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Was Wizkid ever original with his music?

Earlier this year in January, we heard of the Wizkid-Dammy Krane Saga in which the Modern Fuji styled artiste accused Wizkid of stealing his idea for hit track Final {Baba Nla}. A claim which Kwam 1’s daughter affirmed to be true. And i thought, ‘Oh… That’s unfortunate but it happens in the Nigerian music industry’. But in recent times, as a DJ, I have been listening to and reading more about Nigerian Old School music {I wasn’t born in the early 1990s you know}. I read more about Fela, listened to some of his music and noticed little similarities between he and Wizkid when it comes to afro beats.

Wizkid in Baba Nla
Wizkid in Baba Nla

I was listening to one of Fela’s tracks {Can’t even remember the title} and noticed some of the lyrics of the track, ‘If you call woman african woman she no go gree, she go say i be lady ahh.’ I knew i had heard the lyrics somewhere and immediately remembered ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ in which the Starboy C.E.O featured Femi Kuti. While reading up on Fela too on Wikipedia, I also discovered ‘Expensive S**t’ was the title to one of Fela’s albums back in the days. The same title was given to one of Wizkid’s latest tracks that was heavily influenced by Afro beats instruments. Am sorry but isn’t an artiste supposed to be original? Kiss Daniel sang ‘Good Time’, was totally original and the track even had lyrical meaning. People were able to judge that from the official video directed by Aje Filmworks.

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Wizkid’s also got a habit of jumping on dope music covers. ‘Good Time’ is the latest. When someone sent me a track with the title ‘Kiss Daniel X Wizkid – Good Time Remix’ on BBM i was like ‘Woah, this is gonna be really cool’ and downloaded it to my phone. I immediately listened to it because I love the original track so much and couldn’t wait to hear a collaboration between the two superstar artistes. All i heard was Wizkid rephrasing what Kiss Daniel did in the original track and discovered it was a cover not a collabo. I hissed and deleted the track pronto. Was really disappointed. Same thing this guy did with ‘Lamba’ by Hakym The Dream and Iyanya’s Sexy Mama. I consider it an act of bullying by an A-list artiste jumping on a fast rising artiste’s track cover knowing full well their versions will be listened to more widely than the original track.

The lyrics on tracks like hits ‘In my Bed’ was totally off. From talking about a girl whose body he wants in his bed to hailing politicians was totally off. We all miss that ‘Holla at your boy’, ‘Tease Me’ and ‘Don’t Dull’ crooner. But is he ever going to come back to us?


Maybe Wizkid has run out of lyrics and doesn’t have anything to sing again. He certainly hasn’t released any mind-blowing track after Ojuelegba sung in 2014. We can’t really conclude can we? I guess we’ll just have to watch and see.


Update: DJ Smith on my BBM after reading my article made a contribution too. Some of the ‘Holla at Your Boy’ lyrics was gotten from Girls sang by Se7en a Korean artiste ¬†released earlier in 2010. Just google ‘Se7en – Girls’ and you’ll see what am talking about. The title ‘Holla at your Boy’ was gotten from the track and part of the lyrics were very very similar. They were just rephrased. Unfortunately the ‘Girls’ track didn’t receive much recognition. And here I was, thinking Wizkid was at least innovative when he started music. What a disappointment.

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  1. You dey craz why you no go sing your own….and i dony know why you people don’t mind una bus sinews.:….maybe na your father song e steal Ni you go tell me

  2. Nonsense

  3. story for the gods.team wizzy.

  4. this is just SAD

  5. On 5 January 2015, Wizkid released the music video for ” Ojuelegba “, a song that highlights the struggles he endured in the early years of his recording career.

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