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Olamide "Science Student" cover artwork.

Olamide Just Dropped the First Banger of 2018 With 'Science Student'

Olamide continues his hot streak in the new year with, yet another, absolute jam.

Olamide had a huge 2017 which was tail-ended by the massive success of "Wo!!"—a street anthem that sparked its own dance craze in Nigeria and became one of the best songs of the year.

The Nigerian artist is now kicking off the new year in full force with his latest single, "Science Student," a potent injection of afrobeats energy that could easily replace your morning, or mid-afternoon, coffee.

"Science Student" sees Olamide connecting with Young John "the wicked producer," as his tag goes, who was responsible for the monster beat of "Wo!!" He's joined by BBanks on production duties for this highly-infectious new track.

"'Science Student' is a special lingo street heads can fully relate with instantly," Olamide's team has mentioned. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out what that's hinting at.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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