We’ve had his state of the Hip-hop addresses, both before he blew up and became this rap behemoth and after he claimed the rap throne.
We’ve had his struggle through the years as a young man trying to survive the streets. We have had piercing records dedicated to the grind and how pragmatism is favoured over street hype. We’ve have had his half-singles and loose tracks just thrown from his record label into the funnels that feed our playlists. But through it all, we have learnt about the life on the streets, the mantra of hustlers, the joy of family, dance styles and pop culture elements that all come from…well, the streets.
He’s arguably the foremost creative Hip-hop innovator of our times and very generous with his art, yet he’s remained, enigmatic, then at least opaque, withholding some, creating more and still keeping fans ready to receive from his YBNL fountain, which has become shrouded and further successful with Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold.
But here’s another reveal from Olamide. Adorned with a ‘street’ shot, scarf concealing eyes, hands clasped in a very familiar manner, and accompanied by a video that showed him taking back his throne from pretenders. This is the ‘Street Tape’, a crucial embrace to his dynamic roots which still forms the bedrock of his support, and continues to buoy him, both as a source of inspiration, and an endless validation ... Read Full Review