Last week, I highlighted reasons why Olamide is getting the love and adoration of the Nigerian youth music fans. This week, I will write another five reasons why Olamide is underrated. Being an A-List artiste and a record label CEO, there is every tendency for him to get over hyped. Grab a bottle of soda and hop on, lets ride.
1. Dropping an album with no help from featured artistes
This fact is still not known to many because they aren’t aware that in “Eyan Maywheather”, Olamide is the only artiste on the album. With a track-list of 21 songs on the album, it came as a shocker that all were singles. Obviously, there was no collaboration or any featured artiste on the album.
It is difficult for a musician to make an album without collaborating with any artiste. Even MI Abaga had to feature artistes on his recent project “Rendezvous” . His 3rd studio album, Chairman, with 17 tracks had 16 tracks in the album as collaborations.
2. Making an album in 48 hours
Hope you have heard about the recent Olamide project. And if you haven’t heard it, you can get it here. It is alleged that Olamide produced the Lagos Nawa album within 48 hours which is approximately 2 days. Many of us at HipHopHead were puzzled, it made us ponder. Olamide Badoo is indeed a genius if he actually made that album in 48 hours.
3. He pushed his career without a solid record label
Shortly after releasing his first album, Rapsody, Olamide left the ID Cabasa led Coded tunes entertainment. He headed into a Nigerian music industry despite the uncertainty. But with no experience, he founded Yahoo Boy No Laptop (YBNL) record label.
Nevertheless, his imprint has successfully stayed afloat in the turbulent Nigerian music industry. His label is one of the most outstanding record companies in Nigeria.
4. His relationship with the Lagos state governor
In case you may not know, Olamide has developed a close relationship with governor of Lagos state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. If you can recall, Olamide used a line to praise Governor Ambode in the “Fada Fada” song with Phyno and also in “Lagos boys”.
Before Ambode became governor of Lagos state in 2015, Olamide was one of the few artistes who featured a theme song for the then aspirant.
Consequently, at the OLIC 4 concert held inside the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere, there was very tight security. From Masha to Kilo, down to Ojuelegba, Adeniran Ogunsanya and stadium road, you could find policemen in uniforms making sure that the event was kept safe. This is a result of the direct influence of the state government.
5. An icon to the upcoming artistes
Come rain, come sunshine, Olamide will support independent artistes. Young Yoruba rappers like YungTizzy, Oladips, Davolee and Lil Kesh are Bodoos proteges. These are artistes whose songs seem un-deletable in our playlists. And some of these artistes came on board as a result of the direct influences of the YNBL boss. It could be in the form of artistic support, finance, sheer social acceptance.
At this point, YBNL has acts like Princess, Temmie Ovwasa, Davolee, Wavy the creator, Chinko Ekun. And recently, they have secured the signings of Lyta and Limerick. Skales admitted that it was Olamide who supported him after he was released by Banky W led Empire Mates Entertainment. And subsequently, it was Olamide who gave him money for his Shake Body video.