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Wizkid Talks Working With Tems on “Essence” And New Album In GQ Feature

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Wizkid on September 14th 2021 was featured on GQ magazine.

Wizkid Talks Working With Tems on "Essence" And New Album In GQ Cover
Wizkid, “King of Afropop” on GQ

On it, the artist described as the “King of Afrobeats” spoke on a number of topics including his collaboration with Tems on the hit “Essence” track.

Speaking on how he met Tems, Wizkid said that working with new artists gives him a certain unexplainable rush.

“I love meeting new artists. When I’m in a room with a new artist, it feels like, Oh, my God. It feels like I’m right there when the magic is just about to take off and take form. It’s so exciting to me.”

When I get in the room with a new artist, it’s like you’re learning from me, I’m learning from you. I even get more excited getting in the room with new artists than my peers or my friends that I know. I can’t explain it.”

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On Working with Tems, he says;

“You know, I’ve known Tems… I can’t even actually remember how we met, but I know I brought her out for one of my shows in Lagos. We had talked about working and I went back home to record.

“When I record at home, it’s like I have a crazy situation. I’ll be in a room with like 8, 10 producers, everyone’s got their rooms and we’re just making music. She came through to the hotel and we laid down the idea. It was just effortless. Just lay down the melodies, and she didn’t even think anything of it. She felt like we had to do another record, but I already knew we had magic.”

Wizkid, the King of Afropop
“I just keep evolving with the sound.”

Speaking on his next album, the artist fondly called BigWiz by his fans says he’s just going to make music he enjoys just like he did in MIL.

“I am working on a new album, but I never like to be, like, in a rush,” Wizkid says. “Sometimes it takes me a year, two years, to make an album. I always record in terms of albums, not just songs. I like to make music that way, because it gives you a sense of direction.”

“Well, in the next album, I’m just trying to enjoy myself with the music now, because of the reception from the fans for my last album,” he continues. “I just keep evolving with the sound.”


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