Long Before The Weekend Started Calling Himself Starboy
Ayo (English: Joy) is the self-titled second studio album by Nigerian singer Wizkid.
Wizkid Ayo Balogun, Nigeria’s biggest music star and probably one of the most talented artiste in the music industry released his second album AYO (meaning joy), three years after his first album “Superstar” which I believe revolutionized pop music in the Nigerian music scene.
This album record simply shows how Wizkid is grateful for where he has gotten to in his music career remembering where he started as an upcoming act in Surulere. After going down memory lane, he calls out the people in his old hood to come and enjoy his musical success. It also expressed his unending love for the street (his supporters and die-hard fans that are always there for him). If you listen’s to this album closely you will know that Wizkid is a mama’s boy because you will hear several lines dedicated to his mother Mrs. Balogun all over the album. The album AYO received so many critic review but believe me it created that momentum which he needed for his music career, if you can check the album you would be able to count 10 hits out of 18 song released on the album which is actually hard for one to call such an album a failure even though the album might have somehow lacked direction. For me the album started on a bright note but fizzled out towards the end, with the exception of a few well-written songs and the hits we’ve heard from him in the past. Between all these Wizkid was able to establish the fact that he is a good vocalist with perfect vibes and mind-blowing melody. No wonder he has continuously remained relevant over the past Decade. He has remained so much relevant in the music industry being the first African to bag seven Billboard Nominations, the Youngest African Artiste to get a Grammy nomination, he is the first African Pop Star To Perform/sell out Royal Albert Hall in London and he is the only Nigerian musician who not only made the number one spot on the iTunes World Chart but maintained that spot for over a week. He is the only Nigerian Artiste with the most award nominations. . Well with the release of this album, I already knew Wizkid would become a force to reckon with in the music industry which he has already accomplished.
He started recording the album after the release of the compilation album, Empire Mates State of Mind (2012). The long-awaited album was released on September 17, 2014, by Starboy Entertainment and Empire Mates Entertainment after it was postponed twice due to difficulty in track selection. I must reveal that this was one album I definitely was curious how it would play out after a long time of waiting because it was his last bodywork under Empire Mates Entertainment before he started his own record label Starboy Entertainment.
The 71 minutes Album was produced by Segun Demuren, Banky Wellington, Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Maleek Berry, Legendary Beatz and Spellz.
Synergy Of Two Legends
WIZKID FT FEMI KUTI “JAIYE JAIYE”
This is one of the most colorful tracks on the album and also my personal favorite, which was put out in the past year. This track showcases everything it means to be African and Nigerian and all he talked about was about enjoying life to the fullest without any stress and keep on flexing. The great Femi from the Kuti music dynasty added color and class to this track. I like its position as the welcoming track on this album especially when the song is titled AYO (joy). It gives you a glimpse into the soul of the album
Where It All Started And Suddenly Became An Anthem
WIZKID – OJUELEGBA
Hands down to the best song on the album. A slow tempo track produced by Legendary Beatz with some mellow afro beat tune. If there ever was a song that made me instantly happy, it has to be this song that suddenly became an anthem for all of WIZKID shows. Song so good you would think OJUELEGBA (the hood where he grew up) was Banana Island (a luxurious area). When they rep where you grew up at, it makes you feel some type of way. If only an artist could just rise up and rep Igando where I am from then I am good for life.This track must have been inspired by his experiences in this part of Lagos, Nigeria (OJUELEGBA) more like an inside story, those who know his roots and early days should understand his awe of how life turned out for him ( making it sound like a rags-to-riches song). He summed it up thus to a good sound making it one of the best tracks on this album.
Sounds For My Ladies
WIZKID – ON TOP YOUR MATTER
A futuristic high- Life track totally deserving of its spot on this album with some tinge of pop in there. This is one of the song where Wizkid lack good lyrics, he repeated his chorus too many times but one surprising fact is that the song is one song you will hear and surely vibe to. Bet a couple of wedding playlists have this song firmly embedded in it because all I think of when I listen to this song is a perfect weeding song with a lot of appreciation for the bride’s parent.
My Mystery Lover
WIZKID FT L.A.X- CARO
CARO an afro-pop track everybody’s favorite track, it’s very hard not to move to this jam because this is a dance song with a very sweet tune. Noteworthy is the fact that this song was the first officially released track by Starboy Entertainment and was almost a year old yet it found its way on to the album.