Wizkid’s much acclaimed ‘Made in Lagos’ Album, containing hit eon, ‘Essence’which features Tems, has been listed among Billboard’s 50 best songs of 2021 so far.
Billboard released this list, describing “Essence” as living up to its title, and capturing the essence of the whole album.
“A standout on WizKid’s Made in Lagos, “Essence” stays true to its title, capturing the feel of the entire album in one infectious track. The Nigerian superstar recruits emerging singer Tems, who opens the euphoric, hip-swaying song with an ascending verse (“I wanna leave you in the morning/ But I need you now”) and equally-to-the-point chorus (“You don’t need no other body”). Although the album was released in 2020, WizKid released “Essence” as a single in April, along with an accompanying music video — reviving the track just in time for the summer,” Billboard stated.
“Essence” is evidently gaining international grounds as Wizkid and Tems covered Apple Music’s RnB now playlist in the United States. Tems also recently emerged no. 1 on Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” list and was nominated for Best New International Act on BET Awards.