Yemi Alade is one of the top and talented Nigeria hip hop singer. She has contributed alot in industry that gives other female assurance that they can also make it.
Yemi Eberechi Alade popularly known as Yemi Alade was born 13 March 1989, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She was in Abia state but a native of Ondo state, her father James Alade was a commissioner of police Yoruba descent while her mother is of Igbo descent. Yemi is the fifth of the seven children in her family.
She attended St. Saviour British Primary School and Victory Grammar School for her secondary in Lagos. She later further to the University of Lagos where she studied Geography.
Yemi Alade started as a member of the girl known group Noty Spices and later won the Peak Talent Show in 2009.
In 2012, Effyzzie Music Group signed Yemi Alade, and released her single titled “Ghen Ghen Love” and later released another “Bamboo” produced by Fliptyce and became a wedding song. She released another one “Johnny” produced by Selebobo, the song became hits and trend all over Africa and some part of America and Europe. The video had over 100 million views on YouTube.
Yemi Alade debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, DIL, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. She promoted the album by touring several Africa countries.
Her second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016. Yemi said it would focus on the strengths and weaknesses of an African woman. The album combines elements of Afropop, highlife, R&B, coupé-décalé, hip-hop and pop. She collaborated with artists from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa and produced by GospelOnDeBeatz, DJ Coublon, Selebobo, Philkeyz, BeatsByEmzo, Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys and Mr. Chidoo. Collaborated artist are P-Square, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Flavour N’abania, Rotimi Keys, DJ Arafat and Selebobo.
Yemi’s third studio album Black Magic was released on December 15, 2017. Collaborated with Falz and Olamide produced by DJ Coublon, Vtek, Sarz, Krizbeatz, Young D, Sess, Fliptyce, IAmBeat, Philkeyz, 2Kriss and Echo. It was supported by the previously released singles “Knack Am”, “Single & Searching” and “Heart Robber”.
In July 2019, Alade became the first African female artist to reach one million subscribers on YouTube. Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno.
In 2019, she released her fourth studio album, woman of steel featuring multiple award winner Angélique Kidjo, American rapper Rick Ross and Yoruba actress Funke Akindele.
Yemi Alade signed a multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Africa (UMA) and UMG France in September 2019. UMA will serve as the exclusive worldwide record partner for Yemi Alade while UMG France will serve as the international rollout partner for all of her releases under the label.
Yemi Alade has gone on three world tours following her studio albums:
Mama Africa Tour
Black Magic Tour
Woman of Steel Tour
Albums & EP
King of Queens (2014)
Mama Africa (2016)
Black Magic (2017)
Woman of Steel (2019)
Mama Afrique (EP) (2017)
Ghen Ghen Love (2013)
Taking Over Me (2015)
Do as I Do
Kom Kom (featuring Flavour)
Africa (featuring Sauti Sol)
Knack Am (2017)
Single and Searching
Bum Bum (2018)
Oh My Gosh
How I Feel
Give Dem (featuring Duncan Mighty)
Remind You (2020)
Shekere (featuring Angélique Kidjo)
Classic Girl Freestyle (Jidenna’s “Classic Man” cover) (2015)
Koffi Anan (Freestyle) (2016)
Get Through This (featuring Mi Casa) (2017)
Bum Bum (2018)
How I Feel
Oh My Gosh
Yemi Alade is one of the richest and successful female musicians in Nigeria so her net worth is $3 million.
Awards & Nomination
Won Best Female Artiste in Western Africa with (kissing) at 2015 Afrima Award
Won Best Female Artiste in Western Africa with (Oh my gosh) at 2018 Afrima Award
Won Best Female with (Herself) at 2015 MTV African Music Award
Won Best Female with (Herself) at 2016 MTV African Music Award
Nominated Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2016 MTV African Music Award
Won Best Album-World Beat with (Mama Africa) at 2016 Independent Music Award
Nominated Best International Act: Africa with (Herself) at 2015 BET Awards
Nominated Best International Act (Herself) at 2016 BET Awards
Nominated Female Artist of the Year with (Herself) at 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Won Female artiste of the year with (Herself) at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Nominated Female Musician of the Year with (Herself) at 2014 City People Entertainment Awards
Nominated Best African Act with (Herself) at 2014 MOBO Awards
Nominated Female Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2012 YEM Awards
Nominated Most Promising Female with (Herself) at 2013 ELOY Awards
Nominated African Video of the Year with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Female Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best West African Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best Afro Pop Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Dance Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Traditional Video
with (Ferrari) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2017 The Headies Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2018 The Headies Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2019 The Headies Awards
Nominated Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2016 The Headies Awards
Won Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year with (Herself) at 2015 The Headies Awards