Without a doubt, Drake is one of the biggest artistes of his time and he is currently making moves to assume his position at the top of the game. With his current work with soundscapes outside his recognized hip-hop and psychedelic R&B sounds, Drake is currently on tour of genres from around the world and this is where Wizkid comes in.
The release of Drake’s latest single One Dance, which features vocals from Wizkid and a sample from Filipino singer Kyla, was created off a woodwork of instrumentals provided by Noah “40” Shebib, Nineteen85, and South African producer DJ Maphorisa.
According to the South African beatmaker, he was in Los Angeles working on Wizkid’s material when the Starboy contacted him with the opportunity to work with Drake and his producers. “I was recording Wiz when they sent [the files],” Maphorisa said, referring to Wizkid’s background vocals on the song. “There was nothing really there. We started working on it—I added some production.”
Mariphosa was indeed responsible for the slowed down sample of Crazy Cousinz and Kyla’s “Do You Mind,” on the single. But his biggest reveal was that One Dance was one of four songs both Drake and Wizkid have worked on.
Speaking on Drake’s experimentation with other sounds, he says “He’s making other artists be aware of other sounds, to be out of the box, not to do the same thing all the way. Also for him, he’s challenged ’cause now he’s not in a comfortable space that he can just do what he’s supposed to do. Be different and come up with new things.”
Maphorisa further revealed that Wizkid was instrumental in linking him with hitmakers like Chris Brown, Jermaine Dupri, and Jidenna. The duo began their relationship from Wizkid’s sophomore album Ayo where the producer smithed his ambiguously controversial “In My Bed”. “He really liked my sound and the way I produced,” Maphorisa said explaining why he has worked with Wizkid ever since.
For Mariphosa, the milestone of working with Drake should be shared by everyone in his country and he echoes it when he says “Just to be a part of Views From The 6 makes me excited,” he said. “I did something for my country. Wow.”