Since Wizkid broke into the Nigerian music scene in the late 2000s, he has developed his brand around a distinct voice, witty rhymes, and hard hitting party numbers. Some of these qualities have made him a firm favourite for stunning choruses and sleekly delivered verses on guest features and collaborative efforts.
To emphasise the power of Wizkid as a featured artist, we have collected and ranked all of the songs his iconic style and brand have helped improve over the course of his career.
#10 Eleniyan- Reminisce
Any other song where a featured artiste barely provides any actual words on his verse could have been underwhelming, but not when that featured artist is Wizkid. While Remininsce delivers great rap verses on this song, Wizkid provides a mellow hook and a completely ad-libbed verse. As bad as this looks on paper, it made the song a major success. The word “Eleniyan” used loosley today in everday conversation is a sign of the song’s success.
#9 Feeling the beat – Jimmy Jatt
Wiz strips things back to basic afro beats on this Jimmy Jatt feature. The lyrics are blaise, but the rhythm is a fantastic jazzy feel reminiscent of the singer’s sound shift after major successes like Jaiye Jaiye.
#8 Jonzing world – D’Prince
D’Prince teamed up with Jesse Jagz and Wizkid on this high flying stoner anthem. Jesse Jagz opened the song with a stunner verse but Wizkid highlights the song with high-pitched back-up vocals to his own auto-tuned verse.
#7 No wo e soke – CDQ
CDQ’s No wo e soke is one of the few Wizkid guest feature successes to have come along in recent times. There is not a lot to talk about because the song is soaked in nyansh music cliche, but it doesn’t make the general output any less remarkable.
#6 Molowo noni – Samklef
2010 was the peak of the Nigerian music renaissance and Samklef totally sailed on the waves with this crisp afro-hip hop production. Wizkid opens the song against the backdrop of heavy trumpets. The result is nothing short of brilliance.
#5 Lagos to Kampala – Runtown
There is something special about Maleek Berry’s signature electronic synths and on Lagos to Kamapala, Runtown and Wizkid duet to create one of the highlights of Runtown’s debut, Ghetto University album.
#4 The beat of life (Samba) – Sarz
Sarz provides an adrenaline-fused instrumentation on this Afro-EDM number. Although the song has very little to offer in terms of content, Wizkid does the rest of the song justice, by matching up to its pace and heavy bass drums.
#3 Fast money, fast cars – M.I
Banky W may have guided Wizkid into the limelight but it was M.I that believed in the juvenile’s talent enough to feature him on a major project. Off M.I’s highly anticipated debut album, Talk about it, M.I featured Wiz on this song about girls trying to live the fast life. Wiz stays mostly on the chorus of the song, but it is such a haunting hook, it is almost nearly nothing identifiable with anything the current Wizkid represents.
#2 Baddest Boy – E.M.E All stars
Baddest Boy came at the peak of the cohesive bromantic relationship between Banky W, Skales and Wizkid while they were all signed to the same label in 2012.This lead single off the label’s Empire Mates State of Mind compilation album has Wizkid opening the song and closing it. Although Skales and Banky W do not let the Starboy overshadow them, It is really hard for anyone not to label the song a “Wizkid song,” what with the singer’s delivery of two verses and one bridge.
#1 The Matter – Maleek Berry
This smash hit is unarguably the greatest impact of Wizkid as a featured artist on a song. Produced and co-written by UK-based sound maker, Maleek Berry, there is something spectacular about the song’s electronic synths and dancehall drums that created an atmosphere for Wizkid to step in and shine. Wiz keeps the song mostly lightweight and repetitive, an effective style for making any song memorable enough to stand in the hall of fame of all perfect club jams.