The latest ‘street hop’ representative.
Like it or not, ‘Street hop’ is not only a sub genre of Afrobeats that has come to stay, but it has and still plays a significant role in the development of Afrobeats as a genre of music.
Our artiste of the week- Bella Shmurda, also known as fineboy Bella is the latest flag bearer of this sub-genre, and best believe that he’s flying this flag as high as can for all to see.
However, ‘street hop’ has had various representatives at different point in time. From the era of Daddy Showkey, who held it down for the streets of Ajegunle and later handed the baton to Marvelous Benji and his contemporaries, to the days of Terry G the ‘Akpako master’, to Olamide and Lilkesh who repped for Bariga, to Small Doctor of Agege and very recently Zlatan Ibile and Naira Marley of the marlian nation. All contributing their quota.
In all, you can tell that Bella Shmurda representing Ojo, is definitely enjoying his time as a representative of ‘street hop’ music, from the way he consistenly serves fans a new ‘lamba’ every other day.
Name: Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed
Years Active: 2018- till date
Projects: High Tension
Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed was born and raised in Okokomaiko, Ojo area of Lagos State where he is originally from. After completing his primary and secondary education, he studied History and International Relations at Lagos State University.
Bella Shmurda’s Musical Journey
While studying for a degree at the Lagos State University (LASU), Bella Shmurda was releasing music on the side. He also would always perform at school shows and concerts.
In 2018, Bella put out a single titled ‘vision 2020’ produced by the legendary Id Cabasa and shot the video for the song in his school premises. This video immediately went viral on social media and caught the attention of Ybnl record label boss Olamide. Bella’s meeting with Olamide birthed a remix to this song that immediately shot young Bella into limelight and an affiliation with Ybnl record label.
Following the success of his debut single and a follow up single titled ‘Up grade’, Bella immediately put out an Ep to convince all that he’s not just a one hit wonder and that he’s got the music injected in his system. The extended play titled ‘High tension‘ was released sometime in 2020. Preceded by the singles ‘vision 2020’ and ‘up grade’, it houses 7 tracks in total.High Tension Ep/ cover art
Since making an entrance into the industry,fineboiBella has been featured by the likes of singer Runtown,Darkovibes, and fellow street artist Zlatan ibile. His most recent song with Zlatan titled ‘Cashapp’ is currently the number one street anthem. He’s also been nominated for the ‘best new act’ at the City people award show.
Cashapp cover art
The beauty of Bella’s music is how he’s able to come up with lyrics and melodiously sing about the pains and struggles of the ghetto youths in present day Nigeria and the choices they are forced to make each day of their lives. This is what earned him his street rep.
Afrobeats360 is definitely with Bella Shmurda every step of the way as he nutures this budding career of his.
Cheers to good music!