Nigerian-American rapper, Wale, has expressed his admiration over the musical dexterity of his countrymen, Davido, Wizkid and Olamide, by stating that he is proud of them.
Wale was interviewed on American radio station, Hot 97, where he talked about the good music quality of Nigerian artistes and how he tried to get Wizkid signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label.
“I’m proud of Davido and Wizkid, and Olamide”.
“There’s a lot of dope artistes coming out of there. I know it was going to get there, because Nigeria’s got like a whole 60% of the swag in Africa come from Nigeria, and I have always known Wizkid.”
“I remember bringing the idea of signing Wizkid to Roc Nation, to the guys over here like early on…but that was way before his time, but I knew what it was gonna be.”
“There’s so much money there, as far as like Dubai, London and all of that, I knew it was going to get there.”
“I got one with Wizkid with Diplo, I’ve got like seven songs with Wizkid on the internet. But again, it was before this. Like again, If I had held on to him and put him on, it would have been a different story.”
Wale made comments about Drake’s “Controlla” song, which according to him, had a lot of Wizkid’s influence in it.
He mentioned that the lyrical content of the song were something you will find in a Wizkid kind of song.
“It sounds like a Wizkid song…The lyrics, everything. That’s just my opinion. I mean, he’s a phenomenal writer, performer and whatever, but I just feel like he sounds like Wizkid,”
“I’m not making no allegations, but I do feel like he had a lot of influence on ‘Controlla’. I mean I know Wizkid catalogue, he just sounds like the lyrics and everything.”
“Something about ‘She wanna take my money and…’ Wizkid said that. Like ‘Take my money or have nmy money, it’s like Wizkid’s Hennessy or Enemies for 2pac.”
“That’s Wizkid’s vibe. That’s his vibe. Like she wants my money, or I’ll give you my money, or dance for my money, that’s big talk in Nigeria.