Who’s the best of all time?
Has Wizkid surpassed 2face Idibia? This query is borderline blasphemous to many however with the latest Billboard stunting of Wizkid’s single “Essence” that includes Tems, it’s a query that wants a solution.
“Essence” has gone from being a fan favourite off Wizkid’s final studio effort ‘Made In Lagos’ to gaining a ubiquitous ‘summer time’ presence.
Ojuelegba was a turning level for Wiz.
The final time a Wizkid report was this far-reaching culturally was his hometown ode “Ojuelegba.” Similar to his collab with Tems, it reverberated from Lagos to London (the Afrobeats cultural change freeway) after which to America.
For Massive Wiz, lightning has struck twice, abroad of all locations. His phenomenal ten-year run, blessed by a Billboard placement, now begs the query – is he better than 2Baba?
2Baba ran the 2000s.
2face Idibia led his technology within the revitalization of an city music scene that had crumbled within the 90s and likewise sparked the dominance of Nigerian music in Africa. His music video was the primary to be performed on MTV Base when it was launched in 2005.
“African Queen,” a Nigerian music canon, left the shores of Nigeria and landed on the soundtrack of a Hollywood flick. He was the primary Nigerian act to win an MTV Europe Music Award and gained spectacular co-signs from the likes of Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean.
His first two solo albums, not solely mega-successful, are Nigerian pop staples that highlighted the ambition, creativity, and potential of thousands and thousands of Nigerian youth that had been stifled by the oppressive local weather of army dictatorship.
2face Idibia shattered the ceiling positioned on his technology but it surely additionally met one other glass ceiling. It additionally had the will to overcome the world but it surely didn’t have the means to. There was no streaming then. For 2face and co, it was a matter of time. The world wasn’t simply prepared for West African pop music.
Kanye West tried to introduce it to America with D’banj but it surely wasn’t the precise time and it wasn’t the precise artist. Psquare enlisted Rick Ross to assist achieve entry into North America however the track did extra right here than over there.
Then, Wizkid took over from 2Baba.
Rightly so, the Wizkid technology has picked up from the 2face technology and brought Afrobeats boldly the place no man has taken it earlier than.
This wouldn’t have been doable with out the profitable baton change between 2face Idibia and Wizkid – the GOATS of their respective generations.
It’s a continuum and never the top of 1 period and the start of a brand new one. 2face Idibia went to area and Wizkid walked on the moon. It is going to be the mandate of one other technology to construct a colony on Mars.
There can solely be generational GOATS however an total GOAT is only for hype, publicity, and barbershop discuss. It doesn’t actually matter should you say it’s Wizkid or it’s 2Baba, they’re each legends.
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