Despite garnering several local and international awards in over 10 years of his career, Afrobeats star, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, still considers himself an up-and-coming artiste.
In an interview with 10 Magazine published on Thursday, the hit maker spoke at length on his blooming music career and bigger steps he planned on taking in future.
The Grammy winner mentioned that he has plans to take his label, Starboy Entertainment, to the levels of Roc Nation, Ovo, Universal, Sony, and RCA.
When asked about things he still planned to achieve as an entertainer of his calibre, the self-acclaimed Big Wiz stated that he didn’t feel “accomplished” despite the heights he has attained.
“I’m an up-and-coming artist,” he replied. “I don’t think I will ever feel like an accomplished artist or person, because I see life so different, you know? I still have a lot of work to do.”
However, the singer did not hesitate to boast about the influence of the Afrobeats genre in the current global music scene, and also took a dig at rappers in the same breath.
To him, the rap genre is “dead” as most rappers release songs with the same sounds.
“Afrobeats is the new pop. I sold two million copies in America off of one song! Even some American artists don’t have a diamond record. If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore.”
“I don’t listen to rap. That shit is boring to me. It’s dead now. It’s tired. These guys do the same shit, rap on the same beats, same flows.
“No disrespect to nobody. I don’t have anything against rap or any other type of music. I have a lot of rappers as friends, like a lot. So I’m probably the wrong person to say this,” he said.