In today’s article, we explore ten songs that you didn’t know were co-written by Olamide.
In the vibrant and ever-evolving Nigerian music scene, few names shine as brightly as Olamide. This charismatic artiste has not only propelled himself to superstardom but has also been instrumental in the success of many other artistes, including Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, and Fireboy DML, to name a few. While his role as a mentor and label owner under YBNL is well-known, there’s another facet of Olamide’s talent that deserves recognition – his prowess as a songwriter.
In this exploration, we uncover ten remarkable instances where Olamide’s lyrical genius has left an indelible mark on some of our favorite songs.
1. 49-99 – Tiwa Savage
In 2019, as Tiwa Savage embarked on her solo journey after parting ways with Mavins, she released her debut single—a track that drew inspiration from the iconic Fela Kuti’s “Shuffering and Shmiling”. In a revealing Genius interview, Tiwa Savage shared some intriguing insights about the song’s creation process. She disclosed that she and Olamide had co-written the song, with the majority of the composition already in place. She added her unique touches, and before they knew it, the song was a complete masterpiece.
2. Owo Mi Da – Tiwa Savage
After leaving Mavin Records, this was Tiwa Savage’s second single, a maestro track that was also co-written by Olamide. Notably, Baddo played a pivotal role in co-writing two out of the three singles that Tiwa Savage unveiled in her 2019 run under the Universal Music banner.
3. My Love – Wale ft. WizKid & Dua Lipa
In one of the standout tracks from Wale’s 2017 album “Shine”, a star-studded collaboration featuring American artiste Dua Lipa and Nigeria’s own WizKid, Olamide’s songwriting prowess shines through. Notably, Olamide is credited as a songwriter in the song’s official metadata, as documented by BMI.
4. Injure Me – Teni
On this track featured on Teni’s critically acclaimed album “Wondaland”, Olamide’s songwriting talents are once again acknowledged. This information can be verified on Spotify and the official YouTube page for the song. Additionally, the song’s credits include Moses Kayode Phillips (Pheelz), who is also credited as a writer. “Injure Me” stands out as one of the album’s top performers.
5. Lanke – Teni
Teni’s most recent single, a fresh addition to her discography, unveiled Olamide as a co-writer. Teni herself shared the news on her Twitter page, expressing her admiration for the rap legend’s valuable contributions to the song.
6. Bottom – Akon
In 2019, Akon’s “Akonda” album surprised many when, in track four, he seamlessly incorporated Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin into his song. However, for a considerable period, rumors swirled about potential external contributions to the track. It wasn’t until a Twitter user shed light on the matter that the truth emerged. It was revealed that Olamide had indeed written the song for Akon, a fact confirmed by Olamide himself in his response to the claim.
7. Cho Cho – Zlatan Ibile ft. Mayorkun & Davido
In 2021, Zlatan Ibile unleashed a chart-topping hit featuring Davido and Mayorkun. The surprising revelation that Davido made on his Instagram Live added an intriguing layer to the song’s backstory. During the live session, Davido extended his gratitude to the YBNL boss, shedding light on the fact that he had co-written the song, emphasizing the collaborative effort behind the smash single.
8. Palazzo – Asake & Spinall
Over the past few years, Olamide has forged a unique bond with Asake, marked by multiple collaborations and a close-knit musical partnership. Notably, Olamide has contributed his songwriting talents to several of Asake’s tracks, including “Palazzo” where he also featured alongside Spinall.
9. Lonely At the Top – Asake
As previously mentioned, Olamide and Asake share a remarkably close musical relationship. In Asake’s recent album, “Work of Art”, Olamide’s contribution is quite significant. He is credited as a co-writer on an impressive ten tracks from the album, including “Lonely At the Top”, which stands out as one of the album’s top performers.
10. Sunshine – Asake
Another track from the “Work of Art” album, co-written by Olamide, takes a nostalgic turn by sampling the 1995 classic “Ocean Drive” by Lighthouse Family.