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Published on May 13th, 2020 | by Tomiwa Andrew


When Wetalksound, a rising music community of over 1,000 wonderfully gifted creatives, released their LOFN 3 project, a lot of brilliant acts caught eyes and ears of ardent listeners. None more so than the self-titled ‘Humble Son, Cocky Bastard’ himself, Meji.

Originally named Oladimeji Adegbamigbe, Meji took the LOFN 3 project by storm with the release of his single titled ‘Overkill”. A beautiful song that was appreciated by listeners, it signalled the intention of the rapper to take the industry on a jolly good ride and he has quietly but impressively been building loyal band of fans. This was reflected in how wonderfully well Overkill performed on various music platforms. The single peaked at No 58 on Apple Music’s Alternative Charts, made it to 4 playlists on Apple Music. 3 on Audiomack and 1 on Boomplay. Perhaps the most impressive feat, yet, was it amassing over 15k streams across all platforms. That is huge for a rapper steadily feeling his way into the industry.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he is back with yet another single and this one is titled Sidewalk. The beauty of every creative is their ability to create art and content from any situation and the story that led to the birth of Sidewalk is one that fills readers with nostalgia and laughter. On his way to work on a random day just like any responsible worker, he was listening to an instrumental he had sourced off YouTube. His creative juice was flowing and his artistic mind was already formulating a melody. A very simple action birthed the title of the song. He alighted from the bus, crossed to the other side and found himself standing on a sidewalk. Sidewalk was birthed on a sidewalk. So simple yet so brilliant and it encapsulates what Meji is all about. Ideas and inspirations abound everywhere.


He channelled his frustration at having to walk long miles to get to work due to the transportation ban in Lagos and not yet having a car of his own into writing a track filled with a message for listeners. Sidewalk is for everyone that has ever felt this frustration, it is a song that tells us the rapper knows what he has to do to get to where he wants to be. It is not just a song in itself, it is a promise. A promise to his fans and family that come what may, he won’t be found on the sidewalks of life. The song features collaborative contributions from fellow rapper Shakez Baba aka the Suit and Tie Hustler, David Rhino, a magician guitarist and sonorous vocals from Banke. The latter two are cousins of his which tells you that musical talent isn’t short in the family. Production credits are shared between Koe the Kreator, a familiar producer who has produced majority of Meji’s catalogue, and Meji himself. Nigerian record producer Kannon engineered the track.

If you have been following the rapper’s journey for a minute now, his catchphrase ‘Meji is the one’ shouldn’t be strange to you. He has certainly reminded us how true it is though with the release of Sidewalk and there is even more good news for fans. The rapper has lined up an EP that is set to be released very soon which means more good music for fans and listeners. ‘What’s the EP called?’ you might wonder. If you guessed Meji is the One, then you would have been spot on. The rapper has received an endorsement from arguable the greatest African rapper of all time, MI Abaga. Is there a bigger co-sign than that for any rapper? One would be hard-pressed to say no.

If you are interested in following the rapper’s journey and supporting him, follow his Twitter and Instagram pages – @mejiistheone. Haven’t listened to Sidewalk yet? Here is the fanlink. For Apple Music aficionados, listen to Sidewalk on Apple Music here.

Don’t get left behind because amazing things are coming forth. Meji is the One and Sidewalk is yet another reminder that this is nothing but the truth.

Written by Adedeji Abidoye

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