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Ranking Olamide’s 4 Albums, Your Choice?

Posted by Tyler on February 16, 2015 in Editorial · 51 Comments


This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Olamide’s albums. They’ve each played a unique role in the progression of Nigerian hip-hop and music in general, each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.

However it’s fun to really dissect a great artist’s work, and Olamide’s is no different. His music (and his antics) has been the subject of much conversation amongst music critics, especially on social media. So why not try and pick a first and worst when it comes to Olamide’s output?

That’s just what we (36NG) did, so feel free to agree/disagree in the comments, argue around with each other and embrace some good ol’ fashioned musical debate.

4. Street OT (2014)

The album was a good album but by the standards of the albums that came before prior to it, it wasn’t a great body of work. Street OT had great tracks too, like other Olamide album but it was a lazy project. It lacked hunger, diversity and depth. Tracks like ‘Goons Mi’, ‘Prayer For Client’ are some of the few tracksOlamide rapped on. He sang mostly which made the lack of work obvious.

3. Rapsodi. (2011)

On another day, Rapsodi will be on #2 on this list. This was the album that baked Olamide and it doesn’t sound like a debut album if you listen all over again. Rapsodi gave “Local Rappers” a voice in the Nigerian music scene.

Off this album were great songs such as “Eni Duro”, “Omo Toh Shan”, “Apa Ti Jabo”. Olamide rapped throughout this album and most times fans return toRapsodi when they doubt the rap capacity of the YBNL chief. It is worth nothing that Eni Duro doesn’t even have a chorus.

Where the album falls shorter than the next few is in it’s ability to really push the envelope.

2. Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. (2013)

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth produced the biggest song Olamide has ever done, Durosoke. The album departed from the previous two LPs. Olamide took singing and Afro-pop influences to produce the album.

The album definitely ushered in a new era of indigenous rap music, and the game hasn’t been the same since its release. Evidence of it’s influence can be seen by  the number of collaborations Olamide got after the release of this body of work.

“Turn Up”, “Anifowose”, “Durosoke” and “Eleda Mi O” are some of the many hit songs that the album produced.

Unlike Rapsodi, BGEL really did push the envelope, that is, money was made.

1. Yahoo Boy No Laptop (2012)

It was really hard to rank Yahoo Boy No Laptop as Olamide’s best body of work. The influence the album had on his career is where it stands out.

It also was an album of a man who could make his own music to rap on. This was at a time where Nigerian rap music had gotten a little stale, and most singles were cookie-cutter tracks that rapped about money or bad-mouthing women.

Olamide didn’t completely disregard those themes but focused more on owning his own space in Nigerian rap music. No wonder he crowned himself as the Voice Of The Street.

The album also was his first as an independent artiste after leaving Coded Tunes. Most artiste fail after leaving the record label that birth them, Olamidehas since named his record label YBNL, which was birthed off the album.

YBNL produced tracks such as “F*cking With The Devil”, “Voice Of The Street”, “Ilefo Illuminati, “First of All”.

Most importantly, Olamide’s life has changed since he made this album.

Source : 36NG

Do you agree with the ranking ? Whats your rating?

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  1. Rapsodi is my favourite

  2. Rapsodi
    Street ot

  3. Olamide

  4. I agree with you, tho I havnt really heard all d songs in street ot

  5. It’s really hard to choose, but I think I go with ANY list made…

  6. I agree too

  7. Street ot is my favourite . He helped couple of acts like chinko ekun , chuka , lil kesh and victoh. He is building an empire not for himself alone but for his boys too.
    Nobody knew chinko now we do know him

    • Are u dat dull, best album, meaning album with the best songs, not album that help young and upcoming acts…

      • Jamb u’re stupid just lyk ur name…..he said his “favorite album” #ode

  8. olamide is improving………….. all those album are all good according to their year of release

  9. YBNL remains my best..street OT is a no no for everything wrong in it

  10. Steet OT for real coz he brought up new artist like chuka,chinko etc…remzy kip loving dose guyz

  11. All can simply be classified as total disgusting noise populations.


    • Oloriburuku omo

  12. Baddo of Life….. Am single and ready 2 mingle add up(3334E853)

  13. Hmmmm olamide is something ealse i love d guuy alot he is cool and fine rapper i pray to God this year u will collect BET award

  14. YBNL… #IAgree

  15. For me
    Street ot
    He raps more on ybnl and street ot u guys should check out some tracks like zero joy,prayer for client,hustle loyalty respect etc…He already said he don’t want 2 be the best rapper that he want to be the most successful…love him like die

  16. for me street ot is d first follow by ybnl nd bgel nd rhapsody

  17. Tooxclusive are not being realistic here…..You guys dont listen to songs or probably u don’t understand Yoruba….Street OT is the olamide’s best album…How can u rate Rapsodi over Street OT…u guys should re-think

  18. YBNL is a childish album,STREET ORIENTATION! Is the best cos more lyrics,gingering,and forece was there like (BLOOD-MONEY,IN MY CIRCLE ft NO GUTS NO GLORY,HUSTLE ROYALITY ft Orijin ambasaddor,ETC)

  19. Adekunle Angela is a scam

  20. Well, All those Album are all perfet better and very good!
    In my own choice…

  21. Mine iz ybnl… N mai favorite trac- VOTS::::: cn’t wait 4 his next album tittle- 2kings Olamide ft Phyno

  22. its obvious u guys on tooxclusive didn’t even listen to street OT before publishing this.. how can u say he did more singing than rap in street ot? this is my own ranking; Street OT, BGEL, YBNL, Rapsodi..

  23. honestly, Fuck u for this ratings. if u’re rating andd u can still point out his inability. that’s no longer a rating despite the fact he made money n fame and also, street loves it. fuck ur ratings. listen to street OT again and see how he flows in some unmentioned tracks. u don’t even know rap. #Creativity.

  24. this is rubbish oh; How can u say DAT olamide did not rap in street it album nah. U guys must be deaf oh. Songs like zero joy,blood money,hustle loyalty respect,in my circle,up in d club no be rapp ?

  25. I Go For YBNL….

  26. althoug, All those Album are all Ok better and very good!
    In my own rating…
    Street ot

  27. All the albums are great..I really loved own ratings. YBNL STREET. OT BGEL and lastly RAPSODY

  28. To me first of all is his biggest song and not durosoke

  29. I love all the almub,i don’t know which to choose but lemme choose Baddest guy ever liveth. TeamYBNL#

  30. Baddo na baba, for me rapsody is d best,cos he put more strength in it wen he is still hunger, my own rating is
    Street OT
    Waiting for next album with phyno titled two king. #Kingbaddo#

  31. I prefer rapsodi,BGEL,Ybnl,street OT

  32. c’mon guys you people should please listen to street ot again, there are great tracks there like prayer for clients, blood money, zero joy, 1999, possible, batifeori and so on take time to follow the lyrics and you will see that the album is a great one. he is such a genius and you will not believe that 1999 had an impact in my life and i sat down then say to myself it is time to organise myself

  33. luv it with passion

  34. Dhdishdhfhe

  35. if I stay a day without playing the album it look as if am not complete that’s album is good I love it

  36. All the album was great,but for me to choose 1,YBNL. go and listen again,those lyrics bad,the tracks hit,YBNL number 1 album ever live earth

  37. I love it all. any rating is welcome just Dat don’t look at his weaknesses again @tx

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