With burgeoning interest being directed towards African music and artists on the continent setting sights towards appealing to an increasingly interconnected, international market and possibly even becoming global pop stars–collaborations between African and American artists are only increasing and will not slow down anytime soon. The rise in collaborative efforts between the two groups teamed with many African artists still being seemingly grateful for just about any content received from American artists, means that the increase in collaborations does not necessarily equate to an increase in good music. With that being said let’s take a moment to look back at a few collaborative missteps between African and American based artists.
When it was first announced that MMG’s resident yeller and Mr. HKN would join forces it had social media buzzing. Unfortunately, the song that came as a result of this pairing left much to be desired. The saving grace of “Fans Mi” is it’s seemingly stereotypical music video, that ends with a humorous plot twist.
Many may disagree with this pick due to “One Dance” being an inescapable summer anthem and Wizkid’s placement on the song leading him to a great deal of exposure. While all of this is true, it also was a major disservice to Wizkid; forcing him into the barely perceivable background with no additional verse(s) to at least even things out and fully display Wizkid’s talents to a new audience.
“Beautiful Onyinye” (Remix)
The original “Beautiful Onyinye” is undoubtedly a Nigerian classic on its own and is destined to be played at weddings from now until the end of time. However, all of this made Rozay’s addition to the classic seem even more heavy-handed and unnecessary. Also, I can’t be the only one that chuckles whenever I hear Rick Ross’ attempt at pronouncing “baby girl” with a Nigerian accent.
“The Morning” was slated as D’banj’s collaborative debut with his Good Music family but ended up leaving many fans collectively scratching their heads. D’banj is a legend in his own right but was unfortunately relegated to the distant background on a song that could have instead showcased him alongside his new labelmates.
“Show Me The Money”(Remix)
Following the formula of most things Wizkid related, this song will have you up in the club dancing with utter abandon…that is until Tyga hops on the track with a strange, forced “Carribean” accent topped off with warbling autotune. Other than the obvious lack of value that Tyga adds to the song, I also must add that come on…its Tyga, Wizkid simply deserves better.
“Blame It On The Money”
Although, I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of Big Sean’s work–other than a repeated mispronunciation of “Lagos” there is nothing faulty with Sean’s or Snoop Lion’s addition to “Blame It On The Money”. The problem arises directly from the production, which is an odd hodgepodge of competing sounds. “Blame It On The Money”‘s chorus is an entertaining testament to D’banj’s brand of braggadocio but all of that falls flat on a song that is crying for Don Jazzy’s touch.
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