Nigerian superstar, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid has got social media buzzing after he released a remix to his hit track with Tems, “Essence,” and it features a verse from Justin Bieber.
The remix officially dropped Friday (Aug. 13).
Hip Hop fans across the country took to their social media platforms to shower him accolades and say that Justin Bieber’s appearance is a big win for Wizkid himself and the Nigerian Afrobeats industry.
Prior to the feature, “Essence” released in October 2020 debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in July at No. 82. The sultry Afrobeats/R&B club jam has been steadily climbing the tally over the last five weeks, rising to its current position of No. 54 in the week ending Aug. 14.
Fans however believe the remix could have the same effect Justin Bieber had on Luis Fonzi’s Despacito and push Essence into the Billboard Hot 10.
A commenter with the username Onyeche_ wrote “#EssenceRemix is sooo good omg. Justin Bieber ate wtf ????
Dipo Awojide wrote, “Wizkid’s greatness has never been in doubt. #EssenceRemix”
Journalist Okon said, “Wizkid and Tems really did do magic with Essence. The tempo, flow and feel good vibes is incomparable. Then Starboy got Justin Bieber, the chief sorcerer to take it a notch higher with the lit verse on #EssenceRemix . Top jam! ???”
“It will be a big achievement for Beliebers
if Justin Bieber #EssenceRemix Enters Top 10 of BILLBOARDS HOT 100.
2 songs in Top 10 and Peaches can re enter too.
“I woke up to fire ? #EssenceRemix Justine Bieber is phucking versatile. Thank you Wizkid for this remix. Repeat ?button about to regret being made”
“I got my hair done, just in time for the drop ?? #EssenceRemix”
“Naaaaaaa honestly @justinbieber actually understood the assignment wow #EssenceRemix”
“This is how music should be … sweet smooth and relaxing ? #EssenceRemix”
“#EssenceRemix is here!!! If you have plans to support any agenda against this jam…please deactivate tonight!!!! https://t.co/uq164zx7GA”