Olamide was like a son to me, I cried when he left my record label – ID Cabasa recalls

The well-known music producer and CEO of Coded Tunez, Olumide Ogunade, better known by his stage name ID Cabasa, revealed how Olamide’s exit from his record company made him cry.

He described the circumstances that led to Olamide’s decision to depart in an interview with Adesope Olajide on the Afrobeats Podcast.

When ID Cabasa was just 13 years old, he went to the YBNL boss’s studio to record a song with a friend.

That’s when he first met the boss. Even though his companion wasn’t particularly gifted, everything changed when Olamide took the mic and sang 16 bars.

ID Cabasa tried to talk Olamide into staying, but the “Mayweather” singer persisted on going, so in the end, he gave his consent.

You may remember that Olamide founded his own record label, YBNL Nation, after quitting Coded Tunes in 2012.

Notable artists including Adekunle Gold and Lil Kesh were signed to the label, and its current roster includes Asake and Fireboy DML.

ID Cabasa stated:

“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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