Ladipo Eso popularly known as Ladipoe or Poe is a Nigerian rapper and musician.[1] On 28 February 2017, Ladipoe signed a record deal with Mavin Records.[2] He rose to prominence with the song "Feel Alright" where he got featured by SDC "Show Dem Camp".[2] He also released a new single "Jaiye" in March 2019 before dropping the hit song, "Know You" featuring Nigerian Joromi singer, Simi. He is also a member of the Nigerian supergroup Collectiv3 and goes by the alias, “Leader of The New Revival”.

Background information
Birth nameLadipo Eso
Also known as
  • Ladipoe
  • Poe
OriginIlesa, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • pianist
Instrument(s)Vocals, Piano
Years active2014–present
LabelsMavin Records

Early life and education edit

Ladipoe was born and raised in Lagos. He attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke majoring in both Biology & Chemistry.[3][4] It was there he got into music and co-founded the group Lyrically Equipped with his friends Jeffrey and Kurt.[5] He was then signed to Mavin Records by Don Jazzy in 2017.[2]

Career edit

Poe was the first rapper to be signed to Mavin Records since re-branding in 2012 from Mo'Hits. Poe recorded his first single under the label "Man Already" produced by Altims. Poe is inspired by the Slum Village, Lupe and Little Brother.[5]

His 2021 single, "Feeling" which featured Bnxn peaked at number one of the TurnTable Top 50 chart on 3 occasions.[6] He performed "Feeling" at the opening show of the sixth season of Big Brother Naija. The song, “Feeling” became a hit, it even hit the clubs in South Africa and is still people's favorite African song on the internet right now.[7]

When asked in November 2021, how he grew his music career in an environment rap music is less appreciated, Ladipoe told The Guardian Nigeria, that he was told when he began his musical journey that rapping had lost meaning in Nigeria that was when he released ‘Feeling,’ a song he featured Buju. the singer has continued to reflect on his struggles in the music industry, even as he continues attributes his success to his prayers to God. [8]

Discography edit

Singles edit

  • "Know you" feat Simi (2020)[9]
  • "Rap Messiah" (2021)[10]
  • "Feeling" feat Buju (2021)[11]
  • "Big Energy" (2022)[12]
  • “Guy Man” feat Bella Shmurda (2023)

Albums edit

Talk About Poe (2019)[13]

Providence EP (2021)

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2020 The Headies Best Collaboration "Know you" feat Simi Won [14]
2021 Net Honours Most Played Hip Hop song Nominated [15]
BET Hip-Hop Awards Best International Flow Nominated [16]
2022 The Headies 2022 Best Rap Single "Feelings" – Ladipoe feat. Bnxn Won [17]
2023 The Headies Lyricist On The Roll “Clowns” Nominated [18]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "LadiPoe: Private Life, Outspoken Music". 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "The ladies love the young rapper, LadiPoe". Pulse Nigeria. 5 February 2018.
  3. ^ press_admin (2022-12-05). "Education Profile of Ladipoe". PressPayNg Blog. Retrieved 2023-11-05.
  4. ^ Harrelson, Shannen (November 2008). "Department of Chemistry and Physics" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b _kay10 (10 March 2015). "Poe: Biography".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Alake, Motolani (2021-07-26). "Top 10 Nigerian songs of the week: Ladipoe & Buju's "Feeling" Returns to No. 1, Mohbad's "Feel Good" debuts at No. 7 [Turntable Top 50]". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  7. ^ "Highlights of day one of BBNaija season 6 Shine Ya Eye". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  8. ^ "Ladipoe… Providence Smiles On Africa's Rap Maverick". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-11-06. Retrieved 2021-11-06.
  9. ^ "Nigerian singer Ladipoe enlists Afropop star Simi for duet 'Know You': Watch the video – GRUNGECAKE". Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  10. ^ Onabanjo, Adedamola (2021-04-23). "Pride And Precision Are The Core Of Ladipoe's 'Rap Messiah'". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014). Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  11. ^ "PTMusic: Ladipoe's "Feeling" is No1 most streamed song in Nigeria". 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  12. ^ "New Music: Ladipoe – Big Energy". BellaNaija. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  13. ^ (2018-10-04). "Ladipoe releases Tracklist for 'T.A.P: Talk About Poe' Album". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  14. ^ "See di full list of winners for di 14th edition of Headies". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  15. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  16. ^ "LadiPoe scores 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards nomination". Pulse Nigeria. 2021-09-10. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  17. ^ "Wizkid & Tems Are Top Winners at 2022 Headies Awards Full WinnersList". Billboard. 5 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  18. ^ Akinyode, Peace (2023-07-12). "Full list: 2023 Headies nominations". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2023-07-26.