Wizkid At 30: Here are the superstar’s best 30 songs apart from ‘Ojuelegba’.
SureLoaded picks Wizkid’s 30 best songs for his 30th birthday.
Nigerian superstar, Starboy himself, Mr. Ayo Balogun whom we all know as Wizkid, marks His 30th birthday Today, July 16.
Since launching onto the scene in 2008 with the bubbling under single, ‘Mamiwata,’ the man has gone from a Nigerian superstar to an African staple and now to a global star on the western stage. Earlier today, he was one of the few artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift and is rumoured to be on Beyonce’s new album.
As he marks his 30th year on earth, here are 30 of his best songs;
1) Back To The Matter
Back to the matter was a collab with a then obscure Maleek Berry – at least, to the Nigerian audience. The song did rounds on airwaves and many hearts as it tickled the perverted tendencies on Nigerian youth.
A song that came with a viral dance routine. The music was so good, it became Nigeria’s soundtrack for the dance of Ghanaian roots.
3) Sisi Nene
5) Dance for me
A jam featured on the EME album. At the time, its video was the best thing since sliced bread. Shout-out to Sarz.
Arguably the most slept song on that Empire Mates State of Mind album. See, Wizkid is a beast.
7) On Top of Your Matter
The quintessential wedding anthem of 2014, the video was even of a wedding.
8) For Me featuring Wande Coal
One of Wizkid’s best songs ever- possibly his best collaboration. Period.
9) Wad Up featuring D’Prince
Often criticized for D’Prince’s verse, but when you listen to it now, it has aged really well.
10) No Lele
The ultimate party song with the incredible video. I think an underrated part of this song was the thought that went into Wizkid’s outfit.
12) In My Bed
Lyrically disjointed from an average album, but a huge success outside Nigeria.
13) Love My Baby
An even bigger wedding and ‘wash’ song.
14) Tease Me/Bad Guyz
A song that helped Wizkid transcend the Nigerian mainstream.
15) Holla At Your Boy
The ‘Dumebi’ of its time. Also introduced us to Wizkid’s first major girlfriend.
16) Jaiye Jaiye featuring Femi Kuti
A big song and an even bigger Femi Kuti. Rumour has it Femi was about to travel before he recorded that sax session. In the end, issa legendary something.
Another underrated Wizkid collab. An ode to the Yoruba man’s weakness; the woman’s behind. The result, a jam.
18) Show Me The Money
A crowd favourite.
An ode to mother’s and a sentimental track that resonated in its way, The entire underwhelming edge to the album overshadowed the song’s substance. The reggae edge also stuck out,
20) Come Closer
It caused a bigger controversy after Drake boycotted its video, but its status still remains.
21) Sweet Love
The best song on Sounds From The Other Side.
22) Daddy Yo
Although it attracted cynicism when it dropped, but it slowly gained traction and became a hit.
23) Gidi Girl
One of the early songs that proved ‘Baba Bolu’s’ R&B inclination. A lot of people might want him to go back to this.
24) African Bad Gyal featuring Chris Brown
A song that helped Wizkid gain traction in the west. Shout-out to Sarz for those strings.
25) Baba Nla
Up for one of Wizkid’s best song ever. It’s a wonder how it never made an album.
A flash in the pan, but the point remains that it flashed and has a cult following.
27) Gucci Snake featuring Slimcase
A pretender that didn’t quite crack the mainstream like Wiz intended, but a good song nonetheless.
28) Dirty Wine featuring Ty Dolla Sign
For some reason, people love it.
29) Wizkid – Ghetto Love
While the song is polarizing, it’s still a better song than ‘Joro.’; Starboy Entertainment head honcho, Wizkid has finally released his highly anticipated single titled, “Ghetto Love”; his debut for the year. Wizkid lures the production assistance from two renowned hit-maker, Killertunes and Kel P to deliver this melodious ditty song.
30) Wizkid – Ojuelegba
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