Olamide Vs. Dagrin: Lyrically Examined



Came across this article, and i find it interesting to start with. Please read and Share Your Thoughts.

Article By Goke Gbadamosi

The progenitor of Yoruba Rap sub-genre of Naija Hip-hop is none other than Lord of Ajasa but after he disappeared into thin air, Dagrin stepped into the scene with his energetic rap and literally took over the street. Until his untimely death, music aficionados generally considered him to be the next big thing. Today, that next big thing is Olamide, another Yoruba Rap crooner. ‘Eni Duro’, his popular hit single, however came out before Dagrin’s death and my reaction was wowish. I immediately realized some stuffs were missing in Grin Baba’s lyrics; he hardly ever had any cause to go surgical on his lyrics. Since Olamide’s lengthy freestyle, that is ‘Eni Duro’, he has consistently stepped up his flow, dropped two LPs and refused to get out of your face. Despite his determination which is apparently paying off now, I believe like Dagrin, Olamide falls short in the area of lyricism, though concealed by his perfect vocal ability and swag. At the risk of annoying some of ya’all, let me shed light on that real quick.

Wordplay and quotables

The impression both Olamide and Dagrin’s lyrics give is that they are well-thought and thoroughly worked on. You and I know the magic that did on their respective fan base. Dagrin played with Yoruba and pidgin words and phrases easily no doubt and people loved it. For the exact reason Olamide is admired even more today. I realise that many of us get carried away by how they deliver their rhymes not minding even if it’s to the detriment of the structure, richness and stimulating effect of what they dish or dished out as the case may be. Go through Dagrin’s discography, put sentiments aside and listen up for quotables—popularly known as punchlines. What you’d definitely pick out in his songs are lines I refer to as “pseudo-quotables”, stuff that’ll make you say nice but never “oh shit”, stuff that’ll make you nod but never pause, rewind and listen even more closely. You wouldn’t consider something like “Omo naija mi o maga, mi o mugu/Awon Ibo, won n fi mi sere bi Ugwu” a quotable, would you? What of “Ashewo dey everywhere/even gay dey fear/say ashewo go collect all the boys for this year”? That is just as basic as it gets. Olamide is no different. I’m surprised that despite the level he has attained he could come up with a rhyme like:

We are not around here but we are here to stay, immigration

Shout out to the whole of my soldiers, we’re taking over, invasion

Or something like: “You said razz like omo mushin Olosha/but now you say I don fat like Wande Coal osha.” Punchy similes? Hell no. Study some of his lyrics here and try to disprove me.

Rhyme techniques

One privilege enjoyed by new school musicians who employ Yoruba lyrics is that most words in the Yoruba Language end in vowels. So you rhyme easily. Dagrin’s main rhyme technique is basically a combo of the said privilege and use of the perfect rhyme pattern. See an example of one of the numerous perfect rhymes used in ‘Make Doe’: “Your flow is so fake like clown/Let me teach you how to get down/We run this town”. And an illustration of the Yoruba vowels privilege as seen in:

Te’n ba wo s’ole bus-stop e lo ma ti b’ole

Mi o le fight fun e, mi n kin se Oshiomole/ O le beree mole, or ko ko mole/Lole, mo sha mope o o le wole.

Seriously, can’t anyone who one, knows nursery rhymes and two, understands Yoruba pen all that? I mean, the height of lyricism in any flow is revealed if it’s replete with alliteration, parallelism, adroit internal rhymes and more of crafty “similar rhymes” (boo/book) than “perfect rhymes” (book/cook). This ensures that the messages in their rap are easily retained even when they try to be at their crafty best. Study Olamide’s lyrics too and you could be disappointed too by sighting too many perfect rhymes. Don’t be surprised though, if you stumble on nice similar rhymes like:

Awon omo mi awon omo mi ni London

Awon omo mi l’america awon sturborn

Awon ti won ma twek l’ori you Tube

I know you love me, I love you too

I particularly like: “I can’t shout, oro po ninu iwe kobo/Body no be firewood, mi o de n se robot”.


Content, in hip-hop, refers to lyrical elements and how the message(s) they help to convey. I remember how a popular artiste in one the tributes composed to honour Dagrin made commendatory references to the late rapper’s lyricism. And how after giving it a thought, I was like “err…not quite”. You see, the essence of lyricism is the overall message in a rapper’s flow and more of staying focused on it than showing off the various lyrical elements he or she employs in driving it home. But for a few exceptions, Dagrin often gets too excited with his flows that he veers of the topic he’s treating as revealed in some of the tracks on his CEO LP. The love I have for ‘What They Want’ for instance is ruined by his proclivity to digress. Olamide doesn’t digress as much as Dagrin but often burst rhymes that seem to be relevant to his message but when carefully reflected upon are disappointing. If you’ve listened to his two albums, Olamide appears to be conscious of the end game of every of his flows but usually punctuate them with stuff that just don’t add up. Stuff like:

Mo ranti gbat’ orunmi gun bi t’Agani Darego

So many JAMB questions, se ni WAEC or na NECO

Buh me never hold back, eruku makanaki

Moni metal, moni torch, but mi o kin se Zaki

On the surface, there seems to be nothing wrong with the line above but the success of the likes of Yeezus, Eminem and J-HOVA as formidable lyricists is hinged on their ability to mask deep messages beneath fly, nice-sounding yet seemingly mundane lyrics. Both Dagrin and Olamide are lacking in that department.

The Wrap

“It’s a rap”, an expansion of the exclamation “word!”, is an informal approval by hip-hop heads that a MC’s flow is flawless. No doubt, you can’t help but get that feeling every time Olamide drops the mic. He articulates his flow flawlessly like Dagrin. Also, credit has to be given to him for using appropriate styles to deliver the messages he passes across. In the same vein, Dagrin’s strength rests on his versatility and delivery. Perhaps, the best rap I’ve heard from Naija yet is ‘Pon Pon Pon’ because the energy on it is unprecedented and almost supernatural. Olamide’s energy is equally amazing. Unfortunately, imagine the timelessness their collection of works would exude if they had serious depth in their lyrics. Dagrin’s ‘Ghetto Dream’ and Olamide’s ‘Eni Duro’ are wonderful exceptions though. If both artistes were examined based on the two songs (and a handful of others), almost every point against their lyricism that I’ve labored you with so far would be wrong. Alas, you’re a lyricist if only one or two the songs you blessed with ephemeral contents are exceptions to what you normally offer. I’m sorry people; our prolific yoruba rap “legends”, the dead and the living, are the opposite of that.

Culled From : Decoded.com.ng



    • Olamide is vewi ok.lyrically olamide is d best nw in naija.go listen to responsibility by adol ft olamide.n u wil hear a lot of fyn lyrics dia.d person dat did dis shud go fynk again follow me @cissepaulino

  1. Seriously diz is shit…dagrin waz real..olamide is real nd arguably d best yoruba rapa eva…av u actually eaten 2day??? So stop hating nd let OLAMI shine

  2. What is nau d’end result in dis disgusting article…bunch ☀̤̣̈̇f bullshit u wrote dere bro just go find sometin beta to do with ur life idiot


    • Yk ft mikeshoko,omo i dont get tym 4 al dis cowbelchoco,awon boyz busy pelumi biiti mojo,mon hulste,mon strugle stil mo de n flow,too ba fori ja’le agbon o ti fori ko. Mo mon awon temi awon temi momi,Agege,Surulere awon temi ma n bomi,tan bari picture mi lasan won maa tweet mi,anywere ti n ba de awon girls yii fe fans mi,kilo wa de why tee fi n cast mi, YK o ranyan cos mo n jaye ori mi pelu awon fans mi,mi o ki n se corpse kilode te n besiege mi, mo luv girl yi oun maa de luv mi,kile fe ki n se mi saa ni para mi. Dat’s little out of feel am make u see, is ur boy yk shine ur face make u see.08166928182.A NEW STAR HAS COME IS MY MOTTO. DONT BE SCARED I BE ONE MAN MOPOLE.

  4. Like seriously are you a learner???
    Ur article aint subjective and just mere criticism. Toba easy kiyalaya e wabo lori mic! Dagrin n Badoo, Originality to maddin.

  5. Both r good…buh da grin would av gone far ahead if he was still alive…copy dhat……….irep #VECTORYSG…oshamooo

  6. Ko ni da fun eni to ko article yii,infact u must be crazy,I kwn dat since existence of ur whole family,nothing good as come frm ur side,u beta drop dis work and go and go and commit sucide,u ar a disgrace 2 the nation if not u will never wnt downfall 4 humanbein like u,,gbogbo nkan e ma baje loju e ni,toba easy ki iyanlaiya wa bo lori mic,ko ni da fun iyanlaiya e.,,,,u even beef d death and living,,o ni se ori re,oloriburuku omoale

  7. Wow… Itz diff. Buh, Dagrin has end up his lyf… Olamide, is stil livin.. Pls neva compare livin wit non livin… Olamide ur futur stil dey shine… Ati se orire no b by american visa… Olamide responsiblity…. Owk… Guyz na trash u dey talk… Olamide ma demon lo ko ni si ewu… Lov u

  8. OLamide is good no doubt,but not even in my own case self,everybody knows everywhere that DAGRIN is the best,no dey compare muscle camry[DAGRIN] with honda alah[OLamide] both is a car you can drive but there is a big difference,okay R.I.P grin baba,olamide i feel you

  9. All of Ʊ Ω̴̩̩̩̥α d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ crazy OoOoº°˚ . I swear, why Ʊ Ω̴̩̩̩̥α go d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ compare olamide with Dagrin, make olamide up fold him self Τ̲̅ȍ 100 dagrin still ßε̲̣ baba. Wetin he d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ sing self, dagrin no d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ form english now, Ʊ don forget, awon kan se album eyo kan, won sala london cos ni Niaja won o wulo month ßε̲̣ pali condom, RIP baba Ʊ are still d best d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ just d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ run there mouth

  10. We all knw ђã†̥’ƨ dagrin ¶ƨ Τ̲̅ђe king of rapper till date, even though he dead, olomide won die, abeg neva in ur life Ʊ post D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ kind of comment again, unilag guys d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ vex D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ comment,, olamide just d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ try 1000years Τ̲̅ȍ D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ time dagrin still ßε̲̣ baba OoOoº°˚ . Let D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ ßε̲̣ d first Α̲̅πϑ last time Ʊ will ever in ur life compare olamide wt Dagrin igi imu jinaa senu very far away, D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ comment just d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ vex ♍ƺ die, Ʊ d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ crazy…..

  11. Ta lon sun ebanji, ilekun yen bashi,awon eleyi je rap lenu latibi de bauchi,see dem lookin @ me awon luku bantashi. Are u a learner. Plz guyz, stop comparing wat is incomparable. Badoo lee is 100perc beta dan dagrin.I av proves fr diz. Even if dagrin neva die, na olamide go pursue am enta wey una no go hear am again. Shoutout si awon to shey beef track funmi,I feil blesd to knw ur tryin to blow thru me, u want make I reply no dat one dey do me, am nobody tio ba si anybody ton bumi. Both english and yoruba,dem no born dagrin father well. Ojodu boiz dey vex fr diz stupid article o

  12. D dot Ʊ are a big fool, an idiot, Α̲̅πϑ a fool at D̶̲̥̅̊i̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ ur age will surely ßε̲̣ a fool forever, how on earth will Ʊ compare dagrin wt ђã†̥’ƨ tapper calling him self a rapper, olamide self talk A̶̲̥̅♏ say dagrin ¶ƨ my mentor, oboy 4get OoOoº°˚ . No d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ use sleep compare death OoOoº°˚ . , Dagrin pass A̶̲̥̅♏ no ßε̲̣ small OoOoº°˚ . Ruggedman self talk A̶̲̥̅♏ OoOoº°˚ .,Dagrin Ω̴̩̩̩̥α Τ̲̅ђe landlord olami ¶ƨ just a visitor in Τ̲̅ђe ous OoOoº°˚ . S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ stop ђã†̥’ƨ trash, baba Ʊ still ßε̲̣ no1 RIP@

  13. olamide (badoo of destiny) easy lion easy tiger is best, awon olofo won ton wan, wan ton candle kilo kan agbero pelu twitter handle

  14. Well said!
    Nigerians only listen to beat and then get carried away by Olamide’s so called “street swag”. Truth be told, he’s not lyrical. Of course he has some other hip-hop quality, but not lyrics or depth.
    And I see so many groupies on here, why insult the writer please, everybody has a right to their opinion,besides if you don’t like his story write your own. Yall better learn to be civil

  15. I don’t blame Ʊ ppl, Ʊ all are talking trash, Olami for my feet, God punish A̶̲̥̅♏, if not for I’d carbasa wey help A̶̲̥̅♏ Ω̴̩̩̩̥α who ßε̲̣ ybnl.Dagrin pass A̶̲̥̅♏ for everytin both lyrics Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡, one mad Dog come comment say if baba still d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ online self Ω̴̩̩̩̥α olami small boy go pursu A̶̲̥̅♏ enter, I don’t think sm1 talented Α̲̅πϑ also famous as Dagrin håvƐ̷̃̊ ever come out of ur Linage b4 sowi mumu ode buruku, akindanidani, Ʊ beta go comit suicide if lagos no favour Ʊ.

  16. dis is unbelievable,cos u cn nt compare da grin with olamideg.As for me o,i prefer da grin more than olamide..(respect 2u Grin baba.R I P).bt so far dagrin is no more that means we cn also call olamide the boss..also we cn compare there lyrics cos.we cn only compare this guy lyrics with dagrin own,i mean Dharsaw,whch we neva no the outcome of that guy.so both Olamide,dharsaw,da grin,i realy love them,cos i lyke yoruba rapers,so u guy should keep it up.

  17. I believe u said it all. Delivery 100%, rhymes 100%, but content I am not so sure, heard olaamide on so many grounds and dagrin also. Both side skits and full song. CONTENT is deir problem. They try to pass deir message alright but try to play safe with yoruba vowels.

    • Be careful dude…(Dargrin)ma guy shey sisi mi lo wa si ibi bayii wa CHASE, shey oku re rin si eh ni abi oro pe o le ma bami drag CASE…by d time tin ba ma fi gun idi eh yanma yanma idi eh ma ni spaces bi LACE…ati aniyi lo mi o fe ma ri oju eh mo ni nu BASE… Oya da okada yii duro ke joo pick RACE (skit)…go buy dagrin’s first album STILL ON THE MATTER

  18. Dis guy is making his cool cash A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ criticism is normal. RIP green who made dis kinda rap known. I love Olamide diee A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ have sat A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ listen Τ̅☺ his rap more dan dis critic writter…T̶̲̥̅ђe̶̲̥̅̊ lyrics U̶̲̥̅̊ wrote is baseless in dat, he (Olamide) tells us dat wen he was suffering, pple asks questions dat he can’t answer(criticism) but he kept pushing  A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ lastly he praises himself for dat(eruku makanaki) Listen Τ̅☺ Olamide A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ Dagrin’s Albums carefully A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ get T̶̲̥̅ђe̶̲̥̅̊ message…Dissapointed in Jaguda.com though

  19. Yk ft mikeshoko omo i no get tym 4 all dis cowbelchoco.awon boyz joko won womi bii mojo.too ba fori ja’le agbon o ti fori ko.Mo mon awon temi momi,mo un para 4 d street nobody feel fyn me,na b’cos of my lyrics awon girshy yi fe fans mi,mo n jese awon omo wonyi so ema cast mi,mo lyk omo yi oun na luv mi,kile fe ki n se mio sa ni para mi. IS UR BOY YK I’LL SEE YOU IN A JIFFY.A NEW STAR HAS COME DAT’S MY MOTTO.

  20. Aisile ologbo,ile dile okete,DAGRIN is cat while olamide bush rat.so dagrin is dead,olamide take over.keep on olamide.

  21. Wow nice one, but grin baba was and is still my man and olamide badoo will as well always be my guys shoutout to all ibile rapers I listen to dagreen and olamide’s songs on a repeat. But pleas don’t compare the dead with the living anymore dagrin is gone OLAMIDE is still fully around so olamide ma demo lo ko ni si ewu. Cos you are the voice of the street so make e quickly clear for there eyes sharp sharp. Haters stop hating on OLAMIDE cos he has make it so try and hustle so dat you can also make it. Abi e ranti igba ti orun e gun bi ti agbani darego? So many jamb questions shay na waec or neco, now oti fresh oti robo odabi akin and pawpaw. Thunder fire haters. Just passing by and shout out to Grand Pa.

  22. yy some of una deyy post rubbish.u guyz re tryn to 4get d root,dagrin is d pioneer of dis yoruba rap shit.bkuz os dead does nt mean is nt d best.olamide to is very gud wit his lyrics.i luv dem both.RIP DAGRIN,ride on YBNL GENERAL.bt dis days olamide does nt prove to b a street boy any longer.him dan deyy brag.d guy is 2 forward if u watch his interview on d JUICE.i didnt expect such talk from him.any way u nw d landlord.ibile for life.

  23. Dagrin ko somo naa,ko n se ore pelu DPO,dt cpare lion wit cat DAGRIN is d best RIP BARRACK O GRIN, OMO OGUN,AKOGUN SUN RE OO

  24. If to say My Dagrin dey Alive, who go hear Olamide but Yoruba addage has said it all “ti ti enikan o ba baje, ti enikan o le da”. That is just the case. As for Me DAGRIN REMAINS MY NUMBER-ONE RAPPER.

  25. Abeg no dey post rubbish even olamide knw say he no reach…if olaitan aka lyrical weyre still dey alive olamide no go get mouth…bu green baba don die make we free mata…but no post rubbish abt green….he is the best 4 eva…go listen 2 his first album STILL ON D MATTER…”Awon temi ni africa won po to fe ma RAP,shugbon to ba wo elomi o SHARP, elomi shin ta ito le nu bi TAP,won o mo pe awa ti pe bi ‘SHENAPP’ ko di gba taba fa gbana katole RAP,won feel me all over NIGERIA,ni GHANA, BOTWANA,to ba te ori is wa di SCANNER oo KANA won ko mi je bi BANANNA….e person wey write dis post na FOOL…e no just get sense…olamide tight but gree baba will always b d best RIP lyrical trouble….

  26. As 4 me, Dagrin is still the best and will always be the best.. Can u beat that… Dagrin collected the best rapper even after his death… Olamide is a dooorrrrhh… Hi is trying oooo but dagrin is still the best..

  27. Grin will always b evagrEen.eey omo naija!!surulere ikeja mushin aja!!eri bashey u hustle loo lori street!!hustle wonu studio lori voice lori beat!!dagrin baba !u will leave in my heart 4eva!!thou olAmide is reaLly trying but dnt compare calabash wit pail…….many raPper don do beef track for me!!their mAma too don go collect witchcraft for me!!but dey can’t take away d Love d street gat for me!!agba awo ton fase momi,dey still dey bow for me!! Datz ola for U.I reP VEC but DAGRIN is my menTOR

  28. Olamide is gud in termas of party jamz bt he is nt a gud lyricist @ all…..ppl jst lyk him cos he is a yoruba boy…..u guys shuld listen 2 ppl lyk vector,erigga,mode 9,jesse jags & yung6ix then u will knw wt it means 2 b a lyricist……

  29. if i hear dis guys cant be compared jooor … Wu be olamide wen da grin de nah only luck go make nu hear am den gonself rip CEO ha iku bolaje oooo .see see somtin ooooolamide nah sumboy nah where he 4 dey if barak o grin dey alife wu go be ybnl ? seriously …… bulshit ….

  30. 2 me dagrin is the beast in d game,well since he’s no more olamide continue,am still upcoming dat will take olamide’s pattern,baddo i dey feel u.RIP BARRACK OGRIN.

  31. Even olamide respect dagrin in rap go and listen to AWON GOONS MI olamide track and IJOBA reminisce ft olamide….R.I.P BABA…i wish to be rapping lyk u bcos am upcoming rapper and singer bt nt die very soon lik u.

  32. All i want to say z dat never compare dagrin with olamide,ona ki je ti baba ati omo ko mo ni ala..we accept dat grin as died we still dey hear his song, i hail u jare dagrin olenubi pon pon pon pon pon pon


  34. Its not an easy tin to put lyrics together. Especially yoruba….. Abeg kudos to all yoruba rappers. Tiwa n tiwa, oyinbo o kin je salewa. Anyway watch 4 indigene the real ijinle ibile. O yato si wotoworo. O MBO DEDE, E KU OJU LONA.

  35. Dagrin baba a.k.a youngtug a.k.a grin face a.k.a lyrical were u stil d best amng d rest…R.I.P my mentor…..mole ma rap yoruba bt e le mi ba emi ni oba bring all d hissed wey dey d bar/im d king of d swagger no 1 dat bagger.olamide lack content nd z very pointless nd speechless

  36. I no sey if green still dey… The guy will hav turn to mad. He go dey rap like… In fact he go dey kill inspiration for olamide body. The guy death pain me jawe! … Mo ni dream lati play bi kaka… Boya toba di ola, won ma sign me si barca. Hmmmmm if ha die……

  37. Olamide iz learnng dagrin iz vezing other rapper ar kitng.ybnl soldier+evergreen=??!
    luv u both…r.i.p dagrin,olamide turn it up.

  38. Barrack O’ Grin remain the best but it un4tunate his dead bt his songs r better than olamide d noise maker… RIP green baba.. Ur 2albums still looks as if na yesterday u release am.. Cont to RIP


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