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Olamide Biography, Music Career and Net Worth

Olamide Gbenga Adedeji, better known by his stage name Olamide, is a Nigerian rapper and musician who is most recognized for his rapping style. In Africa, he is one of the most popular and influential artists. He sings and records in two languages: Yoruba and English language. While contracted to Coded Tunes, he released his first studio album, Rapsodi, in 2011. He followed that up with YBNL, which was released under YBNL Nation’s banner. The singles “First of All,” “Voice of the Street,” “Stupid Love,” and “Ilefo Illuminati” helped to propel the album to success. His third studio album, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, was released on November 7th, 2013. “Durosoke” and “Yemi My Lover” are two of the album’s hits. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, Olamide signed a Cîroc sponsorship agreement on July 17, 2013.

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Profile Summary of Olamide

Birth name Olamide Gbenga Adedeji
Born 15 March 1989 (age 33)
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres
  • Hip hop
  • Afrobeats
  • Nigerian hip hop
  • Rap
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels
  • YBNL Nation
  • Empire

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Olamide Early Life

Olamide Gbenga Adedeji was born on the 15th of March, 1989, in Bariga, Lagos State, and is a Nigerian rapper. He is the middle child of Pa Adedeji and his second wife, Ronke Osisanya Adedeji, and the second of their three children. Olamide has two siblings, TemmyGold and Eniola Olamilekan, who are both musicians (who is also known as DJ Enimoney).

It was with the publication of his debut track, “Eni Duro,” in 2010 that Olamide began his professional music career. His performance at The Hip Hop World Awards took place the same year as well. He enrolled at Tai Solarin University to study mass communication, but withdrew out owing to financial difficulties.

Olamide Wife and Children

Adedeji is the husband of Adebukunmi Aisha Suleiman.Together, they are the parents of two sons, Maximilian Boluwatife and Tunrepin Myles. Olamide is alleged to have had a love child with Maria Okanrende, who at the time was employed by The Beat 99.9 FM in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Olamide Music Career

Toni Payne was his manager and he was signed to ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes record label. YBNL Nation is his own musical label, which he founded in 2012 after leaving Coded Tunes.

Rapsodi, Olamide’s debut studio album, was released in 2011. The album’s main track, “Omo To Shan,” reached the top of the charts on various radio stations in Lagos and around Nigeria. Several artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, D’banj and Reminisce, have collaborated with Olamide since his debut album, which was released in 2013.

It was published in November 2012 that Adedeji’s second studio album, YBNL, was released. Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz, and ID Cabasa were in charge of the project’s production. Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One all make appearances on the album, which also has guest appearances from Davido and Tiwa Savage. It was accompanied by the tracks “I lefo Illuminati,” “First of All,” “Stupid Love,” and “Voice of the Street,” all of which were released as singles.

Olamide’s third studio album, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, is his third studio album. YBNL Nation released it on November 7th, 2013, and it is the first single from the album. Olamide recorded the album between 2012 and 2013, and he sought the help of several other musicians, including Pheelz, Buckwyla, Ketchup, Ice Prince, Pepenazi, Endia, Viktoh, B.Banks, Phyno, Pele Pele, and Bez, to contribute to it. Except for the thirteenth track, “Sitting on the Throne,” which was produced by Pheelz, the album was totally produced by him.

There were four singles released in support of Baddest Guy Ever Liveth: “Durosoke,” “Turn Up,” “Yemi My Lover,” and “Eleda Mi O.” The album was included in the Premium Times newspaper’s ranking of the top 5 Nigerian albums that have not yet been published in 2013. According to Afrikka Radio’s ranking of the top 12 best Nigerian albums of 2013, it came in at number 12. When it came to the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth took home the award for Best Album of the Year, and it was nominated for Rap Album of the Year when it came to the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards. At the 2014 Headies Awards, it was named Best Rap Album as well as Album of the Year.

According to reports, Olamide had signed a recording contract with DB Records in May of that year. Olamide responded to the reports on Twitter with a debunking statement. The Juice, a NdaniTV show, included an interview with Toolz, who stated that it was “too late” for anyone to sign him.

YBNL Nation distributed Olamide’s fourth studio album, Street OT, which was released on November 14, 2014. The album is a follow-up to his Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album, which was released in 2013. Street OT, which was preceded by the singles “Story For The Gods” and “Goons Mi,” has guest performances from Pasuma, Lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Phyno, Don Jazzy, and Reminisce, among other artists. Pheelz, B-Banks, and Young Jonn were in charge of the album’s production.  With the title of the album, Olamide hopes to exalt and demonstrate his love of “the streets,” a term that he is very familiar with and has a lot of affection for.

In 2015, Olamide partnered with Phyno on the release of the album 2 Kings. Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation released it on April 1, 2015, on Cloud 9 and the iTunes Store with little fanfare and with little notice. There are collaborations with producers and guest artists such as Wizkid, Lil Kesh, Storm Rex, Pheelz, Major Bangz, B.Banks, and Young John, and the album includes songs written by them. Prior to recording the album, Olamide and Phyno worked together on a number of songs, including “Ghost Mode” and “Dope Money,” which were both released on the same day. The singles “Une” and “Confam Ni,” both of which were released in the months leading up to the album’s release, were both created by the album and released as singles.

The film Mayweather was released on November 23rd, 2015. Eyan Mayweather is the follow-up to 2 Kings, a collaborative album by Olamide and Phyno that was released through YBNL Nation and featured studio production from Pheelz, Young Jonn, B Banks, and I.D. Cabasa. Eyan Mayweather was produced by Pheelz, Young Jonn, B Banks, and I.D. Cabasa. The album included a total of 21 tracks, none of which featured any guest vocalists.

Olamide’s sixth studio album, The Glory, was released on December 23, 2016, marking the artist’s sixth studio album overall. Pheelz produced the studio version, which was released on YBNL Nation. The album has 16 tracks that are played back to back, including guest appearances by artists such as Phyno, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Akuchi, and Davolee. The Glory is the sequel to Eyan Mayweather’s debut album.

Olamide dropped a surprise project, the EP 999, on the 10th of February in the year 2020. Pheelz produced the majority of the album’s nine songs, which were all written by him. Guest appearances by Phyno, Maximilliano (Olamide’s son), and others are included on the album.

YBNL Nation, the record label owned by Olamide, announced to the public on February 18, 2020 that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with multinational distribution company Empire. He went on to say that Fireboy DML, as well as any other new artists signed to YBNL Nation, will be able to benefit from the agreement.

Carpe Diem, Olamide’s eleventh studio album, was released on October 8, 2020. It contains 12 tracks and features Omah Lay, Fireboy DML, Peruzzi, Bad Boy Timz, Bella Shmurda, and Phyno. The album’s production credits go to Young John, Pheelz, P.Prime, Idcabass, and VStix, and it was released on March 31. Olamide Music Chart on Twitter indicates that the album passed the 500Million stream threshold on the 1st of June, 2021, according to the chart.

Olamide revealed on the 16th of March, 2021, that he has completed work on his next album. On April 18, he announced the release of his album UY Scuti, which was published on June 18th. Olamide stated that his son was the basis for the album’s title, UY Scuti, which he said was a play on words.

Olamide hinted at his impending retirement on February 5, 2022, following the release of his 12th studio album.

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Olamide Net Worth

Olamide has unquestionably contributed significantly to the development of the Nigerian music business. So far, he has been successful in promoting a musical niche that was not widely accepted by the rest of the industry.

Baddo’s command of the Yoruba language has won him a well-deserved reputation in Lagos and throughout Nigeria.

With each passing year, Olamide’s net worth continues to grow and improve. His net worth is currently estimated to be $20 million.

His music has proven to be his most lucrative source of revenue, earning him lucrative endorsement deals with local and international corporations such as CIROC, Guinness, Etisalat, and Glo, among others.

His signing with the French vodka behemoth, CIROC, made him the first Nigerian singer to sign a deal to become a brand ambassador for the company.

YBNL has proven to be a huge success. The music label, which is owned by Don Jazzy, continues to be one of the most formidable competitors to Mavin Records.

Olamide is a frequent winner of awards such as the Heddies Awards and the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, among others.

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Olamide Awards And Recognition

  • Best Indigenous Artist, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013
  • Male Artiste of the Year, Too Xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Artiste of the Year, Too Xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Artist of the Year, The Headies, 2015
  • Best Street-hop Artiste, The Headies, 2015
  • Rap Artist of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards, 2015
  • Rap Act of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2016

Olamide Musical Awards

  • Best Album of the Year, ‘YBNL’ Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013
  • The Best Collabo of the Year, ‘Ghost Mode Phyno featuring Olamide’, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013
  • Best Rap Album and Album of the Year, YBNL, The Headies, 2013
  • The Best Afro Hip-hop Video Durosoke Nigeria Music Video Awards, 2013
  • Best Street Hip-hop Artiste, Durosoke, The Headies, 2013
  • Most Gifted West ‘Turn Up’ Channel O Music Video Awards, 2014
  • Album of the Year, ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ The Headies, 2014
  • Best Rap Album, ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ The Headies, 2014
  • Mixtape of the Year, ‘2Kings’, Olamide and Phyno, Too xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Best Hip-hop Track ‘Local Rapper’ Reminisce featuring Olamide & Phyno, Too Xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Video Wonder of the Year, ‘Melo Melo’ Too Xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Certified Banger of the Year ‘Shakiti Bobo’ Too Xclusive Awards, 2015
  • Album of the Year ‘Eyan Mayweather’ Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2016

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