Olamide on the set of his "Sitting on The Throne" music video shoot in January 2014
|Birth name||Olamide Adedeji|
15 March 1989 |
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Baddo, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist from Bariga, Lagos State. 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.
Childhood and musical beginning
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 features 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
Olamide's work has influenced numerous artists including Lil Kesh , Viktoh , and Princess Vitarah . Popular music critic and Music In Africa editor, Osareme Edeoghon, writes that "Olamide has made five albums in five years—the only rapper to have done so. He is about to release his sixth, and should he decide to retire afterwards, he'll remain Nigeria's most exciting and original rapper ever."  The result is the logical end point of a decade-plus of Nigerian rap.
- Studio albums
- Rapsodi (2011)
- YBNL (2012)
- Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (2013)
- Street OT (2014)
- Eyan Mayweather (2015)
- The Glory (2016)
- Compilation albums
Awards and nominations
|2016||Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs)||Album of the Year||Eyan Mayweather||Won|||
|-||Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Won|
|2015||City People Entertainment Awards||Rap Artist of the Year||Himself||Won|
|The Headies 2015||Best Street-Hop Artiste||Won|
|Artiste of The Year||Won|
|Best Pop Single||"Bobo"||Nominated|
|TooXclusive Awards 2015||Certified Banger of The Year||Shakiti Bobo||Won|
|Video Wonder of The Year||Melo Melo||Won|
|Artiste of The Year||Himself||Won|
|Male Artiste of The Year||Himself||Won|
|Best Street Hop Track||Shakiti Bobo||Nominated|
(HarrySong featuring Olamide, KCee, Iyanya & Orezi)
(Olamide & Phyno featuring Lil Kesh)
|Best Hip-Hop Track||'Local Rappers'
(Reminisce featuring Olamide & Phyno)
|Mixtape of The Year||'2 Kings'
(Olamide & Phyno)
|Album of The Year||Street OT||Won|
|2014||The Headies 2014||Artiste of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||Baddest Guy Ever Liveth||Won|
|Album of the Year||Won|
|Best Rap Single||"Dope Money"
|2014 Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted West||"Turn Up"||Won|||
|2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|MTV Africa Music Awards 2014||Best Hip Hop||Nominated|||
|City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Year (Male)||Nominated|||
|Rap Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Most Popular Song of the Year||"Eleda Mi"||Nominated|
|Rap Album of the Year||Baddest Guy Ever Liveth||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||World's Best Male Artist||Himself||Nominated|||
|World's Best Live Act||Nominated|
|World's Best Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Nigeria Music Video Awards||Video of the Year||"Durosoke"||Nominated|||
|Best Afro Hip Hop Video||Won|
|The Headies 2013||Song of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste||Won|
|Best Rap Single||Nominated|
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
|Artiste of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Lyricist on the Roll||"Voice of the Streets"||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||YBNL||Won|
|Album of the Year||Won|
|2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Album of the Year||Won|||
|Best Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Music Video of the Year||"Voice of the Street"||Nominated|
|Best Indigenous Artiste||Himself||Won|||
|Best Collabo||"Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
|2012||The Headies 2012||Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Best Rap Single||"Young Erikina"||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||Rapsodi||Nominated|
|2011||The Headies 2011||Next Rated||Himself||Nominated|
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