Nigerian hip-hop sensation Olamide is a very busy man these days, but NATV’s Dblackbuddha caught up with him on his recent visit to Manchester to discuss his recent successes, his plans for the future, and find out a bit more about the man behind the music.
Olamide is famous for mainly rapping in his native Yoruba and we start of by asking him about the major influences which help him to form his own distinctive style.
His answer is immediate and direct: “The streets inspire me a lot. Where I’m coming from and my hunger for success. I just sit down and work on myself to get better everyday. And it’s working!” Indeed it is working. His latest album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth scooped Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2014, and it’s clear that he’s a deeply driven man, who takes his music very seriously.
As we discuss how he’s developed as a musician since his early offerings, he explains how his involvement in his artistic output is much more than just spitting the raps, but also is closely involved with the production of his music videos, telling us that “most times actually I come up with the idea of what I want the video to look like, and then the director will go back and work on it.”