Olamide’s career has morphed nearly as many times as it has been reflected in his meteoric success. But the one thing that remained constant as he built his empire was his indigenous narrative. Releasing at least one album every year since his debut tape, Rapsodi in 2011, he explored the local Yoruba aesthetic for all it was worth. Till he apparently got tired or brave enough to ease off his street credibility to chase a more adventurous narrative on his last album, The Glory. But unfortunately the sincerity on the tape came at the cost of his street style music which fans didn’t appreciate. Fortunately, Olamide is really about the street and knows exactly what they want. His latest release, “Wo” is as street as it gets.
YBNL beat maker, Young John produces “Wo” with a hard hitting, fast paced beat. The synth piano harmonies sliced over the ominous synth baseline is held together by chants of “Wo” that serves as cheers to Olamide’s street inclined lyrics. His rhythm is as smooth and tight as you’d expect from an artist who has been building a reputation for his street flair. Much like his last release, “Summer Body” which leaned on influences from a Nigerian folk song and the foreign summer party theme, “Wo” aims for a traditional sound that tips its hat to contemporary hip-hop.
The catchy beat inspires party themed lyrics from Olamide that by now, he can probably handle in his sleep. “Oya Jo Bi Olowo/ Ma Lo Jo Bi Oloshi” he encourages, as if to cement “Wo” a place on DJ turntables in these coming weeks. Listen to Olamide’s new dance number below.
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