Both Wizkid and Tems reposted Kanye’s post on his Instagram Stories, while the likes of Naomi Campbell, Tech N9ne and producer Digital Nas co-signed his lofty praise.
“YES !!!! THANK YOU AT @kanyewest @wizkidayo @tems,” Campbell wrote in the comments section. Tech added: “Thank you for this energy! Felt great!”
Released in October 2020 as the fourth single from WizKid’s Made In Lagos album, “Essence” went on to become a global hit. In the U.S., the sensual collaboration debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first Nigerian song in history to appear on the chart.
“While we was waiting for [DJ Khaled] to send the beat, we was just playing the [loop] inside the control room, so I was going through it a couple times,” he said during a Twitter Spaces. “So I cheated a couple times before I went in the booth.”
The Drake and Tems-assisted “WAIT FOR U,” meanwhile, topped the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year and remains a staple on the chart. Taken from Future’s I NEVER LIKED YOU LP, the track soared to double platinum status in July.
“What’s crazy is before ‘WAIT FOR U’ came out, that was one of [Kanye’s] favorite songs,” he told BHighTV in June. “He was like, ‘Man, this record crazy!’ So we was trying some stuff on it but you know, we just ain’t get to the point where we actually finished ‘WAIT FOR U.’”
In a separate interview with Complex, Jacob added: “I made it about a year ago … and I knew I was going to give it to Future. Then he skipped it. But we were talking the other day when we were at Drake’s house, and he said he skipped it because he knew it was one of his favorites. He said he listened to that beat every day for a month straight … and he knew what he was going to do to it.
“A long time went by like, six or seven months. So I was like, let me try the beat with another artist, since he ain’t like it. Then he called me and said, ‘Hey, don’t ever get this beat out to nobody else. I got a crazy song on it.’”