Has Wizkid surpassed 2face Idibia? This question is borderline blasphemous to many but with the recent Billboard stunting of Wizkid’s single “Essence” featuring Tems, it is a question that needs an answer.
“Essence” has gone from being a fan favorite off Wizkid’s last studio effort ‘Made In Lagos’ to gaining a ubiquitous ‘summer’ presence.
Ojuelegba was a turning point for WizKid.
The last time a Wizkid record was this far-reaching culturally was his hometown ode “Ojuelegba.” Just like his collab with Tems, it reverberated from Lagos to London (the Afrobeats cultural exchange highway) and then to America.
2Baba ran the 2000s.
2face Idibia led his generation in the revitalization of an urban music scene that had crumbled in the 90s and also sparked the dominance of Nigerian music in Africa. His music video was the first to be played on MTV Base when it was launched in 2005.
“African Queen,” a Nigerian music canon, left the shores of Nigeria and landed on the soundtrack of a Hollywood flick. He was the first Nigerian act to win an MTV Europe Music Award and gained impressive co-signs from the likes of Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean.
His first two solo albums, not only mega-successful, are Nigerian pop staples that highlighted the ambition, creativity, and potential of millions of Nigerian youth that had been stifled by the oppressive climate of military dictatorship.
2face Idibia shattered the ceiling placed on his generation but it also met another glass ceiling. It also had the desire to conquer the world but it didn’t have the means to. There was no streaming then. For 2face and co, it was a matter of time. The world wasn’t just ready for West African pop music.
Kanye West tried to introduce it to America with D’banj but it wasn’t the right time and it wasn’t the right artist. Psquare enlisted Rick Ross to help gain access into North America but the song did more here than over there.
Then, Wizkid took over from 2Baba.
It’s a continuum and not the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. 2face Idibia went to space and Wizkid walked on the moon. It will be the mandate of another generation to build a colony on Mars.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Let’s hear from you.
Drop a comment.