Ayo (Wizkid album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ayo
WIzid - Ayọ (Joy) album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 2014
Recorded2012–2014
Genre
Length71:00
Label
Producer
Wizkid chronology
Empire Mates State of Mind
(2012)
Ayo
(2014)
Sounds from the Other Side
(2017)
Singles from Ayo
  1. "Jaiye Jaiye"
    Released: May 2, 2013
  2. "On Top Your Matter"
    Released: October 25, 2013
  3. "One Question"
    Released: February 14, 2014
  4. "Joy"
    Released: June 9, 2014
  5. "Bombay"
    Released: June 9, 2014
  6. "Show You The Money"
    Released: July 16, 2014

Ayo (Yoruba: Joy) is the self-titled second studio album by Nigerian singer Wizkid. It was released on September 17, 2014, by Starboy Entertainment and Empire Mates Entertainment.[1] It is the follow-up to his debut album Superstar (2011). The long-awaited album was postponed twice due to difficulty in track selection.[2] Preceding the album's release were six singles: "Jaiye Jaiye", "On Top Your Matter", "One Question", "Joy", "Bombay" and "Show You The Money". Wizkid enlisted Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Dokta Frabz, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz and Spellz to produce the album. Ayo features guest appearances from Femi Kuti, Seyi Shay, Yemi Sax, Akon, Banky W., Phyno, Tyga and Wale. It received mixed reviews from music critics, who had a difference of opinion about the album. Some critics commended its production, song arrangement, and sound quality, while others panned its lyrics.

Background and development[edit]

Wizkid started recording Ayo after the release of the compilation album Empire Mates State of Mind (2012). The album was initially meant to be a mixtape. In an interview with MTV's The Wrap Up, Wizkid said the mixtape would include production and guest vocals from Rodney Rhymez, Maleek Berry and Wale.[3] Wizkid later told Ok!Nigeria TV the mixtape would feature Tinie Tempah and would be released in April 2013.[4] Wizkid announced on Twitter he would release the mixtape after he released an album in June.[5] That same month, he posted a picture on Instagram revealing most of the album's track list.[6] The photo revealed features with Femi Kuti, Efya, Don Jazzy, Seyi Shay and Banky W..[7]

In October 2013, Banky W. revealed the album's initial title and told HipTV the album would be titled Chosen.[8] In December 2013, Wizkid spoke to iCR8Media about the album and said he worked with producers such as Don Jazzy, Dokta Frabz, Legendury Beatz, Maleek Berry, Spellz and Sarz. He also said he collaborated with Olamide, Efya, Seyi Shay, Shaydee, Banky W., L.A.X and Dammy Krane.[9] In May 2014, Wizkid told the website Fuse the album would drop on June 12, 2014, a day that acknowledges the annulled 1993 Nigerian presidential election. Moreover, he said the album would be self-titled Ayo, meaning Joy.[10] On September 6, 2013, Wizkid unveiled the album's official cover and track list on Instagram. A week earlier, he told Olisa Adibua the album would be his last body of work under Empire Mates Entertainment.[11][12]

Promotion[edit]

Wizkid promoted the album by releasing several promotional singles and headlining a few concerts. On July 29, 2013, he released his first ever collaborative single with Wale, titled "Drop". The song was produced by Legendury Beatz.[13] Wizkid's second collaborative single with Wale, titled "Nobody But You", was released on October 24, 2013. The song was produced by Maleek Berry.[14] On December 17, 2013, Wizkid premiered the Legendury Beatz-produced track "Eledumare", which was performed at the 2013 Felabration concert.[15] On March 24, 2014, MTV Base reported that Wizkid was invited as a special guest for some shows in Tinie Tempah's tour of the UK in 2014.[16]

Singles[edit]

The Femi Kuti-assisted track "Jaiye Jaiye" was released on May 2, 2013, as the album's lead single. The song was produced by Sarz and mastered by Foster Zeeno.[17][18] The music video for "Jaiye Jaiye" was shot and directed in Lagos by Sesan.[19]

The album's second single "On Top Your Matter" was released on October 25, 2013, in celebration of Valentine's Day.[20] The accompanying music video for "On Top Your Matter" was shot and directed in Johannesburg by Sesan.[21] The album's third single "One Question" was released on February 14, 2014. It features a saxophone riff by Yemi Sax and was produced by Dokta Frabz.[22] Wizkid performed the song for BBC's Destination Africa in March 2014.

On June 9, 2014, "Joy" and "Bombay" were released simultaneously as the album's fourth and fifth singles. Both songs were produced by Dokta Frabz. Wizkid performed a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers' "No Woman, No Cry" at Koga Studios for BBC's Destination Africa and merged "Joy" with the cover.[23] On June 13, 2014, the music video for "Bombay" was released to YouTube at a total length of 3 minutes and 23 seconds.[24]

On July 16, 2014, the Shizzi-produced track "Show You the Money" was released as the album's sixth single. Its music video was directed by Patrick Elis and features cameo appearances from Ehiz and Dokta Frabz. Lekan Oladimeji of P.M. News awarded the video 6.5 stars out of 10, stating: "though a video that lacks a sense of direction, low creativity and could have been achieved with next to no technical know how, it remains a video you might want to see time and over again as there’s always something to smile about."[25]

Bonus song and other releases[edit]

The Legendury Beatz-produced track "Caro" was added to the album as a bonus; the song features vocals by Wizkid and L.A.X. The music video for "Caro" was directed in London by Moe Musa and uploaded to YouTube on August 20, 2013.[26] "Caro" was nominated for Hottest Single of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and for Song of the Year at the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards.[27][28] On September 22, 2014, Wizkid released the Soto Jose-directed music video for "In My Bed".[29] The following month, "In My Bed" charted at number five on The Tide's list of the Top 10 Songs of the Week.[30] The music video for "Ojuelegba" was released on January 5, 2015. It was shot and directed in Lagos by Clarence Peters.[31]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
LobatanA[32]
Nigerian Entertainment Today3.5/5 stars
TooXclusive2/5 stars
NotJustOk4.5/10

Ayo received generally mixed reviews from music critics and consumers. Oscar Okeke of Lobatan awarded the album an A rating, concluding: "His eponymously album reminds us why he has earned our respect and why he continues to rule over the realm of sound, money and girls."[32] Tola Sarumi of NotJustOk assigned a rating of 4.5 out of 10, criticizing it for relying profoundly on the popularity of previously released content.[33] The duo at Should You Bump This characterized the album as lacking direction and described it as a "sack of undiluted disappointment."[34] Jim Donnett of TooXclusive gave the album 2 stars out of 5, calling it "weak".[35]

Ayomide Tayo of Nigerian Entertainment Today awarded the album 3 stars out of 5, concluding: "On Ayo (Joy), Wizkid shows that he either doesn't have what it fully takes to make creative gambles for an artiste of his calibre or he is pretty much comfortable in flogging a dead horse until it has no more skin or flesh."[36] Also reviewing for Nigerian Entertainment Today, Dayo Showemimo granted the album 3.5 stars out of 5, stating: "Wizkid remains the same old Wizkid we all know on this album, the style of singing is the same, no wow factor, no climax, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing spectacular in Wizkid’s delivery."[37] Rolling Stone magazine included the album on its list of the "15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2014", and stated that Wizkid "uses deft, nimble flows to glide over complex beats and he writes hooks that will keep you humming for weeks."[38][39]

Accolades[edit]

Ayo won Best R&B/Pop Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2015.[40][41] The album was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[42]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2015 The Headies Best R&B/Pop Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Jaiye Jaiye" (featuring Femi Kuti)Ayodeji BalogunSarz4:06
2."Show You The Money"BalogunShizzi3:11
3."In My Bed"BalogunUhuru3:50
4."Mummy Mi"BalogunSpellz3:17
5."Ojuelegba"BalogunLegendury Beatz3:36
6."Kind Love"BalogunDel B3:51
7."On Top Your Matter"BalogunDel B4:44
8."In Love" (featuring Seyi Shay)
  • Balogun
  • Deborah Joshua
Spellz3:21
9."For You" (featuring Akon)
  • Balogun
  • Aliaune Thiam
Uhuru3:57
10."Dutty Whine" (featuring Banky W.)
  • Balogun
  • Banky Wellington
Legendury Beatz4:13
11."Kilofe"BalogunSarz2:29
12."Omalicha"BalogunLegendury Beatz3:22
13."Bombay" (featuring Phyno)
  • Balogun
  • Azubuike Nelson
Dokta Frabz3:20
14."One Question" (featuring Yemi Sax)BalogunDokta Frabz4:55
15."Celebrate"BalogunShizzi3:34
16."Show You The Money" (remix; featuring Tyga)
  • Balogun
  • Michael Nguyen-Stevenson
Shizzi4:13
17."Murder" (featuring Wale)
  • Balogun
  • Olubowale Akintimehin
Maleek Berry4:02
18."Joy"BalogunDokta Frabz3:15

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the back cover of Ayo

  • Ayodeji Balogun – main artist, executive producer, writer, performer
  • Segun Demuren – executive producer
  • Banky Wellington – executive producer, featured artist, writer
  • Osaretin "Sarz" Osabuohien – producer
  • Sheyi "Shizzi" Akerele – producer
  • Uhuru – producer
  • Del B – producer
  • Dokta Frabz – producer
  • Maleek Berry – producer
  • Legendury Beatz – producer
  • Ben'Jamin "Spellz" Obadje – producer
  • Femi Kuti – featured artist
  • Yemi Sax – featured artist
  • Deborah Joshua – featured artist, writer
  • Aliaune Thiam – featured artist, writer
  • Azubuike Nelson – featured artist, writer
  • Michael Nguyen-Stevenson – featured artist, writer
  • Olubowale Akintimehin – featured artist, writer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version Format Label
  • Various
September 17, 2014 Standard

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ayo by Wizkid". iTunes.apple.com. iTunes. 17 September 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ Alawode, Abisola (27 June 2014). "When Will WizKid Release Another Album?". Leadership Newspaper. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Interview: Wizkid". MTV.co.uk. 14 February 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^ Onos, O (19 March 2013). "It's Your Boy, Wizzy! Watch Wizkid's Exclusive Interview with OK! Nigeria TV at Disturbing London HQ". Bellanaija. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Wizkid to drop New Album on June 12". Premium Times. 9 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Wizkid reveals album details". MTV Base. 26 June 2013. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ Morgan, Femi (29 June 2013). "Wizkid reveals album tracklist". DStv. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  8. ^ "The album is on the way!". MTV Base. 3 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  9. ^ "VIDEO: iCR8Media Meets Wizkid". Jaguda. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Wizkid's Self-titled Album 'AYO' To Drop June 12, 2014 + Signs New Deal With Hennessy". Fuse. 15 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  11. ^ Opeoluwani, Akintayo (6 September 2014). "Wizkid's EME Last Album Is Out: See!". Daily Times of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  12. ^ Akan, Joey (2 September 2014). "Wizkid To Release 3 Music Compilations In 2 Years". Pulse. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  13. ^ Goddard, Kevin (29 July 2013). "Wizkid - Drop Feat. Wale". Hot New Hip Hop. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Wizkid – Nobody But You Ft. Wale". NotjustOK. 24 October 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  15. ^ Bey, Audu. "Wizkid 'Eledumare'". Okay Africa. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Tinie invites Wiz as guess for his London shows". MTV Base. 24 March 2014. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  17. ^ "New Music: WizKid – Jaiye Jaiye ft. Femi Kuti". Jaguda. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  18. ^ "360Recommends: Wizkid – Jaiye Jaiye ft Femi Kuti". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Wizkid Drops 'Jaiye Jaiye' Video Featuring Femi Kuti". ChannelsTV. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Wizkid – On Top Your Matter (Prod. Del'B)". NotjustOk. 25 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  21. ^ Klein, Alyssa (14 February 2014). "Watch Wizkid's Joburg Love Video For 'On Top Your Matter'". Okay Africa. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  22. ^ "New Music: Wizkid Feat. Yemi Sax – One Question". Bellanaija. 14 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  23. ^ Roberts-Mensah, Jacob (24 March 2014). "Wizkid Performs 'Joy/No Woman No Cry' On BBC Radio 1Xtra's Live Lounge". Okay Africa. Archived from the original on 27 June 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Download Two New Wizkid Tracks 'Joy' + 'Bombay ft. Phyno'". Okay Africa. 10 June 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  25. ^ Oladimeji, Lekan (16 August 2014). "Show You The Money — Wizkid". P.M. News. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  26. ^ ""I Want To Spend All My Pepper"/Watch Star Boy Feat. L.A.X. & Wizkid – Caro". BellaNaija. 20 August 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  27. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  28. ^ "See Nominees for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2014". Bellanaija. 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  29. ^ "New Video: Wizkid – In My Bed". Bellanaija. 23 September 2014. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  30. ^ "Top 10 Songs Of The Week". The Tide. Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Rivers State Newspaper Corporation. 17 October 2014. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  31. ^ "Wizkid Releases The Visuals For 'Ojuelegba'". OkayAfrica. 6 January 2015. Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  32. ^ a b Okeke, Oscar (22 September 2014). "The 5 Wicked truths about Wizkid's AYO: Album Review". Lobatan. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  33. ^ "Album Review: Wizkid – Ayo". NotJustOk. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  34. ^ "Should You Bump This – Music Review: Wizkid – Ayo (Joy)". BellaNaija. 25 September 2014. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  35. ^ Donnett, Jim (29 September 2014). "ALBUM REVIEW: Wizkid – AYO (Joy)". TooXclusive. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  36. ^ Tayo, Ayomide (29 September 2014). "Wizkid's second album delivers little 'Joy'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  37. ^ Showemimo, Dayo (27 September 2014). "Wizkid 'The predictable kid' [Album Review]". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  38. ^ Egbejule, Eromo (21 May 2017). "How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  39. ^ "15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2014". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  40. ^ Adeleke, Shayo (30 September 2015). "The Headies Awards 2015– Full Nominees List". 36NG. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  41. ^ Abulude, Samuel (6 January 2016). "Olamide, Timi Dakolo, YCee Win Big At HEADIES 2015". Leadership Newspaper. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  42. ^ "The Nigeria Entertainment Awards Announce 2015 Nominees". OkayAfrica. Archived from the original on 3 June 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.