Banky W had some really wise words to say about the Davido and whizkid’s rivalry, he quoted Jay Z’s line from his 4:44 album “What’s better than one superstar? Two”, he said.
“There’s enough room in the sky for all of our stars to fly, so instead of us encouraging a childish, petty narrative that never ends well (remember Pac/Biggie?), we should encourage all of our acts to be all they can be. I don’t wanna choose. Why should I have to?
Nicely said, but dude there can only be one King on the iron throne, competition is healthy man, it’s good for the industry
That said meet our contestants;
Davido : Son to a billionaire dad, from the Lap of luxury he needed no record label to sign him onto music, rather his co-owned record label (HNK) with big brother and the best producers and directors money can buy.Today he stands tall as one of the greatest musical sensations in Nigeria and across Africa.
WizKid: coming on the opposite direction, from the grinding hardship of a middle class family in Surulere. He hustled his way up to the
top, getting signed by EME music he started churning out hits after hits. He outgrew his label, set his sights on international domination and floated his own records starboy.
Today he also stands shoulder to shoulder with Davido as the rave of the moment and the greatest artist in Africa. With so many who is greater arguments, it’s time to put this rivalry to rest with a side by side Match-up:
According to Wikipedia, wizkid has won 49 awards from 168 nominations.
While Davido has won about 33 awards and 79 nominations.
But the end game for these artist is to break the international market with Nigerian sounds.
Mobo awards, BET awards, MTV Europe music awards and MAMA awards is an indication of their international standing.
Below is how they have fared.
2011: Mobo awards best African act
2012: BET best international act
2016: MTV Europe music awards, best worldwide act
2016: MTV Africa music awards artist of the year
2016: MTV African music awards Best male
2016: MTV African music awards best collaboration
2017: Mobo awards best international act
2017: BET best international act Africa
2017: MTV Europe music awards best African act
2017: Mobo music awards best African act
2015: MTV Africa music awards 2015: Best Male
2014: MTV Africa Music awards best male
2014: MTV African music awards: artist of the year
2014: Bet awards for best international act
Winner: Wizkid, he is leading with 8 international acclaims compared to Davido’s 6 plus the recent Mobo best international act gave him a clear edge. Sorry Davido, you lose.
Social media following;
Wizkid: Instagram: 4.3million followers, Twitter 3.51million Facebook 1.8million likes.
Davido: Instagram: 5.4million followers, Twitter 3:01million followers Facebook 3,7million followers
It’s either wiz kid’s fans don’t use Facebook or Davido is simply more popular, sorry star boy you lose
With Meek mill fans Mi.
Davido and Jay Sean.
Davido featuring Tinashe
Featured drake in his song come closer.
Drake also featured wizkid in his song one dance.
suspiciously there was no video for either of the songs.
Drake”s one dance with wizkid won billboard music awards for the most streamed music and a Grammy nomination.
Shabba: another collaboration with Chris brown, French Montana and Trey Song.
Mamacita: featuring Tiny Tempeh.
In addition to featuring international artist, they have both signed a distribution deal with Sony music. Davido signed a two album deal with Sony for distribution in the US. Wizkid has also signed a deal but is yet to release an album with them.
Wizkid is clearly utilizing street moves from Ojuelegba days to network and score collaborations. Coupled with his unique afro beat sound, it’s an easy blend for most genre of music.
Plus his collaboration with drake has hit millions of YouTube views and earned awards and nominations.
Net worth & endorsement deals:
They are seriously twinning when it comes to past and present brand deals
Davido in 2013 signed a million naira deal for MTN pulse.
100 Million Guinness contract
A new contract recently signed with Pepsi.
According to a social media post by his brother, wizkid chargers about 8million for a show.
Net worth according to Forbes: 14million dollars.
According to Nigerian finder, the Guinness deal came in at 100million. In 2012 the music star signed a $350,000 USD endorsement deal with Pepsi. Which was renewed for 2years
On 28thMay 2013 he bagged in a One year deal worth ₦ 45 Million Naira with the Telecommunication giant MTN.
On 18th June 2015 he Ditched MTN to signed a ₦128 Million Naira deal with Globacom.
Net worth according to Forbes: 12million naira
Winner: Too close to call
Well even though Davido has a higher figure in terms of wealth, we can’t really tell how much of daddy’s millions is thrown in here and there. It’s hard to definitively declare a winner.
The easiest way to tell if an artist music is performing well is the number of views it gets on YouTube
Wizkid kid most viewed hits
Ojuelegba; 18+million views
Come closer featuring drake: 49+ million views
Baba Nla : 15+ Million
Daddy yo: 10+ million views
Davido most viewed hits
If has 52million views
Fall on you 39million views
Aye has 43million views
Skelewu has 22million views
Gobe has 25million views
Winner: Davido’s social media game is on point! You win.
Davido and wizkid stands as CEO to their own record labels.
Davido (DMW HQ) has signed a couple of artist which are still Up & coming: artist like Lola Rae and Mayorkun. They can be easily defined as the next best thing in music. but have not established superstar status yet.
Wizkid (star boy) His star boy label has signed a couple of artist already, among them is Mr eazi who has already amassed a large fan-base and equally gets nominated in categories alongside side wizkid and Davido
Winner: Wizkid ….(maybe?)
Mr Eazi gave an interview in July claiming he was not signed as an artist for star-boy records rather they were together on a business arrangement. if thats the case, then we are so not sure who to award this category
Hmmmm. I think I agree with Banky. There is no king to crown. The sky is wide enough for more stars to fit in. besides, its too close to call.
We should bundle them into a studio and force them to do us a collabo.