“Omo I miss Da Grin/ The streets, they miss him too/ Cos’ ever since he left we’ve got nothing to listen to/These rappers misconstrue, nobody speaking truth..”
M.I echoed this on the song Akpata in 2013 to reflect an opinion many Nigerians have held since the late rapper’s untimely demise 5 years ago. However, all hope for the return of Yoruba rap that connects with the listener on fabric level may not be lost.
Reminisce’s latest act, Oladips is not your everyday Yoruba rapper. Although we are trying so hard not to label or place him in a creative box, his music holds a lot of lyrical depth and precision the Yoruba hip-hop genre has not demonstrated since the exit of DaGrin. But his versatility extends even further.
Ola Dips can tackle social and philosophical issues. He is a fierce rapper and a consummate story teller who won’t hide his pain behind covers.
Although Oladips has released some singles and song covers over the last couple of years, he recently gained the media’s attention after he won D’banj’s #TheKingIsHere rap competition.
With the rapper’s recently inked record and management deal with Reminisce’ LRR/Edge records the sky is not even the limit, it’s just a place to look forward to.