Oluwaseyi Akerele is better known as Shizzi in the Nigerian music industry and beyond. Shizzi is a platinum-certified Nigerian record producer, DJ, and composer. He began as a church drummer before becoming well-known for producing Davido’s 2011 single “Dami Duro” and six other songs on the singer’s debut album, Omo Baba Olowo (2012).
Early Life and Education
Shizzi was born on December 3rd, 1984 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He had his education in Oyo State before deciding to move to Lagos State in order to grow his music career.
Career Debut (2009–2015)
Shizzi began her career as a drummer in the church. He was recognized for his contributions to Davido’s 2011 hit “Dami Duro,” and he produced six songs for the singer’s self-titled debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo” (2012). He produced “Love My Baby,” a song from Wizkid’s debut studio album, “Superstar,” (2011). He is best known for writing the songs “Skelewu” and “Gobe.” He was also in charge of producing Wande Coal’s divisive songs “Baby Face” and “Go Low.” Shizzi has worked with Chris Brown, Harrysong, OD Woods, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, Wande Coal, Wizkid, D’Prince, May D, Danagog, Emmy Gee, Skuki, DaBaby, and Fireboy DML.
In 2013, he worked with Uhuru and DJ Maphorisa on the production of Davido’s “Tchelete.” On June 26, 2014, Shizzi collaborated with Davido, Tiwa Savage, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, Mi Casa, and others to create the song for MultiChoice’s Africa Rising Campaign. He revealed his hit-making secrets to Davido at the NEC Live Seminar in 2015.
Breakthrough Season (2016-19)
In 2016, he signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a record producer and songwriter. Shizzi announced his record label and management company, Magic Fingers, after Teni’s single “Amen” was formally released on December 23, 2016. In 2019, he appeared in a documentary for Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack CD. In the documentary, which aired on ABC on September 16th, he discussed recording songs for the album.
Deals and Feud (2020–present)
In 2020, he collaborated with Sarz for a 2-hour Instagram live broadcast session titled “The Battle of Hits.” On the show, they performed some unreleased songs as well as their greatest hits. Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Wizkid, Don Jazzy, Davido, Spinall, Kel-P, and Tiwa Savage were among the notable attendees who participated in the live session. Shizzi responded to Teni’s 2021 tweet about leaving his imprint after using him to rise to fame without acknowledging his influence on her career.
“As of late2021, SonyATV said they were going to let him go only if Efe Ogbeni agreed with the terms of contract termination,” he tweeted, “but his ex-manager, Efe Ogbeni, declined.” He announced the termination of his six-year publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing on April 27, 2022. Shizzi also stated in his statement that “his deal with Sony ATV was an unfavorable transaction because Ogbeni never allowed him to appoint his own counsel to fairly examine the contract back in 2016.”
Shizzi lives a decent and secluded life and only posts on his social media page periodically about work life. He is reportedly single and not known to be in any serious relationships.
Shizzi accused “Tunde Ednut” and “Masterkraft” of stealing his instrumental on January 16, 2016, to use in the production of his song “Kosowo,” which Masterkraft produced. He also responded to Teni’s tweet in 2021, accusing her of failing to acknowledge his influence on her music career after she left his record label.
As Lead Artist
- “Maria” (featuring Jay Moore and L.A.X)
- 2018 “Wasted” (with Ceeza Milli)
- 2019 “Aye Kan” (with Teni & Mayorkun)
- “All Over You” (with Wale Kwame, Davido, and Kwesi Arthur)
As Featured artist
- 2016 “Show You Off” (featuring Shizzi and Walshy Fire)
- “Ekaette”(Maye Hunta featuring Igho, 2009).
- Mayefestation, 2010
- “Love My Baby” (Wizkid), 2011
- Superstar, 2011
- “Dami Duro” (Davido featuring Sina Rambo)
- “Overseas” (Davido featuring Sina Rambo) 2012
- “Angel in This World” (Wande Coal)
- “Constantly” (Wande Coal)
- “Taiye Kehinde” (Harrysong)
- “Ekuro” (Davido)
- “Gbagaun” (IllRymz)
- Licenced to Ill, 2013
- “Nek-Unek” (MC Galaxy featuring Davido), 2013
- Breakthrough, 2015
- “Daddy Mi” (Reminisce featuring Davido)
- Alaga Ibile, 2014.
- “Insane Girl” (B-Red)
- “Baby Face” (Wande Coal)
- “Show You Off” (Wurld featuring Shizzi and Walshy Fire)
- Love Is Contagious, 2019
- “Love Me Je Je” (Seyi Sodimu featuring K. Michelle)
- “All Over You” (Wale Kwame, Shizzi, Kwesi Arthur)
- “Blow My Mind” (featuring Chris Brown)
- A Good Time 22 November 2019
- “Peru” (Fireboy DML) 2021 TBA
- “Peru” (Fireboy, DML, and Ed Sheeran)
Awards & Nominations
|Year||Awards ceremony||Award description(s)||Results|
|2012||The Headies||Producer of the Year||Nominated|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Music Producer of the Year|
|2013||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Music Producer of the Year||Nominated|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Music Producer of the Year||Won|
|The Beatz Awards||Best Afro Hip Hop Producer|
|Best Afro Dancehall Producer|
|2016||The Beatz Awards||Best Afro Hip Hop Producer||Nominated|
|2019||The Beatz Awards||Afro Pop Producer of the Year||Nominated|
|2021||African Entertainment Awards USA||Producer of the Year||Nominated|
He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.