Talented wave-making UK-based Afrobeats singer/songwriter, Jocey Joseph Ekwuazi, known professionally as Willie X.O, releases the highly anticipated audio and visuals to his hot new single ‘Good Times’ featuring popular British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor, Dappy.
Signed to Atlantic Records UK, Willie X.O 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 one to look out for when it comes to blending rich authentic African sounds with latest musical trends.
If you’re a game buff, this visual will speak to you as ‘Good Times’ brims with the splendour 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, provides the perfect setting for a mixture of harmless fun, some serious blackjack wins and a wild night of unlimited fun and games. Where Dappy’s ad-libs punctuated with phrases of pidgin English in between, warm the heart, Willie’s easy energy in delivering his lyrics boast of his evolution as an artist 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.
Directed by the talented film director and photographer, Caroline Hajny and shot in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, ‘Good Times’ is everything it’s supposed to be: fun, creative and easy on the eye. Styled by Christina Okpala, Willie X.O’s charm is on a different level, captivating the audience with his swag and flow.
According to him: “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, but this whole thing behind us, live life, and have a good time, so I made ‘Good Times’. 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 the UK’s best, and straight away I thought Dappy! He’s a great artist and always delivers. He actually came up with the African words like Omoge and Efe-riro himself and I was shaking! I was like this dude knows… It felt proper organic.”
Listen to ‘Good Times’ here and set your alarms for the visuals, available at 9 pm on all digital platforms.