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Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and philosopher. He has released three studio albums, including State of Surprise and The Second Coming (2012).[1] In anticipation of his second studio album, he released a mixtape titled Bar Racks.[2] "Lafiaji" which was released in December, 2016. He also released a mixtape in October 2018, "The Rap Dialogue" in an effort to keep the spirit of Nigerian hip-hop alive

Vector
Vector at the lafiaji sunday shoot.jpg
Vector at the lafiaji sunday shoot
Background information
Birth nameOlanrewaju Ogunmefun David
Also known asV.E.C, Vector Tha Viper
Born1984/08/07
Lagos, Nigeria
OriginOgun, Nigeria
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • philosopher
Years active2008 – Present
LabelsGRAP Entertainment Limited, YSG Entertainment (former)
Associated acts

He is the voice behind a Sprite commercial that aired on radio stations across Nigeria since 2009.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

Lanre was born in Lagos State, hails from Ogun State, the fourth of five children. He schooled in Nigeria attending Command children school, Ijebu Ode Grammar School, Government College Victoria Island & Saint Gregory’s College Ikoyi Lagos. He started his journey into hip-hop in junior high in 1994. In St. Gregory's College, he was involved in various social activities in which he was made to perform from the stage. In 1999, he formed a duo called Badder Boiz, who wrote their own songs and in the same year went on to start performing at showcases as a trio.[4]

They recorded their first demo in 1999 and attended talent showcases. Vector was going in the direction of an emcee. As a group of three, consisting of Vector, Krystal & Blaze, they were together until 2004 when Krystal left due to irreconcilable differences.[5] He then attended the University of Lagos, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy.[6]

CareerEdit

Vector released his first official single "Kilode" for the album State of Surprise in February 2010.[7] He later released the video for this single in June 2010.[8] His second official single was "Mary Jane" which was released in April of the same year.[9] The album was released on 29 October 2010, executive produced by Eloka "Culture" Oligbo. It featured 2 Face Idibia, General Pype,[10] Chuddy K, Ade Piper, Emmsong, Sista Soul and with productions from H-Code, Sam Klef, Da Piano, J-Smith, Xela Xelz and Vibez Production.

He released a video for the song "Get Down" featuring 2Face Idibia in June 2011.[11] At the Nigerian Music Video Awards 2011, he was nominated for "Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video".[12] He was nominated at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for "Best Collaboration With Vocals" with the track "Champion" in which he was featured in by General Pype.[13]

His singles "Angeli" ft. 9ice and "Mr. Vector" featuring Jazzy, both produced by Sagzy were released[14] on 19 May 2011 and were on heavy rotation on radio stations around the country. The video for "Angeli" was released in October, 2011.[15]

Vector released the track "Born Leader"[16] featuring Mavado of DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group.[17] "Born Leader" is Vector’s third single off his second album titled The Second Coming. He shot the video in Miami, Florida and it was directed by Antwan Smith.[18] In August 2013 he was featured by Pheelz a producer on a song titled "Popular" which gained airplay in radio stations across Nigeria.

In January 2015 Vector released a rap single titled "King Kong" and the video was released the same month. Vector released two remixes with the first one featuring Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq and Uzi, and the second remix featuring Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie which was released in May and June 2015 respectively. The video for the first remix was released in July 2015. In 15 July he released a fresh single titled "Kanawan Dabo" and on 24 July he released a freestyle titled "8".

AwardsEdit

Won

  • The Headies 2015 [19] - Best Rap Single
  • The Headies 2015 [19] - Lyricist On The Roll
  • Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012 – Best Afro Hip-Hop Video [20]
  • The Headies 2012Lyricist On The Roll [21]
  • The Headies 2012 – Best Rap Single [21]
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2012 – Best Rap Act [22]
  • DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2012 - Recognition Award [23]
  • Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2011- Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Video [24]

Nominated

  • Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2011- Most Promising Act To Watch [25]
  • The Headies 2011 - Lyricist On The Roll [26]
  • DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2011 – Best New Act [27]

ControversyEdit

Nigerian artiste Reminisce recorded a diss track[28] "ATA (Street Kitchen Reply)" with the line, "V-E what shit ki lo’n je be. Shebi iwo lo rap ju shit o ma pe’n nbe" in reply to Vector's verse on Sauce Kid's "Kitchen Street" in which Vector said "For all those boys wey dey show. Ti e ba fe ma form pe eyin lata ani tomato to ma to".[29]

After this incidence Vector has replied with the track "Distractions (Reminisce Diss)", which he featured on with renowned lyricist A-Q. Vector hit him with the lines, "Cos you bleach your skin doesn't mean you are enlightened, Pig. I'm the base and my crew be strong, you cannot be the best cause you had one stupid song" and "And I'm made oh, and it's so public. But you, your life is like your videos, low budget."[30]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • State of Surprise (2010)
  • The Second Coming (2012)
  • Lafiaji (2016)

MixtapesEdit

  • Bar-Racks The Mixtape (2012)
  • A7 (2014)

SinglesEdit

Singles
Year Title
2015 King Kong (Remix)[31] featuring Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq & Uzi
2015 King Kong (Remix)[32][33][34][35] featuring Sarkodie
2016 Agege[36] ( As featured artiste )
2017 Gunshot
2017 Gee Boys featuring CDQ
2017 Like my Daddy
2017 Seaside featuring Korede Bello
2018 This One Is
2018 Mad
2018 Be Happy featuring Daddy Showkey
2019 This Vector Sef

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Onos. "BN Bytes: The "Second Coming" of Vector! View the Ace Lyricist's Sophomore Album Art & Tracklist". BellaNaija. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ "DOWNLOAD:DOWNLOAD Vector's Bar-Racks (MixTape) –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Vector debuts". Vanguard News. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Olanrewaju Ogunmefun". museumstuff.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ http://www.ysgent.com/?q=node/7 Vector's profile
  6. ^ "DOWNLOAD:Vector (notjustOk Hype) –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ "DOWNLOAD:Premiere: Vector - Kilode ft Emmsong –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ "DOWNLOAD:VIDEO: Vector - Kilode ft Emmsong –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  9. ^ "DOWNLOAD:Premiere: Vector - Mary Jane –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.olamildentertainment.com/2009/11/general-pype-bio.html
  11. ^ http://www.soundcity.tv/stories/221/New-Video-Vector-Get-Down-ft-2face
  12. ^ "Nigerian Music Video Awards Releases 2011 Nominees list". Ladybrille®Nigeria. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards Nominees: DA GRIN, Genevieve Nnaji, Obi Asika, Stephanie Okereke, Deola Sagoe, MI, Omawumi". Ladybrille®Nigeria. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  14. ^ "DOWNLOAD:Vector - Angeli Ft 9ice + Mr Vector Ft Jazzy –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  15. ^ "DOWNLOAD:VIDEO: Vector ft. 9ice - Angeli –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Get Familiar: Vector – Born Leader Ft Mavado". 360nobs.com. 360NoBS. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  17. ^ "DOWNLOAD:Vector ft. Mavado - Born Leader –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  18. ^ "DOWNLOAD:VIDEO: Vector ft Mavado - Born Leader –notjustOk". notjustOk. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Headies 2015 The winners' list". Pulse.ng. Princess Irede Abumere. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ a b 2012 HEADIES Awards List
  22. ^ Damilare Aiki. "BN Exclusive: All the Buzz Stories, Arrival, Backstage & Inside Photos from the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York City - Full List of Winners". BellaNaija. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ "Jodie, Darey Wins Big At The 2011 Nigerian Music Video Awards – Complete Winners List - HiphopSouth - Watch Us Bring It On". HiphopSouth - Watch Us Bring It On. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2011 Nominees [Full List]". HiphopSouth - Watch Us Bring It On. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  26. ^ "Headies (Hip hop World Awards) 2011 Nominees List…Duncan Mighty, Flavour, Wizboyy Grab Nominations - HiphopSouth - Watch Us Bring It On". HiphopSouth - Watch Us Bring It On. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  27. ^ "2011 DYNAMIX AWARDS: And The Nominees Are … (Full Nominations List x Voting Info)". Campus Heat. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  28. ^ http://thenetng.com/2012/03/16/hip-hop-feud-reminisce-battles-vector/
  29. ^ "Redirecting". popoffcentral.blogspot.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  30. ^ http://www.naijawhistle.com/2012/06/vector-disses-reminisce.html
  31. ^ "MUSIC: Vector – King Kong (Remix) Ft. Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq & Uzi". 360nobs.com. 360NoBS. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  32. ^ "New Music: Download Vector — King Kong (Remix) Ft Sarkodie". GistYinka. gistyinka. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  33. ^ "[Music] Vector Ft. Sarkodie – King Kong (Remix)". Naijaloaded. Dellyma. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  34. ^ "Vector Ft Sarkodie King Kong Mp3". Mp3Lio. Mp3Lio. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  35. ^ "New Music Vector - 'King Kong' remix feat. Sarkodie". Pulse Nigeria. Ayomide O. Tayo. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  36. ^ "New Music Splash - 'Agege' ft Vector". Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved 25 January 2016.

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