On the 22nd of September, Soulful singer, Wurld got on the wrong side of the biggest Nigerian Fanbase, Wizkid FC after he made a comment that Wizkid’s lyrics isn’t his style.
Wurld who started singing and songwriting in the United States relocated to Nigeria to explore the opportunities the Nigerian Music Industry had to offer. He started gaining attention after his feature on Shizzi and Walshy Fire’s Show You Off.
The attention got global after he and Sarz collaborated on an EP which they titled ‘I Love Girls with Trobul’ with ‘Mad’ being the biggest hit song from the EP.
What most people don’t know is that the singer also is a songwriter who has written songs for popular American R’n’B singer, Mario. He is also credited with writing two of Davido hit songs, ‘Blow My Mind’ and ‘Sweet in the Middle’.
So, for an amazing songwriter and singer, what did he mean by Wizkid’s style of lyrics isn’t his style?
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Firstly, Wurld did not mean any disrespect as Wizkid’s fans had interpreted his statement, let me explain why.
Wizkid is an iconic singer whose impact on the music industry will always be remembered. He is looked up to as the young Fela by some fans (Though I don’t think he has achieved enough to be considered one).
Wizkid had his own brand of sound that earned him fans over the years. His ability to murder a song without stressing himself is unique. Though Over time he has leaned towards flow and market strategy than lyrics.
Wurld’s style is a blend of Soul, electronic, Afropop music. His style of music is a distance apart from Wizkid’s that its easy to tell when he is the brain behind a song.
This was what Wurld was trying to pass but Wizkid FC being their usual self didn’t think to understand the message.
Just because he and Wizkid might be classified under Afrobeat by International Music experts doesn’t mean they do the same thing.
In his latest EP, ‘Afrosoul’, Wurld establishes his type of artistry. Wizkid is more of an Afrobeat artist than Wurld. They are two worlds apart, someone with a good musical ear can tell.
The basic reason why anyone would think it’s appropriate to compare them is that most people don’t understand that not every Nigerian Artist is an Afrobeat artist.
A Wise man once said ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ and I couldn’t agree more. It’s exhausting when fans try and compare two artists even when they have different sounds.
Every artist has an invisible signature that separates their music from the rest. To put this in concept, its the same thing as Artists who sign their paintings to give their works a sense of identification.
These two artists have their signatures embed in their sounds, lyrics, and generally their songs. Wurld’s meaning is that Wizkid’s lyrics wasn’t his style and not Wizkid wasn’t good lyrically.
It might the same alphabet and words they use in singing but it’s in the usage that differentiates them.
Surely would love to see a collaboration between the two in the nearest future.