Popular Hip Hop artiste, Emeka Akumefule aka Blaqbonez has stated that Wizkid is the person who introduced Afrobeats to the rest of the world.

The 'Best Rapper in Africa' rapper said the popularity of Afrobeats skyrocketed after Wizkid released the hit song 'Essence' with Tems in 2020.

During a recent interview with American channel KTLA, Blaqbonez said that what the song did was tell the world that the African music genre is something to watch out for.

He said: “Afrobeats took a big leap when Wizkid released Essence and went crazy. It just told the world that Afrobeats is something you really need to watch. Crazy things are happening right now for Afrobeats. More talented artists are emerging.”

Meanwhile, CorrectNG recalls that Ayodeji Balogun, the singer known professionally as Wizkid, recently said he is not an Afrobeats artiste.

The singer stated this when announcing that his next album was complete and ready to be released, adding that he wants the public not to pigeonhole him into the genre.

Wizkid warned fans not to expect an old version or Afrobeats sound on the album which will be called Morayo, in honor of his late mother.

In a series of online rants, he urged fans who are eager to listen to the former Wizkid not to bother downloading his new project and deleting it from their playlist.

Additionally, the 'Fever' singer warned bloggers and other media outlets not to post his album or report details about it when he finally releases Morayo.

He wrote; “Album ready! See you soon, bitches! And abeg, if you like Pakurumo Wizkid, don't download this new album. In fact, delete me from your playlist and your life! If you like Afrobeats, don't download my album. I'm not a damn Afrobeats artist. I’m not Afro at all.”

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Nigerian street musician, Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, popularly known as Bella Shmurda, has appealed to his colleagues in the music industry to respect Afrobeats.

The 28-year-old artiste subtly called out the industry's top artistes, Wizkid and Burna Boy, for demeaning the genre and encouraged them to stop the trend.

Appearing on the latest episode of the London 90 podcast, Bella expressed disappointment at recent comments and revealed how he stopped himself from commenting because he was trying to avoid having enemies in the industry.

He further appealed to Nigerian artists to respect, rather than devalue, Afrobeats as it is theirs, regardless of the level they reach in their respective careers.

Bella Shmurda said; “I recently heard something, saw something that made me feel bad. I wanted to tweet, but I didn't want to be in a position where I got in trouble with people.

“But, in reality, we artists should respect Afrobeats. This is our genre, we cannot demean it. No matter your level in the music industry, you can’t lower this thing God has given us.”