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Exclusive Chat With Wizkid On His New Album, Hennessy Artistry, Saeon And Samklef Saga

In a recent chat with Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun , he shared his experience with us on being an ambassador for Hennessy Artistry 2014, working with 2 Face Idibia, his new album AYO, Saeon’s bitterness on not retweeting her tweet and Samklef’s tweets.

 

Read excerpts below;

 

 

On his experience with Hennessy Artistry brand.

I am happy to be associated with the brand and I thank God for the opportunity to work with 2 Face Idibia. This is the first time we actually got into the studio to finish a track.

 

On his brand

It took me all my life to build my brand. Before I went into music, I already had what I wanted to be in my head. I definitely knew I wanted to build a brand. I wanted people to know the brands and I try to stay out of trouble and sometimes things happen. I am working on my brand and I want to take it global.

 

 

On Sustainability of his brand 

I worry about sustainability of the brand and that’s why I work endlessly everyday and night to make sure the brand Wizkid is here. i want to leave a legacy people will follow. I am also building STAR BOY.

 

 

wizkid and 2face

 

Challenging Song Ever Written

 

When I arranged ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ I didn’t know if people would accept the song cos the song is really special to me. I called Femi Kuti and I told him about the song and he said Yes immediately. I was shocked cos I was not expecting him to say yes immediately. So we worked on the song so we don’t disappoint Femi Kuti.

 

On His New album ‘ Joy – AYO’

Everyone is loving the album and people discover new tracks from the album everyday. I have seven singles out off the album. Ojuelegba, Show Me The Money, My Bad are really doing well. When I was working on the album, I made a conscious decision not to change my style of music. People have this thing in their head because I am working with International artistes, I am trying to change my style of music or what I sound like which is not true and I’m never going to change my style of music.

 

 

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Why Show Me The Money was shot in Shitta

Show Me The Money was shot in Shitta also known as Small London. I paid my dues and there are so many stories to tell. I used to perform at all the carnivals in Surulere every December for free. From Lawason to Brown road so I have paid my dues.

 

On any collaborations soon with any artiste

 

I will work with Skales in the future. He was in my house two weeks ago and he brought a track. Definitely, I will work with him.

 

On how he got his name STAR BOY

The streets gave me the name

 

 

On showing off his wealth on Social Media

 

I didn’t have any of these before. i show them off to motivate people and I also thank God.

 

Is Wizkid a terrible person?

 

Well, everyone has their own opinion about me. And if they I am terrible, then they need to check themselves. I used to make music for four years with Samklef. I used to go around making noise about Samklef. I am just being me and alos be a good person. Fame has not changed me, it only added some accessories to my collections. People say I am arrogant and it does not bother me. I show my fans love.

 

 

On Saeon’s feature

I didn’t know she is bitter that I didn’t retweet her tweet. I gave her a hit song abi I no try. I did my part. I charge people 10 million naira for collabos. I did the collaboration with Saeon out of love.

 

Fashion Style

 

I love to look fresh always

 

How much does your collection worth?

[Laughs] I don’t want to talk about it because of security reasons.

 

 What value do you see the brand Hennessy affect young people?

Hennessy is a big brand and they are doing well in Nigeria. Infact, when they came to me for the deal I didn’t hesitate to accept it. I have been drinking Hennessy for a while now and I felt this is the right time to get my money back lol. anytime I go to the studio for a session, it’s bound to see a bottle of Hennessy on the table.

 

On His Collabo with Chris Brown

We are done with the song and we will be shooting the video in 2 – 3 weeks. The video will drop early next year.

 

And when asked if he paid to feature Chris Brown

I didn’t pay Chris Brown a dime. i never pay for collaboration because I am confident of the kind of music I create. I own the song so I featured Chris Brown on it and it was produced by Sarz. I am keeping it African.

 

On Investments

 

On properties and jewelries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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