I already said I expected Banky W to try to drown the Wizkid noise by reminding both Wizkid and the public that he does not need Wizkid to make EME successful. How? Unlike other larger labels in Nigeria that are owned and managed by non-artists, Banky W as co-owner of the EME brand, is a successful artist in his own right who can rake in millions of Naira in endorsement deals and still manage to pull in a decent crowd at his concerts.
Banky W sent the above strong message with his recent release of his track listing for his upcoming album, R&B W.
Everyone of the EME crew appears to be on that album except Wizkid. We all know Wizkid is a self proclaimed studio rat. Where is he Banky?
Where does this leave Wizkid?
1. I think, for Wizkid, it’s a painful move by Banky W. The duo are not on speaking terms, there is no dispute there is a riff between them, the trust relationship and admiration Wizkid had for Banky W as one to look up to seems to have been broken. For Banky W to now release an album with a track listing of practically all EME artists, except Wizkid may appear uncool to Wizkid, even if he never admits it.
2. Banky’s move shows Banky is hurt and is striking back.
3. Banky’s move is also a business move that tells the world the writing is on the wall and EME hasn’t the time to fight over Intellectual property issues, among other concerns, certainly not on the boss’s album.
3. It leaves Wizkid with two options:
a) He might wanna “fall back” and be a part of the EME legacy or else face ostracization; in the alternative,
b) he too can build his own legacy. Look, Wizkid has the work ethics, he, arguably, has learned from the best i.e. EME, he is smart, he is still hungry for success and he has inspiration and competition in the form of Davido to push him. So, why not?
Where the chips fall in this sour relationship is left to be seen. However, all eyes are on EME.
What is your take? I’d love to read your opinions, especially the differing (disagreeing) ones.
Track in my head is Lecrae’s Fall Back ft. Trip Lee. It just seems perfect.
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