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Wizkid Remixes Jamie xx, Young Thug & Popcaan’s ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’

Nigerian StarBoy Wizkid delivers a dancehall remix of Jamie xx's summertime banger "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"


Wizkid comes through with a spliff-laced remix of Jamie xx, Young Thug, and Popcaan’s summertime banger “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” The Nigerian StarBoy takes the In Colour highlight to even further dancehall territory as he pumps the bass and serenades his beloved plant & girl backed by The xx producer’s steel drums.

“I love the song ‘Good Times’ by Jamie xx, Young Thug and Popcaan. So I jumped on a ‘refix’ this morning. Lol” Wizkid wrote on Twitter. If you recall, the Nigerian singer was the recipient of a huge remix himself earlier this year when Drake and Skepta jumped on “Ojuelegba."

Stream and download Wizkid’s freestyle remix of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” below. According to an adlib at the end of the song, we can expect new Wizkid music in two days.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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