Nigerian rapper Oladips, known for his lyrical prowess and unique style of rap has tragically passed away at the young age of 28. His management team confirmed this devastating news in a statement shared on Instagram on Wednesday, November 15. The exact cause of his death has not been publicly disclosed, leaving fans and the music community in shock and mourning.
The statement reads, “We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji aka OLADIPS has passed away on Nov. 14 Tuesday evening at exactly 10:14 p.m. We are still in shock as we speak,” the statement read. “For over two years he has kept his battles within himself, his body is now with his family and funeral services will be announced as soon as it is concluded! The family asked that we respect their privacy in this trying time. May god give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
How Oladips rose to fame
Oladips first rose to prominence in 2015 when he emerged victorious in an online rap competition called “The King is Here,” hosted by Nigerian rap icon D’Banj. This significant win propelled him into the spotlight and paved the way for his budding career in the music industry.
Born on March 24, 1995, in Ogun State, Nigeria, Oladips exhibited a passion for music from a very young age, setting the stage for what promised to be a remarkable career. At the tender age of sixteen, he embarked on a musical journey, starting from text battles on Facebook and gradually establishing himself as a formidable presence in the rap scene.
His career progression
The rapper’s untimely demise comes just before the much-anticipated release of his album, “SUPERHERO ÀDÚGBÒ (The Memoir),” which was originally scheduled to drop on Thursday, November 16, as reported by the BBC.
In February, Oladips had excitedly responded to a fan’s tweet, expressing his dedication to completing the album. His most recent single, “Die Young,” was released just last month on October 6, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his craft.
One of the pivotal moments in Oladips’ career was his victory at the “King is Here” contest, hosted by Nigerian music sensation D’Banj. This achievement not only brought him recognition but also secured his first major record contract with EDGE Records.
Throughout his career, Oladips displayed his ability to connect with audiences by blending his unique style with mainstream influences. His versatility and depth were evident in his rendition of songs by international artists like Drake and Trey Songz.
Oladips, whose real name is Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, was known for hits like “Chache” and “Lalakukulala.” Hailing from Ogun State, Nigeria, his talent and contributions to the music industry will be remembered and cherished by fans and fellow artists alike.
However, in a surprising turn of events in 2019, Oladips parted ways with LRR/EDGE Records, citing contract violations and dissatisfaction with Reminisce, the label’s CEO. Despite the challenges he faced, Oladips continued to pursue his passion for music and maintained a strong connection with his fan base.
The news of Oladips passing on November 15, 2023, sent shockwaves through his fans and the music community. Despite his relatively young age, his legacy transcends his years, leaving an indelible mark on the Nigerian music landscape.
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