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Opeyemi Gbenga Kayode (conceived 16 April 1988), prominently known with his stage name, Pepenazi is a Nigeria-based lyricist, recording artiste and entertainer. He is right now marked to Ecleftic Entertainment. He made his introduction into the Nigerian Music Industry in 2012 when he dropped his single titled Arose delivered by Bam Tunes. Emerged’s video had set up acts in the Nigerian music scene show up including Vector, Ice Prince, W4. He however enjoyed a reprieve from the business to finish his undergrad instruction and serve his dad arrive. On his arrival to the Nigerian music scene in October 2014, he dropped two singles, “Conceived You” and “Low” all the while. The melodies picked up air play, yet Pepenazi came into more extensive spotlight in the wake of dropping his Olamide included pop-driven single titled “Illicit”. The second 50% of year 2015 was Pepenazi’s leap forward period with the end goal that in acknowledgment of his quick ascent to noticeable quality, he was named as Rookie of the Year at the 2015 Headies’ Flip the Script Award.
Pepenazi was conceived in Lagos, Nigeria. He grew up tuning in to melodies of music greats including Ebenezer Obey, Sunny Ade, The Beattle, IK Dairo, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, as they were his dad’s favorite. He had his essential instruction at Kemeesther Nursery and Primary School, Aguda Surulere, Lagos and his auxiliary school training at Mayflower School, Ikenne, Ogun State; where his affection for Rap developed, as he cherished tuning in to any semblance of Wyclef, Notorious B.I.G, P Diddy, Fat Joe, among others. He went further to win for himself a Bachelor of Technology’s degree in Estate Management from the esteemed Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. He recorded his first single as an undergrad understudy of the school. He challenged in a race of the Student Union Government of the school and developed the victor of the surveys to end up the Union’s Director of Socials. Under his protection as the DO Socials, he nearby other performing acts in the establishment made a melodic collection titled Futa’s Finnest.
Pepenazi’s first expert wander into the Nigerian Music Industry was in 2012, when he dropped his rap single titled “Emerged”. Created by Bam Tunes, this was followed up by a video. Yet, as a last year understudy, who required greater responsibility regarding his scholastics, Pepenazi continued on a sever the diversion scene and couldn’t promptly combine on the credits his first passage concurred him. The break must be broadened as a result of the obligatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) program he needed to embrace. Music couldn’t be detracted from him as he contended in and won the 2013 Airtel NYSC Lagos Camp Freestyle Competition after he excited his partners. In spite of the break, Pepenazi still highlighted on two successive collections of Popular Nigerian Entertainment act, Olamide in particular Baddest Guy Ever Liveth and Street OT. He was included on track 11 titled “Inspiration” (with Olamide, Ice Prince and Endia) and track 20 titled “Usain Bolt P” (with Olamide, Lil Kesh and Chinko Ekun) of the two collections individually. In the period of October, year 2014, Pepenazi organized a rebound, dropping two singles, “Conceived you” and “Low” at the same time. They appreciated air play on some radio stations, particularly in Lagos.
The year 2015 professionally commenced for Pepenazi when on 8 February, he discharged a bad-to-the-bone rap single titled “Adam” including Olamide. On 22 May 2015, Pepenazi dropped an elective single titled “Fifemayo,” where he played around with words depicting the delight of parenthood on delicate instrumentals delivered by Tmode beatz He lined the sound up with a video scarcely following seven days. Pepenazi stood out as truly newsworthy when he shot the video to his single, Low which includes a significant number of huge acts including; Iyanya, Sound Sultan, Lil Kesh, Samklef, DJ Spinall, Viktoh, and so on., making cameo appearances. He at that point highlighted Olamide on a pop-driven single which will in the end be his real hit, titled “Illicit”. His unending including of Olamide on tunes offered ascend to theory in a few quarters that he was marked on to YBNL Nation yet this was immediately played around Pepenazi when in a meeting with Green News affirmed that his unique record name, Ecleftic Entertainment just has an association with YBNL Nation and that he wasn’t marked on the label. “Illicit” is such a win, to the point that, 10 months after its discharge, Tope, a proofreader with tooxclusive.com positions it as one of the best 5 move fortifying Nigerian songs. Jim Donnett, another editorial manager with tooxclusive.com in his article, “Pepenazi – An “Unlawful” Dream Come True”, sets that Pepenazi is a standout amongst the most profiled quick rising artistes.
On 30 August 2015, he performed at the Ibadan version of the one of Nigeria’s biggest outside show, Star Trek and he made a staggering execution that made headlines. Pepenazi was assigned in the Rookie of the Year class at the 2015 Headies Awards and that gathered together a fruitful melodic year for him. Pepenazi was assigned and won both Most Promising Artist of the year at the 2015 Scream Awards and Revelation/Industry’s Cynosure of the year at the 2015 MoreKlue All Youths Awards (MAYA). 2016 started for Pepenazi when he dropped the single titled “One For The Road”, created by Pheelz. He took after the sound with a video and the discharged another move corridor single titled “Iwo Na (Your desires)” including YBNL Nation act Lil Kesh.
Notwithstanding his performance works, Pepenazi has teamed up with numerous artistes and was highlighted on hits including; “Gone are the Days” (with DJ Exclusive and Olamide), “Obi Remix” (with Skales and Reminisce), “Inspiration” (with Olamide, Ice Prince and Endia), “In Da Mix” (with DJ Snoop), “Dishanku” (with Slay Velli), “Eran” (with Pjay and Indomix), “Usain Bolt P” (with Olamide, Lil Kesh and Chinko Ekun) and “Originator Remix” (with Tipsy Araga, Xino and Chinko Ekun). He has worked with A-rundown makers including Pheelz, Dapiano, Young John, T Mode, Drey Beatz, Oga Jojo, Htee, among others.
April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020