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Everything You Need to Know About Wizkid

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Wizkid is a musician from Nigeria who started his career at age 11. The afro-beats, reggae and Afro pop performer has over 1 million followers on Twitter!

Wizkid is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer whose multi platinum album sales have made him one of Africa’s most popular musicians. He began recording music at the age of 11 with friends from church who were also actors on Nigeria’s version of American Idol; he released his first single “Holla At Your Boy” which became an instant hit in 2009–2010 (leading up to that year). After signing onto EME Entertainment later that fall, WizKid rose quickly to fame by releasing several successful songs like Tease Me/ Bad Guys! Wizkid is a father of three boys from different baby mamas. His firstborn, Boluwatife Balogun was born in 2011 with Sola Ogudugu while his second son Ayodeji Balogun came into this world in 2016. Look for Wizkid top 10 songs download and give it a listen!

Who is Wizkid?

Wizkid Ayo, or born as Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun started his music career when he was only 11 years old. By age 12-13, this talented singer/rapper had already recorded and released several songs, including “Lil Prinz”in 2001, collaborating with the Glorious Five — a church group he made with his friends!

His music career started in 2006, while working with other Nigerian entertainment sensations such as OJB Jezreel and Banky W. Around 2011, he released his debut solo album Superstar under EME which is owned by the famous singer-rapper Banky W, who helped take him into the spotlight that we know today!

Wizkid’s second album, Ayo was released in 2014 with much anticipation. The singer did not disappoint with appearances by legendary figures such as Fela Kuti and other celebrities on guest verses throughout the LP, which helped propel Wizkid into international recognition. He hit a one-time huge success when he collaborated for Drake’s aforementioned remix of “Ojuelegba.”

Wizkid Ayo’s 2016 appearance on Drake’s popular single, “One Dance” helped him to sign a major record deal with Sony International and RCA in March 2017. The following year saw the release of Wizkid’s third LP under his new agreement. Drake also assisted on his ‘Come Closer’ single that he released his third LP under the deal.

Career

Wizkid is a star in the music industry, and he’s collaborated with many other artists. He has worked on songs for Drake, Masterkraft, Shizzi, E-Kelly, Samklef, Q-Beats, Jay Sleek, DJ Klem, D’Prince, Banky W., Wande Coal, Praiz, Olaamide, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and Skales to name just some!

Wizkid signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2012, reportedly worth US$350,000. He travelled to Beirut and filmed his part for the commercial there! The Pepsi deal was renewed for two more years after that. Wizkid’s signing of an endorsement deal with Guinness for the Guinness World of More concert, held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos has won him recognition around the globe. In June 2015, Pulse News reported that Wizkid had parted ways with his previous carrier, MTN, in order to pursue other opportunities with GLO, which could potentially provide him with greater financial stability going forward.

Works

Some of his albums are:

– Superstar – 2011

– Homecoming – 2013

– Ayo – 2014

– Sounds from the Other Side – 2017

He has also been credited for numerous songs like:

– African Bad Gyal ft. Chris Brown

– Azonto

– African Bad Girl

– All For Love ft. Bucie

– Baba Nla

– Body Hot (Remix) Ft. Praiz

– Beat Of Life

– Caro

– Cant Believe Ft. Ty Dolla

– Come Closer ft. Drake

– Dirty Wine ft. Ty Dolla $ign

– Drop

– Daddy Yo

– Don’t Dull

– Expensive Sh*t

– Energy

– Eledumare

– Everytime

– Final

– Fake Love

– For Me

– Ghetto Youth

– Gbese ft. Trey Songz

– Gidi Girl

– In My Bed

– Holla At Your Boy

– Jaiye Jaiye

– Kind Love

– Kana

– Love My Baby

– Lagos Vibes

– Mummy Mi

– More

– Medicine

– Manya

– Medicine (Remix) Ft. Flavour

– Nobody

– Naughty Ride

– Nowo

– Ojuelegba

– Odoo

– On Top Your Matter

– One For Me ft. Ty Dolla $ign

– One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla

– Picture Perfect

– Pakuromo

– Shabba ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz

– Soco

– Sexy

– Show You the Money

– Sweet Love

– U Don’t Know

– Wiz Party

– Wine To Di Top (Remix)

– Yapa (Remix)

Net Worth

Wizkid is one of the most successful artists in Nigeria. His record label, Starboy is also doing very well. He’s an ambassador for both Ciroc and Nike making him one of the biggest African stars.  His estimated net worth is recorded at $12 million.

Controversies

Wizkid is a certified bachelor, but don’t let his sophisticated image fool you. In addition to being known for music and songwriting, he has been involved with several beefs as well as controversies that have made him both loved by fans around the world or reviled entirely depending on who you ask! One such controversy was with Linda Ikeji.

Final Take

Wizkid loves to experiment with his fashion style, and it has led him to cross paths with some big names in music, like Pharell William. He’s created an eclectic mix of traditional Nigerian attire as well street wear for this experimentation process!

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