Over the last few years, Olamide has grown to join the league of the most consistent and successful performing arts in his home country, Nigeria, and the African continent at large. So fast has he become famous that before the year 2015 came to an end, he was already topping the list of Nigeria’s most-watched artists on YouTube. So how much do you know about his music? Which song by the artist drives you crazy? This post highlights all you need to know about the artiste and some of the most popular Olamide songs.
Olamide is the CEO and Chairman of the popular music record label YBNL Nation. Ever since his journey to musical success began in 2011, the artist has continuously featured in Radio stations, Television screens, as well as other audio and video devices due to his creativity, superb delivery, and unique style. The artist is indeed worthy of all the awards and recommendations he has earned over time.
Notably, not every fan of Olamide knows all songs by the artist. Up to now, the top name in the industry has more than 50 songs to his name alongside more than 30 collaborations. All of his songs, whether single of collabos, are amazing.
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Part of the musical success of the artiste can be attributed to his formula which involves releasing music relentlessly and majoring on pop and rap genres which turn out to be the most listened to genres in the recent times. This can be confirmed by the annual release of albums since 2011. In the list of all Olamide songs that have enjoyed maximum popularity, songs in all the genres have been considered, including ‘Melo Melo’ which is a unique piece in the catalog of the Bariga-bred rapper.
List of Olamide popular songs
While this detailed list takes into consideration the indigenous nature of the Naija artist’s music, it also takes into account such aspects as wordplay, delivery, rhyme, and lyrics, all of which are elements that are common to most song varieties in the hip-hop genre.
The most popular Olamide songs 2018 include:
Olamide - Science Student
Olamide began the year in full force after releasing his single ‘Science student’. The artist’s controversial street banger is a highly-potent combination of infectious melodies and energetic beats and has taken over the airwaves for a better part of the year. However, the song has had its own share of controversy with many claiming that the BBanks and Young John-produced single promoted drug abuse. Notably, the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria declared the track unfit for broadcasting.
Check out Science Student video below and leave your highlights in the comment section below.
Olamide - Love No Go Die
The boss of YBNL returned with yet another instant hit single which was basically a showcase of his first track of the year 2017. It was produced by Young John, and it expresses the artist’s versatility, talent, and prowess. A good number of party people and music lovers in Africa and in different parts of the world find the brand new slow groove to be quite danceable and ideal for those moments when you’re just chilling out with your lover.
Check out the video
Olamide - Wavy Level
After releasing love no go die, the Nigerian hit maker comes through with yet another single that serves as the follow-up track. Notably, the producer for the track is Adey, but it was further mixed and mastered by BBanks. Have a look and rate it in the comments section.
Olamide - Summer Body (featuring Davido)
With the objective of keeping up with the good momentum after previous success from his released singles, the star breaks the ice to address the curiosity of his fans by making a huge comeback with this collabo. For a while before releasing the track, Olamide spent time testing it on social media to get comments and highlights from his fans. Subsequently, the YBNL honcho came through with the highly anticipated summer anthem that he did alongside fellow Nigerian star and boss of DMW Davido. This masterpiece record was produced by Pheelz. Have a look at the video.
Olamide - Don't stop
The super talented artist delights us with the track Don’t Stop in his Eyan Mayweather album. Despite rocking the airwaves and topping charts, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation banned the song claiming that the track contained vulgar lyrics, obscene scenes, and profane expressions. Regardless whenever you listen to the song, you’ll find yourself rocking your head with the rhythm and enjoying the flow. Take a look at the video.
Olamide - Wo
After releasing ‘Summer Body’, olamide then came through with yet a new club banger titled ‘Wo’, which will undoubtedly keep you on the move. The song was produced by his favorite guy Young John and has a relatively catchy chorus. Take a look at this video, and you’ll get to realize why olamide is still a big deal in the music industry.
Olamide - C Ronaldo
After dropping his viral record ‘Science Student’ which topped African music charts for months, the artist added yet another feather to his cap with this new captivating track. The song was produced by the music production veteran ID Cabasa. Notably, the jam has enjoyed an appealing vibe with fans as it is in sync with the popular ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance. Get your headsets and dance to the banger and don’t forget to share your insights in the comment section.
Here’s the dance video.
Olamide - Jesu O’Kola
Translated to mean ‘Jesus doesn’t have tribal marks’, this is yet another one of the most popular Olamide hit songs. This track is also off the artist’s sophomore album YBNL and was produced by the talented Pheelz. It talks about how he’s been successful despite not being a member of any group. Additionally, he hails himself for sticking to the indigenous rap. What’s more, the accompanying vocals by Aduke offer a mellifluous lift to those painstaking verses to give the track a polish that doesn’t exist on any other track in this album.
Olamide - Sitting on the Throne
This track is among the high points in the album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. It is a laid back hit with almost no wordplay or punch line. Nonetheless, it’s also a defining song, and its Pacific chorus provides a deathblow to anyone who hopes to have beef with Reminisce, MI, and Olamide himself. Check out the video yourself.
Olamide - Anifowoshe
This partly biographical hit song tells the story of an aspiring rapper’s childhood and life in Bariga slums characterized by threats from landlords alongside extreme poverty. These conditions forced the rapper to try and make a good life for himself. Notably, the track samples the eponymous song by KWAM 1, and if you share a similar rags to riches story, or relate to the struggles highlighted in the video, then be sure to find your eyes wet. The artist further captures his childhood struggles in the second verse that goes: Sorrows and tears ma fi mi se catwalk, won ma tun se high-five. This basically means that sorrows and tears played with him so much but would end up high-fiving him afterward.
Here’s the track’s official video.
Olamide - Hustle Loyalty Respect
The collaboration with Reminisce makes other tracks by the duo sound as though they are child’s play. One of the greatest punchlines in the track reads "Won Ni o je ka ni beef, beef is part of hip-hop”, which translates to they say we should be rivals, rivalry is part of hip-hop. On the track’s second verse, Reminisce replies by stating "O tu wa ninu video, mo ro pe e ni beef ni, attitude e yen da gan, iwa yi, gift ni" which basically translate to ‘You are appearing in his video. Shouldn't you be rivals? You must have a good attitude. Your character must be a gift’.
Take a look at this video.
Olamide - Young Erikina (Young Monster)
Most of his fans tag it as the biggest Olamide hit track that has never formed part of an album. The artiste released it as a promo single coming after the success of Rapsodi. Young Erikana also uses the same eerie sounds that are synonymous with most other olamide rap songs. Additionally, there are references to Ayamatanga and Ishawuru, which are monster-like creatures that featured in Nigeria television in the 90’s. The rhyme in this song is flawless, and also involves the use of three languages at some point.
See it for yourself.
Olamide - Rayban Abacha
Interestingly, the track was released as a single meant to form part of a street mixtape. Unfortunately, the tape never saw the light. Regardless, the track still makes it to the group of popular songs by Olamide due to its thread of punch lines that flow seamlessly in the first verse. In this song, the star holds on to the insularity in his Yoruba rap as evident in the line: I'm running around getting dough...I don't care if you don't hear me though. At some point, he also says I'm chopping rappers, bimpe ewedu Ni m'on to (like I'm separating the leaves from the stalks).
Enjoy the video.
Olamide - Voice of the Street (V.O.T.S)
Most view this as the best song by Olamide on the YBNL album. The song is more or less a form of allegiance pledge to the streets. Notably, the artist addresses those who want him to include more English words in his lyrics than Yoruba. He replies at some point in the song by saying "Se Lil Wayne gbo Yoruba?" whose basic translation is ‘Lil Wayne doesn’t understand Yoruba, does he?’
Up to now, Olamide has released five albums. They include:
Released in 2011, this album perfectly delivers the artist’s ‘I’m here to stay’ message. He released his first studio album under the record label that welcomed him to the industry: Coded Tunes. Here are all the songs in the album:
- I’m Going In (ft. Pheelz “Mr. Producer”)
- Boys Are Not Smiling (ft. Terry Tha Rap Man)
- Omo Toh Shan (ft. Wizkid)
- Apati Jabo
- Emi Lo Mi
- Kelegbe (ft. Lord Of Ajasa)
- Legendary Hustler (ft. 9ice and Reminisce)
- Eni Duro (The hit single)
- Fori Fori
- Woman (ft. Jumoke)
- Tribute To Dagrin
- Jara On Top (ft. AB1)
- Responsibility (ft. Adol)
- Lift Him High (ft. ID Cabasa)
- Dirty Rock (ft. B Rock)
- Sound Track Of My Life (ft. Soul Joe)
YBNL: Released in 2012
This album came straight after the artiste decided to do things his own way, and the subsequent birth of his record label, YBNL Nation. The album was released to back it up, and the Olamide old songs include:
- Industreet (ft. Reminisce and Base 1)
- F*cking With The Devil
- First Of All
- Lights In The Air (ft. Buckwyla)
- International Local (ft. Tiwa Savage)
- Emotional Blackmail (ft. Kidakudz)
- Voice Of The Street
- Jesu O Kola
- Panumo (ft. Davido)
- Stupid Love
- Street Love (ft. Minus 2)
- Ewo Idi
- Remember (ft. Kay Switch)
- Ilefo Illuminati
- Fuji House (ft. Dammy Krane)
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth: Released on 2013
With the release of his third studio album just a year later, Olamide confirmed that the process of releasing a quality album is indeed not as hard as most artistes portrayed it to be. Here’s the songs list.
- Higher (ft. Bez)
- Esu Pofo
- Rayban Abacha
- Rep Augbo (ft. Buckwyala)
- Yemi My Lover
- Dope Money
- King Shii
- Turn Up
- Eleda Mi
- Baddo Love
- Mu Emu (ft. B Banks)
- Position Yourself
- Sitting On The Throne
- Skit (ft. Ketchup)
- Church (ft. Viktoh)
- Gbadun Arawa
- Motivation (feat. Ice Prince, Endia, Pepenazi)
Street OT: Released in 2014
When a top artist decides that it’s indeed time to implement a bit of change in their style and then release an album to confirm it, they’re outstanding. Here are the songs in Street OT album.
- Oga Nla (ft. Pasuma, Lil Kesh)
- Eni Sun
- Zero Joy
- Usain Bolt P (ft. Lil Kesh, Chuka, Pepenazi, Chinko Ekun)
- Blood Money
- Possible (ft. B Banks)
- Ya Wa
- Hustle Loyalty Respect (ft. Reminisce)
- Hood Rap
- Story For The Gods
- The Real MVP
- 100 To Million (ft. Viktoh, Chinko Ekun)
- Up In The Club (ft. Viktoh)
- Skelemba (ft. Don Jazzy)
- In My Circle (ft. Phyno)
- Prayer For Client
- Falila Ketan
- Goons Mi
- Bang (ft. Chinko Ekun, Lil Kesh)
2 Kings: 2015 release
The king of the west, as he’s also referred to, teams up with the king of the east, Phyno, to release one of the continent’s sickest collabos album. Here are some of the tracks in the album.
- For My city
- Carry Me Go (ft. Stormrex)
- Koba Koba
- Nobody’s Fault
- Confam Ni (ft. Wizkid)
- Ladi (ft. Lil Kesh)
- Real Nigga
- God Be With Us
Eyan Mayweather: Released in 2016
This fifth and most recent of his albums contains some of Olamide's latest songs. Interestingly, it’s unknown why the afro-beat star opted to do it alone without featuring any artiste for a collaboration. The songs in this album include:
- Eyan Mayweather
- OG Wahedee
- Inferiority Complex
- Don’t Stop
- Matters Arising
- Where The Man?
- I’m Ok
- Kana Finish
- Igara Chicken
- Boom Boom Boom
- Sold Out
- Be Happy
- Lagos Boys
- Mama mi
- Say Something
Notably, all the albums have come out successful. In fact, when he released Eyan Mayweather, the last album, it kicked off Adele, the British pop sensation, from the top position on iTunes Nigeria.