The wait was totally worth it

Nigeria’s global music star delivers slow, R&B bangers ready for both dancefloors and bedrooms

Made In Lagos
Made In Lagos is a carefully articulated work of art

There is something to cheer about in October as Wizkid blesses us with the release of his new album Made In Lagos (MIL) and it’s exactly how we thought it would be. Starboy announced that he is dropping his much-anticipated album on the 30th at 11:11 pm, West African Time worldwide on his social media. As expected the fans went nuts and couldn’t wait to listen to the rest of the album.

Made in Lagos is one of Wizkid’s most calm albums yet and a memorable comeback from starboy. Leading with smooth bass and authoritative saxophone, Reckless opens MIL and sets the tone for the rest of the album. The single discusses the doubt Wizkid has been met within his career and those who “pray for his downfall”, but he also reflects on the privilege he has and the importance of not taking said blessings for granted.

Wizkid features Burna Boy on ‘Ginger’ which does not disappoint and reminds us why the two are amongst the biggest stars in Nigeria. This collaboration has me hoping we’ll see more of their collaborations in the nearest future.

In the repetitive chorus, Ella Mai demands her love interest “come and get a piece” in Piece of Me, it provides an enjoyable tune likely to be received positively by fans across the world. Blessed, which is my favourite, lays emphasis on how great he is. The relaxed ‘Gyrate’ finds Wizkid at his best: these are slow, R&B bangers ready for both dancefloors and bedrooms. Wizkid’s back-and-forth with H.E.R on ‘Smile’ is made for sunny outdoor slow dances. The plaintive ‘No Stress’ and lithe dance tune ‘True Love’ follow that same pattern, the former an anthem for sleeping around and the latter for being committed to someone long-term.

Interestingly, ‘Grace’ concludes the project with similar lyrical undertones and it appears Wizkid is stressing from beginning to the end that despite obstacles, he will continue to run his race.

There’s a distinct thread throughout the tracks which allow for seamlessness on the project. This sometimes blends so well, the album displays a maturity in Wizkid and his growth can be heard as he mixes easy listening and warm upbeat tempos across his fourth studio album. Wizkid has one of the largest fan bases in Nigeria and beyond; and they constantly support Starboy’s music. Since the release of this album, many have taken to social media to express their thoughts regarding the album and to drop their favourite song from the album.

MIL is a carefully articulated work of art. Wizkid boldly tells everyone that the wait was totally worth it. The tracks are beautifully written and recorded, there was absolutely no rush and you feel that as you seamlessly listen from one song to the other. Every track on the MIL album is trending and rising in the world music charts. If Wizkid’s 14 tracks are currently dominating Nigeria’s Top 100 Music billboard on iTunes, I am one of those responsible – refreshing more than a dozen times, just like every other fan out there before finally downloading the album. Wizkid features: Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R, Tay Iwar, Projexx, Ella Mai, Tems, and Terri. With major production from P2J.

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