Almost ten years after, Baddo still hasn’t lost that flavour, he brought, when he first came, in 2010. That “Eni Duro” energy, is still very much alive in him, today. That’s why you listen to some Olamide songs and just say; “Olamide is mad!”
What about consistency? There’s no Nigerian artist that has been that consistent, in that number of years. Album, every year, OLIC every year, hits every time, collabos, signing youngings (help me greet Picazo Rhap), he’s done, yeah, his best.
Know what’s funny? That’s not even his best. He’s the best, yet, his best is yet to come. No one can be like Olamide. As long as he continues making music, he’ll remain on the throne.
Well, here are Facts You Don’t Know about Baddo. And, if you already know, (in Kendrick Lamar’s voice) sit down, be humble!
JUST 29 YEARS
Wait, yeah, he ain’t even 30 yet. He’s almost the same age as many of these young guys, in the industry. But he’s achieved way beyond imaginations, for his age.
He has a son already. And his career,that has been booming since he was 20, is still booming yet. The man no wan rest sef.
EIGHT STUDIO ALBUMS
You heard that? Eight albums, in less than eight years! For reference, Wizkid has only three (of which one was called an EP), while Davido hasn’t given us his second album (he has an EP, too). But Olamide’s got 8!
After putting out “Rapsodi” in 2011, he’s gone on to drop one album, every year. Including “YBNL,” “Baddest Guy Ever Liveth,” “Street OT,” “Eyan Mayweather,” “The Glory” and “Lagos NaWa.” He also did a joint album with Phyno called “2 Kings.”
We’re expecting an album, in December – YBNL MAFIA FAMILY.
LOST THE HEADIES NEXT RATED TWICE
Another reason Lil Kesh’s loss at the 2015 Headies had hit Olamide that hard, was that, he actually had another chance.
In 2011, Olamide also lost The Next Rated Award, to Wizkid. He couldn’t imagine his protége losing it again.
STARTED YBNL WITH KIDA KUDZ
Unless you’re an old fan of rap in Nigeria, you probably haven’t heard any of Kida Kudz’s song. But then, you must have heard the name Kida Kudz. In that, the name is very catchy.
Kida Kudz, at a time was signed alongside Olamide to Coded Tunes. When Olamide left, he started the YBNL Gang, just a movement then. The founding members were Olamide, Kida Kudz and the duo, 2Kriss. They all left, tho.
And, today, YBNL is one of the Labels that has produced some of the finest artists. It’s a much bigger movement, and actually a registered Recording Company.
ALMOST SIGNED TO DB RECORDS
One of the opportunities D’banj lost, was signing Olamide, back then. The deal reportedly fell out, due to management issues.
In 2013, Olamide was solo, and D’banj took interest in him. They started going out together, and Olamide adopted the nickname Baddo Lee.
That, though, was a missed game. It never worked out. Did you know this before? No? Good. Now you know.
NEVER MET DAGRIN
When Dagrin died, everyone knew it was a big loss to the industry. hen from nowhere, Olamide broke out. I know guys who actually said he’s a replacement to the late Dagrin.
But, with all the juxtaposition, and seeming resemblance, no one would believe Olamide never met Dagrin. He however, gained influence from one of Yoruba rap pioneers, Lord of Ajasa, who recorded with ID Cabasa, then. Cabasa was the boss of Coded Tunes, Olamide’s first Label.
For those who don’t know, DJ Enimoney, is Olamide’s brother, and he’s currently the in-house Disc Jockey for YBNL.
Olamide’s a King, let’s be honest!