Why a Starboy and OBO collaboration might be a bad idea
Unless these two can tap into a frequency where they can connect, the single that we all wish for might turn out to be wack.
But although that hasn’t happened, the anticipation for such a single still exists. Wizkid and Davido have moved far from the fighting rivals that they were. After their reconciliation in December 2017, they have transitioned from the divisiveness that have soiled much of their time last year, and everyone isn’t just expecting peace, many want a collaboration.
I’m not looking forward to that project becoming a reality. Wizkid and Davido might not have skills compatible enough to make a great record to justify these years of wishing for it. When artists come together to make a single together, they are supposed to create harmony by ensuring that their styles work for them. They aren’t just throwing their talents together, for a collaboration this big, there has to be perfection. It’s all or nothing.
Differences In Craftmanship
Wizkid and Davido are two different artists produced by different walks of life. Their path to success has been markedly different. And although the outcome of their efforts have been interesting to see, they still remain two extremely different folks, and hitting the studio with that pressure might not result in the jam that we all want. It might be a monumental catastrophe. Their music deal in similar themes, but their approach is different.
Wizkid is that guy in school that everyone wants to hang with because he is extremely talented. The skill, charisma and drive is exemplary for everyone to see. When he makes music, he approaches it from thousands of ways. While the end-product is almost certainly a pop song, you could find deeper layers in everything he does, and there’s also the promise of him applying that skill somewhere else. He is at his best when he is freestyling, just making music for the sake of it, and exercising his muscles just because a beat is in the background. People see that, and they recognise him for it.
Davido’s ability is more complex. While his passion for making music is contagious, he does appear to be a communal effort. Making music for Davido is all about strategy than talent; where does he seek his next hit song? Which artist can write his next jam? Can a trend be ridden to success? His music making process feels like the product of a sales pitch, where a lot of hands come together to make a dope product for sale.
Nothing about Davido feels organic. When you dig deep into his biggest songs, nothing is ever straightforward. There are always third parties involved in it, or an inspiration that comes from without, which involved acquisition with money. He has a complex process to arriving at his music, and it works for him.
Bringing Wizkid and Davido on a record is to find the perfect spot to make their difference work. How do you integrate their two worlds in a way that doesn’t seem forced and gritty? There’s also the difference of ego. Throw Wizkid and Davido in a room, and the atmosphere is already charged up due to their starched ego.
They might ‘love’ themselves, now, but they are still rivals. They have never worked together, or made music on which they have appeared as guests. The only creative connection between their music is the producer Shizzi. He has history with working with both acts. Perhaps he might find a balance where they might make their best music, but that is uncertain probability.
Unless these two can tap into a frequency where they can connect, the single that we all wish for might turn out to be wack. It might be a disappointing blank, rather than the sonic phenomenon we dream about. I would rather have my dreams, than a reality that doesn’t measure up to it.
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