Wizkid, a multi-award-winning artist from Nigeria, has claimed that his lyrics do not accurately express his innermost thoughts as a spiritual being.
The Starboy claimed that although many people are aware of him as a producer of numerous club hits, they are unaware of the fact that he considers himself to be a pastor.
In an interview with The Guardian, Wizkid made the claim while recalling how he first fell in love with music in a church.
The singer of “Bad To Me” claims that hymns helped him learn “how to feel” as he was reared by a Christian mother and a polygamous Muslim father who had three wives as the youngest of 11 children.
“I’m a very spiritual human being. I know I make a lot of club records but I feel like a pastor, really,” he said.
He also spoke about how music helped him while growing up in a house dominated by women and in a society where the only other option was the life of crime.
“Music was more than a hobby for me, more than a talent. It was my escape. I was in the hood. It was either [music] or turn to crime. That’s why I don’t joke with music,” Wizkid said.
The Grammy winner continued by describing his upbringing in Surulere, Lagos State, as “chaotic yet wonderful.”
According to Machala, his parents expected him to be either a lawyer or a doctor, thus it was difficult to tell them he wanted to pursue music.
He continued by describing how the late producer OJB Jezreel took him under his wing as he was trying to establish himself as a rapper.
Wiz explained; “My parents wanted me to be a lawyer or a doctor. That was a very hard conversation to have when I said I wanted to make music. I had to just prove [myself] to them.”