WIZKID’S MADE IN LAGOS- ALBUM REVIEW
Wizkid’s Made in Lagos is a body of work you either hate it or love, there is no in-between.
Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album has been much anticipated for a very long time by both fans, critics, and people who wanted to know just what the whole fuss is all about.
The album which was supposed to drop months ago was postponed due to some events going on in Nigeria like the #Endsars protest. The album was initially meant to drop on the 15th of October but the singer paused on the release to join other artists like Burna Boy, Falz, and Runtown in the protest against police brutality.
From the onset, Wizkid already made it clear how much the album means to him, and from the name of the album, everyone wanted to not only listen but also experience the body of work.
The album was released on the 29th of October to a great reception by his fanbase as the album reach number 7 on Itunes. A lot of people were so happy to finally listen to the much-awaited body of work. This is Wizkid’s fourth studio album. The 14 track album features H.E.R, Skepta, Burna Boy, Tems, Damian Marley, Ella Mai, Tay Iwar, and Projexx .
Like every star, Wizkid has his core fans and ‘die-hards’ and they’ve had only good things to say about the album. The reception of the album has been really good, there have been lots of praises as well as accolades. But for some, the album was truly mediocre and not up to par with what was expected from the star boy himself.
The songwriting in this album was less than stellar and the album really needed great songwriting, most of the songs on the album like ‘ginger’, ‘smile’, ‘mighty wine’, is a ‘vibe jam’, meaning the song is just for vibes and nothing else. With the constant evolution of the Nigerian music industry, songwriting has become even more critical and important for anybody of work, it’s not a surprise that Starboy got away with such bad songwriting on this body of work.
The creative direction for the album was totally wrong, starting from the Album title to the song arrangements, the feature, and the total output.
The album titled ‘Made in Lagos’ was actually made in London, but asides from the correlation of the name of the album to the production location of the album, the album had mostly foreign features that are good. But for an album titled ‘Made in Lagos’, you would expect that most of the artist featured would be Nigerian artists, or at the very least, the album could have been produced in Nigeria.
The similarities in the sound of all the tracks on the album was another no for me. There was no distinctive sound or theme on the album. Compared to Wizkid’s past body of works, this is truly the most mediocre. There is nothing that ties this album to Lagos except the song ‘essence’ featuring Tems, it is a fresh sound and Tems sultry voice balanced quite well with Wizkid’s smooth voice.
The creative use and fusion of trumpets and saxophones to create dreamy melodies that transport you to a land of sounds and music, almost makes you forget the bad songwriting.
The album is an enjoyable one if you can overlook all its flaws and shortcoming. The body of work was produced by RCA UK for a Wizkid friendly and ready audience. This album would be more receptive to the UK and United States audience and maybe some Caribbean audience as well.
In summary, Wizkid’s Made in Lagos sounds more like Made in London and drives nothing home.