List of songs where Wizkid jumped on other genres and delivered hit songs
You go on Twitter on a very good day and see a group of people who identify as the ‘Wizkid FC’ defending their superstar and not tolerating any Wizkid slander and you wonder if they get paid for it.
Well, if you’ve followed Wizkid’s career from the jump, right from his EME days, maybe you’ll finally get to understand these people and how Wizkid won their hearts with his impeccable talent.
Before the world starting catching up to Wizkid, the man has already been doing wonders under the Nigerian record label, Empire Mates Entertainment. He was already a superstar in the whole of Africa, had already featured Drake (Ojuelegba Remix) and got featured by Drake (One Dance), had worked with Tyga, Chris Brown, Akon, Justin Bieber, and many others.
His ability to jump on any genre and deliver is something that we don’t get to talk about enough and this is one of the many reasons his fans hold him in high regard. Here are the times Wizkid left his comfort zone, jumped in on different genres, and still served up a hit record.
With songs like ‘Holla At Your Boy’, ‘Don’t Dull’, and ‘Tease Me/Bad Guys’ trending in 2010, prior to the release of his debut album, Wizkid had gotten himself a formidable fanbase in Africa, and many probably thought that he could only deliver Pop songs & Afrobeat records until he switched things up with the release of his debut album ‘Superstar’ in 2011.
On the album, we saw another dimension of the singer on the 4th track ‘Pakurumo’, a Fuji record! who would have thought.
Speaking on the song, Wizkid said;
I think we were trying to make a Fuji-inspired song; that is how we came up with this record here and I ended up performing it at every single wedding. Like I said, we weren’t overthinking too much when we were making the album, we were just hoping. Samklef produced this song and many of the other songs on the album. At the time, we had a close relationship and it was amazing working with him. I would pull up to his studio at odd hours. The studio was actually in an uncompleted building, and we would go to the roof, take a joint, have a drink, then come back down and record. Then we would end up at Fela’s Shrine.
Roll Up (ReUp) [Emtee ft. Wizkid & AKA]
On the ReUp of the ‘Roll Up’, South African rapper Emtee brought in his fellow South African rapper, AKA and Nigerian superstar, Wizkid who set the tone right with the first verse on the trap song.
Sponono (Kabza De Small ft Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest & Madumane)
With Amapiano sound emanating from South Africa to other African countries and the world, Nigerian singers caught up on the sound on delivered hit records. Davido scored a major hit with Focalistic on the remix of Ke Star and Wizkid and Burna Boy came correct on Sponono.
Bend Down Pause & Samba (Beat of life)
One Question (feat. Yemi Sax)
I’m definitely playing this one on my wedding day. Rest in perfect peace, the legendary Dokta Frabz who produced this top-notch record.
(7) Ragga (Raggamuffin)
Come Closer (feat. Drake)
The Raggamuffin record is taken off his star-studded EP “Sounds From The Other Side”.
The song was produced by Afro-beat producer, Sarz and featured arguably one of the best rappers of all time, Drake.
(8) Hip Hop
The Matter (Maleek Berry ft. Wizkid)
After a long time of promising and failing to release the long-anticipated album ‘Made in Lagos’, Wizkid finally released the ‘Made in Lagos’ album in October 2020, and it was definitely worth the wait.
On the album, was the song ‘Essence’ featuring fast-rising Nigerian songstress, Tems. The song became a global hit record, making it to Obama’s favorite songs of 2020, entered the top 15 songs in US Apple music chart, went up to the 25th spot in the Top 100 Global Apple music charts, was at the number 1 position on the Top 25 songs played on Apple Music in Washington, and several top celebrities including Kevin Hart, Kylie Jenner, and many others vibed to the song online. These are just a few of the numerous feats that the song achieved.
(10) Reggae Fusion
Blessed (feat. Damian Marley)
The new Wizkid fans might probably not get to see/experience Wizkid’s freestyle prime days when he was a freestyle demon. He had hit freestyles, not singles, I mean hit Freestyles that topped music charts in the country.
Back then, Wizkid barely used to hold songs back, he would record and unofficially release the songs or it would get leaked online.
Here are some of his freestyle.
(3) Tim Westwood Freestyle
(4) Wizkid Street Freestyle
Rave of the moment and artists currently popping might make you want to compare them to Wizkid but Wizkid is clear, he has been consistent for years, delivering hit songs and hit freestyles (LOL) even without the use of songwriters. ‘Zombie’ was never promoted by EME or even given a music video but it’s bigger than so many written and well-promoted songs by other artists.