Is he the face of Afrobeats? Arguably. Is he probably the most wanted 5’4” man on the planet? Most likely. Is he allergic to carrying a shirt? Presumably. Is his new album “Extra Love, Much less Ego” value a hear? Positively.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, identified professionally as WizKid, has turn into probably the most distinguished faces within the fashionable Afrobeats music scene. The 32-year-old singer-songwriter from Lagos, Nigeria launched his a lot anticipated fifth studio album, “Extra Love, Much less Ego,” Nov. 11, accompanied by a streamable dwell present on Apple Music. After gaining recognition from his characteristic on Drake’s “One Dance” in 2016, WizKid has gone on to turn into probably the most streamed African musical artist of all time on Spotify. After the optimistic reception of his earlier album, “Made in Lagos,” WizKid expands on the weather of that album that followers liked with this latest undertaking.
Off the bat, “Extra Love, Much less Ego,” boasts a tremendous four-track run to kickstart the album. The primary music, “Cash & Love” eases the listener into the vibe of the album with a easy but catchy refrain, clean vocals and thematic lyrics. On high of that, this primary monitor boasts some good backing horns, which return all through the album.
After “Cash & Love,” WizKid delights the listener with “Stability,” a music he introduce as a “basic file” in his Nov 14 Apple Music dwell present. I’m inclined to agree; The bass line jumps as quickly as you press play, and any listener can catch onto the straightforward, sound-oriented refrain.
Subsequent is the album single “Unhealthy to Me,” which begins with a cool minor beat that rapidly shifts to main when WizKid’s vocals are available in. Whereas the complete music is dynamic and enjoyable, the post-chorus is most memorable with its chanting, sing-along lyrics in English, Yoruba and even Spanish. This part translated very properly into the dwell present, with each member of the group shouting, “For my mates!” again at WizKid.
To finish this run, WizKid options Arya Starr on “2 Sugar.” On this monitor, it appears WizKid is making an attempt to recapture the magic of his smash hit, “Essence,” from “Made in Lagos.” Whereas the vibe of “Essence” is kind of recaptured, “2 Sugar” is certainly distinct with its extra advanced theme. A lot of the songs in WizKid’s catalog are about shallow, one-night relationships, however “2 Sugar” talks about baggage and preventing your individual demons earlier than getting into a relationship. These overarching themes make “2 Sugar” probably the most lyrically advanced music on the album.
After “2 Sugar” is “On a regular basis.” This monitor is kind of bland in comparison with the earlier ones and runs a bit too lengthy. After the spectacular first few tracks, most of the following songs are a little bit disappointing. WizKid’s vocals and lyrics fluctuate little or no all through the remainder of the undertaking, inflicting a lot of the album’s latter half to develop previous upon a number of relistens. Nonetheless, the beats proceed to infuse the tracks with power, regardless of the artist’s redundant performances.
“Wow” is a gem on the latter half of the album, with options from British rapper Skepta and Nigerian artist Naira Marley. The beat provides this music a quick and aggressive power, which Marley embodies completely on the refrain. Skepta and WizKid every ship a effective verse, however it’s Marley who actually carries this monitor.
“Flower Pads” stands out as being exceptionally properly engineered. WizKid’s lowkey vocals float atop the beat whereas guitar and keyboard spice issues up within the background. “Strain” additionally boasts refined, diversified background instrumentation that provides loads to the music. The funky and superior rhythm meshes properly with one other one among WizKid’s catchy choruses.
Although the engineering and groovy dance-hall beats are current, the idea of “Extra Love, Much less Ego” fails to return by. “Extra Love” actually comes throughout as “Extra Lust” with virtually each music addressing bodily need. “Much less Ego” will not be actually explored in any respect. The one time the phrase “Extra Love, Much less Ego” feels related is within the spoken intro of “On a regular basis” that clearly impressed the title of the album.
Regardless of this missed alternative, the album is a enjoyable and value whereas listening that can trigger you to desperately seek for the closest dance flooring. WizKid has once more succeeded with a collection of catchy tunes which can be enjoyable independently or inside the run of the album. So subsequent time you are at a dance occasion, request WizKid’s “Extra Love, Much less Ego.”