Olamide’s extensive discography over the last five years has so many notable high points some gems may breeze by even the most hard core fans without them noticing. The following are 10 of the rarest gems in Olamide’s artistry we all need to pay more attention to.
Apa Ti Jabo
This ID Cabasa produced track is set on a nearly untouchable rock music instrumentation with pattern arrangements that randomly peak at unexpected breaks alongside metal guitars occasionally interchanged with mellow synths. Olamide supports ID Cabasa’s stellar production with hard hitting bars that alternate between aggression and sub-psychotic verses. The result is so peculiar, you can almost hear him subtly breathing a Joker-esque laugh over his bars. This is one Olamide song no amount of replays will do justice to.
Dope Money (feat. Phyno)
Sequel to Phyno’s Ghost Mode is Dope Money off Olamide’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album. Dope Money bears the same interpolated verse and chorus mark both rappers shared on its prelude. Olamide slinks into verses delivered in his local Ijebu dialect, while working his lines around a signature wit and humor to create one of the hardest rap collaborations we have heard since he set the bar with Ghost Mode a few months earlier.
DaGrin’s death still feels like a sore wound Nigerian music will never really recover from. For Olamide, his anguish was channeled into an ID Cabasa produced sing-song lyrical dirge which samples direct lyrics from DaGrin while simultaneously celebrating the rapper’s short-lived career through Olamide’s eyes.
Responsibility (feat. Adol)
Olamide’s debut Rapsodi album is rarely ever mentioned in the list of the rapper’s massive catalog, but that does not mean it was weightless in content and this Adol featured number just about proves our point.
Jogodo (feat. Lynxx and Ajebutt3r)
There is very little information on the context behind this single, but Olamide has a new single out every other day, so we’re not too surprised not much was heard about this trap music refix of Prof Linkin’s 2003 hit of the same name.
Fucking With The Devil
One of the more introspective numbers off Olamide’s debut independent album YBNL, takes listeners deep into the core of the rapper’s mind. Olamide uses the devil as a metaphor for fame to adequately describe his anxieties for the solo journey he was about to embark on after his exit from Coded Tunes.
Carry Me Go (feat. Storm Rex)
Off Olamide’s 2Kings album with Phyno, this StormRex featured single is set on a melodious high life baseline. Olamide’s casually flirts with the Igbo language as he woos his lover to have more faith in his ability to shower her with affection. If you ever wondered if Olamide had a softer more poetic side, this is where to find out.
Higher (feat. Bez)
Higher, One of Olamide’s more inventive tracks ever recorded, features soul singer Bez who opens this motivational number with a stellar chorus backed by a choir. There are soft breaks and jazz snares littered all over this wonder work and we still wonder if we will ever see this version of Olamide again.
Though it held some sparkling highlights, Olamide’s Street OT album was mostly filled with forgettable songs. However, album closer Eni Suun which loosely translates as ‘You won’t get any sleep’ stands out as a reminder from Olamide to his contemporaries in the game that his reign of back to back hits had just begun whether fans and critics alike want it or not. And true to his words, we haven’t stopped hearing Olamide in every nook and cranny of the indstry ever since.
Hustle. Loyalty. Respect (feat. Reminisce)
Towards the close of an incredibly lengthy Street OT album, Olamide is backed by Edge Records boss, Reminisce on HLR. Both rappers trade hard bars to replicate a level synergy we have only seen Olamide achieve with Phyno. This the ultimate Yoruba hip-hop gospel only real fans will value.