The persistent voice of the street.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”–Calvin Coolidge
Our artist of the week– Olamide, is the very embodiment of the above quote by Calvin Coolidge. Having spent over a decade in the music industry, championing a genre that many wouldn’t expect to last this long, one can be sure that his success is hinged on his never say never spirit and his ability to reinvent himself every step of the way and not on his talent and genius level .
With several albums, numerous awards and achievements and giving several up and coming acts like ‘lil kesh’, ‘Adekunle Gold’, and more recently ‘Fireboy’ a shot at success, it is safe to say that Olamide is more than just an artist and is a force to reckon with in the industry.Name: Olamide Adedeji
D.O.B: March 15, 1989
Years active: 2010– till date
Projects: ‘Rapsodi’, ‘YBNL’, ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’, ‘Street OT’, ‘2Kings’, ‘Eyan Mayweather’, ‘The Glory’, ‘999’, ‘Carpe Diem’
Early lifeOlamide Adedeji was born March 15 1989, in Bariga, Lagos State. He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education.
Olamide kick started his career with the release of his debut single–“Eni Duro” in 2010, under legendary producer ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes record label. The release of this song also earned him a performance slot at The Hip Hop World Awards that same year.
A year after, he released his debut studio album titled– Rapsodi. It housed the popular hit song “omo to Shan” featuring wizkid and the name Olamide immediately became a household name not only to the Yoruba speaking street loving section of the industry. And in 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label Yahoo Boy No Laptop (YBNL) Nation.
Following the launch of his own record label, Baddo released his sophomore album titled Yahoo Boy No Laptop (YBNL) the same name as his record label. The album was supported by the singles “First of All”, “Voice of the Street”, “Stupid Love”, and “Ilefo Illuminati”. Its production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. The album features guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One.
On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album– Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album’s singles include “Durosoke” and “Yemi My Lover”. Olamide recorded the album between 2012 and 2013 and enlisted Pheelz, Buckwyla, Ketchup, Ice Prince, Pepenazi, Endia, Viktoh, B.Banks, Phyno, Pele Pele and Bez to appear as guest artists on it. The album was produced entirely by Pheelz, except for the thirteenth track “Sitting on the Throne”.
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth won Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards. It won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2014.
Olamide’s fourth album ‘Street OT’ was released on November 14, 2014 through YBNL Nation. Preceded by the singles titled “Story For The Gods” and “Goons Mi”, Street OT features guest appearances from Pasuma, Lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Phyno, Don Jazzy, and Reminisce. Its production was handled by his long time producer friend Pheelz, B-Banks and Young Jonn. The ideology of the title of the album is to glorify and show his love for the “streets”, a word Olamide very much popularize.
Olamide collaborated with Phyno in 2015 to release 2 Kings. It was released through Cloud 9 and the iTunes Store with little announcement on 1 April 2015, by Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation. The album features collaborations with producers and guest artists such as Wizkid, Lil Kesh, Storm Rex, Pheelz, Major Bangz, B.Banks and Young John. Prior to recording the album, Olamide and Phyno frequently collaborated with each other on several songs, including “Ghost Mode” and “Dope Money”. The album produced the singles “Une” and “Confam Ni”, both of which were released in the months leading to the album’s release.
Olamide’s fifth studio album Eyan Mayweather was released on 23 November 2015. Released through YBNL Nation with studio production from regular suspects Pheelz, Young Jonn, B Banks and I.D. Cabasa. The album housed 21 tracks with no single feature.
The Glory, is Baddo’s sixth studio album, it was released on 23 December 2016, through YBNL Nation imprint with studio production from Pheelz. The Album contains 16 tracks with features from artistes like Phyno, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Akuchi and Davolee.
On the 10th of February 2020, Olamide thrilled fans to an unexpected Ep release titled– 999. This extended play purely rap, had nine songs on it, with production handled mainly by Pheelz. It had guest appearances like Phyno, Maximilliano (Olamide’s Son) and others. This extended play received average review from music critics, most critics credited Olamide for doing almost 100% rap project after staying off rap for quite a number of years but emphasis was pointed at the fact that the project won’t survive the test of time. Some of the songs include No Time, Warlords, Billion Talk, Mojo, etc.
Very recently the self acclaimed voice of the streets released his 11th studio album titled Carpe Diem on October 8, 2020. Carpe Diem is a 12 track album featuring Omah Lay, Fireboy DML, Peruzzi, Bad Boy Timz, Bella Shmurda and Phyno with production credits to Young John, Pheelz, P.Prime, Idcabassa and VStix.
Olamide has and is still living up to the hype and Afrobeats360 is definitely proud of him. Soar king baddo.
Cheers to good music.