Willie X.O, Dappy deliver on Good Times
Talented United Kingdom-based Afrobeat singer cum songwriter, Jocey Joseph Ekwuazi, professionally known as Willie X.O, has released the highly expected audio and visuals to his new single, Good Times, featuring popular British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, Dappy.
The Atlantic Records signee, whose recent features include highly acclaimed international artistes like Tory Lanez and Popcaan in Comfort You and R&B goddess, Ashanti in Early in the Morning, is the one to look out for when it comes to blending rich authentic African sounds with latest musical trends.
If you are a game buff, this visual will speak to you as Good Times is filled with the splendor and freestyle of a games’ arcade, playing on the idea of having the entire arcade to oneself for one night.
Set in a place where time doesn’t matter and rules don’t apply, Good Times is a feel-good song, and the colourful arcade world mixed with the seamless lyrical harmony between Willie X.O and Dappy. It provides the perfect setting for a mixture of harmless fun, some serious blackjack wins and a wild night of unlimited fun and games.
Where rapper Dappy’s ad-libs is punctuated with phrases of pidgin English in between, warm the heart, Willie’s easy energy in delivering his lyrics boasts of his evolution as an artiste who hints of never-ending creativity, making this explosive coming together of two music greats, each in their individual genre, a classic work of art.
The music was directed by the talented film director and photographer, Caroline Hajny, and shot in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England. Styled by Christina Okpala, Willie X.O’s charm in the video is on a different level, as he captivates the audience with his swag and flow.
Speaking about the project, the Afrobeat artiste said: “Good Times is everything it’s supposed to be: fun, creative and easy on the eye. We’d been in lockdown for a while and everyone was having a bad time. People were getting stressed out, desperately looking for an escape to get back out there, put this whole thing behind us, live life, and have a good time. So I made Good Times.”
On his collaboration with rapper Dappy, he said: “When I was making the track, I had this feeling it would bang harder with a UK artiste on it, so I decided to go for one of UK’s best, and straight away I thought Dappy!
“He’s a great artiste and always delivers. He actually came up with the African words like Omoge and Efe-riro himself and I was shook! I was like this dude knows… It felt proper organic.”