ALBUM REVIEW: Olamide – Baddest Guy Ever Liveth

Posted by Tyler on November 20, 2013 in Album reviews · 93 Comments

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth ALBUM REVIEW: Olamide – Baddest Guy Ever LivethOlamide Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Album Review

Artiste – Olamide

Album – Baddest Guy Ever Liveth

Features –  Buckwyla, Pheelz, Pele Pele, Ice Prince, Endia, Pepenazi, Ketchup, Viktoh, B.Banks, Bez, Do”2D”Tun & Phyno

Producers – Pheelz & V.I.C

Duration: 1.2 hours

Label – YBNL (2013)

It’s been less than 12 months since Olamide’s acclaimed sophomore album ‘YBNL’ hit stores, but he’s not resting on those oars as the indigenous rap titan unleashes his third studio album titled ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’. The LP’s lead singles Durosoke and Turn Up catapulted the artiste to newer heights, ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’  serves as a sequel to ‘YBNL’; slightly stronger, deeper and a tad bit exhausting. Packed with many “fillers” just like her predecessor, BGEL’s Achilles’ heel is its length which reduces the wow factor of the entire body work.

Undoubtedly worth most of the praises and listen, consume our track-to-track review and know which cuts depress the endowment of the album.

  1. 1.     Intro Feat. Do”2D”Tun: In less than 2 minutes Cool FM’s O.AP Dotun tries to give a rundown of Olamide’s career as an artiste in a moving manner.
  2. 2.     Esupofo: Olamide fairly impresses with ‘Esupofo’ baring tribal and a young hip sound.
  3. 3.     Rep Adugbo (Feat. Buckwyla & Pheelz): Just like on YBNL, Buckwyla features on the third track on the album; this time though, he is joined by Olamide’s go-to producer Pheelz. The thumping track is all about representing your hood; the groove and production is so engaging and breezy that you enjoy it without basking in the lyrical content.
  4. 4.     Anifowose: Pheelz is an utterly underrated producer and the chilling ‘Anifowose’ is a testimony to that, despite the fact that it can easily be over-looked. Sampling the great and legendary K1 D Ultimate on the hook of drum enriched, yet lightly produced song; Olamide calmly talks about his struggle for success. If you ever wondered where the trending line; “Versace Versace/ You rocking Versace/ Your mummy is hungry Oloshi”, is from? It is culled from the third verse of the song.
  5. 5.     Skammer (Feat. Pele Pele): The tempo of the LP paces up with ‘Skammer’ which features fresh rapper Pele Pele.
  6. 6.     Eleda Mi O: Olamide is an artiste who mostly raps his verse and sings his hooks and choruses all by himself. He shows this again on the groovy ‘Eleda Mi O’; the song will fit right in, in a traditional party or wedding reception. It is basically a song about having a good time with lyrics like; “Baba God wa lo turn up.
  7. 7.     Baddo Love: “Baby I will always love you…” Olamide’s un-fine singing voice utters on the moody chorus the seventh track. Despite the infectious and honest nature of ‘Baddo Love’, we still feel that a featured vocalist should have been employed to lend Olamide a helping hand to ensure that this alternative rap inspired number is greater nonetheless the love preaching track is a favorite. Apparently Olamide is in love with both his quest for success and his girl but loves the latter a little more.
  8. 8.     Position yourself: ‘Position Yourself’ can easily be labeled the ‘Stupid Love’ of ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’. Like 95.2 % of the album; the potential club anthem is produced by Pheelz. The Makossa influenced number might not stimulate anything new, but it will surely get you worked up on the dance floor.
  9. 9.     Skit (Feat. Ketchup): Ketchup complains about the success and attention Olamide is getting. Might get a little exhausting but would have worked perfectly if ‘Durosoke’ followed it instead of un-fresh ‘Gbadun Arawa’.
  10. 10.   Gbadun Arawa: This is one of those songs that arise when you have a LP, housing over 20 tracks. Not-groundbreaking and kind of recycled, ‘Gbadun Arawa’ does not demand attention like most of its colleagues.
  11. 11.  Motivation (Feat. Ice Prince, Endia & Pepenazi): Pheelz wows with his production, Ice Prince Fails to heat things up with his fire or should I say he offered his Ice; nonetheless Endia, Pepenazi and Olamide each try to save the day yet ‘Motivation’ fails to motivate.
  12. 12.  Church (Feat. Viktoh): Another weak song which showed much potential in the first seconds. Desperate stans of Olamide might force their ears to appreciate the cut nonetheless the sermon of this ‘Church’ is anything but spiritual.
  13. 13.  Sitting On The Throne: Move over, Olamide is Nigeria’s rap king! Well that is what he is says on the thirteenth cut proving why he is a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria as far as his genre is concerned. ‘Sitting on the Throne’ is the only song not produced by Pheelz on the length album.
  14. 14.  Mu Emu (Feat. B.Banks): Assisted by B.Banks, Olamide starts to get his groove back with ‘Mu Emu’. The mid-tempo ear candy shows a perfect blend of Olamide’s rapping, singing and layering of background vocals; Olamide might convince you for a moment that singing is his true form. Must listen!
  15. 15.  Turn Up: Fated to make you ‘Turn Up’, the cut rises up to the occasion.
  16. King Shii: Olamide is still king and brags about it on ‘King Shii’. Not one of the album’s brightest moment but it is a commendable afro hip-hop item.
  17. 17.  Durosoke: ‘Durosoke’ takes it inside and outside; it is such a big song. Big not like towering ballad, but the arrangement, the humorous yet serious emotion, Olamide’s delivery and the effect it has on the listener. Definitely the album’s strongest song aimed at making one move, and we moving alright.
  18. 18.  Dope Money (Feat. Phyno): We will start by saying that Olamide and Phyno should make a collaborative album; judging from the brilliance of their fist record together ‘Ghost Mode’ and this dope piece of music labeled ‘Dope Money’. The care-free swagger the song oozes is impressive and they make it seem easy as they fiercely brag on the hip-hop orchestration.
  19. Yemi My Lover: Olamide yet again shows artistic depth and maturity on ‘Yemi My Lover’. Olamide soulfully tells the tale of a sour past lover over stripped instrumentation driven by solely sythns, piano and drums. This cut will put Olamide on track on his race to legend-dom. With a title destined to raise eyebrows, the infectious yet catchy chorus, fierce delivery, and back-up vocals placed at the right spots drive the song home. Just like Durosoke if treated by a seasoned live band, one will be made to realize why the YBNL front-man is a principality. To cut the long story short ‘Yemi My Lover’ affirms the fact that Olamide is a recording artiste not a rapper.
  20. 20.  Rayban Abacha: BGEL is definitely too long nevertheless the last part of the LP houses the LP’s gems like ‘Rayban  Abacha’ fo example. An awesome groovy dark hip-hop track where Mr. Adedeji shout-outs both his haters, supporters and fans.
  21. Higher (Feat. Bez): ‘Higher’ falls short of expectation; for selfish reasons we feel a Praiz or Timi Dakolo would brought life to the feeble alternative rap cut. Do not be deceived ‘Higher’ lacks the x-factor and will not take your higher or induce any goosebumps; the song is okay at best.

3 stars out of 5 1024x238 ALBUM REVIEW: Olamide – Baddest Guy Ever LivethOlamide Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Album Review      rated 3/5

 Reviewed by Ogaga Sakpaide [ @Ogagus ]

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  1. D1 u are nothing but a learner. And what did you know about rapping. Olamide is a sound rapper and he equally sings weller. If I hear say…..

  2. D1 you are nothing but a daft dumb idiot fellow what a lame word olamide is not a rapper for your imbecile bloddy low life scumbag individual information he’s currently rated naijas second best rapper in some quarters…….

  3. Oga gbagbe..The is ok..This Dope Nigga is not here for rating,He is here to make Dope Money

  4. I do tell people, Olamide is not a rapper but people don’t know what rap is in Nigeria. Olamide have good songs to his credit, but he is NOT a rapper.

  5. Dope money, a very dope song. Samson ni were lori, lion mo. Badolee, very crazy. Ya’all don’t need to abuse each other over a freely shared opinion. Anger uncontrolled can lead to hell on earth, love this editor as your self!

  6. dis is so nice by me…keep it up.. xpetin more from u….u also play fo m at my birthday party #watchout

  7. Am happy I am not the only one thinking Phyno and Olamide should do an album. Nice, keep it up.

  8. IT hurts to see so much ignorance and stupidity deposited in the life of just one human being…the stupidity that should have been shared equally by 37men was graciously deposited in you in its natural unadulterated form…it really hurts to be you….PRAYERS MAN!…thats all you need from sane people. Mtcheeew!

    Nice piece “OLAMIDE”

  9. Which one U????? dey do where U????? seat down?! Make person wey they criticize this kinda work come out naH. O boi! Na office cleaner una suppose be.

  10. Baddo 4 life

  11. Visit joor!


  13. pls try include date on songs listing

  14. Spleet a rap artist signed under Prime Records drops this new club banger after his hit track HANGOVER.. He features Jumabee who recently droped another club banger Cassava featuring Phenom,W4,Jaywon,Bruckwila,flowsick and Morell.. Enjoy!

  15. Baddo ,nothin much !xpect more 4rm u

  16. Wat abt Confession Aye ahd d one he did wit Vector.

  17. Baddoo” kip it up, u b 9ja rap king but won ni gba ni

  18. 9ice nd more Confidence” kip it up

  19. Stupid dumb ass article…. Go Preach for Church

  20. stupid Dumb ass article…. oga Ade Go church

  21. I av not listen 2 it but I believe dat olamide will do a better job

  22. nice one, keep it up badoo of life

  23. #Bullshit, y write such article about a hot banging album #BGEL

  24. Oga ade, praiz collect ya wife ni..? Now playin d higher song nd I tinkk its okai by all standards..’Teba fimi sogun owo e Oº°? niri kobo..brazil Vs burkina faso BIG cheat..”..stop shebe man, you said d album’s deeper yet you rated it 3stars..dude you av 2 stop dt shit you smokin’

  25. Who the idiot that talked about shelling and cleaning of homes? TooXclusive should employ you to proof read articles… Goat!

  26. I don’t c anything wrong wth “higher” o.don’t believe praiz do a better job.

    • Nigga, u don fall my hand for dropping that comment mehn. Its totally unnecessary.

      Terrible Article BTW…U could have done behar!

  27. Agreed

  28. D arrangement is too dorm

  29. it is gud to go………….

  30. Terrible article. Try to edit before you make it public. I am sure the opinions are your alone. A lot of shelling as well. Clean your house

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