b-side to Fever but might be more palatable for some.

rob, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:05 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

Could this where Wizkid’s 2019 begins for real?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5iLw28GzHg

Larry Gaaga ft. Wizkid • Low (produced by Blaq Jerzee)

A collaboration with Teni is forthcoming and he’s still teasing us with the Made in Lagos album.

There have been some activities on the Ghanian front though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIA1ok6bszY
R2bees ft. Wizkid • Straight From Mars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQ1KAJQPQ0
King Promise ft. Wizkid • Tokyo

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:59 (two months ago) link

(Seriously though, what is Larry Gaaga’s story? I never paid attention before, but how does he get all those Nigerian superstars to do his records for him so he can sip drinks and smoke cigars in the videos?)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:40 (two months ago) link

(Others have asked this very same question: https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/larry-gaaga-how-is-he-making-hits-without-actually-doing-anything/hql7n5p)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:45 (two months ago) link

sounds like a dj khaled situation

both "low" and "baba nla" are great tho

J0rdan S., Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:31 (two months ago) link

Oh, this one dropped/leaked recently as well. Recorded with Ghanaian producer Killbeatz, probably in 2013 or thereabouts. Wizkid goes drum n bass!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhMW7MkEp48

Wizkid ft. Killbeatz • Jah Bless Me

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 April 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link

“Low” is very good. I have to say though, the melody veers quite close to that of “Fever” at times.

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 April 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Five generous minutes of goodness!

New song, nominally by Starboy Records signee DJ Tunez, Wizzy’s tour DJ (i.e. the same set-up as last December’s “Turn Up”):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GxzBuHAavo

DJ Tunez ft. Wizkid & (producer) BlaqJerzee • Gbese

Oh man, come on with that Made in Lagos album already. I mean, if you’ve got stuff like this to spare...

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 May 2019 13:49 (one month ago) link

“Gbese” is exceptional - not just in that it’s a beautiful jam, but also quite literally. I can’t get over the five minutes thing. I guess it’s the natural consequence of Made in Lagos-make Wizzy’s vibe-mindedness, but at the same time it feels like a kind of breakthrough, a barrier being broken. You’re just not supposed to make 5-minute songs in present-day Naija pop, but BlaqJerzee and Wizzy (plus some musicians?) are just taking their sweet time with a close-to-2-minute coda.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 26 May 2019 21:00 (one month ago) link

Really nice! My only reservation is maybe not loving the drum sounds, but the last 2 minutes are very sweet

rob, Monday, 27 May 2019 16:19 (one month ago) link

Some context.

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 May 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

love this

ufo, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:32 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

The BlaqJerzee-produced “Fibadi” with Chidokeyz is (by some distance) my favourite of the three Wizkid features that dropped in the past two weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpO67-MnS-U

Wizzy’s part on the remix of Soft’s awesome “Money” is good, but doesn’t add much of a new twist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f73VasaeafY
The original version will remain in heavy rotation - I will post it in the Rolling thread.

“Totori”, (producer) ID Casaba’s track with Olamide and Wizkid, is definitely enjoyable, but doesn’t sound very... current? It is the biggest hit of this bunch though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgzrVs2eilU

Meanwhile, we’re still Waiting for Joro.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:19 (one week ago) link

Loving that "Fibadi"; "Money" is great too, though agreed on the superfluousness of Wizkid on the remix

rob, Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:53 (one week ago) link

Update: “Fibadi” now has a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6iNAHCWEO0

And so does DJ Tunez’s “Gbese”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu17dCsPElE

Remember that long coda? Well, Wizzy added a little something (from 4’05).

breastcrawl, Saturday, 13 July 2019 10:25 (six days ago) link


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