Remixes of songs are frequently created as part of an artist’s strategic strategy, not just for fun of making a remix. Remixes and other artistic collaborations have the wonderful benefit of allowing you to share your audience with the other artist, regardless where they are geographically located. The appeal of remixing music is that it can be a wonderful opportunity to experiment with new sounds and improve an already fantastic song. It may also be a wonderful way to try out new genres by changing the arrangements of the original song, or not. Remixes simply give an old music a new perspective.
Although Essence by Wizkid featuring Tems was stunning, the remix was even better since Justin Bieber’s addition to it allowed it to reach a wider worldwide audience; similar to Fireboy’s Peru, where Ed Sheeran was a featured artist. These songs, among many others, have demonstrated how choosing the perfect artist to appear on your song may increase its popularity.
The Nigerian music industry has some excellent song remixes, but there are also those remixes that make music fans wonder whether these tracks are really necessary.
Here are 5 songs whose remixes didn’t hit hard as the originals:
Lojay feat. Chris Brown – Monalisa
On April 29, 2021, Lojay released his EP; LV N ATTN. Legendary producer Sarz was largely responsible for the song’s creation. The project is ideally a joint effort with the producer. Of all the songs that Nigerians digested, Monalisa stood out and performed well, earning recognition and spending months at the top of the charts.
The musician released a remix of the song with Chris Brown in May 2022. The remix, which is only the international artist’s vocals added with some Afrobeats flex, did not perform as well as the original. The Monalisa remix shouldn’t have even existed because the music vanished into the ether practically as soon as it was released.
Fireboy DML feat. 21 Savage & Blxst – Peru
Peru is recognized as the one song that took Fireboy DML’s name beyond Africa. After its release in July 2021, the song quickly gained traction. In December of the same year, he released a remix with Ed Sheeran. The remix, which sounded just as wonderful as the original, introduced Fireboy to a completely new market and a global audience. The one error Fireboy made was releasing a second remix in February 2022 with 21 Savage and Blxst. While some people may find the song to be equally catchy as the first, this writer maintains that the remix was unnecessary given the lack of any connection between the featured musicians.
Reekado Banks feat. Fireboy DML – Ozumba Mbadiwe
The song, which employed amapiano elements, was a success and a banger for a significant period of time when Reekado Banks made reappearance last year with Ozumba Mbadiwe. The musician did, however, release a feature with Fireboy, which, in all honesty, wasn’t necessary. Despite being a phenomenal singer and lyricist, his flow was lost throughout the song’s progression.
Skiibii feat. Tory Lanez – Baddest Boy
If Skiibii believed that his collaboration with Tory Lanez on the remix of Baddest Boy would propel him to widespread fame, he was mistaken. Compared to the remix with a US singer, Davido’s version of the song performed even better than the original and increased its popularity.
Omah Lay feat. 6lack – Damn
When we were stuck listening to the remix after the ‘rinse and repeat’ format done on Damn from his sophomore album, What Have We Done, it was difficult to enjoy it since we were too accustomed to the original song. Despite having a nice flow throughout the song, 6lack’s version did not quite match the original or sound as fantastic.
Making a remix of a song needs tact, and occasionally it results in attracting less attention than the original. It is inevitable that some remixes will be superfluous, and it is also inevitable that some remixes will perform better than the original song. Speaking of remixes, we anticipate Rema’s Calm Down remix, where he’ll be collaborating with Selena Gomez and hope that it’s just as worthy as its original.
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