Legendary music producer, Olumide Ogunade,
popularly known ID Cabasa, in an interview with
Olaitan Ganiu he spoke on the origination of his
record label Coded Tunes and how he discovered
hip hop star Olamide.
Read the excerpts below;
Professionally, when did you start your career?
I started as a teenager way back in the late 80s. I was in the
secondary school while also doing music by the side. But,
professionally, it was around 2003 after I left the university. I
worked in a corporate company for a while before I left to fully
focus on music production.
Is that when you started Coded Tunes Record?
I started Coded Tunes production in my house in 2003. But before
Coded Tunes, we had a clique called, The Smiling Head Soldier
which was headed by 2phat. It comprises me, 2phat, Lord of
Ajasa and MC Spako. And then, we used to have a lot of squads
coming to make beat in my studio.
There was this massive squad called, Yabtown Squad which is
where Reminisce originated from. It is a clique of both rappers and
singers and some of them were my juniors in secondary school.
From there, we decided to gather momentum and create
something larger than just being Smiling Head Soldier or Yabtown
Squad. And obviously the name of the studio that unites us is
Coded Tunes. So, that was how we started Coded Tunes.
You’ve been a blessing to many big stars of today. Do you receive
accolades for this?
I will say I’m one of the few lucky ones that got the accolade that
I deserve. In fact, I get more accolades than I think I deserve
because all of those I’ve worked with till date are still much loyal
to our friendship and some of them still mention my name in their
interviews. Last year, 9ice titled his album after me. Olamide still
doesn’t believe we are in a way apart.
He doesn’t see me as ID Cabasa who just produces beats for him
but rather sees me as his father and always consults me at any of
his projects. We still play and do things together. The same goes
for Reminisce, Seriki and every other guy, even the ones that are
not part of Coded Tunes family which I’ve worked with. They still
appreciate me; the likes of Banky W, Ruggedman, Durella and co.
How did you discover Olamide?
Olamide came with a friend to record in my studio; a friend was
featuring him. I fell in love with the young boy of 13 or 14 as he
delivered his rap line. I could hear a depth that you won’t get from
most of his age mates.
I was so impressed that I told him that he’s free to come to my
studio at any time. He will come to the studio, then I will make
beat while is writing his lyrics. From there, the interest to have him
as part of Coded Tunes developed and the rest is history. By the
time Coded Tunes transited to a proper recording label, Olamide
was the first person signed alongside Seriki and Kayefi.
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