Wizkid’s Made in Lagos: Released 10 months ago. Initially welcomed with cold hands as there were so much skepticism and opinions around the project on release. But, how Made in Lagos remained in relevant conversations and charts 10 months after release is amazing and worth studying. Its success over the months has won support from people who previously less appreciated the album. We have all witnessed how much of a global success Essence featuring Tems off the Album has become, especially with the remix featuring Justin Bieber which currently seats at No.18 on the Billboard Hot 100, while previously attaining no. 54 spot with Nigerian singer Tems. Smile ft H.E.R also had a good run. This shows how much of a global success #MIL has grown to be. We love to see every bit of it.
On August 27th, 2021. Wizkid Ayo released the Made In Lagos Deluxe exclusively licensed under RCA records – Offering three new singles and a remix that was earlier released. The deluxe offers an African tweak as it blends with the original sound of the album. Before you even listen to the album, you can clearly see that from the choice of collaborations. Having Buju and supposed Bella Smurda on the project was intentionally curated to appeal to the African market. You can call this an African version if you like. Because that is what it seeks to achieve, to regain street acceptance while aiming for the Grammys and global recognition. Soon you will begin to hear songs like Anoti, Steady, and Mood blasting loudly on the streets of Africa, this wasn’t so much obtainable with the original MIL.
Was the deluxe needed?
After the October 30th release of Made in Lagos, it got a cold reception from fans who were accustomed to Wizkid’s Afropop type sound, Wizkid instead delivered an Afro/Rnb/Regea album. Fans were not so impressed with the project. Some claimed it was Made in Lagos but not Made for Lagos. If you look at it critically, that is not far from the truth. The A&R, curation, and compilation of songs on Made in Lagos was not tailored towards the Nigerian/African market, it was made to break into a new western market and with no doubt a shot at the Grammy. Made in Lagos neglected the feelings of the home-based audience while reaching for global recognition. From statistics, most home based fans couldn’t resonate well with it as much as they do for his other releases, not until they began to see the heights the album has made on a global level, they accepted it. Made in Lagos was an experimentation of the versatility of Wizkid’s Afrobeats sound and the deluxe is offered as compensation to the African market.
Let’s discuss the tracks, shall we?
Anoti – Offers a full-fledged gbedu vibe, it appears to be one of the favorites off the Delux. On Anoti, Wizkid picked up his Afropop coat and created a party starter, which was missing on the Original MIL. Although the song doesn’t seem like one that was carefully written, it’s more like one of Wizkids freestyle/studio vibes sessions turned hit, you can clearly hear that from the usage and repetition of words. Some background chants in pidgin English were intentionally infused to give it the desired taste. Anoti is Wizkid teasing and praising his lady with vulgar words, creating wild imaginations and sounding like the Wizkid of Ayo (pun intended).
Steady – Mid-tempo afro-beats with perfect pitch flow. From the song, you can clearly how much Wizkid loves good sex. The song was created with that undertone, it is perfect for a sex playlist. Steady offers more quality songwriting and delivery than Anoti, it is a solid one. With the type of vibes, it emanates? A pan African collaboration with Ghanian singer, Mugeez or R2Bees would have made the single superb. But anyway, what do I know? Let’s enjoy Steady.
Mood – Buju x Wizkid: This was the collaboration we knew we needed, but we never expected it this soon. Shout out to BizWiz for always putting youngins on. As expected Buju doesn’t disappoint. He knows what this means to him, so he took the assignment home and consulted his sonic oracles, the same oracles that gave him inspiration for perfect delivery on songs like Outside, Confident, Feeling, etc. He showed up on the track with great lyrical composition and delivered as expected with Wizkid complimenting it perfectly. Big mood.
Generally, Made In Lagos Deluxe offers a variety of pop sounds laced round with afrobeat. It is worthy to mention the quality of sound production on MILDeluxe. P.Prime, P2J did awesome on each track they laid their magic fingers on.
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Written by: Digital Junkie