Wizkid Drops 'Essence' Remix Featuring Justin Bieber

By Lauren Crawford

August 13, 2021

The song-of-the-summer just got a pop remix.

Hours after teasing that "something special" was on the way, Wizkid dropped a remix of his Tems-assisted track “Essence,” featuring Justin Bieber on Friday (August 13).

The afrobeats artist released the un-remixed track, which is currently at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, earlier this summer. Since its release, it's been called the "song-of-the-summer" by everyone including the Biebs, who also proclaimed the moniker when announcing the "Essence" remix's arrival.

"That song has become emblematic of being back outside," CEO/chairman of Def Jam Tunji Balogun, who signed WizKid to RCA Records in 2017, recently told Billboard. "Then, a narrative on the internet started about the song being the song of the summer — and we took that energy and ran with it."

"Essence" appears on WizKid's 2020 album Made In Lagos. The LP features appearances from Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, Ella Mai, H.E.R., and more.

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