Enter Ruger, Naija’s new fearless act
No Nigerian breakout artiste has been more assertive than fast rising lionhearted rapper and songwriter, Michael Adebayo Olayinka, professionally known as Ruger
He had his breakout this year with Bounce, which made it to the number one spot on Apple Music charts. Though he had made many songs as a record producer.
With his pink hair, left eye patch, alluring bravado, and lyrics such as ‘Ruger is the lockdown, Ruger is the pandemic’, he commanded attention and staked a claim to be heard like an established artiste.
He was discovered on the social media platform, Instagram by Jonzing World head honcho, D’prince. Two years before he eventual revelation, D’Prince had unveiled Rema and has since turned him into one of the new age Afrobeat artiste.
Speaking about his chance meeting with D’Prince, the rapper said: “I used to do freestyles on Instagram every Saturday. I was getting like 12 to 30 comments and I had four hundred followers — I was just enjoying it. It wasn’t even up to a year before I’d started putting out freestyles when I saw a DM from D’Prince.”
With such precedence, his excitement undoubtedly shot through the roof. In February this year, he released his self-titled debut single, which instantly thrust him into the throes of the spotlight. A month later, he shared his six-track debut Pandemic EP. Since then, his fame has stretched stealthily across Nigeria with his innuendo-filled record Bounce, creeping to the top of the biggest songs in the country.
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