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Review Of Wizkid’s Soundman EP: The Wizkid We Know?

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6th of December 2019, Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkidayo , aka Starboy, aka Machala , aka Sound man after recording a smash hit with Beyonce earlier in the year decided to pull a Beyonce on music listeners across the world by dropping his seven track Extended play entitled entitled ” Sound man ” .

Machala as he is fondly called decided to drop a surprise EP to wet the appetite of Wizkid FC and music listeners in anticipation of his highly awaited ” Made in Lagos” album . After the release of Joro and ghetto love which were received with mixed reactions, Ayo decides to test the waters by dropping this project under the Starboy imprint and as we analyse this body of work, we will see whether indeed Baba bolu proved his Calibre and repute as Africa’s biggest contemporary music export .

Producers – Blaqjerzee, London, KelP 
Featured Artistes – Chronixx, Djtunez, Blaqjerzee, KelP, London
Label – Starboy 

 1) Jam featuring Chronixx

On Jam featuring Jamaican artiste, Chronixx, Wizkid gives us an opening reminiscent of his stellar efforts on Sounds from the other side .. Wizkid sings about Jamming the love of his life and begging her to come into his life .The highlight of the track is Chronixx who brings his A game on this track and spices it up with his patois vibes . The trumpet gives this jam , an Afrobeat feel and Wizkid lyrics which is a deviation from what he has been serving us for a while makes listeners hopeful for more . A perfect intro.

 2) Blow ft Blaqjerzee

Something about Blow gives a vibe of “low”, a song by Larry Gaaga featuring Wizkid which is also produced by the same producer , Blaq Jerzee . Wizkid tells the ladies to blow the trumpet and Jo fun Alhaji. Everything on this track screams Low. A decent track at most .

 3) Cover me ft Djtunez 

Kel P vibes showed his mastery of Afro beats production on Cover Me featuring Starboy resident disc jockey, Dj Tunez . Wizkid is having fun with the beat , reminiscient of his efforts on the Phantom produced ” Master Groove ” and Sarz produced ” Ghetto youth “, Wizkid focuses more on the vibe and flow rather than lyrical artistry.
. This is Afro beats and Wizkid successfully delivered on this particular track ..One for the shrine .

 4) Mine ft KelP

Perphaps the best track on the EP , the song offers the same vibe Wizkid delivered on the dokta frabz produced ” Joy ” . Wizkid showed his lyrical capacity , vocals and lovely flow on this one .. Laid back with a meaningful message and excellent production from KelP , Mine comes off as an instant classic and hit song .. Wizkid will do well to shoot a video of this song if he doesn’t decide to go STFOS with the videos .

 5) Electric ft London
London , Producer of Rema’s Bad commando shows he is fast becoming a force to reckon with in terms of music production. The tracks so far shows Wizkid attempting to bring us back to those STFOS vibes . 

” Say she bust everyday , she day make man craze “.. 

This sexual vibe which Baba bolu has termed electric vibe is one for the couples and clubs .. A serious whining song for the ladies and a serious stimulant for the production of babies .
A potential hit in the Carribean market too alongside Jam featuring Chronixx.

 6) Ease your mind ft KelP

My Personal Favourite ..Kel P once again proves himself a magician . Wizkid goes motivational on this one urging his listeners to take life easy and ease their mind like Mr Eazi eases his mind whenever he is with temi otedola. As usual , the production from KelP is top notch and his input is once again felt on this Afro beats reggae themed project . Wizkid also shows he is fast becoming comfortable with the Afro beats genre , a serious deviation from the pop , Afro pop and rnb vibes which dominated his early days .. a 9/10 for me

 

7) Thankful ft Blaqjerzee

Okay .. This is the Lamba .. This sounds like the Manya vibe Wizkid gave us with Mutay . A December beer parlour and pepper soup joints Gbedu. Blaqjerzee delivered and Wizkid delivered too.. with a touch of prayer and street slangs , the song is destined to control the streets in a few weeks . The production feels good.

Final Verdict 

Wizkid is having fun and catching cruise .. Perphaps following criticisms that trailed his last two offerings , Joro and Ghetto love , Wizkid decides to take us to his STFOS days and show us he is still capable of delivering lyrics and beautifully crafted vibes. The project feels like STFOS part 2 .

 Wizkid is experimenting and showing us his versatility as he switches between reggae, Afrobeat , Rnb and some Familiar Carribean vibes .Wizkid is playing safe and little surprise he drops the project under the Starboy imprint.
One thing we can’t take away is that Wizkid is good and delivers when he wants to .He is also listening to the reviews and critics ..

He wants to know what to give us in his Made in Lagos album hence the release of this project and also to prove a point to critics who are hell bent on questioning his lyrical capacity and dominance in the Afrobeats genre .This project shows that we might never actually Get our pop influenced Wizkid again as he is heavily influneced by afrobeats on the project. Some of the beats sound too similar but Wizkid manages to give a different flavour to each track .

The production ( beats , mixing and mastering ) is top notch but I think the inclusion of Sarz who have been amazing .Wizkid might also need to consider giving us more of the pop tracks we are familiar with as he seemed to have neglected that completely for Afrobeats .

Considering the recent projects and the excellent pen game therein from acts like Peruzzi , Davido, BurnaBoy and fireboydml, Wizkid might need to improve on his pen game if he is hoping to give us something extraordinary and up to the ” New ” standard on his album even if that will involve getting some writers .

Overall , SoundMan is for the listeners to enjoy while sipping palmwine , on the beach or laid back somewhere chilling with family and loved ones .Nothing serious , just vibes and cruise as we await Made in Lagos .

 Rating – 8/10

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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