Assuming we don’t factor in Mode9ine and M.I, Olamide would be the greatest hip hop artiste in Nigeria. The 28 year old is a veteran who has excelled in every ramification. He has rapped, sang and launched the careers of many artists. And more impressively he has been very consistent, delivering a “Goliath” seven studio albums in seven years. seven? Uh?
Olamide Albums; from poorest to best
Although his recent projects have had more pop than rap, many of the veterans are yet to deliver up to seven albums. This is a ranking of all Olamide albums. In descending order of course;
7. Lagos Na Wa (Wobey Sound) – 2017
There is no argument on the fact that this is his poorest effort ever. Most of the content on the album were produced for the street and this isn’t a rap album, it’s something else7.
He claimed to have made this album in 48 hours, which could be true owing to the fact that the songs on the project had one thing in common; a “lack of content”. Only “Wo”, a perfect street jam, became a hit from the album. But there we have it, Lagos Nawa is No. 7 on this ranking.
Notable Tracks: Wo, On A Must Buzz featuring Phyno, Bend It Over featuring Reminisce and Timaya.
6. The Glory – 2016
It’s no surprise that this is the next. The quality of Olamide’s music has dropped over the past two years. The Glory was hip-hop and dope, but compared to other of his works, this is where it deserves to be placed.
The hype was already on high, with the likes of “Who You Epp” and “Owo Blow”, already rocking the airwaves. And when it finally came, it wasn’t a disappointment. I for one was surprised, he actually rapped a lot on this project.
Notable Tracks: Letter To Milli, Journey Of A Thousand Miles and Pepper Dem Gang featuring Davolee.
5. Baddest Guy Ever Liveth – 2013
“Baddest Guy Ever Liveth” was one of Olamide’s numerous monikers that didn’t stick probably because its long to call. We all prefer “Baddo”. He called himself Baddest Guy Ever Liveth on almost every song he did around that time. .
This was his third studio album and it’s very impressive. This was the “Olamide is here to stay” disclaimer. With tracks like “Eleda Mi” and “Turn Up”, he really took the clubs by storm. One thing though, he sang up a lot. This was the album with “Durosoke” and it rocked 2013.
Notable Tracks: Dope Money featuring Phyno, Rayban Abacha, Esupofo and Baddo Love.
4. Rhapsody – 2011
This was Baddo’s first project released in 2011 under Coded Tunes. It announced the arrival of a New King after the death of Dagrin.
“Eni Duro” dropped before the album; which poured out hot singles. An array of buzzing artistes like Wizkid, 9ice and Reminisce were also featured. This album is Olamides breakout work, and it is one reason why ID Cabasa should be revered in this industry.
Other Notable Tracks: Omo To Shan featuring Wizkid and Boys Are Not Smiling.
3. Street OT – 2014
OT dropped on November 14th, 2014. Olamide was already king of the west, and the gusto was evident from the caliber of songs on the album. Songs like “Skelemba” featuring Don Jazzy, “Story For The Gods” and “Awon Goons Mi” quickly became instant nationwide hits. The album also announced the arrival of Lil Kesh.
Notable Tracks: Oga Nla featuring Pasuma and Lil Kesh, The Real MVP, Falila Ketan, Blood Money.
2. Eyan Mayweather – 2015
Olamide ranted on the lead track for this album; Eyan Mayweather
“Shut down Eko Hotel, shut down Malay, shut down London, then come and tell me you be Best Rapper”
In the Nigeria rap scene of 2015, Olamide was unbeatable. Olamide did this LP like a pro with no pressure, just crisp delivery and really hot jams. This was one of his last days, as the darling boy of “hip hop” in Nigeria.
Notable Tracks: Bobo, Don’t Stop, Lagos Boys, Melo Melo.
1. Y.B.N.L (Yahoo Boy No Laptop) – 2012
Of all Olamide albums, this should be the best of the crop. Y.N.B.L dropped in 2012 under Coded Tunes, right before he started YBNL Nation. The album housed some of the best Olamide rap tracks ever.
He went gaga on this, with tracks like “Stupid Love”, “First Of All” and “Owotabua”. His Industreet Cypher was clean too. It was on this album he first met Davido on “Panumo” having met Wizkid, the year before. Other tracks like “Jale” and “Picture”, also took their places and rocked the airwaves.
The best of seven Olamide albums is way back in 2012, some five years ago.
About the author
Tylz Ceazar Yo is a young rap artiste and an outspoken music industry commentator. He writes in a very controversial manner and is known to “never let the sleeping dogs lie”. In October 2017, he was inducted into HipHopHead as a contributor.
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