WizKid is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who has become one of the most popular and successful artists in the African music scene. Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun in 1990, WizKid began his career as a member of the group Glorious Five before launching his solo career in 2010 with the release of his debut single “Holla at Your Boy.” Since then, he has released several critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including “Sounds from the Other Side” and “Made in Lagos,” and has collaborated with several high-profile artists, including Drake, Skepta in, and Beyoncé.
In “MLLE,” Wizkid wishes to repeat the musicality of ‘MIL’ using similar sonic templates, steady flowing melody, top production, and rich features while discussing the stress-free, wealthy, and indulgent lifestyle of a superstar. The title, “More Love, Less Ego,” suggests an album that wishes to spread love and cut back on the “ego” tendencies of a global star; the content, however, offers a sometimes romantic but primarily sexual type of love.
The album opens with the solo tempo song “Money and Love.” In this track, he sings about having a pocket full of money and a heart full of love. The theme comes with a usual hip-hop traits as Wizkid brags about his sexual prowess. He also takes a subtle swipe at the budding singer BNXN and Jamaican music icon Buju Banton. This is hands down the catchiest Wizkid album intro ever.
“Balance” is arguably the album’s most confidently expressive record. It gives a cheesy welcome beat that makes you whine your waist. It’s carefully blended with a good saxophone sound that offers the best “goodnight-whine” feeling. Big Wiz does his thing as he speaks to his girl and reminds her how important her love is to him and why he wants to stay.
“Bad to me” is packed with sexual innuendos. Big Wiz sings about an addictive kind of love that makes him return for more. Bad to me is definitely the party jam. From the intro to the pre-chorus to the chorus, all you get is the club’s energy—it utilizes Amapiano style, soft-rolling beats, and chant-like vocals.
“2 sugar” is about fighting demons and putting out “the right energy.” Ayra Starr always has her way of owning the beat with her vocals, and she did exactly that on this track. The direction of Ayra weighs the importance of one’s mental health as one carves a life. She came in with “don’t stress me” vibes with her smooth flow, and Wizkid complimented her energy perfectly.
With a Maya Angelou speech, where love and ego are differentiated, will welcome you to the warm side of the album. “Everyday” is that song you would want to play repeatedly. He assures that even though there can’t be a complete comedy to his problems, he always finds a reason to be grateful and happy and to play. “Everyday” obviously fulfills the role of “Blessed” on this project.
On “Slip N Slide,” Wizkid shows his “Bad-Boy lover” side. He is always known for fusing Raggae with Afrobeats, and he did just that with two of Jamaican hottest, Skillibeng and Shenseea. Shenseea stands out for her melody and delivery. Slip N Slide is beyond a love song. As the name implies, the theme is packed with sex-related lyrics. The whispering lyrics, sensual melody, and delicately bouncy beat for an atmosphere that evokes volcanic sexual feelings in listeners.
Wizkid showcases how he can be melodious effortlessly on “Deep.” It’s on a silky, smooth, open, and romantic tune. Wizkid, not precisely desirous of love, is honest about wanting to do nasty and not the nasty alone with his love interest over a rhythm with a wicked tempo and seductive feel that would definitely have the ladies swooning. This track has a captivating hook and catchy lyrics you’ll adore. It comes with a relaxed and sweet vibe.
“Flower pads” has an insane reply value, mesmerizing chorus, and a passionate outro—the holla drums of rumba music blends with riffs and a sprinkling of Spanish for an exotic sound.
“Wow,” which features Nigerian singer Naira Marley and Skepta, is all about stunting in the club. It has some glibs, which makes it so catchy. Naira opening Wow makes it sound like a hit already, especially with his solemn vocals and the manner in which he indicates he wants to have a sexual relationship with a lady. Wow, spots a slick, stop-motion bounce and finds Wizkid eagerly securing a one-night stand.
“Pressure” has an addictive chorus. It’s one of these songs people will always want to fall back to after listening to MLLE. Wizkid delivers what I consider his best melody and flow on the album.
The club banger “Plenty loving” reconstructs the familiar soundscape of Amapiano. The upbeat tempo is polished with whistling vocals samples, allowing his vocals to reign freely.
“Special” is an incredibly gratifying track. Don Toliver and Wizkid with their soulful and subtle vocals, informs the women in their different relationships about how their bodies makes them go crazy. Toliver’s heartfelt hook is reminiscent of Tay Iwar’s contribution to “True Love.”
A delicate touch of a closer “Frames (who’s gonna know)” production captivates you with a sound that feels ethnic, sunny, vibrant, and upbeat. Wizkid uses a soothing voice performance to reassure his woman that he is fully committed to her happiness. Overall, “Frames” is the most excellent song on this album. He really did save the best for the last.
Wizkid’s More Love Less Ego thrives on Wizkid’s soulful and impressive delivery combined with his vocals which makes the songs so musical. Meanwhile, the lack of creativity on the album is far from the artistic development expected from Wikzid’s Fifth Studio album. While the sound engineering is resounding, listeners would expect no less from a Grammy-award-winning Afrobeats superstar.
Listen to More Love Less Ego here: MLLE