Superstar musician Olamide is one of the biggest talents in the history of Nigerian entertainment. Since the ‘Story for the Gods’ crooner hit the spotlight in 2010, there has been no year that he has failed to thrill audiences with a hit song.
Olamide, who is also known as Baddo, has not only made a name for himself but has also discovered and nurtured talents with his YBNL record label. Some of the talents that were brought into the music industry by the singer include Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Fireboy, Asake, and more.
Baddo has also featured in singles that turned out to be breakout songs for artists like Naira Marley, Zlatan, Bella Shmurda, TI Blaze, Portable, and more.
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Despite his level of fame and success, Olamide has yet to feature any global acts. Stars like Wizkid and Davido, who all hit the spotlight at the same time with Olamide, have featured international stars like Chris Brown, Drake, and more, but the YBNL boss is yet to toe this path.
In an interview with SoundCity in 2016, the singer vowed never to pay an international act for collaboration, and six years later, he has kept to that decision. During the interview, Olamide noted that if Fela Anikulapo Kuti could make it to the global stage, he has no business paying an international act to achieve the same.
“I have always believed in myself that if I work hard, there is no limit to what I can achieve in life. I didn’t get to this level because I featured somebody. It has been the grace of God and I won’t deny Him of His glory. God has been good to me and His grace brought me this far…I have been told several times to make the move that would see me feature an international act by paying some huge amount of money, but that is never going to happen. If I continue to work hard and concentrate on my locality where I have become very popular, I can become anything I desire, but for me to pay somebody to feature on my song is never going to happen in my life time.”
Watch the interview here:
Artists signed under Olamide’s YBNL, such as Fireboy, have featured international acts, but the singer has kept to his vow.