Oluwatosin Ajibade (born 19 July 1991),better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties.
He gained an international audience following the release of the Efya-assisted single “Skin Tight”.His second mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos was released on 10 February 2017.In March 2018, several outlets reported that Mr Eazi signed a record deal with Diplo’s label Mad Decent.Mr Eazi signed a licensing deal with Universal Africa, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.
Mr Eazi Profile Overview
|Real Name:||Oluwatosin Ajibade|
|Birthday:||19 July, 1991|
|Place of Birth:||PortHarcourt, Rivers State|
|Occupation:||Singer, Song Writer|
|Net Worth:||$1.2 million (N,465,000,000)|
Early life and career beginnings
Mr Eazi was born in Port Harcourt, the capital and largest city in Rivers State, Nigeria.He grew up in an entrepreneurial home. His mother owned a small business and his father is a pilot. The latter parent established his own private aviation consulting practice. While attending primary school in Lagos, Mr Eazi had a brief stint in the school’s choir.
During his upbringing, he listened to records his dad would play for the family while having breakfast. At age 16, Mr Eazi relocated to Ghana to further his educational endeavors, enrolling in the mechanical engineering program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Mr Eazi started recording music during his time at KNUST.
Mr Eazi Net Worth & Biography
When he was 23 years old, he returned to Nigeria and opened his own e-commerce platform. Mr Eazi told The Guardian newspaper he briefly worked for Schlumberger when he returned to Nigeria. He also told the aforementioned newspaper his business ventures included soft drinks import, gold mining, and food distribution. Moreover, he told Highsnobiety he started about six business ventures. In 2014, Mr Eazi quit being a club promoter after an artist failed to show up for the largest party he attempted to throw. 2013–2015: About to Blow and other releases.
Mr Eazi released his 13-track debut mixtape About to Blow in July 2013. It produced two singles: “Pipi Dance” and “Bankulize”. The former was released in mid-2012, while the latter was released in 2013 Mr Eazi recorded the mixtape with producer Klu and released it within a week. The Fader magazine descrie mixtape as a “heavily dancehall-leaning SoundCloud playlist”. Prior to releasing the mixtape, Mr Eazi worked with producers such as Magnom, Peeweezle, Nshona, Klumonsta, D’Tunes, and E-Kelly. Moreover, he was featured on Stay Jay’s “Baby Lace” and Lousika’s “Knockout”. In 2014, Mr Eazi relocated to Nigeria.
In August 2015, Mr Eazi released the dancehall-influenced track “Skin Tight”. It features guest vocals from Ghanaian singer Efya and was produced by DJ Juls. In an interview with Complex magazine, Mr Eazi described the song as a “fusion”. He said he spoke Ghanaian pidgin on the delivery and used Nigerian melodies. In August 2016, Nigerian record producer Cobhams Asuquo released a rendition of the song. DJ Caise released a house remix of the song in September 2016, while Terry G collaborated with Mr Eazi to release a remix of the song. In April 2017, “Skin Tight” was featured in an ad for the vodka brand Ciroc.
It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard World Albums chart. The mixtape comprises 14 tracks, including three bonus tracks. Guest artists featured on the mixtape include Tekno, Olamide, Phyno, Mugeez, Medikal, DJ Cuppy, Falz, and Big Lean. Its production was handled by Maleek Berry, Masterkraft, Legendury Beatz, and Young John. Mr Eazi announced on Instagram that the mixtape sold 200,000 copies in pre-orders. While speaking to Julie Adenuga on her Beats 1 radio show, he said the mixtape is a tribute to the two cities that influenced the evolution of his sound.
In January 2019, it was announced that Mr Eazi will be performing at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In August 2019, Mr Eazi launched emPawa Africa, a talent incubation initiative to nurture and support up-and-coming artistes in Africa. Thirty musicians would be enrolled in the first edition and would receive grant and mentorship to scale up their music career. The initiative is also supported by YouTube Music.
Mr Eazi Music Career
Mr Eazi is known for pioneering Banku music, a sound “characterized by percolating rhythms and laid-back vocal delivered in Ghanaian Pidgin English“. Mr Eazi’s music largely fits into the category of Afrobeats, a contemporary West African pop genre that marries global pop, highlife, and hip-hop. Mr Eazi’s music has been described as having an R&B-like quality reminiscent of artists such as Beres Hammond and Gregory Isaacs. Lawrence Burney from Noisey.com stated that Mr Eazi uses his deep voice to “give ballad-like qualities to dance-forward production”.
Mr Eazi Personal life
Mr Eazi is known to be dating Temi Otedola, daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola and sister to DJ Cuppy.