Music

The Unquestionable Rise of Asake​

From "Mr. Money" to "Omo Ope," we dissect and trace Asake's road to blowing up.

Asake is not your regular Nigerian musician. Since he popped up on the mainstream scene, the Lagos-born artist hasn’t taken a break from dominating the charts and airplay. In nearly every music-related conversation you come across on Twitter, Asake’s name is likely to come up. Listeners across Nigeria, and the globe, have all collectively witnessed the singer’s ascent from the moment he released his first single of the year “Omo Ope.” Asake has consistently released back-to-back hits, peaking at the number one spot on various charts on streaming platforms. The recurring question on the minds of many listeners remains: How did Asake blow up so fast in such a short span of time?

Before Asake released “Omo Ope” (featuring Olamide) and signed to YBNL, he had gotten a little taste of the mainstream. His 2020 single “Mr Money” was a club banger which saw the singer performing in nightclubs all over cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt. As the song continued to rise in popularity, Asake released a remix featuring Peruzzi and Zlatan Ibile, earning him his debut on Apple Music Top 100: Nigeria chart. Even though Asake didn’t exactly blow up, he gained recognition from people in the entertainment industry.

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