Asake is the new cover star of Ranks Africa Weekly Entertainment News, and we took a ride through Asake’s journey thus far.
Ahmed Ololade Asake (born 13 January 1995), known professionally as Asake, is a Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter
Asake studied Theater & Performing arts at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state. His musical career got into mainstream in 2020 when he released a freestyle titled ‘Mr. Money’. A remix with Zlatan and Peruzzi followed. He released songs like Body and Yanyan before he was signed by YBNL in February 2022 and later got signed by Empire Distribution in July 2022.
From hustling for free bedspace to investing in real estate, Asake announced on 18th August, he becomes house owner in lagos, he share a photo of his newly acquired mansion..
Taking a line from Fireboy DML’s track “Glory,” he captioned the post, “Went from hustling for free bedspace to investing in real estate.”
Asake often uses a uptempo Afro and Amapiano-styled beat. There are elements of Fuji (a Yoruba traditional music genre) in his songs. On the 1st of September 2022, Asake announced the dropping of his first studio album “Mr. Money With The Vibe” which was released 7 days later, the album received high praise from fans in Nigeria and across the world.
View this post on Instagram
“Mr. Money With The Vibe.” The album has 12 songs, including previously released “Sungba (remix),” “Peace Be Unto You,” and “Terminator.”
Guest appearances on the album include American rapper Russ and Nigerian Grammy-winning superstar Burna Boy
Asake’s music evokes a deep connection to the gritty realities of Lagos, and our interview had been slated to take place in a part of the city that bears significant meaning to him. But the singer, 27, needed to fly to the U.S. for his first international promo tour, and so we are instead soldiering through sporadic moments of wonky cross-continental internet.
Nigerian street-pop is an important subgenre that blends rudimentary elements of Afrobeats from pop, to rap, with gritty, cheeky lyrics and a propensity for documenting Nigerian street life. Asake emerged on the scene in 2020 with “Mr. Money,” and his subsequent collaboration with Olamide, the legendary Nigerian street-pop artist, on the slow-burning, amapiano-infused “Omo Ope,” announced him as one of the country’s fastest-rising acts. Asake’s most notable work, “Sungba,” has the same sonic elements: Amapiano bass lines paired with skeletal instrumentations that hold the listener hostage. Just as “Sungba” was blowing up, Burna Boy joined him on the remix — then performed it during his historic headlining show at New York’s Madison Square Garden this spring.