I have not been a Wizkid fan these days, scratch that I have never been a fan but I respect him and his craft though. You are usually judged by your first album if you would be a superstar or not and to be honest Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid’s Government name) became a superstar way before his Superstar album dropped. He teased us with Holla at your boy which was well received by fans and critics alike. 10 years after Superstar dropped and he is arguably Nigeria’s biggest music export. His Superstar discography dropped in 2011 and boy it is still hot as we speak.
The best song on the Superstar album is however the Samklef produced “Don’t Dull”. The beat was so on point whatever lyrics Wizkid spewed didn’t matter. I was listening to Dr. Sid’s Turning Point album last week and it got to the song where he featured D’banj; E je ka jo (Let’s dance), D’banj dropped a line saying ko Pakurumo ko jo dada (get down and dance well). I just remembered Wizkid had a jam titled Pakurumo. I reached out to my Spotify App and searched for the Superstar album and I have been listening to it at least twice a day for like a week.
After Superstar dropped, Wizkid featured on a lot of songs and you would think he owned them. Jayru’s Familiarity single easily comes to mind.
Wizkid’s Superstar album is a timeless classic and I don’t think he can drop any body of work better than this. It is as good now as it was then. It ranks up there with D’banjs’ Entertainer (2008), Wande Coal’s Mushin to Mo’ Hits (2009) and Tufaces’ Grass to Grace (2006) albums. People might want to make a case for P-Square’s Get Squared (2005) and Game Over (2007) albums but those 4 rank above them for me.
Again, Superstar is a classic.