Olamide cemented himself early on in 2016 as the king of the clap-backs as his throw-away line and hashtag LeaveTrashForLawma trends on social media. But now his song ‘I Love Lagos’ not only solidifies his ability to put his finger on the nation’s pulse, but also to ride high on the back of the Headies controversy.
Baddosneh is not to be messed with when it comes to lyrical genius – fact. But a lesser known fact about Omo Wobe is that he has his finger firmly on the zeitgeist – he knows how the streets feel, he knows what slang words will work, he understands what words people will resonate to.
This is the musician who gave us words like Shakitibobo, -sneh as a suffix, Omo Wobe. His YBNL team are responsible for Shoki, connect, nnunu and so many more.
LeaveTrashForLawma – Olamide cleaning up with a new song
Even during the time that one might consider one of the darker moments of his career – during his onstage F-storm at the Headies awards and the subsequent Twitter rant – he still managed to give us a phrase or two that started trending instantly.
LeaveTrashforLawma is already the default response for anyone who wants to bring you any smelling news this year, and “Every xxx was a hit back to back” is being memed to death, with even Etisalat jumping on board with an advert using the keywords from the artist’s rant against Don Jazzy when Reekado won the award ahead of Li’l Kesh.
There was an a public apology the next day (although Olamide looked none too pleased about it!) and I guess you all thought it was over, right?
Wrong! I’m sure Olamide slept in the studio that night and his latest song, while actually not a diss track aimed at anyone, the fact that there is no official artwork or prior marketing noise for this single suggests that it is certainly a response to industry events. And guess what? Baba Miliano turns up in Lawma overalls! Yup, you heard right!
The song is a love song to the city of his birth, the Centre of Excellence, displaying a beautiful Lagos that should make Lagosians proud and certainly makes those of us far from home feel home-sick.
Not to continue to talk about the same thing, but when I think about my comments about Tiwa Savage’s latest single: African Waist that had a video that was not particularly African nor featured waists, I’m glad I wasn’t mad for expecting a video that displayed content relative to the words. Team YBNL wins again.
And for me, Olamide continues to win with his trad game! He may be the quintessential Yoruba Demon or Lagos Boy but omo, that’s why we keep falling for them!
Oh, last thing to note: the video features Odunlade Adekola, another Yoruba boo of mine! It’s a cameo, but it sha made me happy.
Please watch the video and let’s know if you love Lagos too!
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