Wizkid may be one of the greatest musicians to come out of Nigeria and all of Africa, but he also practices the “promise and fail” method when it comes to releasing his music for the general public to enjoy. It seems as though this is done on purpose to make his fans beg him to release his songs, a teaser, or anything at all. He deliberated for more than two years before opting to release his renowned fourth studio album, Made in Lagos, in 2020. However, by keeping the 14th of September as the release date for his new single, Bad To Me, he has shown us that, when he wants to, he can be a man of his word.
The most recent project from Wizkid, sometimes known as Big Wiz, was a deluxe edition of his fourth album, Made in Lagos, in 2021. We have been treating our ears to songs from the album before and since that time, as well as cruising in the elegance of his blasting R&B song with Tems, Essence. The song has received numerous awards and is one of the most played songs in the world. The inclusion of Justin Bieber on the deluxe version helped the song reach the Billboard Top 100. When the album and song were nominated for Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance respectively at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, it didn’t surprise us.
Sammy Soso and P2J’s production of his most recent song may serve as a reminder to us all that he is still in the game and has a lot in store for us, particularly with his much-anticipated “More Love, Less Ego” project. The song is as refreshing as when we all blasted Wizkid’s music from 2013, felt the rage in him when he took us on a music spree in 2017, and when he opened us up to his new sound in 2020. The artist, like never before, went a different road from the sound we grew very used to over the years and has taken us down the lane with regards to his sounds.
Bad To Me‘s “party feel” is a result of Wizkid’s exploration of the Afropop and amapiano sound. His sensual voice and usage of crowd vocals show that he has jumped on the bandwagon of musicians that experiment with contemporary music styles, a style that artists like Asake and Davido have made quite a name for themselves in. Despite arriving late, he is undoubtedly not excluded from experiencing the full effects of these elements.
Wizkid is a master at making his tunes and a natural when it comes to music, which is further demonstrated by Bad To Me. Wizkid doesn’t have to try too hard to make catchy songs, and he doesn’t have to do too much to create a club hit if he wants to. In all honesty, the entire amapiano and Afropop hybrid was something I did not see coming, the song’s real content differed from what was implied by its cover picture.
The usage of log drums is kept to a minimum for an amapiano-influenced song, thus the song cannot be described as “overwhelming.” Instead, it has simplicity in its production, from his vocals, to the lyrics, to the beats. What’s not to enjoy when he sings “Casamigos for my amigos“? The song is catchy, has a high repeat value, and contains lyrics that are melodious and has a funky chanted hook.
Wizkid has once again demonstrated why he is known as ‘Big Wiz’.