Today we celebrate top music star Lanre Dabiri aka eLDee this day May 23
Nigerian rapper, record producer and architect eLDee was born May 23, 1977, he studied Architecture at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
eLDee came to limelight as a member of the group Trybesmen, which was started in 1998 with rappers KB and Freestyle, the group was known for their unique blend of Afro beat, Reggae, Highlife and hip-hop, -. Later on, the budding enterprenuer founded his own independent label (Trybe Records) and took the Nigerian music scene by storm with two hits in 1999; “Trybal Marks” and “Shake Bodi”. Trybesmen’s debut album “L.A.G. Style” was a massive hit and still a cult-classic.
eLDee, is credited for re-engineering what has now become the music genre most call Afro-hip hop/Afro-pop or contemporary Nigerian music.
After moving to the United States in 2002, eLDee recorded a solo album titled ‘Long Time Coming’ and followed up with ‘Return of the King’ in 2006. The latter album earned various nominations and awards for both videos and songs, including the Nigerian Entertainment Award for “Best International Album”. The album “Return of the King” marked the beginning of eLDee’s impressive solo career which has seen 4 albums, over 50 major award nominations, and critically acclaimed singles like “I’m leaving”, “I go yarn”, “Champion”, “African Chiquito”, “big boy” and “Ota mi” .
His record label Trybe Records developed artists such as Sasha, 2Shots, Trybesmen, Lequse, olaDele, Timi, Chiddy and Dr Sid, who is now a member of the Mavin Records label.
The star turns 39 today!