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Olamide Says He Will Never Pay Or Lobby For An International Collaboration, What Do you Guys Think

Posted by Temitope Delano on August 22, 2016 in News · 120 Comments


YBNL boss, Olamide, unlike his colleagues in the music industry, since hitting the limelight, have strived to ensure his music stays relevant and loved by millions in and out of the country without as much as featuring an international act or be featured in a song.

In a recent interview, the ‘Who You Epp‘ creator and crooner, made it clear that he will not in his lifetime pay or lobby to have an international act spit on his song. Olamide, who came into limelight with the release of his debut album, ‘Rapsodi‘ back in 2011, emphasized that he believes in his sound and when the time is right, his music, which has of course remained relevant in and out of the country till date, will appeal to the international crowd

He said:

I will never pay for an international collaboration, Fela never did any international collaboration neither did he lobby or pay for any international collaboration, and his music went as far as all over the world. He was relevant while alive and even after his death, his music was much sought after, so why would I want to pay for an international collaboration because I want to remain relevant in the music industry

The singer, recently released two new singles; ‘Sere and Owo Blow’ which have both gone on to become fan favorites.

So guys, what do you think? Is Olamide right about not needing to pay International acts to remain relevant, or should he tread the same path as some of his colleagues? Lets discuss.



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  1. What does d international act spit,notin of note so olaMD u fucking do not need it.

  2. See mumu, u wan compare ur musics and personality to dat of FELA abi, na dere u go die #number one mumu

    • na yu b d no. 1 mumu,u get quarter of wetin im get??? Who your comment epp sef

      • I don’t Knw Y so many idiots r on Internet… Una no sabi read?????… Yuhr Phones askt yuh guyz to comment…. Not bluffing out trashez off yuhr mouth…. Yuhr opinion not yuhr stupid self presenting Abusiv Words on net!!!!olodo

    • oga… u dey call person wai fit buy ur whole family… ur mama don’t do mistake cos u are a waste product

    • You’re Useless… Do analyse things before u say trash…. Olamide is on Ground and can do without an international collabo… Open ur eyes and face reality…

      • Olamide is the best in the world

      • Stupid ass, lemme ask u a quick question. What is the dream of every artist? Just because he’s not winning internationally doesn’t mean he should say shit like dis, plus Olamide is no street nigga he always fall my hand every time he dey ibadan. Money don change a nigga

        • I want to address this issue…american or british artist sing to make grounds in their country….and make their music go international not the other way round…asides davido and meekml….wizkid’s features arent done in the same studio that is why he either sings chorus or being used as a voice over…..cant we have another song like oliver twist going international instead of the act to be making features…..why cant drake pay wizkid for a feature must it be other wise….nigerians belittle themselves…what olamide said is not wrong at all #belikefela and make nigerian music go international and not being a back up artist or hype man for an international act

          • U are saying shits, y not olamide pay ycee for ft on jagaban

        • Your papa shay u no nooo hw 2 talk guy

    • U b deaf

    • Olamide is d most call uponhip hop act Dat Nigerian in USA, uk , Malaysia call upon to come sing for dem. Dis is enough man I love u, u are blessed already

    • Olamide is d most call uponhip hop act Dat Nigerian in USA, uk , Malaysia call upon to come sing for dem. Dis is enough man I love u, u are blessed already

    • Olamide is d most call uponhip hop act Dat Nigerian in USA, uk , Malaysia call upon to come sing for dem. Dis is enough man I love u, u are blessed already

    • hey you why can’t you understand? he is not comparing himself to fela,you have to seriously face reality o…..

    • thunder fire u 4 dat #mumu

    • fuck u for dat statement.i support u olamide for dat,we are proud of u dear keep it up..baba iya won…ybnl

    • oponu u be d no. 1 mumu you say him style is not like fela’s own but atleast fela no pay any dime for any international collaboration so go sleep better to be a king in the street than to be a slave in the city cause those wizkid are just slave where they are going and not doing any international collaboration does not mean you won’t be recongnise outside the country oponu no.1 mumu

  3. it means u about to become y I c t w( y I come this world )

    • Lol,, na wah for you ooo funny thing

  4. Dnt b proud niqqa ! I luv ur snqz buh mehn at 1 point in tym u’ll nid an international act to step up ur snq qame!

    • sum people dnt av sense, afta d collabo, wil he b d greatest, olamide d voice of the street na him sum people dey vex 4?… @annonymous, u wil jst kill ur self if u dnt face ur warrant. baddo 4 life

      • Afta having a big fat white wedding, are u guaranteed wit longlasting relationship? U just a blind moffo trying to put on make up.

  5. THey should be the one paying for u. YBNL BADOO dont need any fucking internationa artist. fuck thier shit

    • Yeah badoo u ar the best I mean u ar the best

  6. BADDO is right, if yu are gud, yu are gud nd gud will surely com for u

  7. Smellos international act them don baff every fucking single was a hit back to back

  8. ogun kill international featuring
    abeg dominate nigerian music fully b4 thinking aaboutt inter!whateverr

  9. Fuck international artist,stupid Nigerians how many international artist song we dey listen to for Nigerian again,not even In d clubs Dis day,badoo abeg keep doing ur thing,Chris brown,drake and other go pay u life and direct to ft dem,I swear down,even if u snize bro me dey fill u like mad

  10. go die olamide

  11. Ola I think there’s nothing wrong Moving too the Next Level I mean World Wide Level..So I don’t buy in too that!

  12. bro you are right be yourself baddosneh

  13. @Anonymous u don’t hv sense olamide dat can buy all ur generation na him u dy swear 4 like dat, why did ola need internationa art, he dn make am so ola u dnt need any inter joor, just be ursef badoo.

  14. Bcos u re a local rapper….

  15. Download

  16. Baddoo is ur choice to make
    People will always say crazy shit
    Just b sure u decisions wunt backfire somday

  17. Evrybdy na king for him lane……support him

  18. haa, bro olamide, please dnt do dis, i will like to hear you sing with an international rapper, boss please, dnt do dis for ur self, just do it bcos of us, BIKO.

  19. remain local na mumu

  20. Good day tooxclusive for you latest and current post God bless your hustle, back to olamide I think his just being carried away by his fans by saying that he does need an international sh*t, how many people is listening to yoruba at least fela used vanacular and english that’s acceptable but olamide na yoruba, so my advice for him badoo is to Think before he speaks. You can also check out my blog. thank you

    • onikewide,we don’t the english all we need is someone that passes think straight.

  21. When people say Olamide has a lot of fans, i just laugh. who are his so-called fans? People who can’t even afford to make him half as rich as even Davido. He got no major endorsement cos he’s not a respectable Brand. At a point, we were all happy someone had to do the local ish ting, but right now, charlie… try talk true small. For Olamide to be a brand name like Wizkid, Don Jazzy, D Banj, P Square and even Banky… you need a lil bit of international recognition ooo jare. You’re good bruv, but no man is an Island. “If you package yourself within yourself, you’re just a small package”.

    • Olamide has a deal with guiness and so many others…olamide is nigeria….am sure you not rich…the street makes dangote rich…cause they buy made in nigeria while rich ones buy imported goods…if dangote doesnt produce all these things what would the street feed on fix it in with olamide’s music…..i keep on saying this….if a ghanian or a south african can win b.e.t with their indiginious language why cant yoruba,igbo or hausa be accepted internationally.

  22. Hmmmm….I think u have good ambition and I love that

  23. Starboy thunder nd ogun na them go kill u if dem no kill u salt water go make u run mad daddy miliano does nt nid international act I be ijaw senibo

    • U just sweet fool

  24. See it pays to move up to greater height…. Leave for a bigger place and allow upcoming to blow and shine too… Y wont he want progress in life… He need to utilize the opportunity he has now….. Before it’s too late… Think Badoo….. No condition is permanent… All na time…. And the clock keep on ticking…..

    • this is the best innovating artiste have ever seen,very soon drake will come and perform in olic,I rep ybnl

  25. Moving or not moving to inter, u still da boss people brain

  26. Good, street are here for you no bother your self about that we like it that kingbaddo OK Gbodo or meji

  27. U re d best ola

  28. Baddo, u rule ur world, cari on jare, fuck international collabor

  29. Na stingy the worry him

  30. Olamide no do like wizkid were we no hear him voice for drake song oooooo. abeg continue we dey feel u boss.

  31. For me the guy is on point

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  33. Is good 4m him if say o guyz

  34. Local champion. How many international shows have you graced apart from visiting Nigerians in Europe or America?

    • Hahahahahaha see sub mehn

  35. I’m not a fan of Olamide but I support him on this one

  36. Baado osha boss of life we dey feel you for street, fuck international artist you both are famous so na them go con pay for you baado… Baba abeg they maintain your champion jare

  37. Thats y wizkid has improved alot better than your lousy shit verses..

  38. olamide is stupid to say he wont pay for international collaboration…fela was d only artiste dominating at his prime…u are comparing urself with fela…dat is y u can neva hav international recognition…see wizkid, davido,flavour,timaya,tiwa savage seyi shay,patoranking,bracket yemi alade etc dey hav international recognition pass olamide….even d ghanian,kenyan,tanzanian,congolese,uganda artist self dey pay us for dat dey have recognition…dat is unreasonable for olamide…..dat is y he cant perform at one fest…lolz

    • He s not comparing himself to fela….he jst givin an example….dats no comparism gt dat in2 ya sucking skull….but baddo I swear international ft go mke sense shaa…forgt fela abeg…mdo your thi


  40. Nice one bro …..

  41. nice one olamide.
    I love people who always trust themselves.keep ur courage on and never mind what ever dem may say.

  42. D Game is all about making money…..
    Local or international
    Everybody knows what he or she need in life

  43. Olamide charge people for a feature, so why can’t he pay for an international collaboration, you are a business man, if you require my service, you will pay, he thinks he doesn’t need them so what, it’s his business thats what he wants, if they need him they’ll contact him and vice versa, so it’s not much of a big deal…. Pls no fighting guys, them dey make their Money, una dey argue with una self…. Abeg who your argument epp?

  44. Olamide needs international collabo to be recognize worldwide… I’m a Ghanaian n I fink u r dominating de game in naija but u not familiar to de people in ghana, unlike wizkid n davido…patoranking did no kissing baby with sarkodie n now de song is a hit in every part of Ghana ..#my piece of advice

  45. Sere.

  46. smiles
    if i’m asked, i will say his wasn’t serious about that.
    Yes BADDO is really not serious about those words.
    he is good in what he does, all he’s working on this time is try doing something good without his dialect, and i’m sure every stars has this dream of being among the rated ones at the top both in person and in their delivering, talking about the message they are try to reach out to the listeners out there.
    i’m sure with this little of my view, people sure know he WASN’T serious about those words.
    thank you

    i still remains Mayor W

  47. U people say?n trash about olam?de,y cant u read d word or letter very well b4 u comment, he dont say he ?s l?ke fela but use?ng fela as example,pls ?f fela dont do collaborat?on w?t for?gn art?st and make ?mpart ?n n?ger?a ?ndostry why cant he do so too,fuck u people say?ng trash,he ?s mak?ng h?s money u stay 1 place nd b caus??n h?m or say rubb?sh about h?m,guy oyo lowa,who u eep,?d?ot people

  48. mehn ybnl boss badoo,u need no collabo to create ur internationalship..u already have it,,the world can’t do without ur songs,no other sound ix best to the world ears than urs,,so chill,act in the same shoe with fella kuti..u wil make it popular without stress,just dnt hang ur sweet voice all in the name of seeking international collaboration,keep giving me the sound that give’s me u bro

  49. bros na u joor u don’t need that sheet, u already have it with you. international no feel epp, steet lo le shea

  50. He’s fear is the payment

  51. Dat’s y he still remain as local rapper, dis dude need to grow up sincerely, can u just imagine, his comparing his songs to baba fella own…grow up, nd spend d money

  52. Plss o, we just hav to reason with dis guy, tell me, wht is olamide going to sing when he feature dis people, rihana, drake, chrisbrown, beyonce, etc. He has nothing to sing bro, so people should let him b, nd remain is local rapper

  53. toor na hm get himself na

  54. Yes diz iz a tell of been proud of yasef I love baddo for diz

  55. But you get paid to be featured abi, be there feeling like you’v gotn to the top when your journey still plenty, anyways what more do you expect from a yahoo boy without laptop…. Enjoy ya sef #BADDO

  56. if u swear for Badoo, Satan will surely curse u and Ull NVR make it than that Badoo….
    watch your tongue and drop a useful comments please

  57. Street_take_over Baddosneh… … …. U remain MA numbr 1 wen it comz 2 Naija hitz but u need an international moimoi 2 move u 2 d next level Xo dat @ least we too go dey get joy wen we dey c u dey rapot wyf Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Chris Brown dem.. ….. 1 luv MA pple

  58. olamide ola re ti de a je ma po si i luv u luk no mind haters fuck international collaboration be urself man u dont nid to feature them before u go internationally evrybdy starts from sumwere alaye mi i hail u gbagbe 1LUV

  59. I support olamide d best Nd is a legend

  60. It pains me when I see people sayin shit abt olamide he be like make ah go kill dem. Wizkid that has international endorsement today where is he we no hear am again. But olamide is stiil der rocking thak u 4 ur concern but to me he don’t need It na how he go step higher again. All of u talking here watin u get. Sum will be abusing him and if u see dem na tear tear boxer dem dey wear. Nawa 4 we Nigerian. 4 4 dat person wey tok sey olamidey no get fans. Y u no talk abt phyno or who made phyno today. D xame olamide made him. If u tell phyno to stop rapping in indigenous language again olamide 2 will stop

  61. Am very happy wit is statement…….u are a real boss….luv u…..

  62. I think erigga should b there wen it comes to street music

  63. That’s the boss there,you don’t fucking need international collaboration.

  64. Olamide na mumu sha

  65. see this yoruba goat. na abulesowo u wan use carry grammy?. na people like u dey give wack people hope

  66. You be the best wack rapper , if you no no now i dey tell you now
    You thing say na to dey claim say you be street, useless man
    No go learn from Wizkid dey there dey form rubbish

    Just go put your sef for your place
    Aboi see F******k u

  67. keep it up
    thats good of you
    But you are not suppose to say such on social media
    You are suppose to keep it to your sef

  68. I just came to read una comment

  69. asiri, wa gbayi, remain local for life

  70. u wl stl have to colaborate wt foreign musicians, but dnt do lyk d odas..

  71. Fuck diz shit nigga…..u comparing ya shit slf to fela huh?…f**k boy

  72. Fuck diz shit nigga…..u comparing ya shit slf to fela huh?…f**k boy

  73. I believe it’s fear for failure,this guy is trying to be smart,he can’t simply flow with them,simply keep that to ur sef and stop discouraging others. Make I hear say u no fit pay Jay Z jst to feature him,guy u no even dey real sef.

  74. Baddo Just Do Ur Tin Ur Way, Time Shal Tel…Bros U Pass Internation

  75. olamide is the man #owoblow

  76. Baddo i dey hail oo…… u ré known international my big bro kudos to you bro i wish to be known like u Baddo ………….

  77. This is a very good idea….it make sense bajebaje. let promote ourselves


  79. Olamide is a legend,eventhough he goes inter he will still be our legend.Baddo i dey hail ooooo

    • No mind pple na by force 2 go outside country 2 sing

  80. If I have the opportunity to speak to Olamide face to Face. I will respectfuly tell him he is wrong even though im his biggest fan. If Olamide stays in New York for a year without coming or contacting Nigeria he will understand why International recognition is so valuable. Whenever an African see one of their own make it big on the International stage no matter what field it is, it gives them a sense of Joy and achievement. Olamide comment is selfish because he is only thinking about himself. He is not thinking about his fans and the African Continent which Fela the great was thinking about and constantly talking about. If you live abroad you will understand how foreigner view Africa in general, and how there is a huge gap between Africa and the world. MUSIC BUILD A BRIDGE TO FILL THIS GAP. It brings the world closer and it brings investment and awareness. It project the people you claim to represent in a good light. In fact you make more money with international recognition because a typical American can afford to buy an album than a typical African because of poverty. Hope u change your thinking.

  81. Olamide song is nigga song so is music can only sell in nigeria,so is song can go away

  82. Am 1 of ur fanz, u can do it jst like fela did it. Jst kip it up I really love u. And dnt 4gt 2 put God in any tin u are doing. We fanz are ready nd willing 2 die 4 u, I love u Baddo…….Sner…




  86. Yeah. Keep it up
    Let wizkid keep tipping very soon he’s gonna realize his mistakes

  87. Olamide is just stupid boy
    He can’t go international cause his just to local
    His an indigenous rapper and no international artist is ready to ft him.
    So it’s not him not wanting to ft
    They are not looking at his lane
    The truth is bitter tho

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  89. bro baddo, God bless you thanks for that see featuring international musician doesnt promote you music or make you successful in life the case of fela dagrin they don’t feature international musician and they make it so bro you are right

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