DJ Cuppy

Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola (born November 11, 1992), professionally known as Cuppy, is a Nigerian disc jockey and producer. She is the daughter of Nigerian businessman Femi Otedola.[1] She grew up in Lagos and moved to London at the age of 13.

DJ Cuppy
Cuppy at the BET awards
Cuppy at the BET awards
Background information
Birth nameFlorence Ifeoluwa Otedola
Born (1992-11-11) November 11, 1992 (age 28)
Lagos, Nigeria
GenresAfrobeats
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsMixer
Years active2013–present
LabelsRed Velvet Music Group
Websitehttp://djcuppy.com/

EducationEdit

Cuppy lived in Ilupeju for six years before moving to Ikeja where she attended Grange School, Ikeja. She then relocated to London for her GCSEs and A-Levels.[2] She graduated from King's College London in July 2014, with a degree in business and economics.[3][4] She also earned a master's degree in music business from New York University in 2015.[5][6]

CareerEdit

In 2014 Cuppy was the resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban.[7] She then played at the Tatler and Christie's Art Ball in London,[8] and at the Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico City.[2][9]

In July 2014, she released House of Cuppy as her first compilation mix in London and Lagos,[10] before launching it in New York on September 2, 2014.[11][12] With House of Cuppy, she produced EDM-esque remixes of songs by leading afropop artists.

That same year, Cuppy also launched the London-based music management and content production business, Red Velvet Music Group.[9]

In January 2015, Cuppy was featured on the cover of the Guardian Life magazine. The cover celebrated a new generation of African women.[13] In March 2015, Cuppy was named the official DJ for the 2015 Oil Barons Charity in Dubai, and became the first African act to perform at the event.[14] She was featured in the 2015 April/May issue of Forbes Woman Africa.[15][16]

In June 2015, Cuppy released House of Cuppy II[17]

In August 2015, Cuppy set off on her first DJ tour to 8 cities in Africa, titled “Cuppy Takes Africa”. She visited Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. The “Cuppy Takes Africa” tour included performances, major artist collaborations, and charitable engagements supported by GTB Bank and the Dangote Foundation.[18] Later that year, she interned at Jay-Z's Roc Nation.[19]

In October 2016, the "Cuppy Takes Africa" tour aired on Fox Life Africa as an 8-episode documentary series. In 2016, Cuppy was the resident DJ for MTV2's Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne Tha God.[20]

She produced two songs, "Vibe" and "The way I am", which appeared on the "Afrobeats" EP by Young Paris which as released on March 24, 2017[21]

On October 13, 2017, she released "Green Light", her first official single. The song features guest vocals from Nigerian singer and producer Tekno.[22]

On March 30, 2018, she released "Vybe", her second official single. The song features guest vocals from Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie.[23]

On August 24, 2018, she released Currency,[24] her third official single featuring L.A.X.

On October 5, 2018, she released Werk,[25] her fourth single featuring Skuki.

On April 19, 2019, she collaborated with Kwesi Arthur for her fifth single Abena[26]

On August 16, 2019, she released Gelato,[27] here sixth single featuring Zlatan.

In 2020, Cuppy was inducted into the Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 class.[28]

On May 28, 2020, she became the host of ‘Africa Now Radio’ on Apple Music Beats 1[29]

On July 16, 2020, she released Jollof On The Jet, her seventh single featuring Rema & Rayvanny.

On August 24, 2020, She unveiled her debut album Original Copy.

ArtistryEdit

In an interview with Tush Magazine, Cuppy described her sound as "Neo-Afrobeats", which is a fusion of Electro house and Afrobeats.[30][31]

Personal lifeEdit

DJ Cuppy has been open on talking about her relationship and dating life.[32][33][34] She has dated high-profile celebrities in Nigeria entertainment and sports. She had a relationship with Nigerian footballer Victor Anichebe but split up in 2017.[35] Nigerian singer Sean Tizzle openly admitted that he was in a relationship with Cuppy when he posted a picture of Cuppy with a love filled caption “God Bless My Cupcake Ifeoluwa aka Cuppy… Like Jay Z and Beyonce… It’s just Me n My Future Abiamo #MyAbiamoKindaGirl #Kisses”. We can feel the love![36] In 2018, Cuppy ended a relationship with CEO of Stargaze entertainment Asa Asika, the couple had known each other since before she was a DJ.[37][38]

VeganismEdit

On April 14, 2020, DJ Cuppy revealed on Twitter that she was a vegan.[39][40]

PhilanthropyEdit

In July 2018, Cuppy launched the Cuppy Foundation.[41] In November 2019, the foundation organized the Gold Gala and raised over N5bn for the Save the Children initiative.[42] Nigerian business Dangote and her father donated to the cause.[43][44]

AmbassadorshipEdit

In April 2014, Cuppy was appointed by Nigeria's Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation (Edem Duke) as the tourism ambassador for the country's "Fascinating Nigeria" campaign.[2][45] Cuppy became one of Pepsi's DJ ambassadors alongside 3 others in Nigeria.

On March 20, 2018, Cuppy was announced as an Official DJ Ambassador for Pepsi.[46] She appeared in Pepsi's "#NaijaAllTheWay" all star commercial ahead of the 2018 World Cup.[47][48]

On June 5, 2018, Cuppy was announced as a Global Citizen Education Ambassador.[49]

On November 28, 2018, Cuppy was announced as an Ambassador For Save The Children UK[50]

SinglesEdit

Title Artistes Year
Green Light Cuppy featuring Tekno 2017
Vybe Cuppy featuring Sarkodie 2018
Currency Cuppy featuring L.A.X 2018
Werk Cuppy featuring Skuki 2018
Abena Cuppy featuring Kwesi Arthur, Shaydee, Ceeza Milli 2019
Gelato[51] Cuppy Featuring Zlatan Ibile 2019
Jollof on the Jet[52] Cuppy featuring Rema and Rayvanny 2020
"Karma" Cuppy featuring. Stonebwoy 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DJ Cuppy congratulates dad on sale of Forte Oil, asks what is next for him". Legit.ng. 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "DJ Cuppy: I Love Travelling Because I Learn So Much". This Day Live. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ "DJ Cuppy Graduates from King's College London". Hip Hop World Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. ^ "DJ CUPPY FEATURED IN FORBES". This Day Live. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  5. ^ Egole, Anozie. "DJ Cuppy joins Roc Nation!". Vanguard. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  6. ^ "She Did It! DJ Cuppy is a Graduate of NYU". BellaNaija. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ EGOLE, Anozie. "My parents are pushing me to be the best – DJ Cuppy, Femi Otedola's daughter". Vanguard. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  8. ^ "DJ Cuppy in Stella Jean – Tatler UK Magazine x Christie Inc Art Ball in London". Bella Naija. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b Nwanne, Chuks. "Nigeria: Dj Cuppy – Younger Otedola Outside Black Gold". All Africa. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  10. ^ "DJ Cuppy Releases Star Studded "House of Cuppy" Compilation Mix". Bella Naija. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Denrele, BOJ, Tiwa Savage & More Attend DJ Cuppy's House of Cuppy Launch in New York [PHOTOS]". 360 Nobs. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Tiwa Savage, Dj Obi, Dija, Denrele & more attend House of Cuppy NYC Launch". Scoop. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  13. ^ "DJ Cuppy, Yemi Alade, Fade Ogunro Look Sexy on the Cover of Guardian Life". 360 Nobs. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  14. ^ "VIDEO: Cuppy On A Mission – Dubai, UAE". c. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  15. ^ Odusanya, Yemisi Sophie. "DJ Cuppy always wondered why the DJ was a man". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Forbes Woman Africa Features Nigeria's Popular Female DJ, Ife Florence Otedola". Zelafrica. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  17. ^ "DJ Cuppy Remixes P-Square, Wizkid & More In 'House Of Cuppy II' Mixtape". OkayAfrica. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  18. ^ Cuppy, DJ. "Cuppy Takes Africa! Announces Continent-wide Eight-city Tour". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  19. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "Rapper hangs out with DJ Cuppy at Roc Nation office". Pulse. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  20. ^ Cuppy, DJ. "Nigeria's DJ Cuppy Takes Her Place on US Stage with MTV2 Appearance". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  21. ^ "Cuppy on Instagram: "Check Out The New "Afrobeats" Album By @YoungParis 🎼🌍🎤💎 Got 2 Records Produced By Me!!! 🔥"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  22. ^ "New Video: DJ Cuppy & Tekno – Green Light". Bella Naija. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  23. ^ "DJ Cuppy unveils Sophomore Single "Vybe" featuring Sarkodie | Watch on BN - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
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  30. ^ "#TheAfricansAreComing! Wizkid, DJ Cuppy, Ice Prince, Seyi Shay & More Listed as Music Meets Runway '14 Artists". Bella Naija. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
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  35. ^ Says, Ikuni Ishioma Jboy (2017-10-12). "DJ Cuppy And Boyfriend Victor Anichebe Split Up". P.M. News. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  36. ^ "5 Handsome Men DJ Cuppy Has Dated". Youth Village Nigeria. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  37. ^ "DJ Cuppy reveals how long she's been dating Asa Asika". Vanguard News. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  38. ^ "Is disc jockey's relationship with Asa Asika over?". Pulse Nigeria. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
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  41. ^ "DJ Cuppy Launches Charity Foundation "Cuppy Foundation"". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  42. ^ Published. "Otedola donates N5bn to DJ Cuppy's foundation". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  43. ^ "Otedola donates N5bn to daughter's DJ Cuppy Foundation, as Dangote gives N100m » Latest News » Tribune Online". Tribune Online. 2019-11-10. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
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  45. ^ "Nigeria's Tourism Ambassador DJ Cuppy at the Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico". Bella Naija. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  46. ^ "Winning! DJs Obi, Cuppy, Spinall & Xclusive unveiled as Pepsi DJ Ambassadors - BellaNaija". www.bellanaija.com. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  47. ^ "Your Fave Super Eagles and Entertainers Feature in Pepsi's Naija All The Way Advert". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014). 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
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  51. ^ liano (2019-08-19). "CHECKOUT: Dj Cuppy - Gelato ft Zlatan". 9jabaz. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  52. ^ "Premiere: Nigerian Star Cuppy Lives It Up With Rema And RayVanny On "Jollof On The Jet"". Complex. Retrieved 2020-07-17.

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