From Medic to Multi-award winning rapper, Ladipoe, joins Pause Magazine hot off the heels of releasing his six-track EP, ‘Providence’. With a mission to have an impact and leave a legacy, the Mavin Record’s superstar talks us through finding his niche, proving the critics wrong and surviving under pressure. In this rare moment of vulnerability, Ladipoe also opens up to Music Columnist, Gracey Mae, about experiencing fatherhood for the first time, dealing with COVID related bereavement and making his family proud. Read our exclusive interview now!
Hi Ladipoe. How are you?
I’m good, I’m tired, but I’m very motivated.
Now if I was you, I would also be motivated. You’re a BET International Flow Award nominee. I bet you “like the way that [you’re] feeling now”.
Honestly, it came as such a surprise to me. My team apparently had been aware of it but they didn’t tell me so I only found out when the nominations came out. I was in the house, my parents were around, they were visiting – and I almost fell out of my chair. It just wasn’t something I wasn’t even thinking about – to be nominated is so major but also just to be representing my country as the only Nigerian in that category. Wow!
Controversially, Adesope Olajide – Popular Afrobeats Journalist – recently said, and I’m paraphrasing, that it’s beautiful to see local labels doing it right, when the major labels are coming into this whole Africa grab and not delivering in the same way. So I’m happy for you. Let’s talk about your brand new project ‘Providence’.
It’s ‘the timely preparation of future eventualities’. That’s been my career!
Before you go, do you have a final message for our readers?
A lot of people are very focused on the destination but I realise that enjoying the journey is key. Being very present for the journey is key because a lot of times you realise that the journey is the destination. Thank you so much for supporting me and if you don’t know about me, go find out because there’s no movement without you. One of my favourite phrases is “no punch lines, just life lines” – but you knew that!