Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), popularly known by his stage name Olamide, is a Nigerian Hip hop recording artist from Bariga, Lagos State. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles “First of All”, “Voice of the Street”, “Stupid Love”, and “Ilefo Illuminati”. On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album’s singles include “Durosoke” and “Yemi My Lover”. On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. Olamide has won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.
Childhood and musical beginning
Olamide was born in Bariga, Lagos State. In 2000, he decided to pursue a career in music. When asked why music, he said: “I found out I was gifted in it so I had to explore it, it’s my life, my hustle, my world”. In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards. He studied mass communication at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi which contained 16 tracks.
He was signed to ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes record label and was managed by Toni Payne. In 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label YBNL Nation.
Olamide’s debut album Rapsodi was released in 2011. The album’s lead single “Eni Duro” charted on several radio stations across Lagos. Olamide’s debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D’banj.
Olamide’s second studio album YBNL was released in November 2012. The album’s production was handled by Tyrone, Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. It features guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. The album contained the singles “Ilefo Illuminati”, “First of All”, “Stupid Love” and “Voice of the Street”.
Improbable record deal with DB records
In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal with DB Records. Olamide took to twitter to debunked the reports. In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV’s The Juice, he said it was too late for anyone to sign him.
On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. On 24 October 2013, he signed a multi-million Naira deal with Guinness. In November 2013, he became an ambassador for Etisalat alongside Ice Prince.
- Rapsodi (2011)
- YBNL (2012)
- Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (2013)
- Street OT (2014)
- 2 Kings (2015) (with Phyno)
|“Apa ti Jabo”|
|“First of All”|
|“Voice of The Street”|
|2013||“Durosoke“||Baddest Guy Ever Liveth|
|“Yemi My Lover”|
|2014||“Story for the Gods”||Street OT.|
|“Up In the Club” (featuring Viktoh)|
|“Skelemba” (featuring Don Jazzy)|
Awards and nominations
|2014||The Headies 2014||Artiste of the Year||Himself||Pending|||
|Best Rap Album||Baddest Guy Ever Liveth||Pending|
|Album of the Year||Pending|
|Best Rap Single||“Dope Money”
|2014 Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted West||“Turn Up”||Pending|||
|2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|MTV Africa Music Awards 2014||Best Hip Hop||Nominated|||
|City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Year (Male)||Nominated|||
|Rap Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Most Popular Song of the Year||“Eleda Mi”||Nominated|
|Rap Album of the Year||Baddest Guy Ever Liveth||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||World’s Best Male Artist||Himself||Nominated|||
|World’s Best Live Act||Nominated|
|World’s Best Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Nigeria Music Video Awards||Video of the Year||“Durosoke”||Nominated|||
|Best Afro Hip Hop Video||Won|
|The Headies 2013||Song of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste||Won|
|Best Rap Single||Nominated|
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
|Artiste of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Lyricist on the Roll||“Voice of the Streets”||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||YBNL||Won|
|Album of the Year||Won|
|2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Album of the Year||Won|||
|Best Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Music Video of the Year||“Voice of the Street”||Nominated|
|Best Indigenous Artiste||Himself||Won|||
|Best Collabo||“Ghost Mode”
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
|2012||The Headies 2012||Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Best Rap Single||“Young Erikina”||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||Rapsodi||Nominated|
|2011||The Headies 2011||Next Rated||Himself||Nominated|