Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman (born 22 April 1997), professionally known as Oxlade, is a talented Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is currently signed to Troniq Music, Epic Records in France, and UK based label Columbia Records. Oxlade came into the spotlight in 2020 following the release of his hit song “Away.”
His debut song, Away, appeared on Rolling Stone‘s 50 best songs of 2020, and he was named the first Pandora Africa’s Next Artist in July 2022.
Early Life and Education
Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman was born on April 22, 1997, in Lagos’ Surulere neighborhood. He was reared by his father and grandmother after the early death of his mother.
He was accepted to study history and international relations at Lagos State University, where his father taught. He first enrolled for two years, then left to pursue his musical career.
Following the release of “Mamiwota” by Blaqbonez from the Bad Boy Blaq EP through 100 Crowns, a Chocolate City imprint, in 2018, he was contacted by A&R executive Bizzle Osikoya.
He agreed to work under The Plug’s management after his meeting with Bizzle.
He then agreed to a record deal with Troniq Music and a publishing, licensing, and distribution agreement with The Plug Entertainment.
On December 27, 2018, Davido let Oxlade to play at the City of David concert in Lagos, and in 2019, at the Star Boy Fest in London, he served as Wizkid’s opening act.
He released the TG Omori-directed Away music video for Troniq Music on April 13, 2020.
He claims that on April 15, 2020, TG Omori gave him the order to sit on his lady’s lap in order to personify the proverbial adage “behind every successful man is a woman.”
Drake shared a screenshot of himself on his Instagram story on November 7, 2020, while listening to Away. Drake received 3 million streams in just 24 hours after publishing the post.
With the release of the single “Away” from his EP Oxygen, which was distributed by Troniq Music and The Plug Entertainment on March 27, 2020, he gained widespread notoriety.
On the Nigerian TurnTable Top 50 year-end ranking for 2020, “Away” debuted at position 23. On 3 September 2020, he independently released “DKT,” and on 10 May 2021, Dammy Twitch shot and directed the song’s music video.
He released “Ku Lo Sa” for ColorsxStudios on June 10, 2022. Following its debut, a live performance video was posted on the Colors YouTube account, which as of July 14, 2022, had amassed over 1 million YouTube streams.
It debuted on the Official Afrobeats List Top 20 chart on June 19, 2022, at position 11, and reached position 8 on July 10, 2022,, precisely one month after its first release.
It made its debut on the TurnTable Nigeria Top 100 chart at position 66 on July 11, 2022. Oxlade was selected as the inaugural Pandora’s Next Artist for Africa on July 13, 2022.
He was a featured artist on the song “Overdue” from the Sipho Dlamini-curated Rhythms of Zamunda soundtrack album for the film Coming to America, which was released on March 5, 2021, by Def Jam Recordings Africa and Def Jam Recordings.
The four-track extended play Eclipse, produced completely by DJ Coublon, was released on August 20, 2021, by Troniq Music, Oxlade, and Epic Records France.
Oxlade performed “Slow Down” by Skip Marley on August 24, 2021, for the Grammy web series Reimagined At Home.
Oxlade is a super talented singer and songwriter whose net worth is an estimated $200,000. He has made good sum of money through his music career.
Oxlade is single, not yet married and doesn’t have a girlfriend. The singer has not revealed who he is dating. He has being living his life with his priority focus on music.
Despite being linked with several ladies, the singer doesn’t seems bothered by the rumors flying around his relationship.