Nigerian rapper, Olamide recently sat with Nadeska on Apple Music 1 to discuss the release of his album, ‘UY Scuti.’ He talked about how he always wanted to do a ‘full-on pop project’, his first days in the studio recording, on his evolution as an ar

Nigerian rapper, Olamide recently sat with Nadeska on Apple Music 1 to discuss the release of his album, UY Scuti. He talked about how he always wanted to do a full-on pop project, his first days in the studio recording, on his evolution as an artiste, and how the dream is to be able to sign artistes from around the world with his label/brand. FRIDAY TREAT brings you excerpts of that interaction.
On the title being the perfect fit for his project:
From way back, the regular thing I used to do is basically just rap music and street music. This time around, Im just switching the gears and moving it up a notch a little bit, because Ive always wanted to, you know, tap into different elements of humor, everything I feel on the inside and just live my life to the fullest so I might as well just try something new entirely. So, Im really happy for having the courage to be able to, you know, tap into something entirely new that Ive never done before. This is, like, a full-time pop project, and Im happy Im doing it because Ive always wanted to.
On why he decided to drop this project now:
Man, I dont know. Sometimes you just get carried away by the madness and the fame, you know? Everything was just- was crazy and too much, like, I get carried away sometimes. Like, every time Im working on a project, I always tell myself, Oh, this time around Im going to do something fresh, I want to do a pop album, and before you know it, Im rapping. Before you know it Im dropping rap songs and all that so this time around I just had to, like, try my possible best. But one night I started shutting out every energy and everyone around me that I know very well that no matter what if they heard the idea in my head or they heard my new sound, they would be, like, No, no, lets not do that, lets stick to the old ways.
I had to shut them out first, take all those people out of my life for a while, you know while Im in the process of making a project just so I could focus, you know? I prayed, I did a lot of studying online and I learned some new stuff, and I brought new guys around me, guys, you know, that could see the same vision in my head and the things I really want to achieve in music and how farther I want to go. And yes, I think these are the things that I did that made it work this time around and Im grateful to them.
On the first days in the studio recording:
Just like every other normal day, you know, because Ive been doing this from way back, you know, so basically, I just start, say, in life, you just have to decide whats good for you. It is not about what works for your guys sometimes. And my own thing is once my mindset is off something, no matter how much energy I put into it, its never going work for me. You know, I already knew that, man, Im sick of rap music, just want to do something newer.
I just want to do something, so yes I have to make sure I do all the necessary sacrifices to make that happen and actualise that dream, you know? So it was- it was like every other normal day in my life. Im used to this. If you want to be at the top or be on top of your game, you have to know that theres no time to make excuses or be sentimental or, you know, care about your loved ones and all that. You have to do what you need to do, you know?
On the reception he was expecting from fans:
Honestly speaking, I mean, if you know what youre doing and you know what you stand for, you should know that anybody thats, you know, work for you for something. So, for me particularly, I feel like most of my day-one fans didnt work with me because I rap, its not because of anything else but the fact that I stay original. Like, you know, Im very authenticity. I, you know, say things the way I do what I need to do, you know, like, thats what people like me for. Its not really about the music in most cases. The music is just, like, you know, like an extra thing. Its really all about the authenticity and originality.
On continuing to evolve as an artiste:
Ive always known from day one, you know, like, when I blew up, I blew up like a ball. 2010, you know? I want to remain in the market place, theres no way Im going to keep serving my audience the same thing Ive been serving for the past 10 years.
On continuing to improve his label/brand:
The big dream is to you know, be able to sign different artists from, you know, all around the world, not just artistes from Nigeria and go into partnership with, you know, big distributing markets like, you know, Empire. We have a deal with Empire already, you know, so its been a smooth ride and Im enjoying every moment.
On the fun hes having:
Right now, I think Im having more fun. Way back it used to just be grind for me, no time for fun, no time for relaxing, no holidays, no vacations, nothing. But right now Ive been able to, you know, sit back, relax and, you know, COVID taught me a lesson that I need to take care of myself anyway, you know? And how COVID taught me I need to, you know, spend more time with my family now, spending more time studying more about my business, spending more time and taking care of my health and, you know, watching my weight and all that, you know? So, Ive been working on that.
We Have Not Had Water Supply In Months Abeokuta Residents
In spite of the huge investment in the water sector by the government and international organisations, water scarcity has grown to become a perennial nightmare for residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. This report x-rays the lives and experiences of residents in getting clean, potable and affordable water amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state…Why I decided  Why I decided
Selfies, video calls and Chinese documentaries: The things youll meet onboard Lagos-Ibadan train
The Lagos-Ibadan railway was inaugurated recently for a full paid operation by the Nigerian Railway Corporation after about a year of free test-run. Our reporter joined the train to and fro Lagos from Ibadan and tells his experience in this report…Why I decided Why I decided