The sultry “Sungba” from his debut EP Ololade Asake, which was released in February, maintained Asake’s rise. Burna Boy joined an April Re-Upped by Audiomack remix because of the fuji-amapiano fusion. Asake was propelled to a higher level and cemented as Nigeria’s first significant 2022 breakout thanks to Burna Boy’s endorsement. At the time, it was a significant accomplishment, but more was to follow.
Asake’s tone is focused on presenting his experience as a case study for overcoming young Nigerians’ difficulties. Prior to this year’s breakthrough, he spent many years toiling in the entertainment field. He was a member of a group of well-known inventors at Obafemi Awolowo University who would subsequently achieve fame, including Fireboy DML, Blaqbonez, Cheque, and more.
Therefore, his June single “Peace Be Unto You (PBUY)” originates from a place of sustained desire and perseverance in the face of despair. He says, “I only blow yet omo I know my set,” in that song.
The next trick out of Asake’s hat was “PALAZZO,” featuring Nigerian DJ Spinall. Both musicians uploaded excerpts of the song on social media in a manner that has come to be distinctive to Asake almost a month before its official release in May, to a raucous response. By the time the song was formally released, it appeared as though streaming and local radio charts were anticipating it to go to the top, which it eventually accomplished.
The accomplishments of Asake swiftly merged into one another: “PBUY,” “Bandana” with Fireboy DML, a partnership with independent powerhouse EMPIRE, and “Terminator.” Asake’s debut album, Mr. Money With The Vibe, a 30-minute barrage of party tunes, was released in September. Mr. Money With The Vibe set a record as the highest-charting debut album by a Nigerian artist ever when it debuted at No. 66 on the Billboard 200. Just two full months after its release, the album has received more than 330 million streams on Audiomack.
Asake changed the definition of a breakout artist this year. Asake has mastered cross-cultural fusion like no one else, to the point of putting South African music heavyweights on notice amid an explosion of amapiano and West African music’s continuing global ascendancy. Asake’s fusion of fuji music, Afrobeats, and amapiano together with his euphoric choir voices symbolize his global invasion and speak to the need for victory throughout the world. It’s simple to believe Asake’s meteoric rise is orchestrated, at least in part, after seeing him in prominent magazines and hearing his music at kickbacks and clubs. More accurately, the artist arrived just as the world was about to start dancing, seizing a Promethean fire.