5 things you probably didn’t know about Wizkid’s Drake feature

The internet is still buzzing about Drake’s latest single releases and everyone is excited for varying reasons. The first for Drake’s Pop Style which had a rare feature from two of the biggest names in modern hip hop, Kanye West and Jay-Z, aliased ‘The Throne’. And of course the second single One Dance which features vocals from Wizkid and a sample of Filipino singer Kayla.

We have come up with 5 reasons you may want to look at One Dance with a different gaze.

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Wizkid played a bigger role than we heard.

The Nigerian internet has given mixed reactions to Wiz’ appearance on the song. Some fans have lauded Wizkid’s feature as progress for Nigerian music, while skeptics have dismissed the song with a side-eye, with the Starboy’s iconic voice being relegated to the place of a backup artiste. But according to inside sources from both Wiz and Drake’s camp, Wiz did a lot more than the eventual song showed. Though confidentiality demands we wait until Drake’s Views From The 6 album is released before any information is shared with the media, all we can tell you from our end is that Drake had an idea for a song and Wizkid was the person he contacted to play a part in it’s execution. When the credits for Drake’s album roll out, we will update you with further details, but watch this space until then.

A Nigerian producer worked on the song.

Nigerian music is crossing landmarks like never before, so it should come as no surprise that along with Wizkid, a popular Nigerian producer was also contacted to come along the journey to produce the song. Notably Wizkid’s break featured piano keys reminiscent of Ojuelgba‘s entry afro beat stab guitars. We are yet to completely isolate the sound but our insider also revealed that the producer assisted with percussion on the song. But as with most of the facts we will be bringing you, we also cannot drop names until the credits roll, but any ardent Nigerian music listener should be able to figure out this unnamed producer.


Wiz’ allegedly wrote some Drake parts.

Drake is not the shyest person about hiring other artistes to write for him and with Wiz on board we are not surprised he contributed to the song’s wording.

Drake may have spoken Yoruba.

On his first verse Drake sings Oti, Oti, there’s never much love when we go OT. Meaning “No, No, there’s never much love when we go OT (out of town). Though the lyric is worded as “OT OT” on Genius.com , annotators on website have already alerted the platform editors to correct what we believe is a misinterpreted lyric. Besides the line makes more sense if considered as originally worded in Yoruba. In 2014, CNN listed Yoruba language as the 6th sexiest language in the world. With Drake sometimes choosing a smoky bedroom sing-song vocal pattern, it cannot be unexpected that the rapper took advantage of the Wizkid feature to add some Yoruba for the sexiness.

This is actually what Wizkid was saying.

Got a pretty girl and she love me long time
Wine it, wine it, very long time
Oh yeah, very long time
Back up, back up, back up and wine it
Back up, back up and wine it, girl
Back up, back up, back up and wine it
Oh yeah, very long time
Back, up, back up and wine it, girl



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