Wizkid features in the October issue of American international monthly style and entertainment magazine GQ.
In the profile feature, Wiz discuses his childhood, journey into music and the methods that have served him well during this adventure. An African icon and living legend, Wiz grew up in Surulere and Ojuelegba areas of Lagos metropolis.
Administered over the phone from Wizkid’s mansion in Accra, details from the interview sheds light his formative years, the Glorious Five band he formed with his friends that first gave him a taste of professional singing and song writing.
“By age 11, he had formed a band—Glorious Five—with friends from his Pentecostal church, who, like him, were more into rap and R&B than spiritual hymns. Glorious Five pressed up a seven-track EP and sold enough copies to put some money in young Wiz’s pocket,” as written in the interview.
Other touchpoints from the chat include how Wizkid became global face of Afro music and the feature that earned him a Grammy award- Brown Skin Girl.
“In the 2010s, that Black Atlantic wave became a global phenomenon, and Wizkid was the scene’s standard-bearer—a position only solidified when he collaborated with Drake on “One Dance,” which became the most-streamed song in the world,” GQ writes.
“By the time Beyoncé released her Black Is King visual album for Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King, there was only one artist she could have called to provide the proper Afro-diasporic stamp of approval on “Brown Skin Girl.”
“You know, I’ve known Tems…I can’t even actually remember how we met, but I know I brought her out for one of my shows in Lagos. We had talked about working and I went back home to record, Wizkid, speaking about his globetrotting record ‘Esence’.”
“She came through to the hotel and we laid down the idea. It was just effortless. Just lay down the melodies, and she didn’t even think anything of it. She felt like we had to do another record, but I already knew we had magic.”
The feature closed with Wiz talking about his love for fresh and upcoming musicians, collaborations and what it means to evolve from Wizkid, to Star Boy and now Big Wiz.