In a time when the Nigerian Music Industry and the Global Music scene are bridging the gap, Wizkid is one artist who has gotten foreign artists to feature on his songs.
We curated a list of the Top 5 Major Foreign Artists Wizkid has featured in his songs.
International collaborations are now a norm in the Nigerian Music Industry. A long time ago, getting an international artist to feature on a Nigerian song was a dream and almost impossible to achieve.
As the Nigerian Music Industry started getting more international recognition, legendary artists like D’banj, 2Baba, P-square took advantage of the opportunity and started featuring foreign acts on their songs.
For Wizkid who had just emerged in 2010 with his “Holla At Ya Boy“, he was still a long way from achieving this feat. But as his influence continued to grow, so did the attention from the international music scene.
Now, with over a decade in the music industry, Wizkid boasts of an impressive list of international collaborations including one with Beyonce on “Brown Skin Girl”- the song that would earn him his first Grammy Award.
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Here are the Top 5 Major Foreign Artists Wizkid has featured in his songs;
The relationship between Drake and Wizkid has been a fruitful one so far. Although the two don’t look tight, this doesn’t affect their chemistry.
Drake first jumped on the remix of Wizkid’s 2014 hit song, “Ojuelegba” alongside Skepta. While the remix wasn’t as popular as the original, this was the beginning of a great partnership.
The two worked on Drake’s 2016 record-breaking song “One Dance” which charted around the world and earned Wizkid various accolades and awards.
Wizkid would then feature Drake on his 2017 song, “Come Closer“. Although Drake didn’t appear on the music video, it didn’t affect its success.
Currently, the song is one of Wizkid’s most streamed songs on major streaming platforms and sits at 107 Million views on Youtube, his second most-streamed song on the platform.
While Drake and Wizkid aren’t exactly buddies, Skepta and Wizkid on the other hand could be referred to as brothers from different mothers.
Skepta is credited as the person that orchestrated the relationship between Wizkid and Drake and even got the Canadian rapper to feature on the remix of “Ojuelegba”
Their relationship birthed Skepta’s 2018 hit song, “Bad Energy” which is one of the best collaborations to happen between a Nigerian and UK artist.
They would also collaborate on “Longtime” one of the songs from Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” album.
Akon was the first International artist Wizkid featured on a song. The first song they collaborated on was the remix of Wizkid’s “Don’t Dull,” while the song wasn’t officially released, a leaked version could be found online.
The official song they collaborated on was the remix of Wizkid’s 2012 song, “Roll It” which also features Banky W. Then they also collaborated on Wizkids’s “For You” off his sophomore album, “Ayo”
The two have a good relationship with Akon referring to Wizkid as his brother. Their last collaboration was Akon’s “Escape” first released as a soundtrack to the “Black November” film and then re-released in 2020.
In 2017, Wizkid dropped his third album, “Sounds from the Other Side” of which “African Bad Gyal” featuring Chris Brown was part of the songs off the project.
The song which was produced by Sarz currently sits on more than 5 Million views on Youtube. A year earlier, the two worked on another song titled “Shabba” alongside Trey Songz and French Montana.
Justin Bieber is the latest International Big wig that Wizkid has added to his roster of international features.
Their collaboration was unexpected and a surprise but a welcome development. Justin Bieber was featured on the remix of Wizkid’s 2020 groundbreaking summer bp, “Essence” which many music lovers have praised.
We can only hope this isn’t the last collaboration they have.
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Here are other Foreign artists Wizkid has featured on his songs
- Ty Dolla Sign
- Trey Songz
- Ella Mai
- Damian Marley
- French Montana