Olusegun Babatunde AKA ModeNine was born on June 14th, 1975 in London, England. He stayed briefly in London before coming back to Nigeria in 1979 where he eventually studied Building Technology in Bida Polythecnic, Niger State.
On the course of his music career, he was introduced to “Solo Dee” (Paybacktyme records C.E.O. in 1996) who mentored and introduced him to hip-hop in its real form. He also made ties with other rappers and together they formed the group “Aftemath” later known as “Swat Root”. Under Swat Root, ModeNine worked on and released several tracks before graduating from Bida in 1999.
According to him, early influences in his rap career include Kurtis Blow, Spoonie G, Derrik-B, Maka Bee, Dirtsman (RIP) Supercat, Grand daddy IU and especially KRS-1
Six time Headies ‘Lyricist on the Roll’ category winner; not much needs to be said about his lyrical capability and skills. His favorite advise to beginners is ‘Respect the people who were there before you, don’t go stepping up to an old timer, trying to battle or diss him/her just to gain a rep… you might regret that …go ask Canibus’.
His three most recent mainstream albums include: Occupy the Throne (OTT), DaVinci Mode and The Paradigm Shift.
Although mostly level-headed, “Modo” as he fondly called by his fans as had his own share of media spats and “diss” tracks. This “beef” has been linked to other artists including Vector and Munachi Abii.
With the emergence of a lot of upcoming, new generation commercial rappers who combine punchlines with party hits, the likes of M.I’s Choc City, Vector, Olamide and Phenom, the type of rap ModeNine commands might arguably be going out of extinction in the nearest future. A change of ideology and target audience might thus be necessary but the veteran rapper stuck to his guns on radio of recent.
Although ModeNine is a talented rapper, one whom other rappers have looked up to continually scooping up multiple awards in recent years, the question on a lot of people’s mind is, “will his brand and style of rap stand the test of time or eventually phase out?”
Only time can tell.
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