In its list of 107 Best Songs of 2015, Fader Magazine listed Wizkid’s Ojuelegba as the 12th best song of the year, ahead of songs from the likes of Future, OMI, Andre 3000 and a hundred others.
Wizkid’s Ojuelegba has received a lot of accolades, especially after the singer got Drake to feature on a remix, but Fader says Wizkid did not need Drake for the song to be better.
The magazine wrote,
“Let’s get what we all already know out of the way: Drake hopped on this song from Nigerian artist Wizkid for a remix, generously making the song more famous (at least in America) than it might’ve been on its own in 2015. But let me state this clearly and definitively: the song never needed him. No matter the celebrity, you can’t improve on perfection, even if the Skepta verse that accompanied Drake’s on the remix was pretty great. No, “Ojuelegba” is best on its own, a graceful slice of rhythm that does not need cultural translation. Like Popcaan’s “Everything Nice,” the iconic global jam from last summer, it has a message of grace, thankfulness, and happy perseverance that resonates in every home. And that beat? It’s got a shoulder-shrugging momentum so joyful, how could it not have wound its way all over the world? —Alex Frank”
Except his sophomore album as a whole, Wizkid has been winning this year gaining recognition from the international music industry without having to serve up cash like his counterparts. He was recently featured by R. Kelly off the legendary R&B’s singer’s thirteenth studio album, The Buffet.