Veteran music executive, ID Cabasa, has revealed how emotional he was when superstar rapper, Olamide left his record label.

In an interview with Adesope Olajide on Afrobeats Podcast, the music producer recounted the circumstances surrounding Olamide’s exit from his label.

ID Cabasa said he met the ‘Furst Of All’ hitmaker when he was just 13 years old as he had come to his studio with a friend, wanting to record a song.

He said the friend was not impressive but when Olamide jumped on the mic, he dropped 16 bars, and that ‘changed everything’.

Olamide left Coded Tunes in 2012 and launched his record label, YBNL Nation which has produced superstars such as Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh and currently houses Asake, Fireboy DML as it’s leading act.

In his words:

“Olamide was 13 years old when I met him. He came to my studio with a friend who wanted to feature him on a song. His friend was not good musically. Olamide was quiet and unassuming. I gave him a beat, and he did 16 bars that changed everything. Olamide became more like a son to me.

“When he was about to leave my record label, we sat down to discuss it. It was painful to me. It wasn’t the pain of not wanting him to progress; it was the pain of seeing someone you love leave. I cried.

“I said, ‘Olamide, you should’ve waited o!’ He said, ‘Bros, I want to do something, and I’m sure, by your code, we might not be able to do some of them.’ We didn’t have a fight. I gave him my full blessings.”


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