See the reasons why we think Wizkid is the number one artist of the Decade.
In recent years, say ten years before now, the emergence of the new generation music acts, who came to modify the Nigerian music industry began.
The evolution continued until a solid base was established by these very young, vibrant, and highly talented artistes born with various unique sounds.
Some of these music superpowers include; Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, and the rest, however, our main focus on this article is on the king of these kings; WIizkid.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, stage named Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Wizkid started recording music at the age of 11 and even went ahead to release a collaborative album with his church group ads of then, the “Glorious Five”. This shows that he was a born singer, with an unmatchable talent which needed to be exploited.
In 2009, the Wizkid signed a record deal with fellow singer; Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E).
He, however, rose to prominence and became a household name with the release of “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his first studio album; Superstar.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first-ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter. That same year, he dropped his self-titled second studio album, “Wizkid”.
Wizkid goes international
On the expiry of his contract with E.ME, Wizkid left the label to grow his music wings and create his own label; “Starboy Entertainment”.
Currently, Starboy Entertainment is one of the biggest record labels in Africa.
Wizkid became one of the first few Nigerians to gain massive international recognition after his collaboration with US rapper; Drake on his song, “One Dance“, alongside British singer; Kyla.
Consequently, “One Dance” became a global hit and reached number one in 15 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
In 2017, He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records and released third studio album Sounds from the Other Side.
Collaborations, Awards, and Endorsements
Aside from his tremendous solo work, Wizkid has also collaborated with several other artists to produce various massive music projects.
The singer was featured on Beyonce‘s epic album; “The Lion King: The gift”, particularly on the smash hit; “Brown Skin Girl” alongside Saint Jhn and Blue Ivy Carter.
Moreover, he also became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records and Billboard Top 10 HipHop/R&B songs of the decade for his contribution to Drake’s “One Dance”.
Wizkid is undeniably one of the Nigerians with the most awards to their name. The singer has about 31 awards which unfortunately can’t be listed here.
Through his career, he has also bagged several endorsements from huge brands like; Pepsi, Guinness, MTN, and GLO.
why we think Wizkid is the artist of the Decade.
Well, I’m sure that by now I don’t need to mince words, or overemphasize because it is crystal clear.
The singer is known virtually all over the world and has crossed certain boundaries other top Nigerian acts have not sighted.
Wizkid is nothing short of an Afrobeats king, who pushed African music to a global level.
In fact, the singer is headed towards being a music legend, as his sound is unfading.
All things said, allow me to Crown Wizkid, the artist of the decade!!!