Fader Magazine recently named Wizkid’s Ojuelegba has the 12th Best Song of 2015.
When Wizkid was interview some weeks ago by the magazine, he disclosed that his knew Ojuelegba was a good song but didn’t expect it to attract so much attention.
I knew it was a good song,
But I didn’t expect it to blow up the way that it did.
In July 2015, hip hop star Drake and Skepta made a remix of the song, helping it to gain more international recognition.
But according to Fader Magazine, Drake’s featuring in the song did not necessarily responsible for its popularity, as the song was already a hit befroe the remix.
Below is the magazine’s full description of Wizkid’s Ojuelegba by Alex Frank:
Let’s get what we all already know out of the way: Drake hopped on this song from Nigerian artist Wizkid for a remix, generously making the song more famous (at least in America) than it might’ve been on its own in 2015. But let me state this clearly and definitively: the song never needed him. No matter the celebrity, you can’t improve on perfection, even if the Skepta verse that accompanied Drake’s on the remix was pretty great. No, ‘Ojuelegba’ is best on its own, a graceful slice of rhythm that does not need cultural translation. Like Popcaan’s ‘Everything Nice,’ the iconic global jam from last summer, it has a message of grace, thankfulness, and happy perseverance that resonates in every home. And that beat? It’s got a shoulder-shrugging momentum so joyful, how could it not have wound its way all over the world?
Congrats Wizkid, many more successes to come!