Wizkid Gets Lost in a Sea of Monotony on More Love, Less Ego

Wizkid Gets Lost in a Sea of Monotony on More Love, Less Ego

Emmanuel Daraloye

 

Ayodeji Balogun is one of the best of his generation. A high-top player in the African music scene. And in the last twelve months, he has taken it global yet the quality of his music is a stark contrast to this brand’s growth.

A year or more after the release of the deluxe version of Made in Lagos, the Sony/Rca signee artiste made a return with More Love, Less Ego. A deliberate play on words rather than a sonic exploit.

The first three songs capture the listeners, but by the time Ayra Starr comes up on “2 Sugar” you notice the lack of alignment between them.

“Deep” is a distant cousin of “Anoti”. Wizkid comes a distant third on “Slip N Slide”. A mere spectator in his song. The sweetness of “Wow” ends after Skepta’s infectious cadence. “Everyday” revolves around man’s struggle for survival. It’s an inspiring tune that sees Wizkid letting his guard down amid life issues.

Wizkid reminds me of a student who excels in mathematics but always fails in the English Language yet his fellow students egg him on with words like “English is a colonial language, do these people even understand our language”?

People have been swayed by the false narrative of Afrobeats being a genre that deals with fewer lyrics; the conversation has changed since Victony, Ruger, Omah Lay, and Bnxn stepped into the game. Their pen games are still unrivaled, not even Wizkid comes close to these young guys.

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More Love, Less Ego has made one thing clear; Wizkid has reached his plateau state, he replicated the template of Made in Lagos on this album, most of the songs are mid-tempo and explore sex while his lack of pristine lyricism is obliterated by the superb production largely provided by P2J.

Wizkid got stuck in a river of monotony on this album, beyond a few tracks, most of this track should be stuck in his hard drive. He’s not lazy, it’s just a situation of an artist who has been stuck in his comfort zone, is less inspired to try new themes, and would rather give the fans what he can offer and wait for it to grow on them.

2/5

Emmanuel Daraloye is Africa’s Most Prolific Freelance Music Critic. He has over 500 album reviews in his archive.

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