CDQ Biography: Who Is CDQ ?
Born on the 6th of may 1985 CDQ is a Nigerian Indigenous Hip-Hop artiste, Rapper and Songwriter known best for
single Indomie. Real Names Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf, He popularly goes by stae name CDQ. Formerly signed to Producer and legendary beat-maker Masterkraft’s record label General Records, he now is a solo artist signed to his own personal record label No Struggle No Success.
He Turned down an offer from davido who tried to get the popular Yoruba indigenous Rapper to Sign to DMW. More on that down the post…
CDQ Biography: Early Life, Family and Education
Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf who goes by stage name CDQ is originally from Illorin, Kwara state but was born in Orile,
Lagos State. He was taken back to Kwara state at a very young age and had his basic education in the state, stopping
after he completed his secondary school education. He moved back to Lagos and went on to further his education at the Lagos State University (UNILAG), graduating with a B.Sc in Economics.
CDQ Biography: Music Career/The Beginning
On rounding up his basic schooling and University education, Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf known among fans and many alike as CDQ turned to music and began performing as an upcoming artiste in concerts and shows. He was already in the music industry as far back as 2008 and was a back-up singer for the late music legend Da Grin. He later switched to English when he started rapping under M. I abaga who was the real deal as at then (this is the main reason he mixes his rap with both Yoruba and English). His big break came after he won the rap battle at the popular Industry night Show in Dec, 2012 at the Oriental Hotel, in Lagos. He began getting references and was consistent, delivering great performances in shows as an upcoming artiste before he eventually got a shot at a record deal with Masterkraft’s record label “General Records”.
CDQ Biography: Music Career/Rise To stardom
On signing with record label “General Records, CDQ released his debut single “SAULA” in May 2013 , a song produced by Masterkraft his mentor. “SAULA” was well received , accepted and given positive rating by music critics enjoying massive airwaves during its period of release. After that, CDQ went on to release different Club-bangers including Woss-Wobi, Bizness featuring Masterkraft, Olowo, Amen in support of #BRINGBACKOURGIRLZ movement.
But the song that really brought him to the limelight in the music industry was his single “Indomie” which featured vocals from Olamide, and Davido on the remix. “Indomie” was produced by his in-house label owner and producer, earning him two nominations at the “2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards” and a nomination in the “Best Street-Hop Artist category at The Headies 2015”. He followed the success of indomie with debut studio album titled “Quality” with “Nowo E Soke” the lead song were he featured Star Boy Wizkid. He later released the music video for the song and it was directed by Unlimited L.A. The video went on to win the Best Afro Hip Hop Video category at the 2016 edition of the “Nigeria Music Video Awards”.
The Nigerian indigenous rapper unveiled the cover art for the album on the 16th of August 2016 and it was released through the imprint of General Records on 22 August, the highly anticipated album scored a pass mark according to review. He left General Records after sometime to found his own record label N.S.N.S, a short-form for “No Struggle No Success Entertainment”. According to the rapper, he was tired of sharing his income with record bosses that was the reason behind the creating his own label.
CDQ said he is not interested in any other genre of music apart from hip-hop and rap. He also revealed he took Mastercraft as his mentor after he signed him to record label, General records. His hobbies are cooking, writing and traveling. Tiwa Savage’s husband, Tee Billz signed CDQ to the 323 Entertainment record label before he founded his own record label No Struggle No Success Entertainment.
CDQ Biography: NET-WORTH
CDQ has an estimated Net Worth of around $500,000
CDQ Biography: On Leaving Masterkraft’s Record Label
When queried on why he left masterkraft’s Record label, he had this to say. “For people who believe I left General Records so soon, they may need to check what I have been able to achieve as a solo artiste and what I did while I was with the label. They don’t really know what is happening but at the end of the day, I am still part of my former label. We are a small family and I didn’t just leave abruptly; we had an understanding before I left.”
CDQ Biography: On Not Signing With Davido’s DMW
When CDQ was asked why he did not sign to davido’s music record label.“If I had taken up Davido’s offer, I think I would have done better for myself, but you have to think of other things too. It may have affected my music career as well because he is an artiste like me and he has a career to keep. Davido is a great person. Despite his success, whenever we are together, he is still humble,” he said
CDQ Biography: On How He Came About The Name CDQ
He was asked, “How did you come about CDQ” ?
When I was in secondary school, I was one of the social directors then and I was so familiar and close to the Abokis so they said every artiste do have a stage name, so let’s create one for you. My name CDQ was carved out from my name Sodiq and along the line when I met Banky W, because he happened to be the patron in the music industry,
so he gave full meaning of the name. He said when you go to the market to purchase a CD in the olden days and the music in the CD is good, you will say the CD is quality. So CDQ also means CD quality at the same time.
CDQ Biography: Awards And Nominations
CDQ has been nominated for several awards in his career, and has won some among them.
- Nominated for Best New Act to Watch and Best Collabo of The Year at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards ( “Best Collabo of The Year”)
- Nominated for Best Street-Hop Artiste at The Headies 2015
- Nominated for Rap Act of the Year at 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- Nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist at Soundcity MVP Awards 2016
- Nominated for Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards( “Nowo E Soke”)
- Nominated for Next Superstar On The Roll at 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards
- Won Best Street-Hop Artiste at 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards and
- Also won Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards.
CDQ Biography: Popular Singles
- “Ogini” (featuring Runtown)
- “Indomie” (featuring Olamide)
- “Indomie (Remix)” (featuring Olamide and Davido)
- “Oobi” (featuring Cayana)
- “Woss Wobi (Freestyle)” (with Olamide)
- “Nowo E Soke” (featuring Wizkid)
- “First Come First Serve”
- “Make We Run?” (featuring Wizkid)
- “Ko Funny” (featuring Davido)
- “Say Baba”
- “Say Baba (Remix)”(featuring DJ Maphorisa)
- “fine boys”