Davido speaks on Drake’s contribution to Afrobeats’ global recognition


Afrobeats singer David “Davido” Adeleke has said Hip-Hop superstar Aubrey Drake Graham, who performs under the mononym “Drake”, contributed to the global popularity of Afrobeats.

When featured on the Bootleg Kev podcast, Davido conceded the influence of Graham although the music genre has since gone global, “I will be lying if I say Drake didn’t put some spotlights on Afrobeats”.

“There’s always narratives like saying Afrobeats was definitely huge. It was already huge before Drake. Drake is Drake. But I will be lying if I am saying he didn’t put some spotlights on Afrobeats,” he said.

In the podcast, Adeleke also said he now charges $100,000 for music collaborations.


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The ‘OBO’ crooner disclosed that unlike before when it was “a big deal to have an American artiste under your record, it is now the other way round”.

“Before it’s like a big deal to have an American artiste under your record. You can be in the studio now ‘vibing’ with somebody. Somebody does a verse and the next day they send you paperwork and an invoice. It’s the other way round now,” he added.

“I am charging now. I am sending my lawyers. Right now, it’s timeless. It’s a hundred if I know you. And then the video, (it’s another thing). If you do a record and I know that you are going to push it to the fullest. You are an artiste that I enjoy, like a fan.”