Mehn! Let’s just agree that 2011 was a glorious year for the Nigerian music industry because that was the year a superstar burst into the limelight and gave us what is no doubt one of the greatest albums to ever come out of Nigeria.
Wizkid’s ‘Superstar’ album is what I’m talking about and you can only agree that it was – and still is,- a great album (argue with your spirit animal). To show just how great that album is, only a few albums – of the hundreds of thousands of albums that have come out since then, – have come close to Superstar’s level of greatness. I mean, every track was a hit back to back.
Well, there are a few qualities that made Wizkid’s debut album great and below you can find them and apply them to your next album to make it the next Superstar album.
To be honest, many musicians fail to appeal to the general demographic of Nigeria. A lot of artistes either focus on the youths, oldies, IJGBs, students, etc when they want to create an album. However, Wizkid’s debut album cut across every single demographic because no matter what age, class, location, mindset and social status you are in, you can find at least 3 songs that will appeal to you in some way or the other.
Lyrically on Point
There’s no denying that a lot of musicians are guilty of having no lyrical content in their song. Funny enough, even Daddy Yo himself became guilty of this at some point in his career with songs like “Zombie”. But Superstar had lyrics that proved Wizkid’s songwriting ability was second to none. Whether it made your heart melt in “Love My Baby” and “Gidi Girl”, made you feel fly in “Holla At Your Boy”, made you pray to God in “Oluwa Lo Ni”, and thankful for friends and family in “Shout Out”. Overall, the lyrical content of the album hit home in a lot of ways.
Hunger to Succeed
You know that saying that “Owu dey drive man to create greatness“? Well, no one actually ever said it, but I’m saying it now, (Sue me!). There was this hunger for success that Wizkid poured into this first album and it really helped that Banky W was present in his career at that point. Still, regardless of Banky’s magical touch, Wizzy clearly wanted this album to become legendary and stand the test of time and he put in the appropriate level of work to make it what it is today.
Like I said in my earlier post 4 Artist/Producer Combos That We Miss In The Nigerian Music Industry, Wizkid had a special connection with Sarz that always brought about nothing short of magic. Up until their quarrel, everything that Sarz and Wizkid did was gold in the music industry and that is something that goes as far back as 2011 with the Superstar album.