With a solid performance on core afrobeat tracks with soothing melodies from Jamaica, Canada, London, Nigeria, and America, Wizkid shows off the amazing attributes he has as a Lagos bred singer. “Made in Lagos” album according to Wizkid is a project meant to tell the beautiful story of what growing up in Lagos (Africa’s most populous city) feels like.
The RCA/Sony Music recording artiste who launched his own imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2013 drops his second studio album under a major label. “Made in Lagos” album by Ayo "Wizkid" Balogun is a 14-track album featuring Damian Marley, Ella Mai, Terri, Tems, Burna Boy, H.E.R, Tay Iwar, and Projexx. It is a well-crafted body of work. Listening to the tracks on this album gave me goosebumps, made me remember the Afrobeat of the 2000s when 2Baba, Faze and the rest dominated the Nigerian music space with cool and slow-paced jams.
For the record, I wrote most of this review while listening to “True Love” featuring Tay Iwar and Projexx. I couldn’t resist playing this song over and over again so while you go through my honest review of Wizkid’s fourth studio album, show him some ‘True love’ by playing this track in the background.
Ayo must have been in a state of mind that required him to listen to slow or mid-tempo beats with enough melody to appease his soul. The criticism his previous works suffered holds no ground on this one. “Made in Lagos” is not just another ‘Baby-fied’ Wizkid album. It has awesome lyrics with unique melodies. The feelings could be felt. Wizkid indeed gave us a masterclass performance.
Aside from the wonderful performances by these beautiful creatives who played an outstanding role on “Made in Lagos”, Wizkid might have failed in giving his fans a conscious sound to further expose the hardship that surrounds those living in Lagos and the poor state the leaders has kept the city. This I believe will hinder so many from connecting to this Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” novel.
Taking a look at the songs, “Grace” takes us right into a deep mood. The track has some soul touching lyrics. “…They No Fit Run My Race..” hook line got me screaming. I just felt like I should keep listening to this track. The vibe is extraordinarily magical.
One of my favourites tracks off this album is Wizkid’s joint with Tems tagged “Essence”. Wizkid’s lovely voice is obviously a perfect match for Tems’ magical tone.
Even though many will argue Wizkid tracks off the Made in Lagos album sounds alike, "Sweet One" could be spared. The instrumentation and Wizkid's vocals are just too sweet.
A Wizkid, Ella Mai collaboration couldn't have been doper. The synergy in these two is something to be studied. They attacked the beat as if they were having a romantic session. "Piece of Me" is fire!
The second Made in Lagos single "No Stress" is an explicit track that got Wizkid talking love, sex and pretty girls.
A Starboy joint is finally here. Wizkid collaborates with his artist, Terri in "Roma".
Wizkid links up with his British friend Joseph Junior Adenuga mostly known as Skepta in an electrifying sound tagged "Longtime".
Burna Boy joins Wizkid in what happens to be their first track together titled "Ginger".
Lyrics – 4/5
Production – 5/5
Performance – 4/5
AVERAGE RATING – 4/5