NAME: Olamide Adedeji
ALSO KNOWN AS: Olamide
DATE OF BIRTH: 15 March 1989
OCCUPATION: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper
YEARS ACTIVE: 2011 - present
LABEL: YBNL Nation
Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March, 1989), known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Baddo, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album, Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint, YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles "First of All", "Voice of the Street", "Stupid Love", and "Ilefo Illuminati". On 7 November, 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album's singles include "Durosoke" and "Yemi My Lover". On 17 July, 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. Olamide has been nominated and won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.
Olamide was born in Bariga, Lagos State. In 2000, he decided to pursue a career in music. When asked why music, he said: "I found out I was gifted in it so I had to explore it, it's my life, my hustle, my world". In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards. He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled, Rapsodi.
Olamide's debut album, Rapsodi, was released in 2011. The album's lead single "Eni Duro" charted on several radio stations in Lagos. Olamide's debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D'banj.
Olamide's second studio album, YBNL, was released in November 2012. The album's production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. It featured guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. The album was supported by the singles "Ilefo Illuminati", "First of All", "Stupid Love" and "Voice of the Street".
Improbable Record Deal With DB records
In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal with DB Records. Olamide took to Twitter to debunk the reports. In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV's The Juice, he said that it is too late for anyone to sign him.
On 17 July, 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. On 24 October, 2013, he signed a multi-million Naira deal with Guinness. In November 2013, he became an ambassador for Etisalat alongside Ice Prince. In 2017 he also became an ambassador for Sterling Bank Plc.
· Rapsodi (2011)
· YBNL (2012)
· Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (2013)
· Street OT (2014)
· Eyan Mayweather (2015)
· The Glory (2016)
· 2 Kings (2015) (with Phyno)