Ace Nigerian rapper and YBNL founder Olamide Adedeji, simply known as Olamide, has opened up on the reason he signed Fireboy DML to his label.
Speaking in an interview with Okay Africa’s Nadia Neophytou, the ”Wo” crooner revealed that he was done with signing artistes until he met his current protégé, Fireboy.
According to Olamide, not many young artistes currently can compare with the kind of music the Scatter hitmaker churns out.
The record label boss and his young protégé were both featured in the Okay Africa interview, which was done hours after they arrived in New York on their current promo tour.
Fireboy DML recalled the first time he met Olamide and remarked that the rapper was indeed a man of few words. He also revealed that they started recording the very day they met.
”I remember. Because that was a big moment for me. I met him for the first time in person at a hotel in Lekki. We exchanged a few words — he’s a man of few words. But I think we started recording that same day, working on the album,’‘ he said.
Olamide, on his part was also asked why he not only decided to sign Fireboy DML but made him his mentor instead.
He replied; ”It’s the sound. Still today, for me, it’s still the same. There are so many young artists out there but they’re nothing compared to the kind of music Fireboy makes. It’s just way beyond his age. I think Fireboy is 57 years old [Fireboy laughs out loud]. He writes like an old man. He’s one of those few people that I learn from sometimes. Like, ‘what does this dude think about when he’s writing?”