Why Olamide is still big and without competition

Thirty-two-year-old recording artist, Olamide Gbenga Adedeji aka Olamide has revealed that he’s his only competition in the music industry.


In an interview with CNN, Olamide explains that though he understands that there’s something called healthy competition, he sees himself as his only competition.


“It’s business and there’s something called healthy competition and all that — but my only competition in life is the man I was yesterday.”

Why Olamide is still big and without competition

He went further to say he’s neither bothered about who is better than him in the industry or who he is way better than.


“So, I don’t really bother about who I’m better than, or who’s better than me. I’m more bothered about if I can be way better than I was yesterday. That’s the most important thing for me.”

The father of three also said he’s not one who will blow his own trumpet but will keep raising the bar and pushing his brand to the extreme. “What’s key for me is pushing my brand to the extreme and getting the paper right. So, anything else that comes after that is extra. If I see an opportunity to push my brand to the extreme, I would definitely do that, and an opportunity to make more paper, I will definitely do that. But blow my trumpet? Nah, that’s not me.”

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Also speaking on the much whispered Empire deal which he signed in 2020, Olamide says “The offer was right and it’s the type of deal that gives YBNL [Olamide’s record label] the room to also coexist without losing our identity.

It’s a joint venture, so it’s not just Empire owning YBNL or owning Olamide’s brand and all that. So, it’s like we are coming together as two different entities to come together as one.


With massive hit songs under his belt, Olamide is a force to be reckoned with.

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He has been in the game since 2011, and there has been no slowing down. He is the founder of the famed YBNL record label which is home to talented artists like Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold among others.


In a compilation by Naijamz, here are the top Biggest Hit Songs of Olamide’s musical career;

Omo To Shan
This song began it all for Olamide in 2011. Omo to Shan was the lead single from  his debut album “Rapsodi”. This song launched him into the limelight and led to him collaborating with artists like D’banj and 9ice.

Voice of The Street
Olamide used this song to cement his place as an indigenous rapper. It featured in his second studio album Tagged  “YBNL” in 2012.

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First of All
No one can talk about Olamide’s early beginnings without talking about the song “First of All.” This song catapulted his fame to the next level.  “First of All” received massive airplay and was well received by the listeners.


Olamide’s third album ”Baddest Guy Ever Liveth” birthed hit songs, and one of them is “Durosoke.” It was a 2013 favorite among listeners.


Who U Epp
This song was a huge hit when it was released. Olamide released this Wande coal and Phyno assisted track after popularizing the word “Who U Epp” on social media.


Ghost mode

This song brought together two amazing rappers Olamide and Phyno. It was a cultural phenomenon and received massive airplay.  The beauty of this song is that it brought the Igbo and Yoruba cultures together. It can be said that “Ghost mode” is one of the greatest collaborations on Nigerian soil.  This song made 2012 a memorable year.

This song was released at a time when Nigerians were crazy about dancing. “Bobo” coupled with its dance move became an instant hit when it was released.  This song further proved that everything Olamide touches turns into gold.


This song was such a huge hit when it was released. It highlighted that Olamide never forgot his hood origins and still had his street credibility. Wo is unforgettable and is one of those songs that is part and parcel of Olamide’s successful musical career.


Science Students
Olamide’s Science Student was a phenomenon when it was released, sang mostly in the Yoruba language. This song spoke about the drug usage culture in modern-day Nigeria.  Young john produced this song that will go down in history as one of the biggest songs of Olamide’s career.


Eyan Mayweather
Eyan Mayweather is another hit song from Olamide’s musical career.  This song was the lead single in Olamide’s 2015 album of the same name.


This Bad Boy Timz assisted track was one of the highlights of Olamide’s 2020 album “Carpe Diem.” Loading” received massive airplay and was used by a lot of social media users on their posts and stories.


Honorable mentions


Infinity is fresh off Olamide’s 2020 album “Carpe Diem” and featuring the talented Omah Lay. It was an instant hit on its release. This song received massive airplay and was one of the Top Trending Nigerian Music right from its release date.


Fada Fada
Olamide was featured on this song by Phyno. This song was a massive hit, and it is no surprise because Olamide and Phyno make hits together.

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