It took a couple of years for Ladipoe to become what he is now. And what exactly your choice in issue.
Well, I’d tell you but it’s complicated. You see, for the past few years now, hip-hop and rap music has basically been on the sidelines in the Nigerian industry.
The decline can be attributed to so many factors, of course, but what it meant was that while Afrobeats artist were making waves globally, that reach wouldn’t extend in any way to their hip-hop counterparts. Hard to be a rapper in a country like this really.
So what did wise rappers do? They all switched up. Add a few melodies in there (Ycee) or maybe just switch up and become the new school afro-fusion guy (Blaqbonez).
But not Ladipoe. He didn’t need to do that. He had a style. A style that is now starting to come together and is starting to look like a niche for him. What’s this style? Okay, it’s simple. He jumps on an Afrobeat instrumental, feature a badass singer to take the hook or chorus, and he just does his relaxing rap verses.
He started with the Simi-assisted “Know You,” before doing the monster hit, “Feeling” with Buju. Now he’s looking to continue that streak with his new single with one of the best singers currently, Fireboy.
“Running” Ft. Fireboy
There’s nothing complicated about this song at all. It has the same pattern as the previous hits Poe has had. The laid-back afro instrumental is becoming his signature already.
On “Running,” Ladipoe and Fireboy “,” telling us about how they’re just running on vibes, even though they’re tired of the situation around. Ladipoe‘s first verse was especially very conscious. Fireboy’s sonorous vocals provide support for the song, overall.
On the second verse, Fireboy boasts about how he’s gone international and Ladipoe comes in shortly to also do some bragging, but this time with a little melody. He even did the outro. He’s no Olamide, but his singing is not that bad either.
I expect “Running” to be on top of charts in no time, yes. It is a good song, and I think that’s all there is to be said about it. Ladipoe is carving a niche for himself, and he’s doing it perfectly well.