In a recent interview with Vouge UK, Wizkid talked about the success of his new album Made In Lagos and the world finally embracing Afrobeats.
“It feels good. It feels good to be young and actually seeing the world appreciate the music, which is definitely something I’ve always been passionate about – having the world listen to Afrobeats music just like every other genre. I wanted them to love that music. There’s so much talent in Africa, and I feel like the world needs to hear that. From producers to photographers to filmmakers to actors to musicians, there’s so many amazing talents. There’s more to come from Africa.”
In the same interview he opened up about his plans of branching into other facets of entertainment including film making.
“All my life, I’ve been approached with movie scripts and roles and shit,” he said. “That might be something I do, maybe later… Maybe I would make, or produce, some movies, I think that would be something.”
He later adds “I would want to make crazy movies…. something crazy – the art, how it’s shot, the script.”
Elsewhere Big Wiz talked about turning down collaborations.
“The truth is, I make music with my friends all the time. You can have two artists go into a room and make amazing music every time they go in. But, not every time they go in – you can’t use all the music,” Wiz says. “Like me and Burna, we have so many songs together that we haven’t even put out for years. It took us three years to put out this “Ginger” one. Same with Skep – ones we’ve had for years. We’re not saying it’s not amazing, or it’s not a good song.”
He continued “At that time, maybe it’s not right for what we’re working with. That doesn’t come from a place of hate, or from a place of me being like, I’m a bigger artist than anybody. If it’s great and it works for what I’m working on, it’s definitely gonna come out. An album is like painting a picture, you can’t paint two portraits at once. One at a time. I’m just bringing clarity to everyone that I took out their features from the album.”
Competition in music is a big deal, but Wizkid says he doesn’t care and that he’s solely focused on taking care of his family and feeding his kids.
“I’m not here to prove to nobody that I’m the best. I don’t even watch the tracks, I don’t watch numbers. I’m just here to make people feel something and feel good – that’s it. I’m not here to watch how many awards, or who’s the best. I’m here to take care of my kids, enjoy myself, live life, and take care of family.
Wizkid released his fourth album “Made In Lagos” in October of 2020. The stellar LP included appaearnces from Skepta, Tems, H.E.R., Burna Boy and Damian Marley.
He followed it with a deluxe edition released in August with additional appearances by Buju and Justin Bieber.