Olamide Adedeji best known as Olamide is the epitome of success when you call indigenous artistes or rappers in Nigeria.
Mp3bullet puts together a list of 5 artistes who have attained stardom through Olamide.
For over a decade in the Nigerian music industry, Olamide Baddo has proven to be a major influence that cannot be reckoned with.
His versatility in music is topnotch. We have seen him as a rap god, and we have also witnessed him as a sensational pop singer.
Being the legend that he is, his influence and contribution to the lives of many artists cannot be overemphasized.
Out of numerous artistes Olamide has assisted to fame, we have selected a major 5 to pen down.
Oladele Keshinro otherwise known as Lil Kesh is one of the first sets of lads to grow under Olamide‘s wings.
The Agege born artiste can be ascribed to a carbon copy of his former boss.
Talking about versatility, energy, and ambiance, Lil Kesh could be likened to an Olamide junior.
As an upcoming artiste, Lil Kesh caught the attention of Olamide with his single ‘Lyrically‘ and got signed into YBNL.
The contract lasted for only two years, but he was able to make hit songs and grow into fame.
Songs like Shoki, Efejoku, Ibile, and many more built and boosted his music career.
However, he has his own record label YAGI, which he frontiers.
The rise to fame of Lil Kesh cannot exclude Olamide.
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Adekunle Gold or AG Baby is an Afro Urban singer who has grown over the years in the industry.
The father of one and husband to songstress Simi is a graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic (Laspotech).
Before his rise to stardom, AG Baby was a creative graphics designer working with YBNL before taking his music career by the horn.
However, his fame came when he did a cover for One Direction‘s ‘Story of My Life‘ titled Sade.
YBNL instantly gave him the sign-up with this hit song he made.
So far, during his stay in YBNL, he has got several awards to his name and has released one album titled ‘Gold‘.
When talking about rappers that Olamide paved way for, Chinko Ekun should not be excluded.
Having started his music career in 2011 by posting videos of his freestyles on Instagram, he released his first official track in 2013 titled Ekun.
However, before he got signed into YBNL, he had featured in Olamide‘s Street OT album in 2014 on three tracks.
A year later, he bagged a contract with YBNL and released his first official singles titled “Alejo Oran” and “Emi Na Re”.
In 2018, he released the hit song ‘Able God‘ featuring Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile.
This is the song that gave him great recognition and awarded him the award as “Best Street Hop Artiste” at The Headies 2019
Chinko Ekun‘s fame is not behind Olamide‘s influence, that’s why he is listed as part of the 5 Nigerian artistes who attained stardom through Olamide.
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Born as Opeyemi Rahim, Lyta as he is fondly called bagged a recording deal with Olamide in 2018.
This is one of the artistes whose career would have skyrocketed if he had exercised patience.
The singer’s talent cannot be cast aside. He dropped some great singles during his short period in YBNL.
However, he could have achieved more, but a disagreement with Olamide led to his contract termination.
Wherever he is today, Olamide‘s impact on his career cannot be erased.
Talented singer Adedamola Adefolahan best known as Fireboy DML is one of the shining stars the music industry begets.
There have been no regrets for Olamide since signing him into YBNL in 2018 alongside Yomi Blaze and Picazo.
Fireboy DML is special no doubt, and he has proven this time over and over again.
With his lead single and breakout song ‘Jealous’, Fireboy caught the hearts of many.
Over the years, he has developed himself and his career into a rolling stone.
In 2020, the ‘vibration‘ singer gave us the Apollo album, which despite the pandemic brought him more recognition and fame.
It is safe to say Fireboy DML is Olamide‘s best signee so far, and it seems we are yet to get the best of him.
5 Nigerian artistes who attained stardom through Olamide
- Lil Kesh
- Adekunle Gold
- Chinko Ekun
- Fireboy DML
Naira Marley cannot be removed from people Olamide assisted into stardom.
As far back 2016, they both released a song title ‘Ko Si Weyrey‘ which put him amongst artistes to watch out for that year.
However, a year later he released ‘Issa Goal‘ featuring Olamide which brought about his fame.
The Lagos State University student is one of the breakouts of 2019 with the remix of his Vision 2020 featuring Olamide.
To pave more way for Bella, Olamide featured him in his latest album with the track ‘Triumphant‘.
About four years ago, upcoming rapper Zlatan featured Olamide for his new single ‘My Body’.
This single became the anthem of the street and soon, Zlatan blew.
Their hit collaboration ‘Ghost Mode‘ did the magic for Phyno.