Olamide Should Stop his Local Champion Ideology and Stop Trying Hard to be Fela
It’s no doubt that over the past few years, Olamide career has been fantastic and phenomenal. In fact he has pass through all the odds on his ways as a kid with aspiration growing up in the ghetto area of Bariga to become one of the most sought after rapper in Nigeria music industry.
However, just like every other career, aspirations don’t end, because every human being always aim to be at the top-level they consider to be greatest in their career.
Though Olamide’s protégé Lil Kesh says he’s not ready for any international collaboration because he’s yet to conquer the local market talk less of going global, but Olamide disagree with that view saying ” He’s not ready to hustle for that shit ” .
It’s no doubt that Olamide is one of hottest rapper/artistes in Nigeria right now, and there are several complains from his fans and music pundits to push his music and brand away from Nigeria culture.
In a bid to address that international collaboration request from him, the rapper had a chat with urban music and lifestyle channel Hip TV and he says he’s not desperate for any international collaboration.
‘Fela didn’t even do any international collaboration before they recognised Fela in the international market. It’s not about hustling for that shit, I won’t hustle for that shit. Everywhere I’ve been to right now, is based on grace of God — I just wanna hustle for my stuff, live my dream — we are not bothered ‘, he said.
‘To hustle for anyone to be on my track, that’s a no, no. I’m on my Fela P right now. Fela didn’t hustle for anybody to be on his track, he lived his life. He made his music, and when he died, they started copying his style.’
Well said and very interesting view from Olamide, but still yet Olamide should not compare his own career with that of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti and its unfortunately that Olamide don’t know that Fela some few collaboration with international acts.
Fela worked with Roy Ayers , a soul jazz and funk musician from Los Angeles, United States on the latter’s 1980 album, Music of Many Colors.
Fela was also prominently featured on British drummer, Ginger Baker ‘s album, Stratavarious in 1972, while his major appearance was that of Amnesty International concert with Carlos Santana in 1986. American Jazz trumpeter, Lester Bowie was also a collaborator on Fela’s 1977 No Agreement album.
Truthfully, we can underestimate the efforts of that few collaborations on Abami-Eda’s career, because legendary status as pioneer of Afrobeat will still be intact without them, but they were still significant moments in Fela’s career.
Its right time that Olamide should not decisive himself with Fela’s ideology and think of next directionfor his music career than been local champion.
Imagine Olamide could have guest featuring for his OLIC C concert in Lagos, it could has boast his brand to that level if Wizkid and that of Davido.
Though, according to him he says cannot ‘hustle for that shit’ by paying for international collaborations just for the sake of them, because he is doing just fine.