Ladipoe Eso is our Jaguda Artiste of the Month for April. Ladipoe sometimes simply known as Poe has been dope a long time but some of us are probably yet to find out.
He is the guy that’s always in the grand scheme of things but you never get to have a close interaction with him. And this is quite unfortunate but Poe has been around for as far as 2013 especially remembered for his feature on SDC’s ‘Feel Alright‘. He came on stronger in the same year with ‘Ko Ye Won‘ so much he was tipped as one of those to rule the future with his music. Sadly some predictions take way longer to come to fulfillment and so we doubt the very foundation those projections were made.
Ladipoe’s hard work as an indie artiste finally paid off when he bagged a recording deal with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. This was very important because he needed the reach and channels Mavin Records could provide to further boost his career and audience.
Fast forward to the present day, the rapper who calls himself the ‘leader of the revival’ has a raving song in Naija. A big reward for being consistent and keeping it real with his music. Maybe he didn’t see his collaboration with Simi was just what he needed to take things up a notch, however, he is surely thankful for it.
‘Know You‘ was released as usual but things picked up for the beautiful love ballad. Simi held her ground on the song projecting just the right amount of sensual and feminine vibe that was needed. Thanks to Tik Tok, Instagram the love song went viral ramping more attention to Ladipoe’s latest song.
All that social media buzz and the ongoing challenge drove ‘Know You‘ to the peak of the Apple Music charts in Nigeria, a first for Ladipoe. It also has over a million streams on Audiomack more than his entire ‘TAP’ album was streamed. It’s a feat worth celebrating as many more people get familiar with the music.
Probably the biggest lesson here is that the ‘leader of the revival’ can accomplish more if he collaborates with colleagues outside his ‘alte genre’. Although Poe has had several collaborations in the past, it has always mostly revolved around fellow colleagues who fitted into his alte kind of music, like SDC, BOJ, Tems, Funbi etc.
Sometimes growth is not always about depth but lateral, stretching out to work with equally talented people might just do the trick. Working with Simi was a masterstroke which highlights that Poe can get into bigger circles of discussions when he taps bigger mainstream acts on his personal projects.
From now it’s game on for Poe, the self-proclaimed leader of the revival. Henceforth we’re open to more collaborations from the rapper with bigger acts. We can’t wait to find out the other bangers he has coming.
Ladipoe has always been dope, he needs to court limelight more by stretching beyond the shadows of alte music and the cliques.