In a shocking announcement via Instagram, the management of rising Nigerian rapper Oladips, born Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, confirmed his untimely demise on Tuesday evening. The 28-year-old artist had been battling an undisclosed illness for the past two years, as revealed in a statement shared on his official Instagram page.
The statement read, “We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, Nov 14th, Tuesday evening, at precisely 10:14 pm. For over two years, he has kept his battles within himself. His body is now with his family, and funeral services will be announced as soon as it is concluded.”
The family has requested privacy during this difficult time, and the news has left fans and the music industry in shock.
In a poignant twist, Oladips seemed to have foreseen his fate in his last released song, ‘Die Young,’ where he reflects on the nature of people showing appreciation only after someone has passed away.
Born on March 24, 1995, in Ogun State, Oladips began his rap journey in 2012 with a cover of Drake & Trey’s song, gaining attention and setting the stage for his career. In 2015, he clinched victory in the ‘King is Here’ rap contest organized by D’banj, propelling him further into the Nigerian music scene.
Although almost signing with Olamide’s YBNL, he eventually joined Edge Record (LRR), owned by Reminisce, in 2016. Despite the tragic end to his promising career, Oladips leaves behind a legacy of impactful music and a dedicated fanbase.
The music industry mourns the loss of a talent gone too soon, and details about funeral arrangements are awaited by grieving fans and well-wishers.