Here are the top 5 times Nigerian artists featured Non-African acts (since 2000)

Here are the top 5 times Nigerian artists featured Non-African acts (since 2000)

<p class="">The list features D’Banj, Wizkid, Skepta, P Square, Davido, Chris Brown and Rick Ross.</p>

<h1>Cultures influence cultures and art inspires art. If art cannot inspire art, then art has failed. The same sentiment obtains for culture.</h1>

<p class="">Artists are humans. When they conquer one region, they set their sights on another region or fan base. This, alongside a need to collaborate and create newness for fans inspire collaborations in music.</p>

<p class="">Artists cannot afford to remain stagnant. If they do, they go backwards because other artists also improve, so they collaborate.</p>

<p class="">But for Nigerian acts, they mostly always goof with non-African features for one reason or the other. However, once in a while, some features break the evil cycle of terrible outputs.</p>

<p class="">To celebrate some of these exceptional moments, this list celebrates the top five Nigerian and non-African collaborations since year 2000.</p>

<p class="">The metrics are participation, quality, acceptance and balance of artistry. There’s also added advantage of bringing that feature into the sound you project.</p>

<p class="">Here are the top five times Nigerian artists featured Non-African acts (since 2000);</p>

<h2>5) P Square featuring Rick Ross – Beautiful Beautiful Onyinye</h2>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>P-Square – Beautiful Onyinye (Official Music Video) ft. Rick Ross</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The collaboration that shocked Nigeria. It wasn’t just about <strong>Rick Ross </strong>on a very Afrobeats song, it was about how Rick Ross didn’t have to change much to fit in.</p>

<p class="">While the greatest contemporary group African pop has seen later featured American rapper, <strong>T.I, </strong>and before then featured <strong>Akon </strong>on ‘<em>Chop My Money (Remix),</em>’ this feature is unmatched.</p>

<p class="">It also helps that ‘<em>Beautiful Onyinye</em>’ was a hit that has since gone down as a classic – ‘wash’ – song.</p>

<h2>4) Wizkid and Skepta – Energy (Stay Far Away)</h2>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Skepta & WizKid – ‘Energy (Stay Far Away)’ (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">A collaboration of epic proportions featured complimentary performances from Shitta King of small London with a mastery of afrobeats and an actual king of London, with a specialization in grime.</p>

<p class="">With a video that celebrates the Nigerian sub-culture of alte in aesthetic, picture and casting, and a hook to rival anything <strong>Wizkid </strong>has ever done, this was one of the top songs of 2018.</p>

<p class="">Skep, whose father is from Ogun State in Nigeria croons the Sarz-produced afro-swing to perfection with baritone bars.</p>

<h2>3) Wizkid featuring Skepta and Drake – Ojuelegba (Remix)</h2>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>(Official Version) | Wizkid ft Drake & Skepta – Ojuelegba (Remix)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">In 2014, Wizkid was already the biggest star in Nigerian music, but his second album, <strong>Ayo – </strong>though now recognized as impactful – was sonically underwhelming.</p>

<p class="">But something happened with his very afrobeat single, ‘<em>Ojuelegba</em>.’ It championed the second post-2010 wave of afrobeats obsession in the UK and the west. The first wave was championed by<em> ‘Oliver Twist</em>,’ <strong>D’banj</strong>’s classic number which peaked within the top 10 of the UK official singles charts.</p>

<p class="">Superstars like <strong>Alicia Keys </strong>were seen rocking to the song in viral videos. Then, it got better. A watershed moment ensued when <strong>Skepta </strong>opened for Drake on the London leg of his <strong>Would You Like A Tour? </strong></p>

<p class="">Word on the street says Skepta played ‘<em>Ojuelegba’ </em>for Drake and the superstar jumped on what was a remix of the song. Drake and Skepta not only performed on the song like they meant it, they propelled the song to unprecedented heights.</p>

<h2>2) D’Banj featuring Snoop Dogg – Mr. Endowed (Remix)</h2>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>D’Banj feat. Snoop Dogg – Mr Endowed Remix [official video]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">In 2010, D’Banj was gearing up for his fourth studio album. While the album has since joined <strong>Dr Dre</strong>’s <strong>Detox </strong>in the abyss of wonderful unreleased content, he released a wonderful single, ‘<em>Mr Endowed.’</em></p>

<p class="">With <strong>Don Jazzy </strong>at the epicentre of near-demonic sonic mastery, crafting some of the best beats Nigerian pop will ever see, he orchestrated the original ‘<em>Mr Endowed.</em>’ Nobody could have dreamed of what was to come. Rumours not only gained momentum, they birthed a healthy baby with dreamy eyes.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Snoop Dogg, </strong>the American rap legend christened a first African nephew. His name was <strong>D’Banj. </strong>If being giddy represented cardio, many a Nigerian youth around and popping in 2011 would have been lean. And to make us mad, <strong>Don Jazzy </strong>went bonkers with the beat that included more dreamy strings and a celebratory choir effect.</p>

<p class="">It was a remix to <em>’Mr Endowed</em>.’ It’s not always talked about, but this song represents one of D’Banj’s greatest ever performances – and he has many. He delivered in Yoruba and made Uncle Snoop drop bars on a classic Nigerian song.</p>

<h2>1) Davido featuring Chris Brown – Blow My Mind</h2>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davido, Chris Brown – Blow My Mind (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">You might be mad and you might be angry, but facts are facts. It might be unfair on your faves, but <strong>Chris Brown </strong>dancing in the rain – real or fake – for a video shoot is the height of participation.</p>

<p class="">Like that was not enough, the video earned seven million views on <strong>YouTube </strong>within one week. Before it was released, people feared for <strong>Davido </strong>at a time the Nigerian music industry was experiencing a ‘turbulence.’</p>

<p class="">Talking numbers might be unfair. So let’s forget numbers and talk participation and quality of the music <strong>Chris Brown </strong>participated like he needed the song. Quality might come down to preference, but some Nigerians have also featured <strong>Chris Brown </strong>on mediocre music. So, take that the way you want…</p>

<p class="">Chart success is also a factor. The song is as accepted here as it in the west – albeit to a much reduced extent. Most of the other songs on this list can’t boast of that factor; impact on both coasts.</p>

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