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Birth nameLanre Dabiri
Also known asThe Don
Born (1977-05-23) May 23, 1977 (age 41)
Kaduna, Nigeria
OriginLagos, Nigeria
GenresAfro hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, record producer, song writer, Architect
Years active1998–present
LabelsTrybe Records
Associated actsTrybesmen, Sasha P, Yemi Alade, Chiddy Bang, Dr SID, Sarz

Lanre Dabiri (born May 23, 1977), better known by his stage name Eldee, stylized as eLDee, is a former Nigerian-American rapper, singer, and record producer but now an IT Consultant based in the United States [1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

He is an original member of the band Trybesmen, which was started in 1998 with rappers KB and Freestyle. He has made five solo albums.

Early life and education[edit]

eLDee comes from Lagos Island in Lagos State of Nigeria. He has a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Music career[edit]

After moving to the United States in 2002, eLDee recorded a solo album titled Long Time Coming (2004). He followed it up with Return of the King (2006), which contains the single "I Go Yarn". Return of the King won "Best International Album" at the 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York City.[citation needed] His subsequent albums are Big Boy (2008), originally titled Evolution, Is it your money Vol.1 (2010) and Undeniable (2012).

He came up with a collaboration of all artists on the Trybe Records label, called Da Trybe. They produced the singles "Work it out" and "Oya" in 2002, and the album BIG Picture in 2005.

eLDee has worked as an artist, producer, video director and a interactive media consultant.

He is passionate about African social issues.

Personal life[edit]

"Lanre" is a derivative for the Yoruba name "Olanrewaju" (which translates to "Wealth is moving forward").[8]

eLDee and his long-term partner, Dolapo Latinwo-Belo married and together they have 2 daughters, Temi, and Toke. He has been based in Atlanta, USA since 2002.

In December 2013 he posted a message on his official Twitter page to voice his support for gay rights, saying that hopefully one day soon Africa will realize that anti-gay sentiment is no different from racial or religious discrimination.[9]



  • 2004: Long Time Coming
  • 2006: Return of the King
  • 2008: Big Boy
  • 2010: Is It Your Money
  • 2012: Undeniable


  • 2000: L.A.G Style by Trybesmen
  • 2004: The Big Picture (Trybe Records Album)
  • 2009: The Champion: The Hits

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Akan, Joey. "eLDee: Rapper to make comback for Olamide collaboration?". Pulse.ng. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2017-08-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "eLDee And Wife Celebrate 7th Wedding Anniversary - INFORMATION NIGERIA". Informationng.com. 7 November 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Eldee Picks Rapper, Eva Alordiah As First Lady". Nigeriafilms.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "TheNET.ng - Nigeria's Top Website for News, Gossip, Comedy, Videos, Blogs, Events, Weddings, Nollywood, Celebs, Scoop and Games". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Eldee signs female rapper, Eva Alordiah to Tribes Records v.20 - Daily Post Nigeria". Dailypost.ng. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Olanrewaju - Nigerian.Name". Nigerian.name. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Rapper Eldee advocates for gay rights, as fans go wild! - Vanguard News". Vanguardngr.com. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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