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ALBUM REVIEW: Olamide – Street OT

Posted by Jim Donnett on November 24, 2014 in Album reviews · 65 Comments


Artist – Olamide
Album – Street OT
Features – Pasuma, Lil Kesh, Viktoh, Don Jazzy, Chinko Ekun, Phyno, Reminisce, B. Banks, Chuka, Pepenazi
Producers – Pheelz, B. Banks, Young John
Label – YBNL
Running Time – 79 minutes

Olamide strikes me like one of those radicals at school, the kind that pretty much gets away with their recalcitrant nature even after all the tutor’s warnings and there’s really nothing that can be done him. He just walks away scott free… like a boss… every darn time! Baddo is untouchable, he knows it and that why he’s seized the opportunity to owning ambassadorship of what he believes in and where he comes from. Your opinion as to how he goes about executing himself may matter but long as he is concerned, they really don’t count. Olamide is not your superstar, he is his superstar. He hasn’t got all the money yet because he’s steady wanting more.

Street OT can otherwise be likened to a shove of the middle finger in the faces of those who deserve it because the overlying message resides in his staunch beliefs on street life, a hustler attitude and his impenitent nature regardless of the fact that his fame hasn’t deterred his perception about people, situations and things.

Oga Nla sets the swing in motion with a dictator’s intro sounding a clear note of warning on not tolerating interference. His grass to grace story is not basis to famz or mess with him. He is the biggest boss now and must be accorded the due respect. Pasuma’s vocals on the hook was exceptional. Zero Joy continues his ‘no tolerance for bullsh*t’ message. He just wants to keep doing (his) things that will put him at par with today’s legends. And he doesn’t need nobody consent or approval to be/come that. Blood Money is a critical address to claims that his wealth can be attributed to an unnatural source to which he dismisses without hesitation. Ya Wa becomes the first of the love-themed tracks on Street OT that relays his true intentions of wanting to be with the one he loves and how nothing will come between them.

Hood Rap gabbles on Baddo‘s superiority in the rap game and continues with The Real MVP about how he’s the most valuable pro in his game with alotta credibility all over the world. Producer, Young John worked some feel good magic in the beats. Still flowing on the beats, Up In The Club is like banter with a bit of explicit content about club experiences and what seeks to find there which actually is reason why he goes there. It also features another YBNL freshman, Viktoh with a most unusual Olamide-styled rap take done in Esan dialect. Not quite the flavour we were expecting. Still on expectations, the collabo with Don Jazzy was without all the midas that he’s well-acknowledged for. Regardless, club heads will find smooth groove on Skelemba.

Remember when I said our opinions don’t count? Prayer For Client is an unapologetic way of saying he (still) won’t change because he don’t care what the haters say. What gets him going would be the rewards/blessing for what his efforts are worth. Batifeori samples a popular gospel chorus Mercy Said No. Olamide’s sings that nobody can kill his vibe or stop his show because he’s got a supernatural backing. His attempt at singing is somewhat decent. Bang follows after with sounds that celebrate the contemporary hip-hop genre. Chinko turns out to be the superstar of the track with a grand delivery. The popular Goons Mi is a shallat to his main niggas in the industry. 1999 is a touching tale of an epiphany. Almost losing his dad to cold fate became a defining point for a ‘brace up to life’ decision.

Street OT deviates to Falila Ketan, extoling the endowment of a bow-legged lady and how he wants to get it or ‘tap that’. It’s is a woeful attempt at humor ‘cos it fails to exude any appeal. He teams up again with Chemistry-lab partner Phyno, to deliver In My Circle. As the title suggests, they take a roll call of their circle of folks but at this point you can agree that their solute has lost some potency since the time of Ghost Mode. Decent still. Alaaru explains his desire to be rich. Unlike what we may have thought, he wants riches like that of Dangote, Tinubu and Fashola. He’s not settled with the ‘little’ he has. Viktoh redeems himself on the hook for 100 to Million. Olamide takes us back to his days as a yahoo boy (with no laptop perhaps) but how he’s advanced from wanting to make nothing into something (by hook or crook) into actually making something (of himself) from nothing. Inspirational. Then reminding us that excuses are nothing but Story For The gods.

Hustle Loyalty Respect wouldn’t be strange terms to firm believers of their game. Any game infact because these are the rules that govern it’s play. Teaming up with Reminisce, they dissect issues that relate to being rulers (kings) at their game. The message here is perhaps the strongest on the LP. Possible is another fave off the album built on high life elements. The Yoruba myth about two rivers, Okun and Osa making a conflux means anything is possible. Producer, B. Banks joins him to make soulful melodies on it. Usain Bolt P is more banter on how he’s on some fast lane sh*t, you literally can’t catch up to him. He rounds up by saying Eni Suun. He can’t be putting in this much work and effort while you’re sleeping. You can’t. You must pay him your attention. All of it.

Let’s be very frank. Olamide is our superstar but he’s rested on his oars and Street OT is an open show of his laxity. The message is almost defining but then he strays away to other non-relative things that shouldn’t be worth bragging about. The stand out points on this LP would be money, his goons and the urge to dobo. It’s in my opinion that Street OT is a step down from the hard-hitting punches that Baddest Guy Ever Liveth came packed with. Street OT only appears tough thanks to Baddo‘s nature of a forced ego and show of bravado. On a rather subtle note, Olamide has refused to evolved and it’ll be a while before it sets in that his art has become a bore. Best he takes note of this now.

Rating – 3/5

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Reviewed by Jim Donnett

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  1. Una for give am 4 na d album am dope duo I dnt hear wot he raps bcos am igbo buh d flow na die

  2. Hmmm Jim is very funny and now you give this shitty of an album 3/5 I think Ayo(Joy) should get 5+/5 if this shitty album gets 3/5 but that wouldn’t be since I think you got a personal hatred for WizKid…I don’t have Baddo to blame though cos he’s always in a rush to make music like he said “” Na marketers just call me say make we
    release album. They told me there is high demand
    outside after releasing my singles “Story For The
    gods” and “Awon Goons Mi” and they told me to
    come up with something and it was ready in like one
    week””…Baddo needs to take it slowly and give out is best

  3. 3/5? This album is way way below average..Poor production, poor engineering & mixing, poor album,poor features,poor songs..couldn’t even live up to the hype..really disappointed.. I give it a 1.75/5

    • U sound like a hater

      • Am not hating,its the plain truth..he can’t win BET with this poor project.. *modified*

    • Niccur compare it to dah bullshii wizkid dropd nah… Bera go get a lyg.. Hater oshi!!!!

  4. You did a whole lotta justice..sounds very cool!!!

  5. u are good,nice one.i need to get dis in my circle

  6. best album i’ve ever seen. all tracks are Dope. waiting for @phyno too. Fuck u if u don’t like it thou. Erima stupid.

  7. best album i’ve ever seen. all tracks are Dope. waiting for @phyno too. Fuck u if u don’t like it thou. Erima stupid.

  8. you started well….kept going..said few meaningful things…and ended up with trash!!..go sing ur own…if u dont like him ogbeni fuck urself

  9. Nigerians with sentiments… Those saying people should go sing their own should remember that ola chose to be a musician&at such a lot is expected of him just like every other I don’t see your basis for argument.. olamide produced a wack album & he should be told so…wizkid produced a weak album & he was criticised so olamide should be told so…works like this is the reason he is not on the international stage after all psquare,wizkid&davido sing with their local dialect yet they are recognised..

  10. This is 9ice keep on @YBNL nation

  11. You guys are just a bunch of niggs hating on olamides success….Fvck your opinion..Middle finger to you haters…it’s your job to hate keep on hating….Olamide is gonna keep doing his thing cos I’ve never seen a hater more successful than him……Beef is a broke niggas job….

  12. The truth will set us free….the album is jst poor. After d whole hype….street ot aint gat nothing on chairmans album.. disappointed

  13. Stupid Review , I was just passing by and saw this shit , Fuck Yhu if Yhu think I Care, The Street still love me , that’s whatsup.

  14. i ll ratenthis album 1/5, i can say this album is just for the street, just ft all this yoruba rappers with foul languages in the album, i prefer Bgel than this Street 0T

  15. shout out to chuka nice one baddo…ybnl baba iyayor

  16. Ur father…if u dont lyk d album….go and drink acid nd die

  17. M.I

  18. looking for d album

  19. It is cool to just sit down in ur room and just do ur nonsense review…As far as I’m concerned d album is a 4/5.Baddo was just trying to experiment his singing skills…Fuck all u haters disguising as reviewers all over music blogs…If e easy go wax ur own album!Awon Smellos!!!

  20. best album so far!! Eni sun, hood rap, prayer for client and zero joy are the best rap tracks in recent times..hard punches, nice multi rhyming, no bits..the album is rated 4.5 by me….

  21. Fools just full here who knew nothing about music than to be criticizing.”Toba easy ki iyalayayin lobo Lori mike”

  22. the album wasnt so impressing.3/5 is gud sha

  23. Dats a talented artiste 4 u…nt dat ur crap wizkid…dnt come here and compare olamide album 2 dat ur mumu wizkid wack album

  24. Fuck TX for dis fucking review d albulm is dope and also fuck any oda person dat says shit abt diz albulm!! 5/5 dats my rating…. Fuck ya all haters!!

  25. If this album is 3/5 then M.I’s album the chariman should be 6/5!!not even 5/5

  26. True talk J.I i support the chairman album shud be 10/10

  27. M.I album is da best this year…and human being should win the best single of the year!

  28. Wack Album and U know it

  29. Smello! Disappointed

  30. U don’t just listen to a track once and pass a comment, Mr Jimmy……. This album is dope, I av listened to the tracks more than 5 times, I keep repeating it….. The guy is good…. The wackest song on the album is none. Olamide, keep doing ur things….. This is a pure HipHop album, an its really dope!
    Jah Bless Olamide!

  31. U Guys sayin nonsense abt olamide wch 1 una fit song to me all de tracks is woooo like so sweet nd dis guy olamide una dey talk abt his makin millions everyday by day u guys shuld stop hatin olamide 2 gud joor

  32. Really!

  33. up olamide

  34. Ion v much to say. Just fuck you if yu don’t like d Album. Rawbitch. I wonder wah some pipo do. You just sit down n say negative trash about someone’s work. Try to always see positive things. Olamide is dope. His Album is fresh n dope. He is d realdeal. He is a bigdeal. Fuck ya all hating. Hhuh.

  35. baddo you too much for me to b listening to time to time, I really love the album, more more blessing to all ur goons there and will ur fans, wa last tawon ota e ba se HIV test won a pass, wa blow blast no b free style bombing Wa blast.

  36. Street ot best album so far fuckhacterz @motherfucker amakipluvin hisstyle

  37. Adiwana …ure a dumb ass motherfucka…wat av u achievd in ur life for once dat ure condemin som1s work…u can neva blow if u continue like dis..mumu oshi

  38. If u ar hatin on him u ar wastin ur tym cuz he don move…

  39. d best album so far, I can’t c any reason why people shld say dis album is wack.

  40. badoo turn deaf hears 2 haters and stay focus……..stupid people with stupid comen………..

  41. I luv u badoo keep it up

  42. He murdered each and every track…..4/5

  43. Boss olamide baddo may god help u in any tin you are doing you are the best as I can see for now I give ur album 10\10 because I lut it die am an artist too So I hate haters GOD punnish any body that hate u olamide u are the 4ever

  44. Hustle loyalty respect,lets take em 2 church,awa lo n so nigboro eyin ko,igi sumo igi lobo yin se n yo eyin monkey,a de tiwa gi igi bai pelu swag agegedu

  45. I’m in luv with Olamide’s songs,I always feel is “ibile” style,local lo sanwo.

  46. God bless you this jam boss for ‘Prayer For Client’ #banging

  47. If I may ask sef,,,y re u guys arguing abt dis guy issue????he already said he is nobody superstar,,he is himself y argue??he is not doin it for u to lyk him..he is doin it for him to achieve his aim..which is riches..lyk guys will say moni over bitches…let him geh wah he wants..if u hate him take a bike,,go to d end of d road nd leh a truck crush u..ko easy na…if u lyk him..den u re reli dope..u ve somefin u re aiming towards too…olamide said dis himself…”Won ni month le risk e,,u no aint ever scared,,emi ni young erikina oye ke remember ke,,,ama kip doin ma tins,,bowu yin ke ma care,,dem won see ma downfall buh ti temi oni baje…he prays for himself in his tracks even if u don’t want him to y not leh him go ahead nd do his thing his way…he called himself vinchi….do u no d meaning of VINCHI???it means GREAT…he is ambitious..he is gonna be u see me am VINCHIFUNMI…thumbs up olamide..keep it up..

    • Good job

  48. U haters go to hell….olamide is the best rapper I can figure out in muzik industry in dis generation….shout out si AWON GOON’z ME,,,,,,BADDOO OF LIFE

  49. Good one Olamide keep it up

  50. i tink i love 1999 and eni suun best.,soo freaking dope!!!!..up in d club is cute 2

  51. For this street knows watsups

    • u ar 2 much all ybnl nation

  52. Heaters una go day there till u die dere. Keep It up YBNL

  53. this guys are yoo mich. love is music so much. gbosa for him badoo.

  54. Atewo meje meje fun awon smellos meje meje

    • olamide u perfect nd really gud alwys love shaa God wil heip u

  55. olamide i want 2 become one of u i love u so much my name is ANIFOWOSE ADEYEMI pls king badoo

  56. I love olamide with all my life gud jod ybln nation

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