Why Olamide made me switch from Hip Hop to Afrobeats – Zlatan Ibile

Nigerian rapper, Zlatan Ibile, has recounted how award winning musician, Olamide propelled his career growth by influencing his switch from Hip Hop to Afrobeats.

The rap sensation whose real name is Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, said ‘My Body’ his 2017 collaborative song with the YBNL boss was the turning point of his career.

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Zlatan recounted how he kept on begging Olamide for a collaboration via his social media and how it eventually happened despite initial disappointments.

He said Olamide gave him two appointments which could not be materialise at the time until the third one when they finally met at the ‘Melo Melo’ crooner’s house.

Zlatan said he expected a rap collaboration when they linked up, but Baddo played an Afrobeats song because he knew it would make him (Zlatan) an instant star.

According to the ‘Lagos Anthem’ crooner in an interview with popular YouTuber, Korty EO, the music executive giving him a verse was “life-changing.”

Zlatan said; “Olamide giving me a verse at that time was life-changing for me. I was always tracking him and begging him in the DM for a verse.

He gave me appointments twice but they didn’t materialise until the third time. He invited me to his house and because I was doing more rap, I thought we would be doing a rap song, then all of a sudden, Olamide started singing an Afrobeats song, ‘My Body.’

He did that because he knew it was what would make me an instant star. I recorded my verse and that was how my story changed.”