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Olamide Will rapper release a 6th album this year?

With such high flurry of activity, many are expecting the rapper to plug in a 6th album into his plans. On the shallow side, the rapper would need to keep up his track record for number of LPs, but he also needs to come back from the dismal reviews and lukewarm reception of “Eyan Mayweather”.

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Olamide has 5 solo albums to his name. play

Olamide has 5 solo albums to his name.

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At the moment, Olamide is boss. The street rapper is credited for being the rap act in Nigeria who took indigenous rap from the confines of the hood and made it commercially ‘cool’ and viable. Five solo albums have aided this journey, but will a sixth one grace the country this year?

Olamide has a long history of albums, having set a precedent as the only Nigerian rapper to release five solo albums in five years, with a joint album making a 6th one.

 

The rapper began his long journey to this point with his first record in 2011, “Rapsodi”. This album was by far the most defining for the rapper. In 2010, a great representative of the street movement, Dagrin, had died in a tragic car crash, and a rising Olamide who had released the single ‘Eni Duro’ needed to fill the void. Moving his lyrics away from the hard life of the ghetto, Olamide dwelled on mundane subjects. Love, bragging, motivation and a lot more were thrown into the mix. This created a solid foundation.

 

2012 saw the rapper drop his first independent album, “YBNL” released under his newfound recording house, YBNL Nation. Songs such as ‘Voice of the street’, and ‘Illefo Illuminati’ gave him a cult following. This album was also instrumental in shutting down his doubters. Those muted doubts turned to admiration in 2013, as the rapper’s magnus opus, “Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was released. 2014 had the decent “Street OT”.

2015 was a special year for the rapper who first came together with his Eastern opposite number, Phyno, to drop the symbolic LP “2 Kings”. The joint album makes the record as the first Nigerian joint rap album. But the best was yet to come, as the rapper took on a brave project of releasing an LP with no features – “Eyan Maywether”. That album contained hit songs ‘Eyan Mayweather’, ‘Don’t stop’, ‘Bobo’ and ‘Melo melo’.

 

Olamide has kept a robust profile in 2016, starting off the year by declaring war on the Mavins, claiming the mainland, and working with the Lagos State government. Also he has had to supervise the release of Lil Kesh’s debut album “Y.A.G.I” (Young And Getting It), and ensured that Adekunle Gold stays winning. All of these has not hindered his progress, as he has released the song ‘Abule sowo’, with a video to match. He also has countless collaborations already this year.

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A photo taken during the singer's YBNL UK tour with Olamide and Lil Kesh.

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With such high flurry of activity, many are expecting the rapper to plug in a 6th album into his plans. On the shallow side, the rapper would need to keep up his track record for number of LPs, but he also needs to come back from the dismal reviews and lukewarm reception of “Eyan Mayweather”.

Pulse Music reviewed the album, stating that “It’s been a great run for Olamide, five solo albums in five years is the stuff of legends. A classic album is also a feature of rap legends. With 'Eyan Mayweather' Olamide has not scored one, and unless he re-invents himself his stellar career might be short of a classic.”

He will need to come back with a better, well-rounded LP that can lay claim to classic status. Olamide has the talent to produce music like no other one can at his level, he combines lyricism with adept definition to create impressive work. That will need to be upped for the next album.

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