You might want to ask what the trio of Olamide, Wizkid and Davido all have in common, that would be perhaps, one of the simplest questions ever asked. These amazing music artistes are Nigerian stars who daily churn out music and they are very good at what they do.
While the duo of Wizkid and Davido seem to be on the same level in terms of international collaborations and a huge fan base abroad, the same can’t be said about Olamide Adedeji professionally known as Olamide, OlamideBaddoor simply, BaddoSneh. The YBNL label founder is at best seen as a local rapper.
Olamide has over the years, given Nigerians music like never before, he has excited our music ears to the fullest but he still falls short of the level of Davido or Star boy, Wizkid.
Olamide doesn’t seem to have interactions with the international music acts, he has never featured any of them on his tracks neither has he been featured in theirs. He likes to keep it 100% local and Nigerian, at a point in time when the likes of P Square, Wizkid, Davido and others were busy embracing international music stars like Rick Ross, Drake, Chris Brown and others, Olamide decided against going that route.
One cannot help but recognise what Olamide has brought to the table musically, let’s not fail to salute this dynamic hip-hop act for bringing into prominence the likes of Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Yung John The Wicked Producer and a few others. He is still not regarded as the type of artiste that has truly gone international and this doesn’t seem to bother him in any way.
While Olamide records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue, credit must also go the way of this music star, who gave us hit tracks starting withEni Duro, a track that announced him to the world, to be followed with songs like First of All, Voice of the Street, **** Love, Durosoke, Yemi My Lover, Lagos Boysamong others. He is solely responsible for the Shakitibobodance style which the average Nigerian is pretty much accustomed to.
Looking through Olamide’s social media pages, the kind of vibes you get when you peruse through it is quite different to what is obtainable on social media pages run by forward-thinking acts like Davido and Wizkid. They post about shows and musical collaborations in exotic locations of the earth while Olamide has nothing of such to report, he doesn’t even attend events hosted by international acts.
It’s interesting to see how the likes of Davido and Wizkid associate publicly with superstars such as Drake, Naomi Campbell, Chris Brown and a host of other world stars. International rapper, Cardi B, who recently came to Lagos gave Davido a shout out on Instagram thanking him for the bottles of Champagne he bought her and her crew, Davido openly acknowledged Cardi B as his ‘sister’, but with Olamide, we don’t get such vibes.
As we approach a new year, we hope Olamide gets bigger and better than he presently is, we also hope he begins to think about the folks in the international music space and the loads of things they can do together. He would be more than just a ‘local rapper’ if he really puts his mind to putting himself and his music on the international pedestal it belongs to.