December 26, 2016 will see the berth of Olamide’s sixth studio album. Titled “The Glory”, the album will certainly be loaded with rap. The talented rapper, who has dropped a studio album every year since his debut in 2011, is working on keeping the momentum going by releasing another album in 2016.
It will feature hit song ‘Who you epp’, along with other singles. The official artwork has been released, and it looks like this:
2016 has been a big year for the rapper. Under his leadership and guidance, his record label, YBNL, released an album (“YAGI”) for rapper Lil Kesh, who has ahead to create his own imprint. The label is currently promoting Adekunle Gold’s “Gold” album and is working on another rapper, Chinko Ekun, who has been releasing singles.
After the release of “Eyan Mayweather”, Olamide has released 8 personal singles. Nobody knows how many of his singles since his last album will make the “The Glory”. And although the rapper has kept up his work in the pop genre, he has always been sure to mix that with some Hip-hop tracks. This genre diversity has retained his credibility as a rapper, while also chasing the big bucks that comes from the pop sound.
Singles ‘Who you epp’, ‘Lies People Tell’, ‘Owo Blow’, and ‘Sere’have all been rap singles which sits squarely at the center of the Hip-hop conversation. If ever there was an award for the most eye-catching and viral Hip-hop record for 2016, ‘Who you epp’ will be a shoo-in for the trophy. Olamide understands his roots in indigenous rap music, and how he earned his credentials by spitting for the streets. He embraces his past, and looks to the future with more of it.
Pop music has been a menace to the Hip-hop genre, with the two types of music having found a way to move in together and cohabit a single space. Just as the marriage between R&B and Hip-hop in the US, our pop sounds have formed a natural alliance with rap music, and together they have grown. Olamide’s ‘Sere’ strides this fine line, and embodies what has been happening on the music scene for almost a decade. He is on the record with Lil Kesh, and together, they create music with elements of both worlds on display.
Just like his past three albums, rap has never been absent from Olamide’s career, and “The Glory” album will still be a glowing addition to Hip-hop. The man can adapt and become Nigeria’s A-list pop star, but he finds new ways to still be a rap star too. December will be a good month for the glory of Nigerian rap music.