I remember the first time I heard of Olamide, it was via ID Cabasa’s Facebook page. He posted a video of a certain Yoruba rapper called Olamide, performing a track called “Eni duro”. The way the boys from Bariga rhymed the song together with him only meant one thing: The boy was good and the streets could relate to his music.
Ever since then, he has dropped two albums, “Radsodi” and “YBNL”. His first album was good, laid back, flows and word plays. The second album was also that and more, it was like the inner Olamide was unleashed, the boy just went gaga, was like he couldn’t keep the beast in the cage no more.
His second album isn’t even that old yet, and already he’s working on his mix tape. Confession is supposedly one of the tracks off the mix tape, and that’s what this article is about.
The beat by Samklef wasn’t all that in terms of effect, but the cords were just enough for the lyrical venom Olamide was gonna drop on it.
First time I heard it, I was like: this boy is reacting to something, and off course the first line of his song says it all. . “I fell off after my first album, now I’m back again, but I no go let them give me first attack again”
“Esu tempt mi but kole para to mi, awon angels ton guide mi eleje ni wan, wan le sha anybody pa bimpe elede ni wan” Now this line has to be a metaphor, more like a Subliminal to any rapper who wants to come against him, that’s the way I see it. His next few lines proved me right though, as he goes on to send direct shots: “All these niggas forming old school like NTA 2 . . . . Ti e ba fe se oriburuku, emo ibi ti e ma se si, I work for my own money, aint freaking lazy, teba fe ma form DON ke mo ibi tema se si”.
He had some words for the ladies and those who didn’t believe in his hustle when he had nothing and now they want him back: ”Bitch I’m sorry but ain’t got time, remember what u called me back then? Omo ita” . .
“Igboro lawa, everybody lo mo story wa, babalawo yin gan o le tap current glory wa, when we started from the bottom, nobody to ri wa, now we here wan wa rojo kiri lori wa” The rhyme scheme on the song didn’t get over my head though, he proved on this song that he can also be poetic with his rap.
He went on to name veterans in the Nigerian rap game, who would always have his respect any day, and how he owes no other person in the rap game any respect, as it is optional to him “Shout out si awon Modenine, Six foot plus, Ruggedy baba, Eedris Abdulkareem area father, lord of Ajasa, MI Abaga . . That’s where it stops Mo’fucca, any other rapper dropping tracks, if I like I show love”.
He also rubbishes all the talk of any beef with his fellow Yoruba Emcee “Reminisce” as portrayed by gossip blogs. “Ain’t nobody fucking with me, ain’t fucking with dem niggas, I only bang with Reminisce, ain’t nobody fucking with us”
He ends the song, telling us that he has more to offer us, and how indigenous rap is here to stay “Okada no get reverse, bitch I only go further . . . They can’t separate us, Ibile Utd, we are our and we are out, total domination, street ti take-over”
Song gets 8/10 from me