I came across this and thought to share with everyone as it emphatically reflects my very thoughts on the album. Read below and enjoy;
Producers: Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Spellz, Legendary Beatz, Del B, Dr Frabz, Maleek Berry
Features: Femi Kuti, Akon, Seyi Shay, Banky W, Phyno, Tyga, Wale,LAX
Total Running time: 71 Mins
On a more pressing note, have you listened to In My Bed? If not sharply download it HERE It comes thumping in, just after Wizkid is done demanding if you are going to dance at the sight of his economic power on Show me the money.
This starts the ‘’Ayo’’ experience, and signifies number 1, out of the 5 Wicked Wizkid facts revealed on the album.
Wicked Truth 1: Wizkid + any beat= SLAY!!!!
Ayo is an ocean wave of varied beats, and Wizkid is surfing through like he presented the vocals, and the producers engineered sounds to match. There is tact in his sounds that seem to slide with every angle of an instrumental.
In My Bed, In Love and Omalicha are precise examples, but a remarkable point is on One Question with Yemi Sax. Now if there is such a thing as a typical Wizkid song, this may not fall under the category, due to the sound of the sax, but he came on,and he owned it.
He possessed the rhythm and fused with his usual delivery, which is why as different as the song is from Show me the money, he still found a way to ask a girl ‘’Are you gonna dance’’?
By the 3:01 mark, he becomes a vocal conductor, commanding the guitar, the drums, the bass, while the instrumentals follow obediently.
Drop Wizkid in the middle of a gun fight and he can lace vocals to match the bangs and booms all over. If it’s recorded, a DJ might spin it.
Wicked Truth 2: What he lacks in song writing, he makes up for in rhythm riding
Of course an album with money and girls as 80% of its content may not need super intelligent penmanship, but there are areas where the recycled lyrics were avoidably flawed.
Example 1: On Joy for instance, there are heart warming expressions of gratitude and grace, but they don’t align perfectly in rhyme, or in any identifiable structure.
Example 2: On Show me the money after ‘’Lagos to Dubai……Jo’Burg to Mumbai’’ He ends the verse with ‘’na Wizzy music they want to dance to’’ There should have at least been a rhyme here.
Example 3: On For You, dragging the point of ‘’See wetin yooour love dey doooo oh, and Ogogoro dey high pass pami oh’’ sounds like stretched vowels in place of actual expressions. Some words could have filled those holes.
Why these flaws may go unnoticed however are as follows;
The lyrics are plain, and driven in fine rhythm that will cause one effect, they will stick.
The song Ojuelegba for example sounds like it can become anthem for people in that actual area of Lagos, Nigeria, since they can relate to the story telling theme of Wiz’s lyrics.
The beat of Ojuelegba and Mummy Mi are very traditional. They are alive with that core African energy, while the lyrics reach out to people in the hood for Ojuelegba, and loving mothers for Mummy Mi
Wicked Truth 3: The Producers on this album are beasts!
Maybe he threatened the lives of his producers in demand for their best, or maybe they just love Wizkid. Either way, It’s a stampede of feel good music from track 1- 19. It is safe to say that Wizkid has released a multi-purpose and multi-mood line up of jams, because the beat makers geared up and went to town. The whole album is structured to be bumped to indiscriminately.
Here’s a list of the producers and their roles.
Sarz- Came nice on Jaiye Jaiye, brought an electric charge on Ki Lo Fe
Shizzi- Davido’s go-to beat maker continues his winning streak. Who do you think brought the justification behind the demand ‘’Are you gonna dance’’?
Uhuru- Lost his mind on In My Bed, and still hadn’t found it on For You (Though strangely, a signature beat is slightly heard here)
Spellz- Dropped a good beat on Mummy Mi, and then a bomb on the international sounding In Love
Legendary Beatz- Distinct sound on Ojuelegba, banging ones on Dutty Wine and Omalicha. And of course you know what happened on ‘Caro‘!
Del B- Almost memorable on Kind Love, but made a hit on On top your matter
Dr Frabz-Wreaked havoc on Bombay, experimented on One Question and subtled out on Joy
Maleek Berry- Did drum damage on Murder, wired with explosives and a detonator!!
Wicked Truth 4: Some Extra Info to utilize as you see fit.
Phyno was a total savage on Bombay
Wiz’s friends behaved themselves. Every feature nailed their bit. Tyga could have been more life changing but the verse was suitable, while Wale won us over with the Jollof line.
There are 14 songs talking about girls
We loved the line ‘’Make you chop my money, I no mind……na God give me’’
Wicked Truth 5: Wizkid says the word ”Starboy” a total of 4 times and ‘’Yaaga’’ 6 times through the album…….Of course I counted!
Whatever the criticism on the depth of his lyrical content , it is near impossible to fault Wizkid on his mastery of rhythm and his understanding of the audience he plays to. His eponymously titled album ‘AYO’ Wizkid reminds us why he has earned our respect and why he continues to rule over the realm of sound, money and girls.
Verdict: We rate this album A for ‘Are you go-na dance oh, if you pay for the album?’ Don’t answer that, you probably will. Lobatan!