“I Worked Hard and Prepared Myself For The Success That Would Come”- WizKid
I need people to know that I didn’t just get things for free. Nobody gave me anything, my parents gave me nothing. This is something I did for myself. I took a loan from my friends, I jumped my books for loans and nobody saw that part of the hustle, and I think it’s just relevant for me to point it out so that my fans will be sure of where I came from
When I actually came out…people didn’t take me seriously. I had to prove a point. I had to go the extreme mile to prove myself.I worked hard and prepared myself for the success that would come. I wasn’t thinking I wanted to be bigger than anybody; I just wanted to be able to feed myself and my family, live a good life and make music – which I love to do.
I started when I was 11 years old, in church; and from then on, I’ve been in love with music, and everybody in my family knows that. I dropped an album in church. I performed in church. I go from church to church for performance. I did a couple of concerts and later, when I told my parents that I wanted to take music serious, they refused. They told me if I wanted to do this professionally, I had to stay in school. I had to stay in school and again do music professionally. So, it was like a double task for me. I’m thankful to God for where I am now.
I’m a perfectionist. I can listen to the music now and tomorrow I’ll be like, ‘Yo, I feel we need to change this’, and then we have to go back to the drawing board
I love working. I never stop working. So I take the studio everywhere I go. I tell everyone I work with, we are trying to build an empire.
I don’t think there is a level of fame I can achieve that can make me lose my cool or lose who I am or forget where I’m from. Because I came from the bottom. I know what it means not to have anything. I know what it means not to have food to eat.
Keep working hard, put God first and if you really believe in your talent and you believe in yourself, it is definitely going to take you places. I believed in my talent, I believed in myself and I never stopped working and God just crowned that with blessing. So just keep working and stay focused.
***Title picture is a recent shot of wizkid as seen on a billboard in Toronto, Canada***