How Runtown has been giving us hit back to back

This is how Runtown has been giving us hit back to back

Runtown was a member of the collective in 2016 that helped launch a brand-new movement of afrobeats with alkayida influences.

A similar tone gave rise to popular songs like “Mad Over You.” For a year, Runtown continued to release successful songs using the same mid-tempo template under the name “pon pon,” which was later given to the sound.

How Runtown has been giving us hit back to back
How Runtown has been giving us hit back to back

The music industry changed as a result, with most musicians (even rappers) adopting to the era’ most popular sound. It was a true paradigm shift.

Runtown, though, didn’t even show up in 2016. He and Davido had a success together back in 2013 called “Gallardo,” which they exchanged for Davido’ massive song “Aye.” Therefore, Runtown is not at all a newcomer. In the current music market, perhaps only a small number of musicians can compete with him for hits because all of his songs are bangers.

Here are the tracks that we believe to be his top ten.

 Body Riddim ft. Bella Shmurda, Darko Vibes

This one came during the lockdown in 2020. And although the real star of the show was Bella Shmurda who was in his freshman year, it was Runtown’s through and through.


Bend Down Pause ft. Wizkid

Runtown has two songs with WizKid and the two of them are absolute bops. This one, “Bend Down Pause” was on Runtown’s debut album, “Ghetto University.”

Bend Down Pause” is a dancehall hit that has all the elements of dance hits from way back.


Sarkodie — Pain Killer

The only guest feature on the list, “Pain Killer” is just one of those songs that made people think nobody has anything on Runtown.

On “Pain Killer,” he made a perfect laid-back low-tempo Afrobeats track. Sarkodie came and did his rap. The rest is history.


International Badman Killa

By 2018, Runtown was still very much one of the top men in the music industry. He could still make a hit in his sleep.

But I bet nobody can make a hit like “International Badman Killa” while sleeping. It’s a monster hit and only Runtown makes stuff like that.


Lagos to Kampala feat. Wizkid

Lagos to Kampala” is that Wizkid precursor to “Ojuelegba.” The is a single from Runtown’s 2015 debut album.

This was also the where Wizkid said that popular “solo tell me say I go blow” line.


The Banger ft. Uhuru

Uhuru infiltrated Nigerian music around 2014 with House-influenced fast-paced afro-pop that quickly became the signature mark of every hit. He worked with everyone who would work with him around that time.

Runtown’s hit with Uhuru, “The Banger” is exactly what it’s called. A pure banger. The dance floors, the clubs, and the streets all turned up to this one back then. Even the TVs and Radio wouldn’t stop playing it.


ft. Davido

Rumor has it that Runtown gave Davido his song, “” just to get him to do a verse for him on the album.

The Runtown and Davido did together turned out to be “.” You gotta understand, that there were hits bigger than “” in 2014.


For Life

This was the direct follow-up to his smash hit, “Mad Over You” and they were released during the same year.

For Life” is a much more refined version of the alkayida sound he had been experimenting with. This one was a mad hit in those days.


Mad Over You

Mad Over You” is one of those songs that are catchy from A-Z. I mean, who couldn’t sing it all back then?

The instrumental was purely spiritual and the lyrics were basic enough that anyone could sing it. After creating one of the best choruses ever made, Runtown wove the with three exceptional verses that are just mindblowing.

Since then, a lot of Afro-pop songs have been made, but only very few have been able to even make half the impact “Mad Over You” made.



It shouldn’t be surprising at all that this is number one on the list. This is the ultimate Runtown for sure.

Energy” has the correct kind of instrumental and on it, Runtown talked about his lifestyle in one of the best performances from a male artist in a while. Even back in 2017, that was a big deal!

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