And, that’s more than enough for them to have natural chemistry. But having Grammy nominations, selling out O2, and chilling together in London, doesn’t necessarily convert into hit singles if you look at it.
Over the years, and over the course of their illustrious careers, Wizkid and Burna Boy have teamed up four times (if we include the latest, “B. D’or.”) The first two came earlier on in both their careers and although they were not really huge hits, it still showed us they’re not exactly bad together.
So, Wizkid decides to place Burna Boy on his much-anticipated fourth album, “Made in Lagos,” which is, by the way, already a smash.
The song, “Ginger,” track two on the album, and the fourth single, received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. While it is a banger, a collaboration between two of the best at the moment was supposed to offer way more than that. But, banger, and that’s all she wrote.
They both continued to soar, both receiving Grammy’s this year, and much recently, performing together at WizKid’s O2 concert, a couple of weeks ago. Their friendship has indeed been fruitful, and no matter what haters say they’re gonna be brothers for life.
Okay. But can they do a song that makes sense and sounds like the work of two Legends? That’s the big question.
Named after the most prestigious individual award in football, their new track together is a bleak offering that falls short of the monumental expectations that come with a “new WizKid” or “new Burna Boy” project.
It is not a bad song. As a matter of fact, depending on how much it gets played, people might start to fall in love with it weeks later (this is a very common phenomenon with WizKid songs). But that instant appeal that’s expected from the two guys just doesn’t exist.
Yes, the taste is subjective and some people might feel it more than others. This does not, however, change the fact that the track could have been better. It’s like a combination of MIL deluxe vibes and Burna Boy’s thing on “Kilometre.” Take away the name Burna and Wiz from the track, and you’ll have nothing left.
But that’s exactly the point. These two guys have broken boundaries, achieved immense success, and grown in their artistry, so much that they can afford to just jump on an afro track and play around. They are proud of what they’ve done, and we all should be proud too.
That doesn’t mean we gotta enjoy “B. D’or” by all means, though. If anything, it just goes to show us how no one can recreate that MIL era, not even the two guys that brought the revolution.
On a good day, “B. D’or” is an okay track. Not better than a lot of songs out there, but still, it’s quite all right. And, that’s gotta count for something.
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