Olamide, also known as Baddo, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter who has captured the hearts of music lovers around the world. With his unique blend of hip-hop, afrobeats, and indigenous Nigerian sounds, his ability to effortlessly switch between various genres and deliver catchy hooks with meaningful lyrics has endeared him to fans both in Nigeria and beyond.
Olamide has also established himself as a successful entrepreneur, launching his record label, YBNL Nation, and signing and nurturing talented artistes. Through YBNL Nation, he has discovered and propelled the careers of musicians such as Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, Fireboy DML, and Asake, with other artistes he has helped with just featuring on their songs.
From his early beginnings with the hip-hop track ‘Eni Duro’ in 2010 to his current status as one of Africa’s biggest music stars, he has consistently released hit songs, and many albums that have topped charts and garnered millions of streams. As I am penning this down, he just released his 11th studio album titled ‘Unruly’ which features guest artistes like BNXN, CKay, Rema, Fireboy DML, and Asake.
In this article, we will take a melodic journey through Olamide’s iconic discography and unveil the top 10 essential songs that have defined his career.
1. Eni Duro
Olamide’s breakthrough hit — Eni Duro marked Olamide’s breakthrough into the Nigerian music scene. Released in 2010, the song showcased his raw talent and lyrical prowess. The track was an instant hit and introduced him as a force to be reckoned with. With its infectious beat and catchy chorus, “Eni Duro” became an anthem for the streets and catapulted Olamide to stardom.
2. Science Student
Unarguably one of Olamide’s controversial yet influential songs, Science Student generated significant controversy upon its release in 2018 due to its lyrical content and perceived promotion of drug abuse. However, the song also highlighted the prevalent issue of drug abuse among Nigerian youth and sparked a national conversation. Despite the controversy, “Science Student” became a massive hit and showcased Olamide’s ability to address social issues through his music.
Baddo’s anthem for success — “Motigbana” is a testament to his journey to the top. “Motigbana oh, moti elevate” The song, released in 2018, celebrates his achievements and serves as an inspiration to his fans. With its catchy chorus and infectious rhythm, “Motigbana” became a motivational anthem, encouraging listeners to strive for greatness.
Olamide’s hit catalog cannot be mentioned without his infectious street banger, “Wo!!“. Undoubtedly one of Olamide’s biggest hits. Released in 2017, the song took the Nigerian music scene by storm with its infectious street vibe and danceable rhythm. “Wo!!” became a viral sensation and solidified Olamide’s status as a hitmaker. Its simple yet catchy chorus and energetic delivery made it an instant favorite among fans.
Olamide’s fusion of hip-hop and afrobeats, “Bobo” showcases his ability to seamlessly blend hip-hop and afrobeats. Released in 2015, the song features a catchy chorus and a melodic flow that captivated listeners. “Bobo” became an anthem for love and affection, further cementing Olamide’s versatility as an artiste.
This is Olamide’s latest impactful hit. “Eru” stands as one of his recent releases from 2020. The song carries a powerful message of self-belief and perseverance. With its infectious beat and captivating lyrics, “Eru” resonated with fans and further solidified Olamide’s position as a musical powerhouse.
7. Lagos Boys
Lagos Boys is one of the songs Olamide released in 2015 after the Shakiti Bobo wave, it pays homage to the megacity – Lagos. The lyrics are wavy, catchy, and easy to vibe to.
Pawon is that song that will get the club scattered, igniting a lady’s vibe with its body-focused lyrics. This song showcases Olamide’s ability to create feel-good music that brings people together. Whether you’re at a party or simply in need of a pick-me-up, Pawon is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and make you forget your worries.
9. Oil and Gas
Released in 2019, this banger pays homage to the powerful and influential individuals in Nigerian society and also teased them to spend some money where necessary. He subtly bragged about his connection and affluence on this track.
With its infectious beat, catchy chorus, and Olamide’s signature rap flow, Oil and Gas quickly became an anthem for the streets. The song’s success can be attributed to its relatable lyrics, whether you’re a fan of rap or afrobeats, this is a must-listen and undoubtedly deserving of its spot on this list.
10. Voice Of The Street
Olamide’s “Voice of the Street” was more of a declaration of himself as the custodian of indigenous rap. The track which is enlisted in his second album, YBNL, is one of his best rap songs to date.
Olamide’s music has transcended borders and made a lasting impact on the Nigerian music industry. His unique blend of genres, thought-provoking lyrics, and infectious rhythms have captured the hearts of millions. Through his talent and artistry, he has become a symbol of inspiration and hope for aspiring artistes.
As we unearth the musical gems that Olamide has created over the years, it is evident that his contribution to Nigerian music is immeasurable. His ability to evolve with the times while staying true to his roots is a testament to his versatility and artistry. Olamide’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, shaping the future of Nigerian music.