In the past few weeks, the social media was filled with the news that Nigerian pop icon, Ayo Balogun, who is better known by the stage name Wizkid, was about to drop a new mixtape which is titled ‘Sounds From The Other Side’. In case you don’t know, the EP has just been released. The great talent boasted severally, before the release of the compilation, that ‘the world is not ready for this’. It is therefore important to do a review of the mixtape to know if it is actually worth the fuss.
Production: Del’B, Legendury Beatz, Sarz, Spellz
Guest Appearances: Bucie, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla Sign
Wizkid opens his Sounds From The Other Side EP with an Afrobeat-fused track called Sweet Love. He dropped this few months ago and you know it passes for a nice track. Rating: 4. No need to waste time on Come Closer ft. Drake as it has already been proven a great jam. Rating: 4.5. Wizkid teams up with American music production genius-trio Major Lazer. What do you expect from this kind of collaboration? A fire dancehall tune titled Naughty Ride was birthed. Good track. Rating: 4.
Every music observer in Nigeria knows just Sarz’s beat could make a banger. The producer releases his monster once again on African Bad Gyal. It’s been a long time coming for the duo and they did it once again. On top of that, the track has American pop god Chris Brown on it. Rating: 4.5 Dancehall banger Daddy Yo was released few days to Christmas last year. Few days after release, it climbed to the top of many charts. It is already adjudged a dope track. Rating: 4.5.
Although One For Me samples American female singers SWV’s classic tune, You’re The One, it still has ninety five percent originality as it was only the hook that is sampled. Wizkid unleashed his vocal wizardry and was assisted by American singer Ty Dolla Sign and an unnamed super female vocalist. Rating: 4.5. The best of Wizkid was unleashed on Picture Perfect. The magical beat crafted by production geniuses Legendury Beatz is enough to blow you away. The lyrics too are not bad too: ‘I can feel the wave…See as you fine like picture Kodak’. However, they are scanty and feels like he relied too much on the dope, powerful beat. Still a good track. anyway. Rating: 3.5
Reggae/ Dancehall-infused Nobody has a great instrumentation but the lyrics seem too regular. Rating: 3. Wizkid, with Sexy, reminds us that he is not only one of the few artistes who keep Afrobeat alive but also convinces us he is the best upholder of the Fela-created music genre. The magically fingered pianist and producer Spellz was off the hook on this. Rating: 4.5.
All For Love which is a diversification of his music style was apparently made for his African fans. He teamed up with South Africa’s Bucie for a House Music-tuned joint. The songstress blessed the song with her hypnotic vocals and Wizkid complemented with his nice vocals. Rating: 3.5 Wizkid ups his game with Dirty Wine ft. Ty Dolla Sign, a typical American Hip-Hop jam that will definitely rock American clubs. This is a totally exotic sound! Rating: 4.5.
Asides the addition of Trey Songz’s vocals, Gbese has the touch of hit maker, Del’B, who is one of the top five producers in Nigeria. On top of that, the lyrics are nice: ”Get few things wey dey make me sad but when I see you my face bright up”. This is not a track you can forget in a hurry. It will take you off your seat to the dance floor any day. Rating: 4.5
Overall rating: 3.8/ 5
Sounds From The Other Side is indeed worth the fuss! The classic has the potential to win in the best album category of many African awards that will be held this year and the next.