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.[2] 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.[3] Olamide has 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.[2] He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi.

Music career

He was signed to ID Cabasa's Coded Tunes record label and was managed by Toni Payne.[2] In 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label YBNL Nation.[4]


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, 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".[5]

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.[6] In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV's The Juice, he said that it is too late for anyone to sign him.[7]


On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.[8] 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.[9][10][11]


Studio albums
Compilation albums

Awards and nominations

2015City People Entertainment AwardsRap Artist of the YearHimselfWon
The Headies 2015Best Street-Hop ArtisteWon
Artiste of The YearWon
Best Pop Single"Bobo"Nominated
TooXclusive Awards 2015Certified Banger of The YearShakiti BoboWon
Video Wonder of The YearMelo MeloWon
Artiste of The YearHimselfWon
Male Artiste of The YearHimselfWon
Best Street Hop TrackShakiti BoboNominated
'Reggae Blues'

(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 YearStreet OTWon
2014The Headies 2014Artiste of the YearHimselfNominated
Best Rap AlbumBaddest Guy Ever LivethWon
Album of the YearWon
Best Rap Single"Dope Money"
(featuring Phyno)
2014 Channel O Music Video AwardsMost Gifted West"Turn Up"Won[12]
2014 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Rap Act of the YearHimselfNominated[13]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014Best Hip HopNominated[14]
City People Entertainment AwardsMusician of the Year (Male)Nominated[15]
Rap Artiste of the YearNominated
Most Popular Song of the Year"Eleda Mi"Nominated
Rap Album of the YearBaddest Guy Ever LivethNominated
World Music AwardsWorld's Best Male ArtistHimselfNominated[16]
World's Best Live ActNominated
World's Best Entertainer of the YearNominated
2013Nigeria Music Video AwardsVideo of the Year"Durosoke"Nominated[17]
Best Afro Hip Hop VideoWon
The Headies 2013Song of the YearNominated[18]
Best Street Hip-Hop ArtisteWon
Best Rap SingleNominated
"Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
Artiste of the YearHimselfNominated
Lyricist on the Roll"Voice of the Streets"Nominated
Best Rap AlbumYBNLWon
Album of the YearWon
2013 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Album of the YearWon[19]
Best Rap Act of the YearHimselfNominated[20]
Music Video of the Year"Voice of the Street"Nominated
Best Indigenous ArtisteHimselfWon[19]
Best Collabo"Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
2012The Headies 2012Hip Hop World Revelation of the YearHimselfNominated[21]
Best Rap Single"Young Erikina"Nominated
Best Rap AlbumRapsodiNominated
2011The Headies 2011Next RatedHimselfNominated