On surface level, Olamide’s songs don’t seem to have profound meanings until you realize that they’re full of diverse lessons.
Songs by Olamide are laced with multiple ideas, making it very easy to lose the essence of their message in a bid to groove to the beat.
The content of most of his songs are full of morals, they give listeners a wake up call.
Sometimes you end up asking yourself why you didn’t glean the real meaning of his songs initially.
Songs like Oil and Gas may not mean much to the average listener, but here’s why Mp3bullet.ng thinks they should:
Oil and Gas
In June 2019, Olamide released Oil and Gas. It was perfectly timed to coincide with a Muslim holiday in Nigeria, making it a well sought after song at celebrations.
The Afrobeat also helped it get all the accolades it received.
However, while many people dance to the beat, it’s easy to overlook that Oil and Gas refers to the rot that is Nigeria’s society.
The title of the song alludes to how the nation makes its money. The Niger Delta region has been a topic of conversation since Nigeria gained independence, with many arguing that the wealth enjoyed by the country (and those in power) comes from that region.
So while you dance to the beat, and nod your head to the names (Hushpuppi, Dangote, Tony Elemelu, and several others) mentioned by the artist, you might want to reflect on what Olamide was possibly trying to tell you.
This song encountered a number of controversies when it was released. Many believed that this was Olamide‘s way of encouraging drug abuse.
But, if one listens to the lyrics attentively, it is easy to grasp the message of the song. Olamide basically expresses shock at how people abuse drugs.
He speaks of how “Harvard graduates” use their knowledge as “science students,” to “mix different chemicals together.”
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Going further to ask if they’re “competing with Sango.”
Of course, Science Student can be interpreted to mean something different, based on your viewpoint.
On the other hand, in an interview with VOTS TV, Olamide clarifies that the song was meant to condemn drug abuse.
Released in January 2014, Eleda Mi is pretty straightforward to understand.
In the song, Baddosneh celebrates his rise to fame. Thanking his God, and his mother for his achievements so far.
If you want to tell your haters that you’re better than them, then this is the song for you.
2018 had almost everyone stating that they’ve leveled up, “elevated, and their mind can never hibernate.”
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Olamide tells his haters to shout however they want, as loud as they want.
According to him, he doesn’t care because he’s on top, “I’m the man, I’m the one they call the big man.”
With this song, it is quite clear that the YBNL boss was referring to somebody, probably based on an unseen beef he had with someone.
The song, which was released in March 2016, has Olamide stating that he would, “put people who mess up in their place. Although he didn’t do real estate and management.”
Then he proceeds to sing a number of Yoruba proverbs, stating how, “no one knows how the water got into the coconut.”
Rhymes and lyrics like; “o ni e mi local, but I’m living la vida loca,” and, “ko le ye won bi omi se wo nu agbon, young presido bi ti Idi Agbon,” are part of what makes this song awesome.
Abule Sowo can be regarded as a “fight song.”