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Olamide - YBNL cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) [1]
LabelYBNL Nation
  • Olamide (exec.)
  • Pheelz
  • Samklef
  • I.D Cabasa
  • Akid
  • 2Kriss
  • Tyrone
Olamide chronology
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Singles from YBNL
  1. "Ilefo Illuminati"
    Released: November 20, 2011[2]
  2. "First of All"
    Released: June 21, 2012[3]
  3. "Stupid Love"
    Released: July 27, 2012[4]
  4. "Voice of the Street"
    Released: November 1, 2012[5]

YBNL (abbreviation for Yahoo Boy No Laptop) is the second studio album by Nigerian hip hop recording artist Olamide. It was released on November 12, 2012, as the follow-up to his debut studio album Rapsodi (2011). The album features guest appearances from Kay Switch, Tiwa Savage, Dammy Krane, Davido, Kidakudz, Reminisce, Base 1, Buckwyla and Minus 2. Olamide enlisted Pheelz, Samklef, I.D Cabasa, 2Kriss and Tyrone to produce the album. YBNL was supported by four singles: "Ilefo Illuminati", "First of All", "Stupid Love" and "Voice of the Street".

Background and composition[edit]

To promote the album, Olamide held an album launch party at Octopus Club in Yaba, Lagos. The launch party featured performances from Dammy Krane, Morell, Djzeez, Phyno, Phenom, Samklef, Skales and Lace.[6] Prior to the album's launch party in Yaba, Olamide held a concert at Mazabs Event Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State on March 21, 2013.[7]

The YBNL phrase is, in itself, a paradox. In layman's terms, Olamide wants to be fly like a Yahoo Boy, but doesn't want to be associated with sending scam emails. The lyrics of YBNL focus primarily on his love for God and the streets that raised him. In "Jesu O’ Kola", he looks to God for support because he believes the music industry castigated him. In the Church-like track "Jale", Olamide thanked God for preventing him from stealing. In "Voice of the Streets", he raps about his ambition and determination to blow; he also raps about the passion and energy that young hustlers like himself possess. In "Street Love", he reminisces about his humble upbringing in Bariga. In "Money", Olamide talks about his constant quest for paper chasing. In "Fucking with the Devil", he said he's not "born again", but can hear angels calling.[8]


On November 20, 2011, Olamide released the 2Kriss-produced album's lead single "Ilefo Illuminati". The music video for the song was released on June 23, 2012; it was shot and directed in South Africa by Godfather Productions.[9] On June 21, 2012, the album's second single "First of All" was released. It was produced by Pheelz. The music video for the song, taped at a total length of 4 minutes and 11 seconds, was directed in Nigeria by Patrick Ellis.[10] The remix of "First of All" features vocals from D'banj and appeared on the compilation album, D'Kings Men (2013). On July 27, 2012, YBNL Nation released the album's third single "Stupid Love". The song was produced by Samklef. Its music video was directed by Matt Max.[11] On November 1, 2012, the album's fourth single "Voice of the Street" was released. The music video for the song was also directed by Matt Max.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Hi-Life Magazine7/10[14]
Nigerian Entertainment Today3.5/5 stars[8]

YBNL received generally positive reviews from music critics. Tayo Ayomide of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, adding, "YBNL is the proud work of a rapper who has emerged from the shadows of a hit making producer and a late Nigerian rap legend to stand in the spotlight and boldly show us what Nigerian rap has been missing for a while- the heartbeat of the streets." [8] A writer for TayoTV gave the album 8 out of 10 stars, stating, "Olamide really did his homework on this album, most of the beats were on point, his features were great and his delivery and rhymes were solid. Of the 20 track over 70% are well thought out and mastered."[13] A writer for Hi-Life Magazine assigned a rating of 7 stars out 10, stating, "With the success of tracks like ‘First Of All’ and ‘Stupid Love’, this young 300 level mass communication part-time student of Tai Solarin University and Coded Tune artist who grew up from 9ice’s neck of woods – Bariga, Lagos is here to stay."[14]


YBNL won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at the 2013 edition of The Headies.[15]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 The Headies Best Rap Album Won
Album of the Year Won

Track listing[edit]

From Jaguda.[16]

1."Money"Olamide AdedejiPheelz2:08
2."Fucking with the Devil"AdedejiPheelz4:03
3."Lights in the Air" (featuring Buckwyla)
  • Adedeji
  • Buckwyla
5."Voice of the Street"AdedejiTyrone3:50
6."Panumo" (featuring Davido)
  • Adedeji
  • David Adeleke
I.D Cabasa3:49
7."Street Love" (featuring Minus 2)
  • Adedeji
  • Minus 2
8."Picture"AdedejiI.D Cabasa4:16
10."Fuji House" (featuring Dammy Krane)
  • Adedeji
  • Dammy Krane
11."Ilefo Illuminati"Adedeji2Kriss4:35
12."Remember" (featuring Kay Switch)
  • Adedeji
  • Kehinde Oyebanjo
14."Ewo Idi"AdedejiPheelz3:12
15."Stupid Love"AdedejiSamklef3:47
16."Jesu O Kola"AdedejiPheelz4:03
17."Emotional Blackmail" (featuring Kidakudz)AdedejiPheelz4:59
18."International Local" (featuring Tiwa Savage)
  • Adedeji
  • Tiwatope Savage
I.D Cabasa4:40
19."First of All"AdedejiPheelz3:06
20."Industreet (Cypher)" (featuring Reminisce and Base 1)
  • Adedeji
  • Reminisce
  • Base 1


  • Olamide Adedeji – primary artist
  • Tiwatope Savage Balogun – featured artist
  • Dammy Krane – featured artist
  • David Adeleke – featured artist
  • Kidakudz – featured artist
  • Reminisce – featured artist
  • Base 1 – featured artist
  • Fulado – featured artist
  • Buckwyla – featured artist
  • Starkash – featured artist
  • Minus 2 – featured artist
  • Pheelz – producer
  • Samklef – producer
  • I.D Cbasa – producer
  • 2Kriss – producer
  • Tyrone – producer

Release history[edit]

Region/Digital Platform Date Format Label
Nigeria November 12, 2012 CD, Digital download YBNL Nation
iTunes June 21, 2013[17] Digital download


  1. ^ "[Review] Olamide - YBNL (Yahoo Boy No Laptop)". TayoTv. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ "New Music: Olamide – Ilefo Illuminati". Jaguda. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Olamide – First Of All (Freestyle)". Notjustok. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Olamide – Stupid Love Ft Samklef". Jaguda. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Olamide – Voice of the Street". Notjustok. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ "VIDEO: Olamide YBNL Launch Party". Tooxclusive. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Olamide #YBNL Album Concert held in ILORIN". The Scene- Nigeria. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "You can't knock Olamide's hustle on YBNL [Album Review]". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. ^ "VIDEO: Olamide – ILefo Illuminati". Notjustok. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  10. ^ "New Video: Olamide – First Of All". Bellanaija. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  11. ^ "New Video: Olamide – Stupid Love". 360nobs. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  12. ^ "New Video: Olamide – Voice Of The Street". Jaguda. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  13. ^ a b "[Review] Olamide - YBNL (Yahoo Boy No Laptop)". TayoTv. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b "ALBUM REVIEW". Hi-Life Magazine. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Headies Award 2013 and Full List of winners". Osundefender. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Olamide – Y.B.N.L – [ Official Album Track List ]". Jaguda. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  17. ^ "YBNL by Olamide". iTunes. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.