While Starboy head honcho, Wizkid has consistently excelled as a lead artist for the past 10 years, Nigerians keep forgetting his equally brilliant performance when featured on a song. When Machala get’s featured, he duly delivers for his colleagues both inside and outside Nigeria, but some features definitely stand out more than others, below are 5 of them.
1. Samklef – Molowo Noni
This is one of Wizkid’s finest moments as an artiste. This was his show of range and his ultimate sacrifice to the Italian gods of versatility. This cycle repeated itself eight years later with Rema on ‘Why.’ ‘Molowo Noni’ is trap song on which Wizkid did an amazing intro and delivered an amazing sung-rap laced with braggadocio and amazing flows.
Wizkid’s verse also brilliantly ushered in Samklef’s money-obsessed hook. Nine years later, the mixing on this song might be dated, but this song is still green…evergreen.
2. Maleek Berry – The Matter
Guys, this was an unlikely song that became a hit. Maleek Berry played DJ Khaled and had a hit before he became known to the Nigerian mainstream as an artiste.
This was all thanks to Wizkid’s flow scheme and catchy lines.
3. Jayru – Familiarity
Wizkid might have had a hit before this song, but it was one of the biggest songs of the earliest stages of his career. In fact, most people think ‘Familiarity’ is Wizkid’s song.
It’s one of those moments that underline featuring Wizkid as a blessing and a curse – a blessing because your song blows up. A curse because you won’t be remembered as the owner of the song.
4. Runtown – Lagos To Kampala
Like ‘Eleniyan,’ people mostly remember this song for what Wizkid did. “Even Solo tell me say I nor go blow…” became one of the earliest moments of well-meaning toxicity from Wizkid FC. But then, Wizkid actually did kill his part on this song… twice.
5. Reminisce – Eleniyan
Just as the Sarz‘s beat bangs out with vicious authority, Reminisce gets vicious with introductory bars. Then comes the moment that undercuts as beautiful synergy between Reminisce and Wizkid. Reminisce raps, “Ti n ba lana gan, Wizzy ma fi auto-tune gbe” Wizkid responds with adlibs then, Reminisce raps, “S’eri wipe mi o le la’na…”
In English, Reminisce means, “Even if I fumble, Wizkid is there to back me up with auto-tune.” When Wizkid responds, Reminisce comes back with, “So you see that I can never falter?” After then, Wizkid breaks into one of his most memorable hooks. Nobody remembers this song without that hook – it’s that simple.