When it comes to what is considered as real hip-hop in Nigeria, not so many Yoruba rappers qualify. Many of them switched up their vibe to some Afro-sh1t when they blew up. Thus, the reason for their exoneration from the “hip-hop artiste tags.
But there is this guy who raps in Yoruba, he ticks all boxes for your regular hip-hop artiste classification. His name is Ola dips. He always had a dream of promoting Dagrin’s legacy and changing the rap game. Little wonder he’s sometimes referred to as an “underground” rapper.
All that only points to his skills on the mic. He is unbeatable when it comes to writing lyrics, excuse my french, he’s a good lyricist. And that has not only taken him to the mainstream, his lyricism has put him in a place where he can stand bar-against-bar with rappers like A-Q, BlaqBonez, Classiq and others. His inclusion on the Rap Kulture Uno mix-tape also says a lot.
But what makes him unique? What make us say he’s like Dagrin? it is his ability to tell stories.
If you’re a fan of Oladips and you’ve listened to his songs, it is very likely that you will be able to tell his story. Songs like “Bounce” which featured Reminisce “Ringtone” which had Zlatan Ibile and “O’sure” featuring Olamide are a pointer to that fact.
This is probably why a twitter user named Oladips as a Yoruba version of American rapper, Joyner Lucas. The user with the handle @Officialyunghem made reference to their story-telling skills while making the comparison. The levels may be different, but Oladips sure has the prowess, and that’s what is important.
In related news, Tinny Entertainment rapper, Ycee, unleashed a Remix to his 2017 hit “Juice”. And guess what, it actually features Joyner Lucas, who added the hip-hop spice to the juice. It couldn’t have come at better time!
About the author
Quasar Miami formerly known as Tylz, 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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