Whether born of strategy or just bad timing, the ‘Made In Lagos’ Album is one of the most anticipated Afrobeat album, with shifting release dates, the last of which was due to the brewing #EndSARS protest.

Wizkid, knowing the power of artistic influence rebuked music colleague Reekado Banks for perpetuating a music release smack in the middle of the ongoing protest; a move which earned Wizkid a few points on humanity empathy scale.

Made in Lagos, Wizkid’s fourth body of work finally delivered on its reworked release date and came through as promised.

Wizkid finds collaborators that measure perfectly to his melodic temperament adding to the ambience of the project, as they sync effortlessly to create magic.

The 14-track album had musical contributions from the likes of Burna Boy, Ella Mai, H.E.R, Damian Marley, Skepta, Tay Iwar, Projexx, Tems and Terri.  

If the overall objective of the ‘Made in Lagos’ album was to introduce a new side of himself to his fans in some sort of musical ‘coming of age’, then Wizkid really hit home with this work, as he takes on a more mature vocal expression; cutting out the high-pitched yelps and energetic ad-libs that is characteristic of his rendition.

This Wizkid is mellow and sure-footed.

‘Reckless’ opens the album and stuns without doing a lot of damage.

‘Ginger’ is typical amorous Wizkid. Call it the Nigerian version of ‘boy meets girl’ and tries to win her over with a well-hyped sexual offer and you wouldn’t be too wrong. Fellow collaborator, Burna boy, doesn’t redeem the narrative in anyway but instead adds compulsively to the amorous premise.

One of the highlights of the track is a slightly modulated rhythm change that Burna boy attacks like a pro, ending the track in style.

‘Long time’ featuring Skepta is painfully familiar. Skepta and Wizkid have been here before, even though they try to mask it with a contrived sounding hook. The track goes on for 4 minutes, even though it needn’t have bothered.

Damian Marley blesses this track with a witty, down-to-earth hook that simply pulls you in and Star boy finishes it off with a bouncy, reggae-based verse that totally worked.

It’s just like Wizkid to end a song about ‘being blessed’ with an amorous call to a lady.

‘True love’ is a personal favorite for me because it displays Wizkid differently. You are almost unsure if you are listening to a Wizkid track until you are serenaded with the signature sax, rendition which by the way is slowly becoming a given in his work.

‘Essence’ is without doubt a vibe worth listening to with the soothing vocals of Tems, a collaboration that slow burns, sizzling and popping in equal measure.

Wizkid loses his newfound mellow personae with ‘Roma’, a serial club banger that will definitely make the rounds, acquiring a life of its own. The highlife guitar underlay in the track is a thing of beauty and expertly fills the spaces that Wizkid doesn’t.

There is a lot of missing lyrics that Wizkid skillfully covers up with well-timed ad-libs and moves along like nothing happened. 

But we are not mad at him for that.

Our grouse, if any, might be in how there isn’t a lot of stories about Lagos in the album, even though it is infectiously titled, ‘Made in Lagos.’

This article was written by Henri ‘Yireconnect on Instagram with him here

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