We examine how Olamide’s appearance has influenced other artists’ breakouts, either directly or indirectly, demonstrating the power of a co-sign from the king of the streets.
In the Nigerian music industry, the name Olamide has a massive amount of weight. It’s a name that’s spread across all areas of the music scene (and beyond), powered by a nearly identical identity and personality. From having his break in the music industry as a budding indigenous rapper who showed talent, passion, and more importantly, HUNGER. His big break came from his classic rap tune ‘Eni Duro ; a hardcore hip-hop tune that took the streets with almost the same wave as the late Dagrin’s ‘Pon Pon’ did.
Olamide – Eni Duro
Dagrin – Pon Pon
10. Phyno – Ghost Mode
Phyno, who began his career as a producer, has already made an impact in the business with the remix of his song ‘Multiply,’ which featured heavyweights like Flavour, Timaya, M.I, and RAW. However, it wasn’t until he collaborated with Olamide on “Ghost Mode,” a heavyweight hip-hop track, that Phyno was fully exposed to the western portion of Nigeria, which is widely considered as the country’s music powerhouse.
9. Lil Kesh – Shoki (Remix)
Among the other artists mentioned, Lil Kesh was signed to YBNL. As a result, it’s unlikely that Olamide’s effect will be felt. After releasing two singles on his own (Lyrically and Shoki), ‘Kesh wasn’t getting the attention he deserved until Olamide joined the remix of the party jam ‘Shoki,’ securing the inclusion of another heavyweight singer, Davido. The song, which was published in 2014, was a massive smash and, as a result, gave Lil Kesh a good start in his career.
8. Ycee – Jagaban (Remix)
The young and stylish YCee had been garnering generally positive reviews as an underground rapper after dropping a song called ‘Condo’ alongside Patoranking. He then followed up with a smashing hip-hop track titled ‘Jagaban,’ which was produced by D’Will. Despite the fact that the song was doing well at the time, the remix featuring Olamide, which was released in 2015, accelerated the movement, bringing YCee and his music to a far broader audience. Since then, YCee has released several more popular singles.
7. Stormrex – Walk With Me
Stormex, a highly skilled vocalist who was already making movements underground before being signed to Penthauze, which is owned by rapper Phyno (Olamide’s very close ally), released another East-West duet in 2015. Stormrex was a household name because to her soul-stirring voice, although she was largely renowned in the east. Her appearance on IllBliss’ ‘Naalu Ekene,’ a song by veteran rapper IllBliss, was warmly welcomed. However, her popularity in Lagos, the music capital, was sealed by the Olamide feature, which drove her even higher. Unfortunately, she has been absent from the music industry for some time.
6. Zlatan – My Body
Zlatan Ibile, an indigenous who has also been putting in work, had a breakthrough before takeoff, focused on layering bars on groovy beats to cook up what is known in Nigeria as “Lamba.” He got his break in 2017 when he featured Olamide on one of those lamba songs called ‘My Body,’ which gave him the boost he needed to demonstrate the newly gained audience that he had more good music to offer. Later, Zlatan released a string of successful singles (including an incredible run in 2018 and 2019) and established his own record label, “Zanku Records.”
5. Naira Marley – Issa Goal
Naira Marley’s first major try was with ‘Kosi Weyrey,’ which included Olamide, however despite the Olamide component, the song was not a certified smash. However, Naira’s 2017 single “Issa Goal,” which featured Lil Kesh and Olamide, was such a smash hit that the Nigerian football team selected the remix as their official song during the 2018 World Cup.
4. Bella Shmurda – Vision 2020
The young Bella Shmurda had been making movements on his own, collecting his own fans and attention, just like most young artists who Olamide had given a significant break. Poco Lee, a dancer/hypeman, is said to have introduced him and Olamide. The OG jumped on Bella Shmurda’s ‘Vision 2020’ remix, which was released in 2019, and the rest is history. Both versions were created by renowned producer ID Cabasa, who also worked on Olamide’s breakout hit “Eni Duro.”
3. Jaido P – Tesinapot
This is a grass-to-grace narrative. The song ‘Tesinapot’ may have gone unnoticed if it hadn’t been for the Baddo effect, which solidified the notion that Jaido P was yet another excellent performer in need of a strong push to succeed. Despite being released during the pandemic year, the song became a hit when it was published in 2020.
2. Poco Lee x Portable – ZaZoo Zehh
In the Song Featuring Portable, Pocolee, Olamide, General Baddo discovered a random artist, Portable from the “streets,” who needed assistance on another day at the office, and Olamide didn’t hesitate to help. There was an original version in this scenario, but Olamide spiced things up by having P-Prime, a teenage ace producer, produce the ZaZoo Zehh remix. His part was smooth, and the controversy surrounding having Olamide on a song paid off, making it perhaps one of the most popular songs of December 2021.
1. T.I Blaze – Sometime (Remix)
Olamide has already given the world a new act to watch out for five days into 2021. A one-minute preview of the unreleased remix of this song on Olamide’s Instagram page was all it took to get hidden Afro-fusion act T.I. Blaze the recognition he deserved. The original song saw a significant spike in streaming while the remix was unreleased, then after the remix was released, it received over 500k streams across all music platforms in under 24 hours. There can only be one General Baddo!