Wizkid is the musical equivalent of finding money you never knew you had; in your pocket (always a pleasant surprise). We try not to be biased when listening to a new Wizkid project, but it’s very hard not to (as the guy is a musical genius), nonetheless, we listened without any preconception and it still exceeded our expectations.
‘Made In Lagos’ is Wizkid’s fifth project and is a follow-up to last years Soundman Vol. 1 EP.
The album is titled ‘Made in Lagos’ but is sprinkled with features from award winning artists all over the world, such as Damian Marley, Skepta, Burna Boy and H.E.R offering their own flavour and diversity.
We all have that one album that needs to be played more than once before we get a feel of it and ‘Made in Lagos’ is not that album, every song is a hit with its own unique sound, each track name fits ever so perfectly with the melodies of the relevant songs.
The album stretches over 14 songs, lasting 52 mins and is an integration of Afrobeats, Reggae, Hi-life, and RnB.
As always, Wizkid proves his creative ability with a number of stand-out tracks such as, “Reckless” he recites “I never tell you all the days I had to sacrifice” which sets a tone for the rest of the Album, ‘Roma’ featuring Terri who is signed to Wizkid’s StarBoy label and ‘Longtime’ featuring Skepta, who sticks with the ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ by revisiting his flow from ‘Energy’. Throughout the Album there are notable elements of bass, drums and synths that stimulate other traditional instruments.
The initial released date was scheduled for the 19th of October, but had to be put on hold due to the horrific happenings in Nigeria, with the police brutalities and the END SARS movement, in which Wizkid himself has been very vocal about, raising awareness and even challenging political figures over ‘Twitter’. All in all, the album is guaranteed to have clubs jumping – when we are allowed out again, of course.
Made in Lagos is out now via Starboy and RCA UK.
Listen to our favourite tracks from the album on our AfroHeat playlist.