Despite coming up short in terms of character (most of the time), Wizkid prides himself on his ‘humble’ love for the streets. In fact, these days, all he seems to talk about is a well manicured street reputation, despite not actually ever having to endure the poverty that characterizes the street. Still, the rep he garnered before, his “Ojuelegba to the world” campaign became a normalised reality for Nigerian music fans is still as valid as ever.
Being on tour for most of the year, can leave an artist somewhat disconnected from the average man’s reality. As the singer gears ups for the long row of multiple concerts this December, Wizkid’s social media posts glean he has been spending more time in Nigeria. Perhaps being in the Nigerian headspace is finally giving Wizkid some time to experience some of the contemporary Nigerian music the singer has sorely been missing out on. Anyway, over the weekend, the “Jaiye Jaiye” star gave two shoutouts via twitter; one to songbird Simi, who he praised for her songwriting. And the other to Chocolate City signee, Dice Ailes, for his latest single, “Otedola”.
Because it is so rare for Baba Nla, in all of his glory , to praise contemporary Nigerian music—especially from artists he has no affiliation with— I took this as a sign of goodluck. But instead of forcing everyone to share and repost by threatening them with badluck if they ignore this once-in-a-Starboy occurrence, I curated a befitting a playlist of other songs that could potentially be on Wizkid’s ‘back home’ playlist right now.
Disclaimer: The title of this speculative playlist is not a reflection of how I feel about Wizkid’s spelling abilities. This is more about his text/tweet lingo really (LOL!)
1. Simi — Joromi
2. Dice Ailes — Dice Ailes – Otedola
3. Dice Ailes — Dice Ailes ft Lil Kesh – Miracle
4. Simi — Take Me Back
5. Simi — One Kain
6. Dice Ailes — Dice Ailes – Machinery
Bonus Track: (Because of the attached tweet below)https://twitter.com/odunsitheengine/status/929495941736030208
7. Odunsi – Desire (Featuring Funbi & Tay Iwar)
Stream ‘4 Ma Peepz On This Side’ via SoundCloud here