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Superstar

Album by Wizkid
, 17 tracks, 1 hour 8 mins 51 sec

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May 31, 2019

The Making of a Global Icon

While Superstar might somewhat seem like a lame album title in the modern day music era where everyone has embraced creativity to its fullest, it is the title of Nigerian music icon Wizkid’s debut studio album. Wizkid whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, officially burst into the music scene in the year 2008 with a feature on rapper M.I Abaga’s “Fast Money Fast Cars.” His high-pitched voice and distinct vocals caught music lovers and critics’ attention but no one knew what was about to hit the Nigerian music scene. Fast forward to the year 2010 and Wizkid’s official first hit single “Holla At Your Boy” tore into the airwaves and no one could get enough of this seemingly rising star. The artiste who had just hit his 20s then gradually grew through the ranks and became an epitome of the modern day music scene’s success story. Singles like “Gidi Girl” and “Don’t Dull” followed and everyone had to sit up, as he had already become the new wave in the industry. Under the mentorship and tutelage of EME Records boss Banky W, Wizkid further harnessed his musical talent and went on to drop his debut album Superstar in the year 2011. Superstar as a debut album was an album that presented Wizkid as an artiste who was still learning the ropes, yet, was bound to do great things. The album's production had marquee names in the industry back in the day, which included the likes of Samklef, E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats as well as his boss Banky W. He was also able to garner features from established artistes, which included singer Wande Coal, D’Prince as well as then label mate, Skales. The album showcased a Wizkid who had the hunger for success as shown in the passion behind the recording of this album. It also showed him at his lyrical best with “Oluwa Lo Ni” being one of the deepest songs he has recorded in the entirety of his career. The album’s sound draws from elements of R&B, dancehall, reggae as well as afrobeats all dished out in equal proportions. Critics had little to say about the production of this project but Wiz’s input on it was generally met with positive reviews. It is arguably Wizkid’s best album till date and is filled with songs that are evergreen, songs that still garner airplay till the present day.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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Album Info

"Superstar"

Artist

Genres

  • International

Label

  • Empire Mates Entertainment

Producer

  • Segun Demuren (exec.)
  • Banky Wellington (exec.)
  • Tunde Demuren (exec.)
  • Stanley Ekuro (exec.)
  • Samklef
  • E-Kelly
  • Jay Sleek
  • Shizzi
  • DJ Klem
  • Masterkraft
  • Q-Beats
  • Banky W
  • Vebee

About

Superstar is the debut studio album by Nigerian singer Wizkid. It was released on June 12, 2011, by Empire Mates Entertainment. The album's production was handled by Samklef, E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, Banky W and Vebee. It features guest appearances from Wande Coal, D'Prince, Banky W and Skales. The album was supported by six singles: "Holla at Your Boy", "Tease Me/Bad Guys", "Don't Dull", "Love My Baby", "Pakurumo", and "Oluwa Lo Ni". It is the second best selling album on NotJustOk and was the most highly anticipated Nigerian album of 2011.
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