Wiz Kid; Up Close and Personal……

Wiz Kid; Up Close and Personal……

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun but better known as Wiz Kid, is currently one of the most accomplished Nigerian entertainers in the music industry.

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Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun but better known as Wiz Kid, is currently one of the most accomplished Nigerian entertainers in the music industry.

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun but better known as Wiz Kid, is currently one of the most accomplished Nigerian entertainers in the music industry.

How Old Is Wizkid? Well… wizkid’s date of birth is July the 16th, 1989 so he’s about 27.

Just like many celebrities that started their music career in the church, wizkid’s profile as a singer began at the age of 11 and he was known then as “Lil Prinz”, he rebranded his name to ‘Wizkid’ in 2006 when his music career came into limelight.

Here’s something you may not know; Wizkid recorded his first album at the age of 11, the album was produced by one of the most celebrated music producers in the country- OJB Jezreel and it was a 7-track album that was released for his church in Lagos.
The 2006 album launch was well received by Ayo Balogun’s parents, friends and other artistes. Ayo Balogun’s growing passion for music and the use of his God given talent inspired him to get back into the studio and perfect his music acts. It was in 2006 that Ayo Balogun dropped his initial stage name- Lil Prinz and then began working with some of the best artistes in Nigeria.
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Since 2006, Wizkid’s songs enjoyed continuous radio plays, while He himself enjoyed collaboration with the best artistes in Nigeria but it was not until 2009 when this young talent got his first major break in the music industry- according to Wizkid’s twitter, His collaboration with one of Nigeria’s best rappers and MCs -MI Abaga, on “fast money fast cars” track drew major attention to Wizzy’s unique voice and style.

Ayo Balogun is also a song writer. Aside from being featured by so many established artistes, Ayo Balogun also featured in several TV commercials, the most recent is the Pepsi Co. advert which also featured one of the best female performers-Tiwa Savage.
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Ayo Balogun signed a multi-million naira deal with the Empire Mates Entertainment {EME}, a recording label owned by versatile performer and one of the best R&B artistes cum producer and manager- Bank W, in 2009.

In 2010, Ayo Balogun fully broke into the music industry with the release of his smash hit singles; “Don’t dull”, “Holla at your boy”, and “Tease me”. Ayo Balogun’s debut album- “Super star” was released in 2011 and in June of 2011, he performed several sold-out concerts in Nigeria, UK, and the United States.
The song, ‘holla at your boy’ earned Wizkid a Next Rated award at The Headies 2011, and was nominated for Best Pop Single at The Headies 2011.
Ayo Balogun released several hit songs with EME records from 2009, his music career has gone beyond the chores of Nigerian borders especially with his numerous international stage performances and collaboration with international artistes such as Akon, Kardinal Official, and Young Jeezy to mention just a few.

2012–2014,Work on Wizkid’s second studio album, Ayo, began in 2012 and continued through 2014. It featured guest appearances from Femi Kuti, Banky W., Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon and Wale. The album’s production was handled by Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Dr Frabz, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz and Spellz. It was initially titled Chosen. According to MTV Base, the album suffered from a pushed back release date.It was earlier reported that the album would feature Don Jazzy, Efya and Olamide. On 6 September 2014, Wizkid revealed the album’s cover art and track listing.
On 5 March 2013, Charles Mgbolu (a writer for Vanguard) reported that Wizkid established his label imprint Starboy Entertainment. During an interview with Silverbird Television, Wizkid told Yvonne Vixen Ekwere that he planned on signing new acts to the label. Wizkid told Showtime Celebrity that he established his own record label to give up-and-coming artists a platform to showcase their talent.On 17 April 2013, Wizkid signed Maleek Berry to Starboy Entertainment. Wizkid and Maleek Berry’s work credits include “Lagos to Soweto” and “The Matter”, among others On 29 April 2013, Premium Times reported that Wizkid signed producers Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko, popularly known as Legendury Beatz, to his imprint. He made the announcement via Twitter. On 9 May 2013, he unveiled photos of himself with the aforementioned acts signed.On 20 August 2013, Wizkid signed recording artist L.A.X to the label. He made the announcement moments after debuting the music video for “Caro”, the label’s first official single.On May 7, 2016, Wizkid announced the signings of Efya, R2Bees, and Mr Eazi to Starboy Entertainment. He made the announcement shortly after his performance at the 17th edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
Prior to announcing plans for a second studio album, Wizkid had plans of releasing a mixtape in April 2013.

EME’s breakup, reunion and departure

After Wizkid tweeted a subliminal message and tweaked his Twitter account, reports about his departure from E.M.E went viral. Wizkid moved out of the E.M.E mansion in Lagos and acquired his own home in the Lekki Phase 1 area.
Prior to Wizkid’s subliminal tweets, Banky W pacified fans by assuring them that nothing was amiss. Furthermore, it was reported that troubles within E.M.E started as early as the 2012 E.M.E all stars concert.It was also reported that money was at the centre of the controversy.
On 20 February 2013, Information Nigeria reported that Wizkid was getting 25% from every performance, while Banky W and Segun Demuren were getting 50%. Osagie, Wizkid’s former manager, was getting the remaining 25%. After firing Osagie and hiring Godwin Tom (whom he parted ways with in April 2014),[76] Wizkid wanted a 50–50 share with Banky W. The source revealed that Banky W refused to accept Wizkid’s proposal.
Moreover, it was reported that Banky W wanted to find a manager for Wizkid who would accept 25%.
It was also reported that things started getting sour as a result of both parties disagreement. Information Nigeria went on to report that Wizkid was doing three shows weekly and bringing in close to N24 million monthly.
On 30 April 2013, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Wizkid and E.M.E reunited after contract negotiations. The news source also reported that Wizkid performed alongside label mates Shaydee and DJ Xclusive in The Republic of Benin.
In August 2014, Wizkid told Olisa Adibua that he will depart the label following the release of his second studio album, Ayo.
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Since 2015,its been pretty much about the ‘Sounds From the Other Side’ EP

On 5 January 2015, Wizkid released the music video for “Ojuelegba”, a song that highlights the struggles he endured in the early years of his recording career.
The official remix to the song features vocals from Drake and Skepta; it premiered on OVO Sound Radio in July 2015.

Wizkid first announced that he was working on a new album during his visit to London in October 2014. He revealed his collaborative single with Chris Brown titled “African Bad Girl”, and said that it would be the lead single off the upcoming album.

In April 2015, both Wizkid and Chris Brown performed the song together at the latter’s concert in Durban, South Africa.
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In May 2015, Wizkid released “Expensive Shit”, an Afrobeat song built on light guitars, saxophone lines and acoustic percussion; the song was reported as being a likely inclusion on the album.
In July 2015, Wizkid announced via Twitter that Angélique Kidjo will be featured on the album.
In September 2015, Wizkid revealed that he was dropping his EP and postponing the release of his third studio album. He made the announcement via Instagram shortly after the conclusion of 2Face Idibia’s “Fortified” tribute concert. Wizkid was quoted as saying, “I celebrated the legend 2face Idibia last night! Epic! It made me realize how much work I need to do.”
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According to an interview published by The Fader magazine, Wizkid’s upcoming EP would be titled Sounds From the Other Side.
Although much information were not revealed, The Fader did report that Wizkid is squeezing in edits to the EP.

On April 5, 2016, Wizkid became Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on Drake’s “One Dance” single, which charted at number 21. On May 12, 2016, the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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On 5 June 2016, Wizkid released the promotional single “Like This”. The song made its premiere on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio in June 2016. It was produced by Amsterdam-based Ghanaian producer DJ Henry X. Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork Media described the song as a “frolicking, summery jam that revels in all the work he (Wizkid)’s put in.”
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Oh yeah,we remember the little beefs that happened sometime this year,the ‘wizkid and linda ikeji’ and the ‘wizkid and dammy krane’ events…lol..
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I’m sure we see awesome things coming from Wizzy in the future,we can only sit and watch what comes through.
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