Canadian born rapper, Drake has explained how the now famous remix to Wizkid’s chart topping song, ‘Ojuelegba’ which he featured in came to happen.
Die hard fans of both Wizkid and Drake may see this as a bit of a let down but the collaboration was never planned and it had nothing to do with Drake’s affection (or lack thereof) for Nigeria. It was just a spur of the moment decision.
In a recent interview with FADER magazine, Drake was asked about his feature on the “Ojuelegba” track and he gave his honest reply. An excerpt from the interview written by a FADER reporter read:
I ask him if part of the motivation behind his international outreach is a desire to build audiences in foreign markets—to become a truly global star, having already conquered North America as much as any rapper ever has. On some level, I ask, is doing a song like this summer’s “Ojuelegba (Remix),” which he recorded with Skepta over a hit single by the popular Nigerian rapper Wizkid, a savvy play for audience share?
Drake is not into this theory. “I just did it because I was in the moment,” he says. “I wasn’t thinking like, ‘Oh man, I gotta get my brand up in Nigeria.’” (He hastens to add, with classic Drake politeness, “Not to say that’s not important. I’m super-honored to be on that song.”)
Still, Ojuelegba remix was a big hit and we won’t stop jamming it regardless!