Olamide Gbenga Adedeji (born March 15, 1989) is one of Afrobeats’ biggest ambassadors, who has helped shape the genre’s culture on the global scene.
Olamide was born to the family of Pa Adedeji on the 15th Of March 1989. He comes from a polygamous home, and his mother is the second wife of the family. He is the second child of his mother, Mrs. Ronke Osisanya Adedeji. He has two siblings, an older brother named Eniola Olamilekan (known professionally as DJ Enimoney) and a younger sister named TemmyGold.
His parents named him Olamide Gbenga. He and his siblings were raised in the heart of Bariga, a city in Mainland Lagos. From his teenage age, Olamide had expressed interest in pursuing music. This decision came after discovering his musical talent, as he was good at composing rap songs. His first set of fans were his siblings and friends in the neighborhood, who he performed for regularly.
For his elementary and secondary school education, Olamide attended top-tier public schools in Bariga.
After completing his high school studies, he gained admission into the Ogun State-owned Tai Solarin University Of Education. However, he had to drop out of the institution due to financial challenges.
Olamide‘s career started to blossom when he was still signed to Coded Tunes Records, owned by ID Cabasa. Under Coded Tunes, he released his commercially successful debut album, Raspodi, in 2011. The album’s lead single, Omo To Shan, helped solidify Olamide‘s stance as the new king of Indigenous Rap (Yoruba). The single also paved the way for more fantastic collaborations in the industry with big names like D’banj, Reminisce, 9ice, and Wizkid.
In like manner, Olamide dropped the third album the following year. The project titled Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was released in November 2013. The 13-track project had twelve of its tracks produced by Pheelz and had stars like Ice Prince, Pepenazi, Viktoh, Phyno, and Bez as guest artists.
The album, which won Best Album Of The Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, is composed of top-charting singles such as Eleda Mi O, Yemi My Lover, Durosoke, and Turn Up. The album also clinched Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year at The Headies in 2014.
The follow-up album of Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was released on the 14th Of November 2014 titled Street OT, the music project, is Olamide‘s fourth studio album and has hit singles like Story For The Gods and Goons Mi on its tracklist. Young John, Pheelz, and B-Banks, a team of maverick sound producers, worked on its production.
On the 23rd Of November 2015, Olamide released his fifth studio album titled Eyan Mayweather, which comprises 21 tracks. There was no featured artiste on the project. Earlier that year, in April, he had dropped a collaborative project with Ibo rapper, Phyno titled 2 Kings. The album is a joint project by Penthhauze Music and YBNL Records.
Teaming up with Pheelz, Phyno, Burna Boy, Davolee, and Wande Coal, Olamide dropped his sixth studio album titled The Glory. Pheelz executed the production of the 16-track project, and the album was released on the 23rd Of December 2016.
Between 2020 and 2021, Olamide released a 9-track EP titled 999 and two albums – Carpie Diem and UY Scuti.
999 was released on the 10th Of February 2020, with no prior announcement to the public, making it a surprise project. At the same time, Carpie Diem was released on the 8th Of October 2020 and is composed of 12 tracks.
UY Scuti, which Olamide‘s son inspired, was released on the 18th Of June 2021. Olamide has made it known that he has another album coming up, which would be his last full-length project as an artist.
- UY Scuti
- Carpie Diem
- The Glory
- Eyan Mayweather
- Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
- 2 Kings
- Street OT
Yahoo Boy No Laptop (YBNL) Nation Label is a free record name established in 2012 by Olamide Adedeji. The name is slang alluding to a little fellow bringing in cash with no illicit dealings. The label marked numerous artists: Lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Adekunle Gold, D J Enimoney, Picazo, Temmie Ovwasa, and some more including Fireboy DML. While any semblance of Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Lyta, Limerick, Picazo Rhap, and Yomi Blaze has left, Fireboy DML and others are still under the label.
In 2016, it won the record mark of the year in the City People Entertainment Award.
Other Business Deals
Olamide‘s melodic achievement has profited him various chances to be supported as a brand minister to some top organizations. A portion of these brands is Hennessy, Globacom, Etisalat, and more.
For example, he turned into the main Nigerian rapper to sign support and manage Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka, a mixed beverage. He joined universal stars like Rick Ross, Ray Jay, French Montana, and others as an envoy for the brand in 2013 for many nairas.
In 2017, he turned into the primary brand envoy for Sterling Bank, in this manner turning into the second big name in music to be formally supported in the financial area, after Ice Prince.
Likewise, Olamide turned into the brand representative for the Goldberg Lager brew in April 2019, joining Odunlade Adekola, a Nigerian Star in the motion picture industry.
Olamide is said to be a family man and is happily married to his beautiful wife Mrs. Adebukunmi Aisha Suleiman Adedeji. Their union was blessed with two children who are boys. The first is named Maximilian Boluwatife, while the second is named Tunrepin Myles.
The Adedejis family lives a comfortable lifestyle in one of the luxurious neighborhoods on Lagos Island. Olamide has created a pop culture in Nigeria with his music sound and fashion sense, and he is known to have propagated specific street phrases, which were popular while they lasted.
In 2020, Olamide and YBNL Records signed a collaborative deal with Empire, an international distribution company. Artists signed under him are also benefitting from the agreement.
Olamide has been involved with Adebunkunmi Aisha Suleiman well before he rose to fame in the music business. He proposed to her in March 2018.
He currently has over 9 million and over 4.9 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively.
- Instagram handle – @olamide
- Twitter handle – @Olamide
The Eni Duro vocalist Olamide has grown to be one of the country’s top music acts and also one of the most prominent music executives in the country.
Sides from the income he makes from his music profession, he also has high returns from his investment in YBNL Records.
Olamide is said to have an estimated net worth of US$15 million to US$20 million.
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