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You Need to Watch Olamide's Epic Video For 'Science Student'

Olamide's controversial street banger, which was reportedly banned in Nigeria, gets the visual treatment.

Olamide kicked off the year in full force with the release of his single "Science Student," a highly-potent injection of energetic beats and infectious melodies that's been been taking over the airwaves.

But the song has also had its share of controversy.

If you've been following the story, Olamide got criticized by many who claimed his Young Jonn and BBanks-produced single was promoting drug abuse. Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission even reportedly declared the song unfit for broadcast.


Olamide has denied the fact, even coming out on his Instagram saying, "I want you all to take some time to reflect on the subject, say no to drug abuse. Don't abuse alcohol. Stop mixing what you don't know about... Don't aspire the 'highness state' but a state of purpose fulfillment and passion discovery."

The new music video for "Science Student" is another response to that criticism. The 7-minute clip, which was directed by Unlimited L.A, is an epic affair with an overall anti-drug message. It was choreographed by industry veteran Kaffy, who's been behind some of our favorite viral dances.

Olamide and his crew initially get lured into what looks like an underground drug den, filled with zombie-like, half-dead characters who've been mixing substances. Olamide's offered a cup himself, which he eventually tosses away. That all leads to an incredible large-scale dance scene around the 4-minute mark which must featured about 100 dancers.

Check the video out below. If you're feeling it, listen to "Science Student" kick off our take over of Spotify's African Heat playlist.

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Crayon Is Nigeria's Prince of Bright Pop Melodies

Since emerging on the scene over two years ago, Crayon has carved a unique path with his catchy songs.

During the 2010s, the young musician Charles Chibuezechukwu made several failed attempts to get into a Nigerian university. On the day of his fifth attempt, while waiting for the exam's commencement, he thought of what he really wanted out of life. To the surprise of the thousands present, he stood up and left the centre, having chosen music. "Nobody knew I didn't write the exam," Charles, who's now known to afro pop lovers as Crayon, tells OkayAfrica over a Zoom call from a Lagos studio. "I had to lie to my parents that I wrote it and didn't pass. But before then, I had already met Don Jazzy and Baby Fresh [my label superiors], so I knew I was headed somewhere."

His assessment is spot on. Over the past two years Crayon's high-powered records have earned him a unique space within Nigeria's pop market. On his 2019 debut EP, the cheekily-titled Cray Cray, the musician shines over cohesive, bright production where he revels in finding pockets of joy in seemingly everyday material. His breakout record "So Fine" is built around the adorable promises of a lover to his woman. It's a fairly trite theme, but the 21-year-old musician's endearing voice strikes the beat in perfect form, and when the hook "call my number, I go respond, oh eh" rolls in, the mastery of space and time is at a level usually attributed to the icons of Afropop: Wizkid, P-Square, Wande Coal.

"My dad used to sell CDs back in the day, in Victoria Island [in Lagos]," reveals Crayon. "I had access to a lot of music: afrobeat, hip-hop, Westlife, 2Face Idibia, Wizkid, and many others." Crayon also learnt stage craft from his father's side hustle as an MC, who was always "so bold and confident," even in the midst of so much activity. His mother, then a fruit seller, loved Igbo gospel songs; few mornings passed when loud, worship songs weren't blasting from their home. All of these, Crayon says, "are a mix of different sounds and different cultures that shaped my artistry."

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