Idowest was officially unveiled as the newest addition to the powerhouse platform, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), by the label boss, Davido.
The rapper has been sighted in the company of Davido and other members of his label in recent times, but it wasn’t until last night when the O.B.O announced the deal via his Twitter handle.
This makes him the sixth addition to the ever growing family that houses Davido, Mayorkun, Dremo, Peruzzi and Yonda, with Ichaba remaining an affiliate.
With the group compilation album scheduled to be released next month, Idowest is expected to bring his street flavour to some of the joints.
Here are five things you need to know about DMW’s latest signing, Idowest:
1. His real name is Adekunle Idowu
Adekunle Idowu is more popularly known by his stage name Idowest (Twitter/Idowest)
The name Idowest was carved out of his original name Idowu, which is a Yoruba name for someone born after a set of twins. He represents the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.
2. Idowest refers to himself as the King of Shaku Shaku
The shaku vibe is one hit that gained mainstream acceptance last year with acts like Idowest, Slimcase, Mr Real and even Skales laying claim to being progenitors of the wave.
But the rapper who has been on his grind for quite a while now, claims that he was introduced to shaku from his secondary school days and has been making the type of sound since then.
In his words, ”I have been doing Shaku shaku before the vibe even came up, that’s why people call me Idowest, Aro Mafia aka the King of Shaku Shaku”.
3. Idowest has been signed to three labels in two years
Now it gets interesting when you discover that the artist has put pen to paper on three different record deals in less than two years.
On June 15, 2017, the young rapper signed with P4 Music, owned by a Mr Sodiq, but following his return from being cleared of all charges leveled against him in the US, Dammy Krane revived his label, Worldstar Inc and on December 15 2017, he announced his first signing in the person of Idowest.
Following the official announcement by Davido, Idowest has now gotten signed to three labels, perhaps as a pointer to the talent that he possesses.
4. He was a former member of the M.A.F.I.A gang
Idowest along members of the Mafia gang, C Black and Abram Soul in Panda cover video (YouTube/Idowest)
Earlier in 2017, Idowest used to be a member of the three-man group called M.A.F.I.A gang.
Other members of the group include, C Black and Abram Soul and they released singles like Panda (Cover) and Umbele.
5. Idowest was nominated at the 2018 Headies
Idowest has grown his art steadily over the past couple of years, from getting attention with his single Eko alongside former HKN member Danagog to his ground-breaking single, Omo Shepeteri which featured Dammy Krane and Slimcase released late last year.
The song earned Idowest a nomination in the Best Street Hop artist category at the Headies 2018 music awards which was won by Small Doctor.