Ckay is opening up about his career.
The 26-year-old performer stopped by the Spout podcast to discuss the incredible year he’s had, as well as the success of his viral song “Love Nwantiti.”
Host Erik Zachary began by bringing up Ckay‘s recent performance at the O2 Arena in London, which the musician called “surreal.”
“Like that was so… It was like, it was my first time performing at the O2, you know, and yeah, it was crazy to see the love, man,” he said, adding: “A big shout out to Wizkid for having me on there. Big shout-outs.”
He then shared the story behind his hit track “Love Nwantiti,” which had already been a commercial success in Nigeria in 2019 before blowing up on TikTok this year.
“Yeah, I was literally freestyling,” he explained. “So I make my beats most of the time. I was literally in my living room, I didn’t even make ‘Love Nwantiti,’ in a studio like I would usually do.”
He continued, “The funny thing is, so I made this around midnight, and I was supposed to put words to the chorus the following morning. So, you know, after I slept, I woke up and I listened to the song again, I’m like, yo, this is fire as it is but I was just like, you know, let me just try to put some words in it. So I tried to put some words in it, and it just wasn’t [as good.] So I left it like that and, you know, we put it on.”
Ckay added that the version of the song that ultimately got released was the first take he did in his living room.
“Wow, that is… You didn’t recut it or anything. So this is like what you recorded in your living room,” Erik said.
“Exactly. That’s what you’re hearing right now,” he replied.