Baddest Guy Ever Liveth

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Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Olamide's Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album cover.jpg
Studio album by Olamide
ReleasedNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)
LabelYBNL Nation
ProducerPheelz, V.I.C
Olamide chronology
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Street OT
Singles from Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
  1. "Durosoke"
    Released: May 1, 2013[1]
  2. "Turn Up"
    Released: July 4, 2013[2]
  3. "Yemi My Lover"
    Released: October 6, 2013[3]
  4. "Eleda Mi O"
    Released: January 3, 2014

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (abbreviated as BGEL) is the third studio album by Nigerian hip hop recording artist Olamide. It was released through YBNL Nation on November 7, 2013.[4] Work on the album began in 2012 and continued through 2013. Olamide executive produced the album and enlisted guest artists such as Pheelz, Buckwyla, Ketchup, Ice Prince, Pepenazi, Endia, Viktoh, B.Banks, Phyno, Pele Pele and Bez. The album was produced solely by Pheelz, except for the thirteenth track "Sitting on the Throne".[5][6]

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was supported by four singles: "Durosoke", "Turn Up", "Yemi My Lover" and "Eleda Mi O". Olamide toured with D'banj, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Vector, Pucado, Phyno, Seyi Shay, Show Dem Camp, Kay Switch and Sean Tizzle as a supporting act on the Hennessy Artistry 2013 Club Tour.[7] The album was among Premium Times list of the 5 yet to be released Nigerian album of 2013.[8] Furthermore, it was ranked 12 on Afrikka Radio's list of the top 12 best Nigerian albums of 2013.[9]

Initial release date, cover art release[edit]

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was initially slated for release on October 14, 2013, but was postponed due to the respect that Baddo has for Samklef. He tweeted, "Don't compete with your homies. Make money with your homies. Due to the respect and love I have for my homie Samklef, I'm holding my album back. Let's support Samklef. Can't drop my album same day."[10] On October 17, 2013, Olamide unveiled the Caesar-inspired cover art for Baddest Guy Ever Liveth.[11]


Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was recorded primarily in the Yoruba language. Olamide explores the depth of the Yoruba language by rapping in different variations of it. On the song "Dope Money", he raps in Ijebu, a western Nigerian variation of Yoruba. Olamide incorporated elements, punch lines, and themes of Yoruba music onto the album. On the song "Eleda Mi O", he blends indigenous rap with Jùjú music. On "Esupofo", he is reminiscent of a commercial version of Da Grin. On the record "Position Yourself", Olamide raps over a Makossa instrumental. The beat on "Gbadun Arawa" bears close resemblance to D'banj's "Mobolowowon".[12][13]

Singles, other releases and "gunman pose"[edit]

On May 1, 2013, Olamide released the album's lead single "Durosoke" along with "Baddest N*gga Ever Liveth", a freestyle done over Jay Z's "Dirt off Your Shoulder" instrumental.[1] "Durosoke" was produced by Pheelz. It was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Rap Single at the 2013 edition of The Headies.[14] The music video for "Durosoke" was directed by Clarence Peters and exclusively released by Star Music.[15] On July 4, 2013, Olamide and YBNL Nation released the album's second single titled "Turn Up". The music video for the single was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa; it incorporates various clips of Olamide's performances on tour.[16][17] The music video was uploaded onto Vevo on December 2, 2013, at a total length of 3 minutes and 59 seconds.[18][19]

"Yemi My Lover" was released as the album's third single on October 6, 2013.[20][21] A writer for 360nobs applauded Olamide for the song, saying: "Olamide sings on this track which isn’t so bad plus he is much softer on his delivery, none of the angry spats, – and of course drops his funny yoruba lines with a hint of Ibo. Clearly talking to a past girl friend and all those girls who won’t go through thick and thin with a dude but want a come back when things are looking commercially fantastic.".[22] "Eleda Mi O" was released as the album's fourth single on January 3, 2014; its accompany music video was photographed and directed by Unlimited L.A.[23]

On March 18, 2014, Olamide released music videos for "Anifowose" and "Sitting on the Throne".[24] Shortly after releasing Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, fans and colleagues of Olamide showed him love by mimicking his "gunman pose" on the album cover.[25]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
TheBoilerNation3.5/5 stars[27]
Nigerian Entertainment Today3/5 stars[28]
Tooxclusive3/5 stars[29]

Upon its release, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was met with mixed to positive reviews. Tayo Ayomide of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 3 stars out of 5, stating: "BGEL is a less inspired version of YBNL constructed by a rapper that is creatively low at the moment. Even with its flaws, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth proves that hard work does pay off."[28] Ogaga Sakpaide of TooXclusive also gave the album 3 stars out of 5, stating: "Packed with many “fillers” just like her predecessor, BGEL’s Achilles’ heel is its length which reduces the wow factor of the entire body work."[29] A writer for TheBoilerNation gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, adding: "In summary, baddest guy ever liveth album is a bit overrated when compared with his 2012 ‘YBNL’ album and is rather better a Mixtape than an album. It has even gone viral already on the internet."[27] A writer for infoNubia said that Olamide "raps in English Yoruba, Pidgin and even delivers Ijebu rhymes which I thought was down right skillful. However some of this tracks sounded like freestyles that should probably stay on a mix tape album."[12] A writer for TayoTV gave the album 6.5 stars out of 10, adding that "the album's concept was very confusing, with an unstable rhythm. This album is like holding a machine gun and firing it anywhere and everywhere without any particular target, just wasting bullets. Album was disorganized, noisy in some parts, lacked cohesion and freshness. Very average project from an artiste of his caliber."[26] A writer for OkayAfrica stated: "At 21-tracks, Olamide’s latest full length might seem a stretch for those of us who now find comfort in nine song strong LPs and 140 character tweets. Yet length doesn’t take away from it being a thoroughly enjoyable confirmation that success hasn’t dampened Olamide’s fire."[13]


Baddest Guy Ever Liveth won the Best Album of the Year category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[30] The album was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards.[31] The album won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2014.[32]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 The Headies Best Rap Album Won
Album of the Year Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Won
City People Entertainment Awards Rap Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro" (featuring Do 2 D Tun)Olamide AdedejiPheelz1:34
2."Esupofo"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:21
3."Rep Adugbo" (featuring Buckwyla & Pheelz)Olamide Adedeji, Buckwyla, and PheelzPheelz3:54
4."Anifowose"Olamide AdedejiPheelz4:11
5."Skammer" (featuring Pele Pele)Olamide Adedeji and Pele PelePheelz2:56
6."Eleda Mi O"Olamide AdedejiPheelz4:23
7."Baddo Love"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:32
8."Position Yourself"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:23
9."Skit" (featuring Ketchup)KetchupPheelz1:20
10."Gbadun Arawa"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:40
11."Motivation" (featuring Ice Prince, Pepenazi and Endia)Olamide Adedeji, Panshak Zamani, Pepenazi and EndiaPheelz3:51
12."Church" (featuring Viktoh)Olamide Adedeji and ViktohPheelz4:14
13."Sitting on the Throne"Olamide AdedejiV.I.C4:28
14."Mu Emu" (featuring B.Banks)Olamide Adedeji and B.BanksPheelz3:57
15."Turn Up"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:58
16."King Shii"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:46
17."Durosoke"Olamide AdedejiPheelz4:20
18."Dope Money" (featuring Phyno)Olamide Adedeji and Azubuike Chibuzo NelsonPheelz4:24
19."Yemi My Lover"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:32
20."Rayban Abacha"Olamide AdedejiPheelz3:28
21."Higher" (featuring Bez)Olamide Adedeji and BezPheelz4:42
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"Motivation" samples Mumford & Sons' "Ghosts That We Knew" [13]
"Anifowose" samples "Omo Anifowose" (off the album Fuji Rapping by Fuji musician Wasiu Ayinde Marshall).


  • Olamide Adedeji - Primary artist
  • Pheelz - Primary producer
  • V.I.C - Secondary producer
  • Panshak Zamani - Featured artist
  • Pheelz - Featured artist
  • Buckwyla - Featured artist
  • Ketchup - Featured artist
  • Pepenazi - Featured artist
  • Endia - Featured artist
  • Viktoh - Featured artist
  • B.banks - Featured artist
  • Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson - Featured artist
  • Pele Pele - Featured artist
  • Bez - Featured artist

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Nigeria November 7, 2013 CD, Digital download YBNL Nation


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