Determined to send a message of hope to the youth from all around the world, Nigerian performer Olistar has shared Bando Baby, a gem that falls in the accustomed and well-received Drill vein displayed since his first releases.
Olistar – Bando Baby
Hailing from Onitsha, Anambra State, Olisa Franklin Emodi, better known as simply Olistar, had his first encounter with music at an early age while watching his mom perform, who at the time was the lead singer for a local band.
Later in his life, he got his first influences from legends such as 2pac, The Notorious B.I.G, Bob Marley, and Oliver de Coque, among others.
After testing the waters with different ideas and elements in the Urban spectrum, Olistar found his niche in Drill music. Subsequently, he made his debut with the song Umunwa, followed by two EPs in this subgenre, What’s The Difference (W.T.D), and The Return of Olistar (T.R.O.O), becoming a significant presence in Nigeria’s Drill music scene.
Knowing how hard it can be to grow up in a harsh environment, Olistar wrote Bando Baby as an attempt to encourage youngsters from all over the globe to keep holding on and never lose hope:
“Coming from my city Onitsha, Nigeria, I feel the need to advocate for the youths in the world because I got firsthand hood life, and making it to this point I know a lot of youths need to see the light at the end of every tunnel and that will send a great wide wave of hope across the world.”
From the very beginning, Olistar comes full force, taking no prisoners and spitting hot bars that fit like a glove with the minimal production. His rhyme game comes as authentic and upfront, especially during the addictive chorus.
Bando Baby is a fascinating take on Drill music, fuelled by an energetic performance and impactful lyrics.
Olistar is starting his career on the right foot and in the process, demonstrating why he is a worthy representative of Drill in his native Nigeria.
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