Think about one of the most influential afrobeats artists over the past decade and Wizkid is always brought into the conversation. He recently released his long-awaited fifth studio album “More Love, Less Ego.”
He is without a doubt one of the biggest artists when it comes to the genre. A majority of fans refer to him as “Star Boy,” which is nowhere near far-fetched after witnessing the afrobeats star’s success from his previous album “Made In Lagos.” It ended up being the highest-charting Nigerian album of all time on Billboard 200. This also led to his popular track “Essence” becoming the first ever Nigerian song on the Billboard Top 10. His soothing and uplifting delivery with the melodic beats is what makes him worth listening to.
Setting the tone for the globalization of afrobeats, Wizkid puts West African music on the maps. His album gives grace to his future success and solidifies his seat as being one of the best of his time in this genre.
“More Love, Less Ego” is both the title of his album and an unspoken motto throughout a total of 13 tracks. Wizkid is minimizing his pride and focusing more on love and his own well-being. He believes that the world currently needs more love, and uses his music to spread his message.
Over a year later, he is back and establishes his confidence, big-heartedness, and lavish living while keeping a serene attitude on his first track, “Money and Love.” The Star Boy makes it known from the beginning that nobody does it like him. “Burn that spliff, be your Romeo” is smoothly repeated multiple times throughout the song. He effortlessly relays his feelings in a way that will have everyone feeling groovy.
He embarks on “Everyday” by quoting Maya Angelo’s video, “Love Liberates.” Maya Angelo’s tranquil, yet uplifting voice opens the piece by saying “Love Liberates. It doesn’t just hold, that’s ego.” He hints at the overall theme of his album in this song, keeping in mind the importance of feeling free with love rather than feeling trapped with an egotistical mindset.
“Slip N Slide” features dancehall stars Shenseea and Skillibeng. Having the influence of Jamaican artists helps fuel the upbeat effects of this album. These two together bring out the vibes for a slow whine.
Wizkid continues the idea of giving the world more love and less ego throughout his song “2 Sugar.” Featuring Ayra Starr, her voice is complimented calmly by the rich beat. It becomes serenading hearing the hard-hitting and soft beats harmonize while listening to Wizkid and Ayra converse about the baggage they carry and the love that they have. This song leads to the focus of consistently trying to grasp on with positivity whilst deflecting negative energy.
Bringing an extra flow to the table, Skepta and Naira Marley feature on “Wow.” Skepta’s opening verse gives a taste of British rap as he slides with the continuous upbeat sound. Naira Marley ties it all together with a catchy chorus.
Over the past 10 years, Wizkid has dominated the afrobeats industry. He never fails to grow a strong fan base each time he drops something new. This continues with his recent release, making it safe to say that he is continuing his success in releasing enjoyable music that will flourish and age well in the future.