Wizkid was born on June 18, 1993 in Surulere, Lagos State. His father is from Benin City and his mother is from Ondo State. He studied at the Federal Government College of Lagos before dropping out to pursue a career as a musician. In 2006 he signed to Banky W.'s record label Empire Mates Entertainment (Empire). WizKid rose to prominence after releasing a series of remixed hits including "Holla at Your Boy" and "Hey Girl". In 2011 he released the popular song "Tease Me/Bad Guys", which peaked atop several Nigerian charts. The track was nominated for Song of the Year at The Headies 2012 and won Best Pop Single.
In 2013 he collaborated with Drake on the remix version of his hit single "Ojuelegba" which appeared on Drake's mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015). His debut studio album Sounds From The Other Side received critical acclaim upon release in 2014, earning him two awards at that year's edition of The Headies: Best Alternative Act and Artiste of the Year; it also earned Album Of The Year nominations at both Nigeria Music Awards and Soundcity MVP Awards 2015 respectively.
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