wizkid • made in lagos (2020)

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we’ve been patient, very, very patient, but it has arrived at long last: Wizkid’s Fifth, after Superstar (2011), Ayo (2014), Sounds From The Other Side (2017), and last year’s SoundMan Vol. 1 EP.


let’s talk about it here.

I will be checking in again tomorrow after I’ve actually listened to the album myself
but if it turns out to be Just A Disillusion I might do a Twice as Tall and ghost on this thread!

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 30 October 2020 00:29 (one year ago) link

Loving the first 2 mins lol

― rob, vrijdag 30 oktober 2020 0:17

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 30 October 2020 00:34 (one year ago) link

really like this on first listen, great vibes with sax everywhere

ufo, Friday, 30 October 2020 06:21 (one year ago) link

just a sublime album

"true love" sheesh... "essence" and "grace" as well

J0rdan S., Friday, 30 October 2020 07:24 (one year ago) link

Sounds really good, yeah.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 30 October 2020 15:09 (one year ago) link

I keep getting interrupted before getting all the way through, but so far this is absolutely SLICK in the best way.

rob, Friday, 30 October 2020 15:23 (one year ago) link


human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 30 October 2020 15:26 (one year ago) link

heh yes that too

rob, Friday, 30 October 2020 15:49 (one year ago) link

album really starts to kick into gear with the damian marley song imo... it’s pretty enjoyable before that but it really locks into that perfect laid back, lush, slight twist on reggae/dancehall groove after that. from “no stress” on it’s just crazy good

J0rdan S., Saturday, 31 October 2020 06:45 (one year ago) link

i think my favourite section is "true love" through to "essence" which is just sublime but it's great the whole way through

ufo, Saturday, 31 October 2020 07:16 (one year ago) link

i can't get over how good both of those are

J0rdan S., Saturday, 31 October 2020 07:17 (one year ago) link

finally listening to this on speakers, drinking some special rum, and J0rdan otm: the back 2/3 of this is just right, I want to hibernate in this sound (and tbc there's not a bad track here—Reckless is a perfect opener, Ginger is maybe not the tour de force I would have liked from that combination but it's good)

rob, Saturday, 31 October 2020 23:28 (one year ago) link

Very consistent vibes, Wizkid's performance outshines most of the feats, except H.E.R and Ella Mai. Highlights definitely include Reckless, Piece of Me, True Love and Sweet One besides the two songs that were known. The last third is less obvious to me, it's maybe very slightly in automatic mode, except for Grace which is a beautiful closer.

Nabozo, Sunday, 1 November 2020 14:26 (one year ago) link

There's a real satisfying thickness to the sound of this, I've not even especially engaged with the songs themselves yet but there's this soft but firm bass sound that you can just sink into like a really good chair.

Matt DC, Sunday, 1 November 2020 14:28 (one year ago) link

Exactly. I think Nabozo's "automatic mode" for me is more like "hits a sweet spot and luxuriates in it". "Consistent" was definitely my overwhelming first impression too.

RE the features: I'm not v familiar with Tay Iwar, but his voice is a huge part of "True Love" for me and Projexx adds the perfect garnish. It's nice to hear Ella Mai, but that song might be the one I find the least interesting musically. H.E.R./"Smile" sound great in context, but I liked that song a lot already and was puzzled by the "meh" consensus on other threads. Tems' hook on "Essence" is also crucial, and I predict "you don't need no other body" will be the bit from this album most stuck in my head in days to come.

rob, Sunday, 1 November 2020 14:49 (one year ago) link

It's a testament to how deep this thing is that I'm only just noticing how good the more traditional (so to speak) afrobeats of "Roma" is.

rob, Sunday, 1 November 2020 14:55 (one year ago) link

Haven’t had the opportunity yet to *really* delve into this album, but I’m appreciating it more and more with every play. I wasn’t sold right away, which had a lot to do with my expectations for this - and there’s all sorts of expectations you build up when a project has been dangled in front of you for three years.

(here’s a timeline - note: the year in the first paragraph after the intro is incorrect, it should be Feb 18, 2017 - also lol at the Soundman EP assessment)

My expectations were heavily coloured by knowing there was a ready-for-release Made in Lagos (2019) with dominant input by Killertunes and Northboi (hello, “Joro”!) - but it (and they) were sidelined, and we might never hear it (including the Northboi-produced tracks with Teni and Buju Banton), which is a crying shame.

I definitely wasn’t expecting a whole album of Loverman Wizzy, and much as I love him in that particular mode, it took some adjusting on my part. My first impression was, yes, it sounds great, it’s a whole mood, but perhaps a bit too... tasteful?, also, the songs/melodies aren’t quite there, plus a definite lack of bangers. The great number of features felt like a weakness to me too, a lack of confidence, focusing too much on the crossover, instead of the ‘made in Lagos’ concept.

But I’m close to 180’ing on all that now (not quite there yet tho). The album really works as a mood piece, and soundwise it really is of a *piece*, with P2J (co)producing 11 of the 14 tracks as well as being the executive producer. I haven’t had an on-speakers-with-special-rum moment with this yet (envying you, rob!), but it does sound extremely good and yes, consistent and *thick* on headphones. “Roma”, as the only real afro jam, actually feels a bit out of place here.

What strikes me most now in the features is Wizzy’s generosity there, often having his partner setting the scene for a whole minute or more before he enters the track. This doesn’t work with Skepta, but it does with Tems, and Tay Iwar is sensationally good on “True Love”. Agree with everyone here that this is the clear highlight, and it’s also the most collaborative track (noteworthy that it’s the only Juls-produced one).

Still feel the album values mood over melody, but this is mainly a problem on “Longtime” and “Mighty Wine” in the first section. (Those Wine/Whyne songs are becoming a running gag btw, he’s had one on each of his four albums now - you’d think he’s doing it on purpose!)

As for the singles, released and potential: I’m underwhelmed by the Burna collabo, “Smile” sounds *great* coming in after “Blessed” (it also feels less stodgy in the album context), and man, “No Stress”, that song only gets better and better. It has a video now:


Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 1 November 2020 17:25 (one year ago) link

Moka made an interesting point with regard to the new Ariana Grande album, which is also very low-key and intimate and has a notable lack of bangers, where she ascribed the choice for a stay-at-home, stay-in-bed vibe to the pandemic situation, where touring (and I might add clubbing) won’t be possible in the foreseeable future.
I feel this might have been a factor in the way Made in Lagos ultimately turned out as well.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 1 November 2020 19:11 (one year ago) link

Ah that is interesting. Also helps me understand why, for example, I initially thought the Jessie Ware album was thrilling AOTY material, but then didn't feel much of an urge to return to it after the first few excited spins, it felt incongruous stuck in my apt.

Anyway, good post! I'm kind of glad I didn't really know those details about the 2019 version of the album (Buju? oof). As usual you've reminded me that I should check out the producer credits.

FWIW, while the rum was special, the speakers were just a portable bluetooth device. I think it mostly helped to listen to it with someone else in the room rather than listening intently on headphones solo while trying to work out my ~opinion~ lol

rob, Sunday, 1 November 2020 20:01 (one year ago) link

I hear you, breastcrawl, but to me, at least, this particular mood is where I’m at right now. And I even have a job where I get to dj once a week in spite of the pandemic. This album lets me breathe, and I’m thankful for it. Also, No Stress is such a jam. And Smile sounds way better in the context of the album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 1 November 2020 20:56 (one year ago) link

I wasn’t complaining tho! As I wrote in my post, I’m close to 180’ing on my initial impression.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 1 November 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

(also, the Ariana album sounded very good to me)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 1 November 2020 21:15 (one year ago) link

feeling “Grace” this morning. It and”Reckless” are a perfect pair of bookends.

also “Roma” 👌🏼

good album this, no?

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 08:45 (one year ago) link

the smoothness of it all is a huge bonus for me

ufo, Monday, 2 November 2020 09:24 (one year ago) link

“Smile” sounds *great* coming in after “Blessed” (it also feels less stodgy in the album context)

very otm, was surprised by how much i enjoyed it.

i've listened to this about three times already, mostly as a whole so i don't have much to say about individual songs. it's just a vibe--confident, laid-back, with some creamy bass sounds.

glengarry gary beers (voodoo chili), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:23 (one year ago) link

great use of *that* Loleatta Holloway sample in “Essence”

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 15:10 (one year ago) link

Coming back to the first songs:
The percussion and bass in Reckless make for a splendid arrangement underneath his flow, it's very subtle and organic, the tropical flourishes are almost distracting from it.
Ginger feels incomplete and it's so strange to have featured Burna Boy on the chorus and Wizkid on the verse rather than the rather obvious opposite.
Wizkid's on his near-best on the second part of Longtime. Those percussions are so right again.
I don't get Blessed more than I get Mighty Wine, tedious song.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 20:50 (one year ago) link

album is flat incredible

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 10 November 2020 07:25 (one year ago) link


interviewer doesn't really ask the most probing questions but wizkid comes off as very likable in this video and there is some interesting insight about each song

hearing the songs in this context actually gave me a real appreciation for "ginger" and "longtime" ... "ginger" in particular. this album is really about the final 2/3 for me but that song is pretty great

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 10 November 2020 07:27 (one year ago) link

I enjoyed that interview.

the super collaborativeness of “True Love” makes more sense now: it came about in a session for a Juls project, but Wizkid liked it so much that he pleaded with Juls to give the track to him.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 08:23 (one year ago) link

Interesting--though that makes it even weirder that only Wizkid is credited (on streaming)

rob, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:48 (one year ago) link

I put this aside for a little while and right now it really does sound incredible. I'm at the phase of noticing the details deeper in the mix, and the opening third benefits quite a bit from it, e.g., I too like "Ginger"

rob, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:53 (one year ago) link

that’s been corrected - in stages: Tay Iwar first, and as of yesterday (?) Projexx is tagged as well

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:53 (one year ago) link


kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:54 (one year ago) link

Oh good!

rob, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:57 (one year ago) link

Justice for Tems too I see. Good news, that was def a sour note

rob, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 14:59 (one year ago) link

yeah, that was really sloppy, given that the artwork is crystal clear about it:


kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:01 (one year ago) link

i love this.

roma feat. terri is so good.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:36 (one year ago) link

so this went out live last night on YouTube, as I discovered after the fact. have yet to watch it, but everybody seems to be raving about it:


”a three-hour live-stream starring WizKid culminating in a full-on, live interactive performance”

that live performance is the last hour of the stream, it starts at 2h19

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 November 2020 02:56 (one year ago) link

that set is **lush** as fuck

skip the first two hours and enjoy
(the vibes start at 2h01, not 2h19!)

2h01 intro
2h03 Smile
2h06 Jam
2h08 Mighty Wine
2h11 Grace
2h15 Blessed
2h18 Energy (Stay Far Away) with Skepta)
2h20 Longtime (with Skepta)
2h23 True Love
2h26 Naughty Ride
2h29 Gyrate
2h31 Piece Of Me
2h33 Joro
2h37 Soco
2h38 Ghetto Love
2h40 Ojuelegba
2h44 Ginger
2h47 Reckless
2h51 Come Closer
2h54 No Stress

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 18:53 (one year ago) link

The Guardian is the first publication (AFAIK) that has Made In Lagos on its EOY list. They have it way too low obviously, but the write-up is pretty apt:

43. Wizkid – Made in Lagos
Nigerian pop continued to establish itself more firmly on the international stage in 2020 with successful albums by Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Tems and more. The best of them all was this lilting, versatile record by Wizkid. Guest stars from across the Black Atlantic – Skepta and Ella Mai from the UK, HER from the US, Damian Marley and Projexx from Jamaica – create the sense of a diasporic dialogue, where reggae, dancehall, rap and Afro-swing seamlessly and sensually intertwine.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 19:47 (one year ago) link

may just be very stoned but there's some three dimensional sound design going on here

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 03:12 (one year ago) link

also i fucking love this album

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 03:12 (one year ago) link

the sound design is indeed incredible and sooo lush

ufo, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 03:31 (one year ago) link

Brad, ufo, others, did you watch the YouTube concert I posted two weeks ago? it’s such a vibe and yes, lush.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 09:58 (one year ago) link

i only watched some of it but what i did watch was great. even the weaker tracks on the album like "mighty wine" came across even better live

ufo, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 10:41 (one year ago) link

Could we perhaps try to agree on one or two Wiz tunes for the EOY 77? I fear vote splitting might become an issue with this album. So many good songs.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:21 (one year ago) link

def voting for this album, but my wizkid song will likely be dj tunez' "cool me down"

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:31 (one year ago) link

sorry longneck, i know wizkid would want us all to come together

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:33 (one year ago) link

will def vote for “No Stress”, and probably also for either “Cool Me Down” or “Pami” (torn between those non-identical twin songs). “True Love” also one of my fave songs of the year, but three Wizzy tracks is probably too much.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

three Wizzy tracks is never too much obv, but *voting for three* probably is

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

I can get behind No Stress but I'm not sure it is the best song on the album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

it’s def its best single tho

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:45 (one year ago) link

not sure why we’re even discussing vot(esplitt)ing when we haven’t even done the nominations yet. not sure I’m a fan of this pre-poll/pre-nom thing.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:03 (one year ago) link

A Wizkid special from Nigerian music mag The Native:


I watched the YouTube concert the other night, and it was awesome. Plus I don't think there's a minute of this album I don't love now

loose Orwellian mobs (rob), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I can understand the love for this record, but after repeated listens over the past few months, I've found that it's just not for me. There's no dynamics? It's so slick that it just passes by like nothing happened, not a single track stands out for me. That would be fine if this was ambient music, maybe, but this is supposed to be pop, and I find it completely unremarkable.

The return of our beloved potatoes (the table is the table), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:30 (one year ago) link

duly noted

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:44 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

ride on time: video for "Essence" with Tems:


Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 April 2021 22:19 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

.@wizkidayo’s “Essence” (ft. Tems) has debuted at #25 on Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart! 🤯🔥

This is Starboy’s fifth entry on the chart, extending his record as the African artist with the most entries here — his second as lead. #MADEINLAGOS baby!!!! 🥳🎉🥳🎊 pic.twitter.com/fypElEm4g1

— MIL - OUT NOW 🌍 (@WizkidSource) June 4, 2021

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 4 June 2021 18:08 (one year ago) link

also here’s the first Wizkid sighting of the year, from Lojay’s fantastic new EP with Sarz:
Lojay & Sarz ft. Wizkid • LV N ATTN

Lojay’s reaction on first hearing Wizzy’s feature on his track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqW37gmxJoU

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 June 2021 17:22 (one year ago) link

Nice to see Essence lasting this long. A true highlight on a great, great album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 7 June 2021 09:17 (one year ago) link

apple music has some sort master version of this up now, they need to continue to develop new technologies so i can continue hear this record in better fashion over time

J0rdan S., Monday, 7 June 2021 23:40 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

North American tour dates

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 21:53 (eleven months ago) link

got my new york tickets a few weeks ago B-)

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 7 July 2021 22:10 (eleven months ago) link

"essence" has climbed into the top 20 on apple music, think it may have a shot at the hot 100

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 7 July 2021 22:11 (eleven months ago) link

song of the summer (this year, last year, every year)

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 22:46 (eleven months ago) link

tickets for the Toronto show sold out in minutes, i coulda gotten a ticket but waffled for like literally 5 seconds and it was gone :(

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 9 July 2021 18:12 (eleven months ago) link

Joey Akan taking stock of “Afrobeats to the World” on the occasion of “Essence” becoming the first Afropop song ever to crack the Billboard Hot 100:

link - hope it works

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:32 (eleven months ago) link

Tems' hook on "Essence" is also crucial, and *I predict "you don't need no other body" will be the bit from this album most stuck in my head in days to come*.

rob with another excellent prediction - although he could have substituted “my” for “the world’s” and “days” for “months”

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 19:53 (eleven months ago) link

ha! Essence did persist as my favorite from the album

And it is pretty wild how much this blew up. That Akan piece is interesting, though kinda thinly sourced in terms of explaining the song's crossover—not that I'm saying he's wrong, I don't really know what influencers are up to lol

rob, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 19:41 (eleven months ago) link

Regular price tix for the 2 dc area shows sold out quick. Venue and live nation just listing resale price ones for 3 times the original price :(

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 20:03 (eleven months ago) link

same here in Toronto :(

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 20:04 (eleven months ago) link

that line up is insane

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 July 2021 21:18 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...


"essence" remix ft. bieber, he doesn't really add anything to it but it's fine

would be great if it can propel it into being a proper global hit though

ufo, Saturday, 14 August 2021 04:38 (ten months ago) link

i don’t blame them for trying to despacito it but totally useless addition

in more inspiring news he’s putting out a deluxe of the album in a few weeks so we should get a few new songs out of it

J0rdan S., Saturday, 14 August 2021 05:39 (ten months ago) link

i haven't listened to it but i'm mad it exists

dyl, Saturday, 14 August 2021 05:46 (ten months ago) link

it would have made me mad if he'd ruined it or something but if it helps it become an international hit i don't really mind. his presence is thankfully unobtrusive

ufo, Saturday, 14 August 2021 05:50 (ten months ago) link

He's got a decent appearance on the Dave album.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 August 2021 11:55 (ten months ago) link

second show added in Toronto, presale tomorrow prayers up 4 me plz

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 19:51 (ten months ago) link

got a ticket to the second Toronto show, stoked

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Thursday, 26 August 2021 17:25 (ten months ago) link

Wizkid feat. Buju - Mood

Nabozo, Sunday, 29 August 2021 14:41 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

"essence" (remix) is #17 on the hot 100, my god

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:33 (nine months ago) link

i haven't heard the bieber version yet, the rap stations here play the original and the pop station hasn't started playing it. one of my friends at w*rk is a big bieber fan so when this came on off her playlist i was sure it'd be the biebs version but nope! the original is outselling/-streaming the remix now it seems so i guess billboard is crediting it like that b/c of the initial boost + that's presumably what the pop stations would play

dyl, Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:28 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

recorded stream of his third night playing the O2... he comes on about an hour or so in. just super fun to see a full arena rocking to his music, but he's also got a fuller band than when he was touring in the US, i think. a lot of the songs sound great esp w/ the back up singers. he also brings out most of the guests on the album... i highly recommend finding the spot in the show where burna boy comes out in a full rodeo outfit w/ cowboy hat and cowboy boots, their energy together is really funny. also tems! not sure if she came out at the other london shows but i wouldn't be surprised if it was the first time they performed the song together


J0rdan S., Wednesday, 8 December 2021 02:20 (six months ago) link

also wiz says he & burna have a new song together, video already shot. seems like it's coming out fairly soon. appears to be called "ballon d'or," looks like it's a burna song w/ wiz feature but i guess we'll see

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 8 December 2021 02:22 (six months ago) link

supposed to see him in January, hoping omicron won't mess up his plans

Murgatroid, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 02:25 (six months ago) link

he does a great version of "blessed" at like 1:53:00... he pulled out a lot of tricks for this show that he didn't on his US tour (understandably)

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 8 December 2021 02:36 (six months ago) link


Ten minutes of aesthetics, top fashion and indulgence featuring the songs from Made in Lagos deluxe.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 18:47 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

deep cut / fan favorite “True Love” gets an official video release:


video does the song no favors at all. the absence of Tay Iwar makes this a rather weird, even uncomfortable, watch

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 19:33 (three months ago) link

was always my favorite on this album

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 29 March 2022 19:37 (three months ago) link

wiz kid is dead! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaaqj9EQ6h8

xzanfar, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 19:58 (three months ago) link

jesus. go away

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 29 March 2022 20:01 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Made in Tappahannock:

“Call Me Every Day”

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 June 2022 05:36 (two weeks ago) link

Killer tune. CB should just go make a full afropop album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 17 June 2022 07:50 (two weeks ago) link

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