In a recent revelation, popular Nigerian street music artist, Bella Shmurda, credited ace rapper Olamide for his significant contribution to the launch of his music career. In an interview with Pulse, Shmurda shared that Olamide funded the recording and video shoot of his breakout single, ‘Vision 2020’.
Shmurda, whose real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, highlighted that Olamide’s support extended beyond financial assistance. The YBNL boss promoted the song on his social media pages, giving Shmurda’s career a significant boost. Despite not being officially signed to YBNL Nation at the time, Shmurda received the same level of support as a signed artist.
In addition to Olamide, Shmurda also acknowledged the roles of Zlatan Ibile and celebrity dancer Poco Lee in the early days of his career. Poco Lee, who was living with Zlatan at the time, introduced Shmurda to the ‘Lagos Anthem’ crooner. Zlatan not only accommodated Shmurda but also collaborated with him on several unreleased songs, providing motivation and encouragement.
Since his breakout single, Bella Shmurda has continued to make waves in the music industry. His unique sound and captivating lyrics have resonated with fans worldwide, earning him a place among Nigeria’s top music talents. As Shmurda continues to rise, the support and generosity of industry veterans like Olamide serve as a reminder of the power of collaboration and mentorship in the music industry.