Olanrewaju David Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter. State of Surprise and The Second Coming (2012) are two of his four studio albums. Since 2009, he has provided the voice for a Sprite commercial that plays on radio stations throughout Nigeria. He also had “Nigeria’s longest freestyle rap.” He entered into a joint venture in November 2019 to release his fourth studio record, an extended play titled “Vibes Before Teslim: The Journey To Self Discovery,” with Starstruck Management Inc. and Create Music Group.
Olanrewaju David Ogunmefun
V.E.C, Vector Tha Viper
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7 August 1984
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Hip Hop, Rap, Rapfrobeat
Rapper, Singer, Record Producer Songwriter, Actor
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Early Life and Education
Lanre, the fourth of five children, was born on August 7, 1984, in Lagos State, but he is originally from Ogun State. He had his primary and secondary school education both in Ogun State and Lagos State. He attended Command Children’s School, Ijebu Ode Grammar School, Government College Victoria Island, and Saint Gregory’s College Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. He then attended the University of Lagos, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
In 1994, he began his hip-hop career in junior high school. He participated in a variety of social events at St. Gregory’s College, where he was required to perform on stage. He started a duo named Badder Boiz in 1999, and the same year, they began attending shows as a trio. They participated in talent shows and recorded their first demo in 1999. Vector was moving toward the direction of being an emcee. They were a trio made up of Vector, Krystal, and Blaze until 2004 when Krystal broke up the group owing to their irreconcilable differences.
In February 2010, Vector released “Kilode,” the first official single from his album State of Surprise. In June 2010, he subsequently made the song’s music video available. In April of the same year, he released “Mary Jane,” his second official single. Eloka “Culture” Oligbo served as executive producer of the album, which was released on October 29, 2010. Ade Piper, Emmsong, Sista Soul, General Pype, Chuddy K, H-Code, Sam Klef, Da Piano, J-Smith, Xela Xelz, and Vibez Production provided the production.
Vector’s third single from his second album, The Second Coming, is titled “Born Leader.” In Miami, Florida, he recorded the video, which Antwan Smith directed. Producer Pheelz included him in the song “Popular” in August 2013 and it was played on radio stations all over Nigeria.
His tracks “Angeli” ft. 9ice and “Mr Vector,” both produced by Sagzy and released on May 19, 2011, were heavily played on radio stations across the nation. In October 2011, the “Angeli” music video was made public. The song “Born Leader” by Vector, featuring Mavado from DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group, was released.
Vector released the rap song “King Kong” in January 2015, and the music video followed in the same month. In May and June of 2015, Vector released two remixes, the first of which included Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq, and Uzi, and the second of which featured Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie. In July 2015, the first remix video was made available. He debuted a brand-new track on July 15 called “Kanawan Dabo,” and on July 24, he debuted a freestyle called “8.” He inked a recording contract with Def Jam Africa, the Nigerian division of Def Jam Recordings, in May 2020.
Concerning his romantic life, little is known. The singer has always kept his intimate affairs private. He once reportedly dated a woman named Gbemisola, and they both have a daughter together.
Reminisce and Vector
Reminisce recorded a diss track titled “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 “KitcheStreet” where Vector said “For all those boys wey dey show.” Ti e ba fe ma form pe eyin lata ani tomato to ma to”.
After this incident, Vector replied with the track “Distractions (Reminisce Diss)“, which he featured with renowned lyricist A-Q. He hit him with the lines, “Cause 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 “I’m made oh, and it’s so public. But you, your life is like your videos, low budget.
Vector and Jude “M.I” Abaga
In a rap supremacy battle with Jude “M.I” Abaga, he released diss tracks such as “The Purge” (featuring Vader and Paper) and also #JudasTheRat, which was a response to M.I’s #ThaViper. In 2020, Vector and Jude “M.I” Abaga seemed to have squashed their battle when they both met in the third and final part of “The Conversation,” a Hennessy Nigeria documentary series based on the rivalry between M.I and Vector. The duo met face-to-face and discussed what transpired between them. Both rappers addressed what caused the beef and their thoughts on each other. M.I said he had the impression that Vector just doesn’t like him, while Vector said he believes M.I is cunning and deceptive.
When asked during the interview if there was the possibility of a collaboration, Vector replied: “If this energy is pure, then there is no way I don’t see a collaboration happening.” He, however, said in February 2021 that his beef with M.I sold them records. He said, “Did we make money with the beef tracks?” Yes, the records are sold. Yes, there is a special demand for beef tracks by the fans. Our songs were streamed a lot; I mean, we trended at number one on Genius.com, a lyrics website, which means Nigerians can go on and write something for the world to read and enjoy. “
- State of Surprise (2010)
- The Second Coming (2012)
- Lafiaji (2016)
- Bar-Racks The Mixtape (2012)
- A7 (2014)
- The Rap Dialogue (2018)
- Vibes Before Teslim (2019)
- The African Mind (2020)
- Crossroads EP ( With Masterkraft ) (2020)
|2015||“King Kong” (Remix) (featuring Phyno, Reminisce, ClassiQ and Uzi)|
|2015||“King Kong” (Remix) (featuring Sarkodie)|
|2016||“Agege”(Splash featuring Vector)|
|2017||“Gee Boys” (featuring CDQ)|
|2017||“Like My Daddy”|
|2017||“Seaside” (featuring Korede Bello)|
|2018||“This One Is”|
|2018||“Be Happy” (featuring Daddy Showkey)|
|2019||“This Vector Sef”|
|2019||“Comfort” (featuring Davido)|
|2018||Lara & The Beat||Sally. aka. Mr Beats|
TV and Series
|2020||Shuga Naija: Alone Together Web Series||Himself|
Awards and Nominations
- Best Rap Single at The Headies 2015 (won)
- Lyricist On The Roll at The Headies 2015 (won)
- Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012 (won)
- Lyricist On The Roll The Headies 2012 (won)
- Best Rap Single at The Headies 2012 (won)
- Best Rap Act at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2012 (won)
- Recognition Award at the DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2012 (won)
- Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2011 (won)
- Most Promising Act to Watch at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2011 (nominated)
- Lyricist On The Roll at The Headies 2011 (nominated)
- Best New Act at the DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2011 (nominated)
Vector tha Viper, as he is called by his fans, signed an endorsement deal with whisky brand Jack Daniels in 2014, and he is reported to be worth $5 million.
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