Pulse Blogger 5 of Olamide songs with great themes

Olamide is today, one of the Nigerian artistes with the most fascinating portfolio of hit songs.

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Olamide is today, one of the Nigerian artistes with the most fascinating portfolio of hit songs.

Time and time again, he has proven his uncanny ability to satisfy the cravings of the Nigerian music audience. Whether hot or cold, Olamide has always served it in the way that Nigerians find it difficult to resist.

Very often, Olamide seems to sample the mood of the industry and then reverses to his creation room to come up with something on the button, from instant appealing songs to street cheered slangs, whatever it is that the street needs, Olamide delivers. His consistency with all of these and his other exploits have helped him claim the title of, King of the Street.

So while I was reflecting on the stride of Olamide in the music industry, it occurred to me to list 5 songs of Olamide’s songs with great theme, in my own opinion. Here is the list:

1. Voice of The Streets: I was once tasked by a friend to list top 20 successful core rap songs in Nigeria without Voice of The Streets, after ruminating for long without a complete list, I called my friend to confirm his verdict, Voice of the streets is one of the most impacting rap songs that the Nigerian music industry has seen, and perhaps Olamide's best attempt at hard core rap, ever.

Although at the time of the song's release, Olamide was still only laying the foundation of his career, he made it clear on the song, the direction his career was going to take. He was thorough on the song; he wrote the song to announce himself as the herald of Nigerian street gospel, and in acceptance, the street literarily submitted to him. Personally, I listen to the song, and it feeds me energy. I enjoy it cos it beefs me up. It will remain on my playlist till tomorrow.

2. Yemi My Lover: It is the theme of this song that I love, I can relate with every bit of the message. You know, Olamide has made a lot of groovy and dance-stimulating songs overtime, but for me, this is high up above most. I am always looking for good themes in artworks, and in Yemi My Lover, I found one.

On the song, Olamide did a fine narrative for a lady who had previously rejected his advances but is now all over him because he made it. How often do we see this happen? I'd say quite often. Those who have been rejected or cast-away by a lover in the past, are more likely to relate with the song. In case you dont know, Yemi My Lover has the rhythm of karma. You can feel its pervasiveness by listening to the song. It is a perfect 'b*tch please' song and I love it.

3. Lagos Boys: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I caught the  skeske roboske craze too. It was really hard not to. I mean, wherever he got that slang from, it was brilliantly used, as the song quickly became a market hit. I really like the video too, the clean scenes of plushness and the boisterous gathering in it, gave me something to muse about. Sometimes, I imagine I was invited.

The music itself has a good vibe, danceable and perfect for a 'feel you' mood. Plus, the yearn for a perfect song that touches the fun part of being a lagos bobo, might have added to the charming effect of the song on me. It’s one of Olamide's song that I really felt connected, so it’s on this list.

4. Melo: Unusual! That’s the word. I like such reflective songs with depth but honestly, I was looking somewhere else for supply. However, Olamide came through and delivered. Like I said earlier, he has a good knowledge of the industry and its dynamics, so he knows how to satisfy the yearnings of the general music fans.

On Melo Melo, Olamide did the love professing thing beautifully. The song is a very touching piece of work, on which I really felt Olamide. To me, it is the unscripted opposite of Olamide's other nice song, Yemi My Lover. Here, he appreciates his lover for showing him unwavering love, through straits and success. It was an unusual Olamide sound but it is enjoyable and welcome.

5. Anifowose: Sampling KWAM 1's song in that way, telling the story of his own life, reaching the deepest corners and projecting it inspiringly, cannot be less than pleasing to hear. Olamide was, simply put, a motivational singer on that song.

Listening to the song for me, is always an engaging exercise; while Olamide seem to be pulling out those mental pictures one after the other, it feels like I have a duty to imagine it. If you get the mental imagery, like I  do most times, you'd appreciate the beauty of the song too.

From my selection, it is obvious that I like music with message I can relate with. Alot of other people do too but we relate differently. It is okay, if the composition of your version of this list is different. I'd like you to share yours in the comment section.

Written by Ibironke Oluwatobi
Twitter: @ibironketweets

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