Sounds from the Other Side

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Sounds from the Other Side
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 14, 2017
Wizkid chronology
Sounds from the Other Side
Singles from Sounds from the Other Side
  1. "Daddy Yo"
    Released: December 23, 2016
  2. "Sweet Love"
    Released: March 2, 2017
  3. "Come Closer"
    Released: March 31, 2017
  4. "African Bad Gyal"
    Released: June 9, 2017
  5. "Naughty Ride"
    Released: June 23, 2017

Sounds from the Other Side (abbreviated as SFTOS) is the third studio album and major label debut by Nigerian singer Wizkid. Described as an EP by the singer, the album contains songs that were recorded between 2014 and 2017.[1] It was released on July 14, 2017, by Starboy Entertainment, RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment.[2][3] Primarily a Caribbean-influenced record, SFTOS encompasses several other genres, including Afrobeats, EDM, R&B, and house.[4] The album features guest appearances from Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, Efya, Bucie and Trey Songz.[5] Its production was handled by Sarz, Del B, Spellz, Dre Skull, DJ Mustard, Major Lazer, and the Picard Brothers.

The album was made available for purchase and online streaming on several music platforms, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer and Google Play. SFTOS debuted at number 107 on the US Billboard 200.[6] It also debuted at number 58 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album's release was preceded by three singles: "Daddy Yo" featuring Efya, "Sweet Love", and "Come Closer" featuring Drake. "African Bad Gyal" was released alongside the pre-order of the album on June 9, 2017,[7] and "Naughty Ride" was released as a promotional track on June 23, 2017.[8]

Background and recording[edit]

Sounds from the Other Side was recorded between 2014 and 2017.[1] Wizkid first announced plans for a new album during a visit to Capital Xtra in October 2014.[9] He told DJ Abrantee that the album's first single would be titled "African Bad Girl" and would feature Chris Brown.[9] The Fader magazine reported that English rapper Tinie Tempah and Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo would also be featured on the album.[10] In September 2015, Wizkid revealed that he was dropping an EP and postponing the release of his third studio album.[11] Since making this revelation, Wizkid has used the terms EP and mixtape interchangeably to refer to Sounds from the Other Side. In a video published on May 3, 2017, Wizkid told DJ Semtex he calls the album a mixtape.[12] In another interview with Ebro Darden on Beats 1 Radio, Wizkid called the album an EP.[1] Wizkid told XXL magazine he recorded "One for Me" and "Dutty Wine" with Ty Dolla Sign in Los Angeles.[13] The latter song was completed in December 2016.[13] He also said he recorded "African Bad Gyal" with Chris Brown in Los Angeles.[10] In April 2017, Wizkid told BBC News that "Come Closer" was recorded around the same time as "One Dance", but was not released because the album was not ready.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[19]

Sounds from the Other Side received generally positive reviews from critics. Writing for Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos stated: "On his own, Wizkid turns his Afropop into a meeting point for a host of party-starting dance styles, getting a dancehall assist from Major Lazer on "Naughty Ride," bringing in Chris Brown for the reggaeton-inflected "African Bad Gyal" and hooking back up with Drake for the sensual "Come Closer'", giving it three out of five stars.[19] Claire Lobenfeld of Pitchfork wrote: "Wizkid is primed to carry Afrobeats to great heights" and scored the album 7.4/10.[16] Exclaim!'s Erin Lowers writes that Sounds from the Other Side hits the mark for catchy summer anthems, and pays tribute to the sounds that have subsequently carried Afrobeats across the world for the past few years."[17] In a review for The Star newspaper, Davies Ndolo called Wizkid a "globalist" and stated that SFTOS is the singer's "most grounded and focused work yet".[20]

Reviewing for HotNewHipHop, Maxwell Cavaseno stated that Wizkid "never sounds entirely out of place" despite the album being "thwarted by the misguided nobility of a hit-seeking agenda".[21] Oluwatosin Adeshokan, a freelance journalist for YNaija, gave the album an A rating, describing it as a versatile project that marries a lot of sounds to "give a feel good vibe".[15] Joey Akan of Pulse Nigeria said that SFTOS is a "well-crafted, one-dimensional pop dance project that is all about vibes than actual substance".[22] Sabo Kpade of OkayAfrica reviewed SFTOS and concluded that it is a "true afro-fusion album, well-balanced between world conquering ambitions and the culture whence it came".[23] In a less enthusiastic review for NotJustOk, Tola Sarumi described the project as a "collection of songs that chart the artist’s travails from ‘Ojuelegba’ to now". Moreover, Sarumi stated that SFTOS lacks "an overarching sound and feel", and said the other side is "essentially the listener".[18]


Sounds from the Other Side won Best R&B/Pop Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2018.[24]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2018 24th South African Music Awards Best African Artist Album Nominated
The Headies Best R&B/Pop Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

1."Sweet Love"Ayodeji BalogunSarz3:23
2."Come Closer" (featuring Drake)
  • Balogun
  • Aubrey Graham
3."Naughty Ride" (featuring Major Lazer)
  • Balogun
  • Clement Picard
  • Maxime Picard
4."African Bad Gyal" (featuring Chris Brown)
  • Balogun
  • Christopher Brown
5."Daddy Yo" (featuring Efya)
  • Balogun
  • Jane Awindor
Dre Skull2:40
6."One for Me" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Balogun
  • Tyrone Griffin, Jr
7."Picture Perfect"BalogunSpellz2:30
8."Nobody"BalogunDel B3:49
10."All for Love" (featuring Bucie)
  • Balogun
  • Busisiwe Nqwiliso
DJ Maphorisa4:25
11."Dirty Wine" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Balogun
  • Tyrone Griffin, Jr
DJ Mustard, Twice as Nice3:01
12."Gbese" (featuring Trey Songz)
  • Balogun
  • Tremaine Neverson
Del B3:01
Total length:40:00


  • "Sweet Love" contains elements of "Shakara (Oloje)", written and performed by Fela Kuti.[23]
  • "Naughty Ride" features an interpolation of "Ride Natty Ride", performed by Bob Marley and the Wailers.[25]
  • "One for Me" contains a sample of "You're the One", written and performed by SWV. It also features background vocals by Sevyn Streeter.[23]
  • "Sexy" features background vocals by Efya, and contains a sample of Fela Kuti's "Oro di Hun".[26]


Chart (2017) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 152
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 58
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[29] 99
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 140
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 91
US Billboard 200[32] 107
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[33] 47
US World Albums (Billboard)[34] 2


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