Wizkid had a great 2017. The singer had two sides of his career experience wins, with his “Sounds From The Other Side,” campaign in the US and Europe, before coming home to find his one local hit record ‘Manya’.
What ‘Manya’ did for Wizkid in December can’t be overstated. It served as just the jam to bring back the singer into a lot of local spaces and faces, with late-year parties spinning it on repeat across the country.
‘Manya’ drew from a very tried-trusted-and- true formula of sampling and remaking old records. Wizzy took VVIPs classic hit record ‘Ahomka Womu’, and turned it into a Naija ‘beer-parlour’ record. What it showed was that Wizkid was open to trying out new methods and sound structures to make hit records.
And that’s what he’s done for his next single.
He is back this time, and he is doing it in style. His new record is titled ‘Soco’, and it features his new signee, Terri, alongside Ceeza Milli and Spotless. This marks the first time he is opening his platform and himself wide enough to upcoming artists.
Fun Fact: he signed Terri, after the singer tagged him in an Instagram video!
On the record, Wizkid acts as the anchor of course.
The spellbinding Afrobeat fusion production, meanwhile, comes courtesy of Northboi, a new secret-weapon hitmaker who nobody has heard of in mainstream music, before this record. Just google his name, and you would only find this song as his major credit. This is another first for Wizkid, who is expanding his circle and sharing his riches. Why is this beat so damn perfect for Wizkid?
A heavyweight collaboration like this could easily overshadow all the lesser-known artists featured, rendering them irrelevant on the record. But this isn’t the case, as the verses allow them shine through, before the hypnotic-dance hook takes over. It’s all woman-worship, another formulaic theme. But they all come through, with the most melody-hugging flows. (“You make a man wanna smoke canabbis, now my head done reset, all I see na your waist, girl come manya make we dance oh..”)
I don’t blame the numerous hypemen on Twitter screaming about how syrupy this record is. If I could write more on it, I will pen a lot more articles with each listen. It is that good!
“Soco” is the first single from Wizkid’s upcoming EP, “Made In Lagos,” dropping soon via Starboy Music. If there’s more where this came from, Wizzy’s about to become every DJ and club’s best friend.