In 2010, Nigerian rap superstar Olamide Adedeji better known by his stage name, Olamide Badoo launched onto the Nigerian music scene with his super hit single, Eni Duro. He was signed to ID Cabasa’s record label, Coded Tunes Records, at the time.
Since he left Coded Tunes Records to start his own record label, YBNL, Olamide has gone on to discover talents like Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Fireboy DML, Asake, and his latest find, Senth. Producers like Young Jonn and Pheelz were also initially under Olamide’s wing, and like the other artists under the label, they have gone on to do big things.
Olamide has shown multiple times that not only is he a master musician, he clearly also has an eye for great talents.
Today, Young Jonn is one of the hottest artists in the Nigerian music scene. However, before the 360 turn, he was Young Jonn the Wicked Producer, the brain behind some of Olamide’s biggest hits.
Here are 9 times Olamide and Young Jonn teamed up for massive mainstream success
1. Story For The Gods
Story For The Gods, a hit song from Street OT, the fourth studio album by Olamide had everyone in a chokehold in 2015. In Story For The Gods, Olamide and Young Jonn displayed a synergy that made the song an instant massive hit. The lyrics were relatable, and the beat had everyone moving their bodies. It was such a great hit that it birthed an iconic slang when you catch someone capping, you can respond with ‘story for the gods’.
Olamide made it clear in his 2015 hit song, Bobo that he wasn’t in the game to play. Baddo’s catchy and memorable lyrics and Young Jonn’s impeccable production were on full display and explored to their full potential. Bobo was also a hit because of its signature dance moves that went viral on social media and became a favorite routine at parties.
One of the major street anthems of 2017, Wo!! was guaranteed to always get the crowd moving. The jam encompassed everything Olamide was known for; easy to follow songwriting with great sound bites. With Olamide’s excellent delivery, the ‘get on your feet’ beat, and great production by Young Jonn, Wo!! was one of their best collaborations.
Who else tried to learn the dance moves? The ‘shaku shaku’ dance was everywhere. If Wo had been released in this era of TikTok and viral dances, it would have been a global hit.
4. Science Student
Another street hit, the ‘ko s’ewe, ko s’egbo’ bridge was enough to get people on the dance floor and bring their best version of the shaku shaku dance. While this is not an endorsement of the message Olamide was passing in Science Student, it can’t be denied that the song was excellent in its simplicity and smoothness in its delivery. it’s worthy of note that Science Student in no small way inspired a movement, with many fans making their own music videos of the song, with the hopes that it would go viral on Instagram.
5. Pepper Dem Gang
In Pepper Dem Gang, Olamide and Davolee shower compliments on a beautiful girl. He goes the extra mile to assure his lover that he will give her his kidney, encouraging her to live her best life and flaunt her beauty. A simple love song that is a joint work of Olamide, Davolee, and Young Jonn when he was a wicked producer, Pepper Dem found popularity, especially amongst his female fans.
6. Prayer for Client
Prayer for Client was released as part of Olamide’s studio album Street OT. In this body of work that was undoubtedly a mainstream success, Olamide delivers a gospel-esque song, asking for providence and declaring good things for himself, especially money.
Olamide and Young Jonn delivered an anthem for everyone hustling for money in this song.
7. Falila Ketan
Failla Ketan is another song from Olamide’s fourth studio album, Street OT. Characteristic of most Nigerian musicians, Olamide professes his adoration of his love interest who in this case is bow-legged woman, Falila. The chorus comes off as quite vulgar, but it’s a sweet jam with an infectious beat that would leave you gyrating to the song. A great hit!
Olamide is the GOAT. If you doubt this, ask artists like Adekunle Gold, Fireboy DML, Asake, and even Senth. These major music industry players would tell you that Olamide is the real MVP.
The instrumentals, and the beat waves perfectly with Olamide’s vocals. Olamide and Young Jonn yet again delivered on this.
With his signature silky voice, Olamide created a great work of art in Update. Over a great beat, solid verses and a boisterous yet steady voice, he rhetorically queries when success in different areas of life would be achieved. Once again, Young Jonn complemented Baddo to make Update a great work of art.