With the break through ofWizKid on Drake’s One Dance, the buzz about WizKid and Nigerian music overall has been crazy. It worked like a fairy tale really. From Drake dropping a verse on Ojuelegba, to Drake recruiting WizKid to hop on his song. Now we’re not talk about paying XYZ American artist $40k to spit a verse on your record, we’re talking an actual collabo on a record that targeted internationally. A song that can be on iTunes, billboard and have metrics attached to it.
I’m not here arguing whether or not getting on an international is needed or not. It’s clear from WizKid being on Drake’s record that hitting international standards is what is the gold ticket for many artists.
This goes without saying really. Davido and WizKid have had this friendly (that hasn’t been so friendly) rivalry going for the past few years, and so if WizKid can hop on a record with Drake that hits #1 on Billboard, we’re guessing Davido should be able to do that same. Signing with Sony BMG is the ultimate sign that Davido could very well be on that path. Plus he’s had records with Meek Mill and Trey Songz already. Davido and Rihanna maybe?
If we were to go based on pure talent, then there’s no doubt that Praiz will be the one. His singing ability can rival most artists out in the world, and you know all it will take is for the right A list star to find him and put him on, and it’ll be a wrap. His showing on Obie Trice’s record was dope, now we just need to aim higher.. much higher.
Say what you will about Yemi Alade’s Mama Africa style and album, she’s still one of the hottest female acts in Africa right now. Her 2nd consecutive BET Award nomination can attest to that. She is very talented vocally also, and with the wave of Afro-Pop beginning to sweep the international scene, you just never know whose record she’ll appear on. Beyonce? You know she loves an African touch.
You can say Tiwa Savage is something like the equivalent of a Beyonce in Nigeria. Truth be told she’s the #1 female pop star, and it only makes sense that oif a female pop star is to break out big time internationally, it be Tiwa Savage. She can definitely kill a hook a Drake track, or maybe even Bey.
You can argue all you want on whether Reminisce is the best rapper in Nigeria or not, but what I will say for sure (IMO of course) is that Reminisce is the Nigerian rapper with the best international appeal. There’s a reason why he was the one featured in Time Magazine last year, and is one of a few Nigerian artists to hit the billboard world album chart.