Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid is no doubt one of the fastest rising artistes in the Nigerian music industry. A talented singer, songwriter and performer. He kicked off his singing career at the early age of 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released in his church in Lagos, under the name of Lil’ Prinz.
Years later in 2006, with a new stage name, and a passion for making music and God-given talent, Wizkid got back into the studio to hone his craft. He continued to develop as a Singer and Songwriter by working under some of Nigeria’s biggest Musical names such as OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, Ikechukwu and many others. Over the next few years his talent as a Singer and Songwriter became evident and it resulted in Wiz being prominently featured alongside some of the biggest Artistes in Nigeria’s Music Industry to much critical and commercial acclaim.
2009 would prove to be Wizkid’s break-out year, as his collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album drew major attention to his distinct voice and singing style. He went on to feature on Kel’s “Turn by Turn” and also got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, and featured prominently on Banky’s “The W Experience” album.
At the age of 20, this extremely talented and charming young man had already achieved so much, thanks to his drive and focus for turning his life’s experiences into incredible music. In 2010, he released his first singles, “Holla at your Boy” followed by “Gidi Girl” and then there was the hit song, “Tease Me” which was just a studio freestyle that got leaked online and turned into a big hit in different parts of Nigeria and among Nigerians worldwide.
He reminds me so much of T-pain, with the use of the auto-tune. He does have a way with words and very flexible as it is evident in the different genres he sampled in his album. No doubt his music is addictive and would grow on you with time. With catchy choruses and rhythms little wonders why he has a few club bangers. I would recommend tracks like “Love My Baby” and “Slow Whine”
Take a listen and tell me what you think…………..Enjoy!