Finally, Wizkid’s much anticipated fourth studio album was released on the 30th of October. While he has finally satisfied the cravings of his “Wizkid FC” fanbase, it’s clear that ‘Made In Lagos’ wasn’t what a lot of people expected it to be.
‘Made In Lagos’ depicts what we all know Wizkid to be, a person driven to satisfy just himself and his fanbase, showing his love for music, without going outside his boundaries or taking risks to experiment with sounds. Wizkid was in his comfort zone, and operated by his own books, while also doing it successfully.
The major themes from ‘Made In Lagos’ are love, women, sex, money and the emphasis on having a good time. Right from the production, to guest features on the album, it’s clear Wizkid is feeling good about life and the good things it has to offer, and he’s trying to share this positive energy to his listeners.
Three tracks, namely ‘Blessed’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Reckless’, sends a message to his ‘enemies’ and tells stories of his journey on how he got to the top. ‘Piece Of Me’, ‘Essence’, ‘True Love’, ‘Longtime’, ‘Sweet One’ and ‘Smile’ show his emotional and lovable side. While, ‘Ginger’, ‘Mighty Wine’, ‘No Stress’, ‘Roma’, and ‘Gyrate’ bring about a relaxed danceable tune, with a bit of sexual tease.
‘Made In Lagos’ is very unique in terms of its features.
8 of the 14 tracks feature other artistes, with a mix of the heavyweights with the relatively unknown artistes. ‘Made In Lagos’ provided a platform for talents like Tay Iwar, Tems, Terri and Projexx to make magic and showcase their talents, with the top guns like Skepta, Burna Boy, Ella Mai, H.E.R and Damian Marley also coming through.
While there may be divided opinions on the project, ‘Made In Lagos’ definitely is a new side of Wizkid which a lot of fans haven’t come to terms with yet. At times, the project seems dragged and sounds like a long continuous song, but nonetheless, it’s a beautiful body of work. The album however would pass Wizkid’s message across, which is that of sharing happiness and love, while enjoying the good things of life. Like almost every Wizkid song and album, ‘Made In Lagos’ can only age like fine wine, and grow on its listeners.
By Muyiwa aguda