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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes. Yes. Yes.

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

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 (three months ago) Permalink

“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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

Wizkid ft. Future • Everytime

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 02:13 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

Soco really grew on me

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

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:01 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

rob, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

fever is brilliant

||||||||, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:42 (one month ago) Permalink

well then...

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

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:06 (one month ago) Permalink

good stuff

niels, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:15 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

...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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

rob, Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:48 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 10:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, that kind of surprised me too.

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 22:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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