‘Made In Lagos’ album is out under the labels of Starboy Entertainment boss and Sony Music artist Wizkid.
The ‘Made In Lagos’ album would be Wizkid’s fourth studio album with previous albums ‘Superstar‘ – 2011, ‘Ayo‘ – 2014, ‘Sounds From The Other Side‘ – 2017 in that order.
The new album has 14 new tracks including previously released singles ‘No Stress‘ and ‘Smile‘. It also features guest artists like H.E.R, Burna Boy, Damian Marley, Ella Mai, Terri, and Skepta.
Half a decade after WizKid and Burna Boy’s last collaboration, ‘Ginger’ does not disappoint and reminds us why the two are amongst the biggest stars in Nigeria. The pitch change in the 30-second outro increases the singles’ standard further and has me hoping it won’t be another five years ‘til we see these two come together again.
On Thursday, October 29, Nigerian singer-songwriter WizKid released his latest album Made In Lagos. The 14-track album features Burna Boy, Damien Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Terri, and Adele’s new beau Skepta.
Wizkid Made In Lagos Tracklist
1. Wizkid – Reckless
2. Wizkid – Ginger ft. Burna Boy
3. Wizkid – Longtime ft. Skepta
4. Wizkid – Mighty Wine
5. Wizkid – Blessed ft. Damian Marley
6. Wizkid – Smile (Ft. H.E.R.)
7. Wizkid – Piece of Me ft. Ella Mai
8. Wizkid – No Stress
9. Wizkid – True Love ft. Tay Iwar, Projexx
10. Wizkid – Sweet One
11. Wizkid – Essence ft. Tems
12. Wizkid – Roma ft. Terri
13. Wizkid – Gyrate
14. Wizkid – Grace
As a true goat, Wizkid postponed his Project due to the wake of the violent attack on Tuesday, October 20 in Lagos by the police group SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) that led to the deaths of peaceful protestors at the hands of police brutality. “It has been beautiful to see Nigerians around the world coming together to protest against police brutality,” says Wizkid.
It’s been three years since we were last afforded the privilege of a WizKid album. Fans have enjoyed the singles and features in between, but a full project from the StarBoy himself has been long-awaited. Whilst ‘Sounds From The Other Side’ showcased WizKid in the context of the global stage with varying genres, his newest album sees a return to home with sounds more consistent with traditional Afrobeats. Made in Lagos is one of WizKid’s most serene albums yet and a memorable comeback from one of the Afrobeats’ most loved princes.
Leading with smooth bass and commanding saxophone, Reckless opens Made In Lagos and sets the tone for the rest of the album. The single discusses the doubt WizKid has been met within his career and those who “pray for his downfall”, but he also reflects on the privilege he has and the importance of not taking said blessings for granted. Interestingly, ‘Grace’ concludes the project with similar lyrical undertones and it appears WizKid is stressing from beginning to the end that despite obstacles, he will continue to run his race.
‘Piece Of Me’ is led by warm guitar riffs and is well fitted to the relaxed nature of the project whilst also offering a slight pop twang. In the repetitive chorus, Ella Mai demands her love interest “come and get a piece” and whilst it is not a personal favorite, it provides an enjoyable tune likely to be received positively in both pop and R&B spaces.