WOW: Asake Signs Record Deal With International Label, Empire


Afrobeats breakout star, Ahmed Ololade Asake, otherwise known as Mr. Money has signed a record deal with an international label, Empire.

The Palazzo crooner was introduced to the Nigerian audience in late 2021 with his Omo Ope hit and has remained a mainstay on chats of major streaming platforms in the country.

Empire announced Asake’s new deal on social media following a feature with already signed act, Fireboy in Bandana, a song released off the latter’s forthcoming studio album.

“We’re happy to officially welcome Mr. Money aka  @asakemusik to the EMPIRE family” 

The YBNL act that took the Nigerian soundscape by storm with his Omope hit track in late 2021 has become a regular in the top 10 charts. He repeated his initial feat with an immediate follow-up release of his self-titled EP after signing to Olamide’s YBNL. The Ololade Asake – EP produced more classics like Trabaye and Sungba which got a remix from Nigerian rave, Burna Boy. He teamed up with legendary DJ and producer, DJ spinall for Palazzo and released another hit sing PBUY a month later. Asake who found it a bit hard settling in with the life of glitz and glamour after his emergence in the industry has revealed challenges he faces as a fast-rising act with new fame and money, Asake responded saying:

I think now I don’t know the differences between eye service and people that are not doing eye service because now everybody loves me, to an extent. Like everybody in my house, my friends, everybody loves me. Gateman loves me. Driver loves me. If I move on the road, everybody loves me. Before I can tell when person no love me because they’ll be blunt. Now everybody just loves me so I don’t know. I don’t even know person wey no love me. I don’t know anything again. If I open my Instagram like this, love. My Snapchat, love. Even to people that used to tell me before “bro your pimples”, the pimples come sexy to everybody now. My stature before, people go tell me say “bro, your stature.” Now everything is just perfect. If I wear green on yellow on brown, za! Dope! I just dope for everybody eye now.

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