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Olamide biography

His stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue.

Background information

Full Name: Olamide Adedeji

Born: 15 March 1989

Birth place: Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Also known as: Baddo or BaddoSneh

Genres: Hip hop

Famous as: Singer-songwriter rapper

Instruments: Vocals

Years active: 2011–present

Labels: YBNL Nation

Associated acts: Phyno, Pheelz, Lil Kesh, D’Banj, Wizkid, Davido, Wale, Reminisce

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Biographical history

He was born in Bariga, Lagos State on the 15th of March, 1989. 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 released ‘Eni Duro’ under the Coded Tunes record label which he was signed unto at the time. The song received nationwide critical acclaim and instantly shot Olamide to fame

In 2010, Olamide performed at The Hip Hop World Awards. He studied at Tai Solarin University of Education. In 2011, he released his debut studio album titled Rapsodi..

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Music career

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


Olamide’s debut album Rapsodi was released in 2011. Its lead single “Eni Duro” charted on several radio stations in Lagos and across Nigeria. Olamide’s debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D’banj.

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Olamide’s second studio album YBNL
was released in November 2012. Its production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. The album features guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. It was supported by the singles “Ilefo Illuminati”, “First of All”, “Stupid Love” and “Voice of the Street”.


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

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Studio albums

Rapsodi (2011)

YBNL (2012)

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (2013)

Street OT (2014)

Eyan Mayweather (2015)

The Glory (2016)

Lagos Nawa (2017)

YBNL Mafia Family (2018)

Achievements and legacy

On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.

He has been nominated and won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.

In 2014 Chiori Daniel Cole a rep of Achievas Entertainment Limited and Right Entertanment now known as TEC started the movement to see him hold his first ever concert, which is one of the biggest concerts OLIC (OLAMIDE LIVE IN CONCERT) he is the first person to sell out the Eko Convention Center four in the year 2014, 2015 ,2016 and 2018, in 2017 he sold out the Teslim Balogun Stadium holding over 12000 persons.

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He has also sold out the Eventim Apollo of 5000 capacity, He also sold out his Culture Tour alongside Phyno at the building six The O2 Arena in 2017

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Awards and nominations


He has won 22 awards out of the 46 he has been nominated for till date.

In 2011, he was nominated for Next Rated at the Headies Award.

In 2012, at the Headies Awards, he was also nominated for Hip World Revelation of the Year and Best Rap Single.

His album “Rapsodi” was nominated for Best Rap Album. After missing out in 2011 and 2012.


He got his first set of awards at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in the following categories:

1. Best Collabo (Ghost Mode by Phyno featuring Olamide);

2. Best Indigenous Artiste;

3. Best Album of the Year;

4. Best Rap Act of the Year;

5. Music Video of the Year.

At the Headies 2013, he won 3 out of the 7 categories he was nominated for. They included:

1. Best Rap Album;

2. Album of the Year Award;

3. Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste

Other categories he was nominated for include Lyricist on the Roll, Artiste of the Year, Best Rap Single and Song of the Year.

At the 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards, Olamide’s music video “Durosoke” was nominated for Video of the Year and Best Afro Hip Hop Video. The video won just the Best Afro Hip Hop Video category.

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2014 was not a great one in terms of awards received as Olamide won just 3 out of the 14 nominations he got that year. They were:

1. Channel O Music Video Award for Most Gifted West;

2. The Headies 2014 Award for Album of the Year;

3. The Headies 2014 Award for Best Rap Album.

In 2015, things were different. Olamide received 10 out of 12 nominations he got at different awards shows. They included:

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Album of the Year;

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Mixtape of The Year (2 kings, Olamide and Phyno);

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Best Hip-Hop Track (Local Rappers by Reminisce featuring Olamide and Phyno);

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Certified Banger of The Year;

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Video Wonder of The Year;

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Artiste of the Year;

TooXclusive Awards 2015, Male Artiste of The Year;

The Headies 2015, Artiste of The Year;

The Headies 2015, Best Street Hip Hop Artiste;

2015 City People Entertainment Awards, Rap Artist of the Year.

In 2016, at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Olamide won in two categories he was nominated for. The Album of the Year and Rap Act of the Year. We wish him more success and we hope he will add more awards to his collection.

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