Essence

Album: Made In Lagos (2020)
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Songfacts®:

  • Wizkid recruits his fellow Nigerian singer Tems for this blissful love song. It finds both artists expressing their desire for each other and the physical connection they have together. Their mutual attraction is summarized by Tems on the chorus when she sings:

    You don't need no other body
    Only you fi hold my body
  • Wizkid croons the introduction in Yoruba, the language of his people in Southwestern Nigeria.
  • Wizkid and Tems wrote "Essence." The Nigerian superstar's Starboy label producers, Legendury Beatz and P2J, supplied the euphoric Afropop production.
  • Starboy released the song as the fourth single from Made In Lagos. It became WizKid's first Hot 100 hit as the main artist, though he did previously chart as a featured artist on Drake's "One Dance" and Beyonce's "Brown Skin Girl."
  • DK of PriorGold Pictures directed the video, which sees Wizkid and Tems relaxing in the streets of Accra, Ghana.

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