Top 10 Wizkid Songs and Albums from ‘Ginger’ to ‘Made in Lagos’

Wizkid is an award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter who started doing music at an early age. He rose to the spotlight with the lead single Holla At Your Boy from his debut album Superstar which also includes singles like Tease Me Bad/Bad Guys and Don’t Dull. The musician started his music career with the Empire Mate Entertainments and now has his own record label, Starboy. He was also signed by the RCA, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Over time, the artist has been a very strong promoter of any record label he finds himself in. Since his music debut to date, Wizkid’s songs and albums have received rave reviews. His outstanding musical talent and collaborations with top artists have gained him fame and raked in awards to him.

Wizkid’s First Song is Holla At Your Boy

  • Release Date: 2 January 2010
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 5:08
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun
  • Producer: Dj Klem (Knighthouse) Vebee

Holla at Your Boy is the first lead single released by the musician from his debut album Superstar in 2011. The song gained global recognition and was used as the cover of the song Girls by Korean artist Se7en, which featured American rapper, Lil Kim. This is one of Wizkid’s songs and albums that was nominated as the Best Pop Single in the 2011 Headies award and won the Next Rated for the same category of award the same year. In addition, the music video for Holla At Your Boy was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards and won the Best Afro Pop Video award at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).

Wizkid’s Old Songs

The following are a list of some of Wizkid’s old songs that made a buzz:

2. Tease Me/ Bad Guys

  • Release Date: 2 April 2010
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 4:04
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun
  • Producer: Samklef

Tease Me/Bad Guys is one of Wizkid’s hit songs and the second single from his debut album. The song from this outstanding Nigerian Afrobeat musician is seen by many as a unique one, showcasing the uniqueness of the artist as he gives out his best. The most important part of Wizkid, his songs, and the lyrics is the perfect ways of chipping in his titles and album in the song. This song was released under the Empire Mates Entertainment record label. It was nominated as the Hottest Single of The Year in the 2011 Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

3. Don’t Dull

  • Release Date: 4 December 2010
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 4:39
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun
  • Producer: Samklef

The young talented Nigerian musician dropped this hit in 2011 under his debut album titled Superstar. The song captured public attention. During a live performance of this song by Wizkid at an event in the UK, Akon showed interest in having a collaboration with him on the song to drop a remix. This was a success and also added to the present fame the musician is enjoying today. The song was released under the record label of Empire Mates Entertainment (EME boys).

4. Ojuelegba

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 3:36
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun
  • Producer: Legendary Beatz

The song titled Ojuelegba is one of WizKid’s singles from his second album Ayo. The title of the song is a name from a Lagos mainland town located in Nigeria. The song highlights Wizkid’s early struggles as an up-and-coming artist, who performed on the streets of Ojuelegba to support his recording interest. The song received frequent airplay on all major radio stations in Nigeria and ranked first on Capital Xtra’s Afrobeats Chart of February 2015.

The official remix of the song features vocals by Canadian rapper Drake and London-based MC Skepta. It premiered on OVO Sound Radio in July 2015. This is one of Wizkid’s songs and albums that was ranked the 12th on its list of the 107 Best Songs of 2015 by the Fader. Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie released his remix of the song prior to the release of the official remix. The video for Ojuelegba was directed by Clarence Peters and uploaded on 5 January 2015 to YouTube. The song won the Song of the Year Award at the 2015 Headies and The Hottest Single of The Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Award. It was also nominated as the Best Pop Single at the 2015 Headies Award.

5. Jaiye Jaiye

  • Release Date: 2 May 2013
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 3:47
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun
  • Producer: Sars

This song by Ayodeji Balogun widely knowns as Wizkid was ranked 2nd on WorldCrunch. It was also positioned at number 6 by the Haba Naija Top 10 music chart. Subsequently, it got the 10th position in the September 2013 Afrobreakers. It was released under the record label of Empire Mates Entertainment. The song got a collaboration with Femi Kuti who added his unique musical attributes in making the collaboration stand out as one of the best.

The collaborative video was released on 26th October 2013, and it has a total length of 4 minutes 11 seconds. This is one of Wizkid’s songs and albums that received a lot of positive reviews upon its release. It was shot and directed at the Fela shrine by Sesan. It was nominated as the Best Video of The Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Wizkid’s Latest Music

The singer has released the song Essence having been hyped in anticipation for the track. The singer dropped the song from his new deluxe edition of Made in Lagos, which has numerous guest appearances. This edition of the album to date remains the last album by Wizkid and Essence is the last song in the deluxe edition.

6. Essence

  • Release Date: 2021
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats, Afro-pop, and R&B
  • Song Length: 4:23
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong, Justine Bieber, Openiyi, U. Oniko, O. Oniko
  • Producer: Legendary Beatz

Accumulated streams on the digital streaming platforms, Essence is Wizkid’s newest single from his project that has accumulated lots of streams on digital streaming platforms. Essence broke a record for being the only Nigerian hit to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and also Billboard Global 200.

Essence by Wizkid also got nominated at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards as the Best Global Music Performance. The latest song also added to its credit the best African collaboration, Song of the year in Africa under the 2021 All Africa Music Awards. It also won the best collaboration, best video, and song of the year under the 2021 African Entertainment Awards USA.

The Best Of Wizkid

7. Ginger (Featuring Burna Boy)

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 3:16
  • Songwriter(s): Balogun, Damini Ogulu, Kelvin Udoma
  • Producer: Sarz, P2J

The track is one of the standout songs of Wizkid’s latest project, Made in Lagos, which was released via Starboy/Sony Music International/RCA Records. Wizkid released his Made in Lagos project in November 2020. The Burna Boy assisted Ginger instantly became a fan favorite upon its release. The video which features the two Nigerian stars in front of a bevy of beautiful dancers has received positive reviews so far.

8. Smile (Featuring H.E.R)

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 4:11
  • Songwriter(s): Ayodeji Balogun, Gabriella Wilson, Emmanuel Isong
  • Producer: P2J

Smile is another unique song from the Starboy talented singer which was used to introduce the album Made in Lagos. It featured H.E.R and was directed by Meji Alabi. The classic reggae beat gave the required blend to the song, especially in the intro of the song. Wizkid released a cryptic message on his Instagram page, praising several artists and producers who worked with him on the album. He wrapped up by posting his birth date, this made his fans have the impression that the release date would be the same as the date posted. But instead, he decided to release the song as a celebration of life and to dedicate it to his three children.

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The song was nominated as the most played R&B under the Net Honours. The song was also nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2021 for best collaboration of the year. Smile by Wizkid was ranked by the US Digital RnB Songs as number 13. Likewise, the UK Afrobeats Singles ranked the song as the 3rd in their peak position. Furthermore, the song was able to get to the 5th position of the World Digital Songs.

9. Anoti

  • Release Date: 27th August 2021
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats, RnB
  • Song Length: 3:01
  • Songwriter(s): Balogun, Peace Oredope, Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed
  • Producer: P. Prime

The song ‘Anoti’ is another classic track off Wizkid’s Deluxe Edition of “Made In Lagos,” which housed 18 tracks with international guest appearances. It appears as track 18 on the project and has so far garnered a great deal of interest from fans. It has equally been streamed a large number of times online. The large fan base attracted by the track gave rise to its inclusion as one of the best by the afrobeat singer.

10. African Bad Gyal (featuring Chris Brown)

  • Release Date: 2017
  • Music Genre: Afrobeats
  • Song Length: 3:23
  • Songwriter(s): Balogun
  • Producer: Sarz

The song African Bad Gyal is one of the top hits released by the Nigerian Afrobeat singer. It was the 4th track under the album Sounds from the Other Side. Among the twelve tracks in this album, African Bad Gyal got the highest streaming on different platforms. The collaboration between Wizkid and Chris Brown on the track presented perfectly different techniques from what Wizkid fans used to know. This also brought out the talents of the young Nigerian musician to the international music stand.

The Best Wizkid Albums

Made in Lagos

Wizkid’s fourth studio album was released on October 30, 2020. The album features guest artists, including Burna Boy, Skepta, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Tay Iwar, Projexx, Tems, Damian Marley, and Terri. Wizkid released the singles Joro and Ghetto Love in late 2019, initially teasing them as promo singles for Made in Lagos album. In December 2019, Wizkid’s record label Starboy Entertainment released the EP Soundman, which featured Mr. Vegas, Chronixx, and a variety of other artists. The EP was a marketing strategy to test the Afro-European market for the new album.

In September 2020, he released the single No Stress. He announced in October that his third album, Made in Lagos, would be released shortly. Due to the Nigerian End SARS protests, the album launch was postponed until 30th October. The album has received favorable reviews for its themes, which include the absence of observed flaws in Wizkid’s previous works, Sounds from the Other Side and Soundman. After receiving a nomination for the Rest of Africa Award at the 27th annual South African Music Awards, the album was also nominated for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for the best global music album. This is one of Wizkid’s songs and albums that further won the Album Of The Year during the 7th annual African Entertainment Awards in the USA.

Below is the list of tracks in the Made in Lagos album:

  • Reckless
  • Ginger (ft. Burna Boy)
  • Longtime (ft. Skepta)
  • Mighty Wine
  • Blessed (ft. Damian Marley)
  • Smile (ft. H.E.R)
  • Piece of Me (ft. Ella Mai)
  • No Stress
  • True Love (ft. Tay Iwar and Projexx)
  • Sweet One
  • Essence (ft. Tems)
  • Roma (ft. Terri)
  • Gyrate
  • Grace

Deluxe Edition of the Made in Lagos Album

The third quarter of 2021 ushered in a re-release of the album Made in Lagos. This edition was released on the 27th of August 2021. Among the songs under this deluxe edition is the remix of Essence which featured artists like Tems and Justin Bieber. Below are the tracks under the deluxe edition of the Made in Lagos:

  • Anoti
  • Mood (ft. Buju)
  • Steady
  • Essence (ft. Justin Bieber and Tems)

Sounds From The Other Side

Sounds From the Other Side is a studio album by Nigerian recording artist Wizkid. The album was teased to Wizkid fans during a visit to Capital Xtra in October 2014, leaving the fans in suspense. In September 2015 Wizkid made an announcement that he’s releasing an EP that will postpone the release of his long-awaited album. During a discussion with DJ Semtex, he confirmed he will consider the album to be in a mixtape. He also confirmed the recording of One for Me and Dutty Wine in Los Angeles with TY Dolla Sign. The album was finally released on the 14th of July, 2017. It took a recording process that started from 2014 to 2017.

The album has music genres of Afrobeats, EDM, RnB, Dancehall, and covered an accumulated song length of 40 minutes. The producers in the production process of the album are Del B, Spellz, Sarz, Major Lazer, Dj Maphorisa, Picard Brothers, and Dj Mustard. Below are tracks released under the Sounds from the Other Side:

  • Sweet Love
  • Come Closer (ft. Drake)
  • Naughty Ride (ft. Major Lazer)
  • African Bad Gyal (ft. Chris Brown)
  • Daddy Yo (ft. Efya)
  • One for Me (ft. Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Picture Perfect
  • Nobody
  • Sexy
  • All for Love (ft. Bucie)
  • Dirty Wine (ft. Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Gbese (ft Trey Songz)

Ayo

This is the second album released by the Nigerian musical artist and songwriter. Ayo, which consists of a total of 18 tracks and 1 bonus track was released on the 17th of September 2014. The recording process started in 2012 and it was released in 2014. The album was released under the umbrella of Starboy Entertainment and the Empire Mates. In achieving its unique success in the production process the album involved producers like Banky Wellington, Segun Demuren, Sarz, Ayodeji Balogun, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Legendary Beatz, Maleek Berry, Spellz. The album received mixed reviews from music critics, some of whom praised its production, song arrangement, and sound quality, while others criticized its lyrics. Below are the tracks released under the Ayo album:

  • Jaiye Jaiye (ft. Femi Kuti)
  • Show You The Money
  • In My Bed
  • Mummy Mi
  • Ojuelegba
  • Kind Love
  • On TopYour Matter
  • In Love (ft. Seyi Shay)
  • For You (ft. Akon)
  • Dutty Whine (ft. Banky W)
  • Kilofe
  • Omalicha
  • Bombay (ft. Balogun Phyno)
  • One Question (ft. Yemi Sax)
  • Celebrate
  • Show You The Money (remix ft. Tyga)
  • Murder (ft. Wale)

Ayo Bonus Track

  • Caro

Superstar

Prior to the release of the album Superstar, Wizkid had already dropped a few singles. The singles contributed a lot in projecting the superstar album to the public and increased the fan base of Wizkid. The album was officially released on the 12th of June 2011. the recording process started from 2009 to 2011. This is one of Wizkid’s songs and albums with the music genre of Afropop, dancehall, and reggae fusion. The uniqueness of the album was made possible because of producers that gave it their best. A few of the producers that contributed to the success of the album are Tunde Demuren, Banky Wellington, Segun Demuren, Stanley Ekuro, Samklef, E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Vebee. Below are song tracks under the Superstar album by Wizkid:

  • Say My Name
  • No lele
  • Scatter The Floor
  • Pakurumo
  • Slow Whine (ft. Banky W)
  • Love My Baby
  • Gidi Girl
  • Oluwa Lo Ni
  • Don’t Dull
  • Tease Me/ Bad Guys
  • Eme Boyz (ft. Skales and Banky W)
  • What You Wanna Do?
  • For Me (ft. Wande Coal)
  • Holla at Your Boy
  • Wad Up (ft. D’Prince)
  • Shout Out

Superstar Bonus Track

  • Wiz Party (Bonus Freestyle Leak)

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