NO LOVE LOST BTW DAVIDO & WIZKID + WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED…
The once robust relationship between award winning singers, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun and David ‘Davido’ Adeleke is at its lowest ebb if recent events is anything to go by. The pop stars who are in their 20s are currently at loggerheads, and according to MADE TV, the two are no longer on speaking terms.
Both artistes’ camps have taken sides and are on the verge of calling out names; the tension between both artistes is so thick, you can slice it with a knife. If you recall, Davido and his HKN label crew were reported to have walked out of the NEA Awards show while Wizkid was on stage performing.
The ‘cold war’ between both stars did not just start as it dates back to a time longer than now but can be traced to the fall out between D’banj and Don Jazzy. So maybe they are fighting proxy wars? We can’t tell for sure.
It all started with the news of D’banj signing Davido to his DB Records back in May 2012 – the news turned out to be a hoax, but this obviously didn’t go down well with the ‘other camp.’
‘You see Davido was very close to Don Jazzy and the Mo’hits squad before they parted with D’banj. When Jazzy heard Davido signed with D’banj, he wasn’t entirely happy’, a close friend of both camps tells NET.
Don Jazzy is said to have immediately told Wande Coal (who mentors both Wizkid and Davido) to stop visiting Davido at his Lekki home.
Davido, at the time, was still recording his debut album and had plans to collaborate with Wande and Wizzy on separate songs. When Davido contacted Wande Coal, the pop singer’s management asked for an exorbitant fee (reportedly N1.5m) for the collabo. Sources say Davido was keen to get it done, but his manager Asa Asika was having none of it. This ‘sudden policy’ led to a war of words between Asika and Wande’s manager Nana. The collabo never happened. Wande and Davido stopped talking and calling each other.
Davido moved on to record the much talked about duet with Wizkid. But when he sent the instrumental to the EME team, Wizkid, sources say, told them he couldn’t work with Davido on the song, saying the beat wasn’t up to standard and he didn’t want to lower his brand. Little did Davido know that it was his fight with Wande that made him (Wizkid) immediately take sides.
‘Wande is like Wizkid’s elder brother. Wizzy looks up to him a lot and anything Wande says, Wizkid will do. When Wande told him about what happened between him and Davido, he just took sides with him straight’, says our inside source.
Davido, losing on both ends, scrapped both songs and even though it was a huge blow, he didn’t let it get him down. The disappointment is said to have inspired the first track on his album ‘All of you.’ Davido, well known for his boisterous attitude, laid it all out on the song, claiming to be better than ‘everyone’, referencing artistes such as 2face, Psquare and D’banj as his mentors, conspicuously leaving out the MAVIN and EME crew. The MAVINS seemingly responded by not attending Davido’s album launch held at the Eko Hotel and Suites
‘Davido doesn’t send Don Jazzy or them Banky W again, that’s what inspired that song, he believes they aren’t better than him and to an extent he does prove it’ said our source.
After the Don Jazzy-D’banj split, crew members decamped and spoils were taken. While Don Jazzy took with him pop singers Wande Coal, Dr SID, and rapper D’Prince, and launched his MAVIN Records label with a surprise signing Tiwa Savage, D’banj went the other way with his younger brother Kay Switch. Other familiar friends like Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Davido, the HKN Gang and Mo’Hits hype man Special Ed readily affiliates themselves with D’banj.
It remains to be seen if these two talented acts will get to work together in the nearest future but as it were, they are both ‘fighting’ a battle of supremacy through their songs and the fans will be the ultimate decider at the end… Giztzzz… madetv!