Welcome to another episode of “Why is everybody Sounding like WizKid” on NL.
Oh, wait, this is the first? Well then, I’m still pretty sure this is not the first time you’ve seen someone complain about how artists in the industry are imitating Wiz. At this point, it’s not even flattering anymore, it’s just annoying.
Let’s be honest, for once. Wizkid is not even the best vocalist in Nigeria. There are artists who also have good sounds and very good templates that anyone who doesn’t have anything original and wants to imitate can decide to copy. WandeCoal, for example. Why is no one copying Wande? Or 2Face? Or let me bring it down a notch, Davido? Kizz Daniel? Why’s it gotta be Wizkid every damn time?
In this episode, I’ll be ranting about Killertunes, a producer turned singer who put out his debut album not too long ago.
Now, I certainly don’t hate Killertunes. I’ve known the guy for a long time. Even before he blew up, I knew him back in the early days of Tribe II, before he was even on BME. I used to cop his free beats back then, I enjoyed them. I’m talking way back in 2015. I know this guy. I have no illusions about his talent. He’s a good musician.
He blew up around 2017 and started working with big names like Olamide and Wizkid, though. He got linked with emPawa, an outfit run by Mr. Eazi, around the same time as CKay and Joeboy. Now I wonder if the plan was always to pivot into singing. As a beat-maker, Killertunes is the best. As a singer, though? Meh.
It’s not that Killertunes doesn’t have the voice. Oh, sure he does. He’s the kind of guy that could easily become a star, he’s got the potential, and he’s putting in the effort? Well, what’s the problem then, you may ask? Wizkid!
The moment you push play on the first track on his album, you begin to get the WizKid feel, and rightly so. I mean Killertunes and Wiz have worked together a number of times, the last time being on “Joro.” But once he starts to sing, you begin to wonder why. Why does he have to sound so much like WizKid on a Wizkid-type instrumental?
And that wonderment will not leave you till the very end of the album. It is a perfectly executed imitation of the Starboy. You might even start to enjoy some songs in the middle, because, I mean, the vibe is crazy and contagious.
In another world, where Killertunes isn’t who he is, and WizKid isn’t who he is, this would have been bang! Now, though, it just doesn’t feel appropriate.
Don’t take my word for it. You check it out for yourself and tell me what you think?
Let’s hear from you.
On A Scale of 1 – 10, What Would You Rate Killertunes’ Impression of Wizkid On His Album?
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