Slimcase Biography: Who is Slimcase ?
Born on the 21st of August 1985, Slimcase is a fast-rising Nigerian indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter. Real names Oladapo Oko-Eko, Slimcase was born and brought up in Ikorudu, Lagos State.
Growing up in Ikorudu Slimcase was tutored by the streets were he was known in his early days for being a very funny guy. This influenced his foray into comedy at the time making him to take up comedy as a career performing for friends, family members and social gathering before music found him.
Before attaining fame, slimcase worked as a factory worker for about ten years, earning a sum of about N15,000 per month.
Slimcase Biography: Music Career
In the year 2011, slimcase came across a friend by the name Beat by Sars (***not to be confused with Sarz on the beat), it was this friend who helped him record his first ever vocals for a song in Akoka, a local studio near the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
“I loved his productions, and without voicing to the beats, I had the urge to be a musician. His beat was so banging, that I wanted to record on it,” he says
Having been brought up in the streets, one would have expected the rapper to be influenced by local indigenous rappers, he surprisingly named the likes of Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Dr Dre and many others as those who influenced him during the starting point of his career.
Slimcase Biography: Music Career-Fame
Slimcase rose to fame after strongly capitalising on the new dance step “Shaku Shaku” with his song “Oshozondi”. As at the time, the likes of Olamide’s “Wo”, Small doctor “Penalty” were the rave of the moment.
Fondly called Otunba Lamba, Slimcase brought his unique style of Wobe sound to cut across the country with many music lovers already appreciating it. With this new style, everyone began to adopt the Shaku Shaku trend with more hit songs like Idowest “Omo Shepeteri” and Mr Real’s “Legbebge”.
Ever since he came to limelight, he has been a mighty force in the music industry, with lots of top artists across the country getting behind a queue just to get a collaboration from him among which includes music stars like DBanj on “Issa Banger” featuring Mr Real, Yemi Alade’s “Shakpati”, DJ Enimoney on “Diet” featuring Tiwa Savage and Reminisce and also one of his biggest project, collaboration with Wizkid on “Gucci Snake”.
Slimcase has made himself relevant by carving a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry, dropping hits songs back to back with consistency and hope to remain as long as it takes.
Slimcase Biography: Shaku-Shaku Dance
beginning from late 2017 there were new songs following the specific wobe-sound which were dominating the streets. Songs like as Mr Real’s “Legbegbe”, Idowest’s “Omo Shepeteri” (featuring Slimcase and Dammy Krane), Slimcase’s “Oshozondi”, Zlatan Ibile’s “My Body” (featuring Olamide) and others were holding the attention of the public. All these songs had something in common and that is the fact that they fit perfectly into the Shaku-Shaku Dance style.
Shaku-Shaku is a dance style that had been around on the streets of Lagos. It began getting prominence when the wobe sound was introduced into the Nigerian Music Industry.
The Wobe sound is primarily a cross between the South African House and Qgom sound. It’s a hybrid sound which focuses on the heavy drums as its most distinct feature. Percussion, if it ever makes it into the record is limited, with the arrangement designed to make the drums emphatic enough to make people move.
That’s the sound that Slimcase is utilizing to rise beyond his station in Nigerian music.
“Shaku shaku has been around for a while on the streets, but nobody paid attention to it,” Slimcase says. “It originated from the Mushins and Ageges of Lagos, and no one knew how to tap into a sound for the dance.
“Until I drop this song titled ‘Oshozondi’, and showed them that they can vibe that dance to this song. It created a standard for them which showed that this sound really goes with the dance. It made me prominent. I didn’t start the dance, my song created a platform for the dance.”
Describing how he got the other record, ‘Shepeteri’, he says: “It’s a downloaded beat. The chorus kept coming, and we decided to just drop it. It wasn’t a single, it was just a mixtape song. In three weeks, it was everywhere. In two months, we saw Davido dancing to the song.
Slimcase Biography: Insight On Street life and its effect on music
During an interview with pulse, Slimcase was asked about the intricacies and dynamic of street music, he replied saying
“The hustle is real. The hustle is so real that you cannot fake in the street. It’s either you are in the street or you are not in the street at all. You have to go to the street, to write a street song. You can’t sit in Lekki and write a street song. You have to go to the den, and sit down in the den. Even if you don’t join them in their acts, you have to be there,” he says.
He gave a clear perception which suggests that the best comedians in Nigeria are grilled and manufactured by the streets. He also explains how very ‘real’ the street is, and how everyday life and slangs (which he refers to as ‘Lambas’) can be turned into elements of pop culture. Slimcase was also of the opinion that street artists are primarily inspired by Fuji music saying;
“Most of them hardly listen to Hip-hop, and if they do, they can’t relate to it. That’s why they created their own language and their music. The lamba is what they understand,” he says
Slimcase also went on to further explain that due to the high poverty rate in the country and lack of street exposure, the original elements which are owned by the streets are hijacked and appropriated by pop musicians who have a large following and unique brand with bigger platforms.
To make it clearer he explains;
“These celebrities can’t come to the streets and identify with people because of who they are. Most of them go on Instagram, and also watch Youtube videos. They will gather ideas from these things and create their records,” he explains.
Slimcase says the lack of censorship and the crudity of the street ‘Lamba’ has been a hindrance in the export of the music to mainstream audiences via radio and TV. This creates a barrier, which is exploited by pop artists.
“They take these songs clean them, and release it as their own. It has also happened to me,” he says.
Slimcase Biography: Songs
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Slimcase Biography: Social handle
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