Ever since Wizkid, real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, made his debut in music scene which a close to a decade ago it was inevitable that the sky was the limit for the star. Wizkid songs become popular especially starting under Banky W’s EME record label. It has been a long roller-coaster ride for Nigeria’s blue eyed boy who is now the chairman and CEO of the ‘Star Boy’ music record label. Songs by Wizkid are a representative of the continent to the rest of the world in the best way possible.
Among Wizkid songs he has featured some of the biggest names in the industry from Canadian pop star Drake, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Dua Lipa, Future and Wale. The list of international artists who pay respect to the Nigerian star is endless. The star has never kept fans waiting as he constantly keeps releasing new music that ends up music dominating charts and breaking records. To add to his accolades of being a multiple award winning artist is the fact that he is a father.
The mantle for representing African music to the world surely rests in the shoulders of the ‘daddy yo’ hit maker who has an insanely booked schedule. It is more of a rug to riches story given that he hails from a humble family background and started singing at the tender age of 11. Wizkid first album was released together with other four church friends. The band was dubbed ‘Glorious Five’ and it paved the way for the star to his current status.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of all the albums made by the two time BET Award winning artist for Best International Act: Africa. This includes his first professional studio album released in 2010 under Banky W’s EME record label which introduced him to the African market to his current album. The star has been known to tease fans of an upcoming album after his collaboration with Chris Brown for ‘African Girl’.
Wizkid album superstar - 2011
After the success of his first single ‘holla at your boy’ it was with no clear doubt that he had embarked on his journey to success. After the release of the single, his fan base increased tremendously as everyone was interested with the new talk in town. The song received massive airplay and was an instant club banger as it shot up straight to the top of the charts. It was only right for him to release an album to solidify his stay in the industry.
The studio album Superstar was released on the 12th of June, 2011 under the Emire Mates Entertainment that is currently run by Banky W. The album was a star studded one and featured a lot of famous producers at the time including Samklef, E-kelly, Jay Sleek, DJ Klem, Shizzi, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, Banky W and Veebee. It also had a strong lineup of guest appearances from Skales, D’Prince, Banky W, and Wande Coal. The executive producers for the album were Bank W, Segun Demurun, Tunde Demurun and Stanley Ekuro.
Even though it was more of an complete album supported by six singles from ‘Holla at your boy’, ‘Tease me’, ‘don’t dull’, Wizkid I love my baby’, ‘pakurumo’, ‘oluwa lo ni’, and ‘gidi girl’. Other singles from the album included ‘say my name’, ‘no lele’, ‘scatter the floor’, ‘slow whine’ featuring Banky W, ‘what you wanna do’, ‘for me’ featuring Wande Coal, ‘wad up with D’Prince and ‘shout out’. The album was a mix of different genres ranging from afro-beat, afro-pop, reggae, dance-hall to R&B.
The star revealed in an interview that the album was scheduled on the Valentine’s Day but due to lots of production it would not have cut for the special date. Even though he had debut as an Afro-beat artist the album borrowed various musical styles and lyrical themes throughout the album. The album was more of a triumphant revelation of the struggles he had faced in his life. It is also a reference to God who has made the star reach these heights. It is a description of his early life and the hardships he encountered in his journey to music.
Wizkid ‘Holla at your boy’ was the most successful song in the album as the music video was shot by Dowen College and feature cameo appearances by Skales and Ice Prince. ‘International star Akon could not get enough of the single ‘don’t dull’ that he made a remix to the song but was unfortunately leaked. The love ballad ‘Love my baby’ also made rounds but ‘pakurunmo’ sealed the final nail in the coffin with its music video featuring cameo appearances from music giants like Ice Prince, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Pope the Hitman, Skales, Funke Akindele and Lynxxx.
Wizkid received numerous accolades for the album winning the Best Album of the Year award at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. It was in the nomination list of Album of the Year and Best R&B/Pop Album at the Headies Awards 2012. The album went down in history books as a masterpiece that catapulted the star to his current status. The album made him a household name in Nigeria and word got around the continent of new budding artist who was ready to create a wave in the industry.
Wizkid Empire state of mind album – 2012
Following the success of the previous album ‘Superstar’ Wizkid chose to cement his stay at the throne by thrilling fans with another compilation album. The compilation album featured the works of artists like Banky W and Skales under the Empire Mates Entertainment. The album was dropped on the 18th June of 2012 which was around the same time last year when ‘Superstar’ was dropped. The album featured executive producers: Banky W, Segun Demuren, Stanley Ekuro and Tunde Dumerun.
It also features the works of top producers like Legendury Beatz, Sarz, Masterkraft, Cobhams Asuquo, Kid Konnect and Speelz. Guest appearances were made by X.O Senavoe and Rotimi wth funny skits by Basket Mouth. Some of the ht singles from the album included ‘baddest boy’, ‘dance for me’, ‘get down tonight’, ‘ko mo le’, sun’, and ‘change’. The album was exclusively released on Spinlet which at the time was the first premier distribution platform. Before the launch of the album, there was a listening party that was one of a kind to celebrate the album.
‘Baddest boy’ single really received massive airplay and was the highlight of the compilation album, produced by Legendury Beatz with contributing vocals from Banky W, Wizkid and Skales with the official music video produced by Clarence Peters. The second hit single was ‘Dance for me’ produced by Sarz with the music video produced by Sesan. ‘Sun Mo Mi’ was a star studded song that was fifth to be released and produced by Banky W and Masterkraft. The Clarence Peter’s music video featured cameo from Niyola, Iyanya, Slim T among others.
Wizkid album Ayo
‘Ayo’ translated to English means joy. The release of the album Ayo saw the growth of the star in the music industry as it marked the end of his tenure at the Empire Mates Entertainment music record label. It marked the beginning of his own record label dubbed ‘starboy’. It was released on the 17th of September 2014. It had been long awaited by eager fans and postponed twice due to the hard selections of songs to make the album. The album brought together the genius minds of production from Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Dokta Frabz, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz and Spellzz.
The list of collaboration and guest appearances was impressive as it brought Femi Kuti, Seyi Shay, Akon, Banky W, Tyga, Phyno Yemi Sax and Wale. It was precedeb by hit singles like ‘jaiye jaiye’, ‘joy’, on top of your matter’, ‘one question’ and ‘show you the money’ that were currently making headlines and rounds around the globe. The first single off the album was ‘jaiye jaiye’ which featured Nigerian Grammy nominated legend Femi Kuti and went on to release a music video produced by sesan which has garnered 10 million views on YouTube.
A bonus song was added to the album ‘caro’ with featured L.A.X produced by Legendury Beatz. The video was produced by London Based video producer Mr. Moe Musa and has managed to gain over 22 million views on YouTube. The song made the nominations at the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards under the category for Hottest Single of the Year. Another song that crossed the international borders was with the sixth single ‘show you the money’ produced by Shizzi. The video to the song was produced by Patrick Ellis and has 23 million views.
At the Headies awards, the album took home the award for Best R&B/Pop Album and was nominated as the Album of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Other singles that performed exemplary from the album include ‘in my bed’ produced by Uhuru with over 10 million views on YouTube. He also released his international collaboration with Wale for hit single ‘nobody but you’ which was produced by Maleek Berry. He also featured international hip hop sensation Tyga in the remix to ‘show you the money’.
Wizkid’s new album sounds from the other side
This is the latest offering that makes the studio album and a major label debut. The album was produced by Starboy Entertainment in conjunction with RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment. It is a fusion of different sounds and genres including Afrobeat, EDM, R&B and house. The album has a star studded lineup of stars from Chris Brown, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla Sign, Efya, Drake, Efya and Bucie. It was also produced by a host of different producers including DJ Mustard, Dre Skull, Sarz, Del B, Major Lazer and the Picard Brothers.
Upon its release on the 14th June of 2017, it made its debut at number 107 on the US Billboard 200. It climbed to the 58TH spot on the Canadian Album Chart. Before the release of the album, the star had previously released hit singles including ‘come closer featuring Drake ’,‘ sweet love, daddy yo’ with Efya. On its pre-order of the album, fans were thrilled to the hit single ‘African bad gyal’ with ‘naughty ride’ as a promotional track with Wizkid Manya also on list. The album was on sale from various platforms such as Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play.
Ever since the star released the album, he has been focused in dishing out collabos with various artists all part of his tactics. Wizkid upcoming album is said to be still in production but promised to be a bigger accomplishment than the previous albums. He is set to bring the biggest names in the industry especially after receiving respect from the likes of Rihanna. The star is still shining on the star after performing next to Grammy awarding winning artist Beyonce. He has been on several world tours with concerts all across Africa.
Wizkid Song Lists
Apart from giving us wonderful and memorable albums, the star has been consistent in dishing out new singles every now and then. He has created a connection with top artists and it will not be a shock to see him featured in some of the works of great artists. Currently he has been featured by Drake, Future, and Zara Larsson in their albums. We have gone through a large pile of classic singles that Wizkid has dropped and has received mass acceptance all across the globe and has made him a trademark.
Here is a list of Wizkid hit songs
1. Wizkid - Ojuelegba
The song was an offering after the release of the ‘Ayo’ album written by Wizkid and produced by Legendury Beatz. It is more of a reflective song as it shows the struggle the artist went through in his journey to make a musical career. It talks of how he roamed the streets of Ojuelegba in search for his breakthrough in the industry. The song Ojuelegba was well received in Nigeria and the rest of the world and immediately climbed to the top of the charts at the Capital Xtra’s Afrobeat’s Chart in 2015.
It wasn’t long before the song caught onto the remix with Canadian rapper Drake and UK rapper Sketa. The remix made its way into the OVO Sound Radio and was ranked as the 12th best song on the list of 107 best songs of 2015 compiled by The Fader Magazine. The video shot b Clarence Peters was simple and artistic as it displayed the town of Ojuelegba where the star was born and raised.The song has gained over 23 million views on YouTube. It has also been remixed with various top artists in Africa including rapper Sarkodie and Khaligraph Jones.
2. Wizkid ft. Drake come closer
After the success of the remix to the ‘Ojuelegba’, and ‘one dance’ he featured the vocals from Drake in the hit single come closer. The song was well received to the 58 spot at the UK Singles Chart becoming his first single to top the UK charts as a lead artist. It also earned the 54th spot on the Canadian Top 100. The song received Gold certification at the Canada Music Awards and Silver certification at the United Kingdom. This means that the starboy has managed to sell over 500,000 units of single. The song has to different videos with one having over 55 million views.
3. Wizkid - daddy yo
The song become more famous especially after it was officially announced by John Boyega to be featured in the blockbuster movie ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’. It has a reggaeton vibe and sounds something like a blast from the past and will surely keep you on the feet. The song was well received in the rest of the continent with numerous dance videos to the song. It is undoubtedly one of the most hyped songs in the album. The song garnered over 11 million views on YouTube with the movie deal bringing in deal money to the singer.
4. Wizkid - Medicine
The Masterkraft produced song is an underrated song by Wizkid that has not received its deserving play in Nigeria and the rest of the world. I guess it’s due to the timing and the hype that the star was eliciting at the moment. Another reason could be that the star did not bother to release an official music video. The song however tried to reinvent itself through the remix which brought together the likes of Flavour and Phyno. However this still wasn’t the secret recipe as the song still receive little airplay.
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Wizkid songs 2017
1. Wizkid - Sweet love
The Apple Music Premiere gave us another thrilling hit single following the success of the previous album. The visuals to the song were also spectacular as the he gave an in-depth personal look at his live shows across Africa. He described that the song was a good vibes song that expresses the power of love in life. The hook is quite catchy as some of the lines go like “All I need is one love, all I need is your love, sweet love”. The song has over 3 million views on YouTube and remains a club banger till now.
2. Wizkid , Justine Skye - U don’t know
The song came to play especially when Roc nation’s rising star Justine Skye was at the epitome of his career. She had built a strong reputation with previous series of EP and mixtapes making the track a lead release for her debut album. The song was produced by Kevin Garrett and Chris Loco and spiced up by Wizkid. The song came after he was riding her on the success of ‘one dance’. The song has 4 million views on YouTube and it opened doors for more collabos with other big artists.
Wizkid songs 2018
1. Wizkid - This kind love ft. Patoranking.
Patoranking has proved to be the best dancehall sensation in the continent judging by his studio album God over Everything, and this time teaming up with Wizkid was the best offering. The song is a dope one with lyrics that express the importance of love. The song has enjoyed a lot of success this year with 10 million views on YouTube. Wizkid recent songs and chorus does justice to the song with an infectious hook that goes like “this kind of love you are giving me baby ah it’s necessary”. The song is a representation of ho music can go further when musicians come together.
2. Wizkid - Can’t believe ft. Ty Dolla Sign
This song was a representative of three different countries including Jamaica where Kranium hails, United States for Ty Dolla Sign and Nigeria. The song with over 6 million views on YouTube is the perfect definition of dancehall meet R&B. It is a pan-Africanism that seemed to have worked out for all artists. The third verse is killed by Wizkid vocals as the high tempo of the dancehall tune is maintained throughout the song. The song is believed to have opened up for more partnerships for Wizkid.
3. Wizkid - Wine to the top
Wizkid new songs have received the international recognition from other top acts. This time it was from the ‘world boss’ himself who despite being behind bars still keeps dropping hits time and time again. The song was well received in Jamaica and back home with close to 8 million views on YouTube. Even though both acts missed out on the official video, it was done perfectly with cats taking acting role. The song is still a club banger and a common request in clubs and local stations.
4. Wizkid Everytime ft. Future
The song was the first single off Wizkid’s new album ‘Sounds from the other side’. The song came after the success of Future’s international tour. The duo has also shown a lot of respect for each other a couple of times and it was only a matter of time before they got together in a booth. The song has yet to receive an official video but the lyric video is showing a lot of hype with close to 500,000 views on YouTube. Wizkid recent songs were hailed by Rihanna who showed love to the star.
Source: Yen Newspaper