Fight for power: Wizkid and Davido at war

What we have all feared and predicted has finally happened…the ‘not-so-good’ relationship between Wizkid and Davido has finally hit the rock!

 It has been confirmed that the two musical stars are now at loggerheads.

Recently Davido and his HKN label crew were reported to have walked out of the NEA Awards show while Wizkid was performing.
The dispute between Wizkid and Davido
might seem sudden to the general public, but it dates back longer than you think. The cause? You’ll have to thank two very important men in the
Nigerian music industry – D’banj and Don Jazzy.

It all started with the news of D’banj signing Davido to his DB Records back in May 2012 – the news turned out to be false, but this obviously didn’t go down well with the ‘other camp.’
You see Davido was very close to
Don Jazzy and the Mo’hits squad before they parted with D’banj. When
Jazzy heard Davido signed with D’banj, he wasn’t entirely happy
’, a reliable source said.
2. Don Jazzy was said to have immediately told Wande Coal (who mentors both Wizkid and Davido) to stop visiting Davido at his Lekki home.
Davido, at the time, was still recording
his debut album and had plans to collaborate with Wande and Wizzy on
separate songs. When Davido contacted Wande Coal, the pop singer’s
management asked for an exorbitant fee (reportedly N1.5m) for the
collabo. Sources say Davido was keen to get it done, but his manager Asa Asika was having none of it.  This ‘sudden policy’ led to a war of words between Asika and Wande’s manager Nana. The collabo never happened. Wande and Davido stopped talking and calling each other.
3. Davido moved on to record the much
talked about duet with Wizkid. But when he sent the instrumental to the
EME team, Wizkid, sources say, told them he couldn’t work with Davido on
the song, saying the beat wasn’t up to standard and he didn’t want to
lower his brand. Little did Davido know that it was his fight with Wande
that made him (Wizkid) immediately take sides.
Wande is like Wizkid’s elder
brother. Wizzy looks up to him a lot and anything Wande says, Wizkid
will do. When Wande told him about what happened between him and Davido,
he just took sides with him straight
’a reputable source confirmed!
Davido, losing on both ends, scrapped
both songs and even though it was a huge blow, he didn’t let it get him
down. The disappointment is said to have inspired the first track on his
album ‘All of you.’ Davido, well known for his boisterous
attitude, laid it all out on the song, claiming to be better than
‘everyone’, referencing artistes such as 2face, Psquare
and D’banj as his mentors, conspicuously leaving out the MAVIN and EME
crew. The MAVINS seemingly responded by not attending Davido’s album
launch held at the Eko Hotel and Suites
‘Davido doesn’t send Don Jazzy or them
Banky W again, that’s what inspired that song, he believes they aren’t
better than him and to an extent he does prove it’ said our source.
Music pundits are already weighing in on
what a Wizkid-Davido fight would look like, so here is a
short review of both acts.
Davido might look like the rookie with just 21 months in the game, but with the release of his debut album ‘Omo Baba Olowo: The Genesis,’ both artistes are on the same level as regards the number of albums released (Wizkid released his debut Superstar in 2011)
Wizkid had a grand album launch at the Eko Hotel and Suites in 2011, with high profile guests including the First Lady of Lagos State Abimbola Fashola, Davido held his album launch at the same venue, also attended by notable personalities, including billionaire Aliko Dangote.
Both artistes have financial backing –
Wizkid has spent the last year performing at multiple shows, earning
cool millions. Davido, not long after the release of his monster single ‘Dami duro’ started earning big cash, performing in shows as far as Malaysia.
Davido is throwing all the money
into his music; he shot four videos before the release of his album and
has shot another two. He plans to even shoot more
’ a friend adds.
International recognition and
collaborations? Wizkid easily leads in that area, having recorded with
Akon, with unreleased material with rappers Wale, Young Jeezy and Kardinal Offishal. But it’s only a matter of time before Davido jumps on the train, starting with a rumoured remix of his ‘Ekuro’ single with Akon.
Davido equally matches Wizkid’s artistic
versatility with sheer energy and an ear for contemporary sound. For
every song Wizzy switches his flow from Fuji to R&B to Patois,
Davido releases ‘today’s music’, easily turning his songs into chart
toppers. Talented duo!

I wonder how the fight is going to end…

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