The mention of the name “Olamide” brings into focus a young Nigerian lad who is considered one of the fastest rising stars in the music industry. He is quite good at what he does thus making him one of the highly sought music artists. He belongs to a clique of young musicians that are taking Nigerian music to the next level. In this category, we have the likes of Davido, Wizkid, among others. In this article, we will be looking at 10 facts about this great artist.
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1. Place of Birth
Olamide’s real name is Adedeji Olamide. He also goes by other stage names, which include “Baddo, YNBL, Young Erikina, and Baddest Boy Ever Liveth”. He was born and brought up in Bariga in the city of Lagos 24 years ago. He is one the most promising emerging music artists in Nigeria.
2. Genre of Music
One notable aspect about the music done by Olamide is the fast – paced rap. This type of music genre is still in its early stages in Nigeria where majority of the people prefer the high energy, fast-paced party popping jams. However, Olamide has managed to bring change by incorporating new skills into his rap music.
3. Highly Flexible
The 24-year-old Nigerian rap artist is well-known for his versatility in making music. He is able to easily blend different tunes and beats. Although he majorly raps in Yoruba, Nigerian slang, and Pidgin English, Olamide has produced a few tracks in English.
4. All-Rounded Appeal
Olamide’s music will bring out deep cultural aspect of Nigerian culture to anyone that listens to it. The music will focus on his background and upbringing. This makes it easy for many people to reflect on the music. People from the high life society, professionals, students, market traders, as well as ordinary well-meaning Nigerians appreciate the young man’s music.
5. Money Flaunting Habits
Having being brought up in a “razz” background, Olamide joined the list of the wealthy musicians at a very young age. Just like most artists, he also lives lavishly and spends lavishly on exquisite, luxurious and state of the art vehicles.
6. Nominations and Awards
Although he has not been in the music industry for long, Olamide has managed to scoop quite a number of awards. During the recently held Nigerian Entertainment Awards held in New York City, He managed to walk away with three awards making him the biggest winner of the ceremony. The achievements includes “Best Indigenous artist, Album of the year, and Best Collaboration”.
7. Controversial and Multi-talented
One aspect that makes Olamide distinct from other artists in the region is his style of music. Other than being a new breed of rap, he is also known to be quite outspoken when delivering his lyrics. Some people may view his music weird but it appeals to quite a large number of people.
Some people may view Olamide as an arrogant rapper. This is possibly attributed to his hard-hitting lyrics, which often do not go down so well with other artists. For instance, in his track “Ghost Mode” where he collaborated with Phyno, he states that he has achieved more than what other artists have despite them having been in the music scene much longer.
Olamide has performed alongside other popular artists such as Dbanj, Eja Nla, among others. The young man has created a niche for himself in this industry.
10. Future Prospects
Olamide’s music career is really flourishing. He is always featured among the best artists in the industry. He has been signed by D’banj’s DB records. There is no doubt that Olamide has brought a change in the Nigerian music industry. Listening to his music is like “Breathe of fresh air”. Initially, Rap music was not well appreciated in Nigeria. However, people are now embracing and accepting this genre of music particularly his fast-paced rapping skills. This appeal is also experienced beyond the Nigerian borders.