Since the release of the sensual song “Essence” by Wizkid and Tems, off Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album in October 2020, the song has not stopped receiving recognition and mentions. On August 13, 2021, Justin Bieber showed his love for the song by releasing a remix of the song and describing it as the “Song of the Summer”. The rave around the hit single is unlikely to die down now and it might just be the hottest song in 2021.
“Essence”, co-written by Wizkid and Tems is the first Nigerian song to chart on the US Billboard Global 200 and US Billboard Hot 100 debuting in July 2021 at No.82 and currently at No.54 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was also added to Barack Obama’s favourite songs of the 2020 playlist and in Spotify’s “Song of the Summer” playlist in June 2021.