'Put Some Respeck On It' T-Shirts Now Available In The Okayplayer Shop

Get the official T-shirt of the Birdman meltdown: PUT SOME RESPECK ON IT

Get your very own "Put Some Respeck On It" T-shirt from the Okayplayer shop.

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By now you've seen the video of Birdman's epic tantrum on Power 105's Breakfast Club—the New York radio show where hip-hop beefs are made and ended—and have most likely seen the Okayplayer video of the Hamiltones putting the now infamous scene into verse (see the video below).

You may have even seen the Nigerian vs Ghanaian Jollof Rice version (also below). Now you can have the T-Shirt. Our brothers and sisters at Okayplayer have released the official one hundred-percent-luxury cotton-blend T-shirt of the Birdman meltdown and it's available in the shop for roughly half the price of this Rich Gang T-Shirt which appears to be a collage of jet engines.


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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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