The soundtrack will be available on streaming platforms from Friday June 2nd 2023.
By Helena Olori
Grammy award-winning Nigerian artiste, Wizkid, also known as Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, has been announced as one of the featured artistes on the soundtrack for Marvel’s upcoming release, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie.
This news comes shortly after Wizkid headlined the Afro Nation festival 2023 in Miami, where he delivered an electrifying performance alongside Rema, Fireboy DML, CKay, and others.
Wizkid’s feature in the upcoming project was confirmed in a tweet by American record producer, Metro Boomin, (Leland Tyler Wayne) who is the mastermind behind the Marvel soundtrack project. The tweet was shared along with an illustrated photo of Wizkid in an orange Spiderman suit, which has heightened the film’s anticipation from both the Ojuelegba crooner’s fan base, Wizkid FC, and Marvel’s.
The Afrobeats superstar joins a lineup of renowned artists who have also been confirmed for the film’s soundtrack including A$AP Rocky, hip-hop acts such as Nas, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage, among others. U.S. rapper, Swae Lee, who previously collaborated with Post Malone on the soundtrack for the first installment of the movie will also contribute to the body of work.
Wizkid’s involvement in the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie soundtrack adds to his growing list of international collaborations and the catalogue of Nigerian artistes that have been involved in Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, including Tems, Fireboy and Burna Boy, Rema, Ckay who were all featured in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Over the years, Wizkid has worked with acclaimed artistes such as Beyonce, Damian Marley, Skepta, Justin Bieber, and many others. His discography includes five studio albums including Superstar (2011), Ayo (2014), Sounds from the Other Side (2017), Made in Lagos (2020) and More Love, Less Ego released in November 2022.
The animated superhero film, set to premiere this Friday in Los Angeles, is part of the Marvel Comics franchise, “The Spiderman” and is a sequel to the blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse released by Sony’s Columbia Pictures in 2018 with a $384.3 million box office record.