How Well Do You Know Vector? (Truth Behind The Fame, Bio and Awards)
Call him the rapper to first dethrone the back to back lyricist on the roll, Mode 9 and you wouldn’t be wrong. Olanrewaju Ogunmefun better known by his stage name Vector tha Viper, is a Nigerian Hip hop artiste with reputation for being a staunch believer in his own craft.
Starting off his career, you wouldn’t be wrong to easily compare Vector to popular American rapper Jay Z. flows, rhyme and style were all alike but eventually, Vector came into his own being.
Vector released his first official single “Kilode” for the album State of Surprise in February 2010. He later released the video for this single in June 2010. The follow up second official single was “Mary Jane” which was released in April of the same year with the album being released on 29th of October 2010.
As a young student of St. Gregorys College, Vector was involved in various social activities in which he was made to perform from the stage. Vector later attended the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
Vector is currently one of the top acts in the Naija rap game. He’s known to be a poet, songwriter and producer. He has done songs and has been featured in various songs by notable artistes. His 2 singles “Angeli” featuring the self acclaimed ancestor of music 9ice and “Mr. Vector” featuring Jazzy, both produced by Sagzy were released on 19 May 2011 and were on heavy rotation on radio stations around the country. The video for “Angeli” was released in October, 2011 and was shot by Clarence Peters and went on to amass more cult following for the talented rapper.
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In anticipation of his second studio album, he released a mix tape titled “Bar Racks” which set the tone for the release of his second studio album titled The Second Coming on 12 December 2012.
Vector released the track “Born Leader” featuring Jamaican international Mavado who is under DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group. “Born Leader” is Vector’s 3rd single off his second album titled The Second Coming. He also shot the video in Miami, Florida at the exclusive G-Five and it was directed by Antwan Smith.
In furtherance of his dominance, in January 2015, vector released a highly critically acclaimed rap single titled “King Kong” with the video being released in the same month. Due to the high success of the single vector released two remixes with the first one featuring Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq and Uzi, and the second remix featuring Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie which was released in May and June 2015 respectively. The video for the first remix was released in July 2015. In July 15 he released a fresh single titled “Kanawan Dabo” and in July 24 he released a freestyle titled “8”.
Vector has won multiple awards such as DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2012, Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2011 for Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Video and back to back Lyricist on the roll at The Headies.
The lyricist is not signed to any record label. He is currently associated with a new imprint called G-Rap which he describes as a movement. The rapper released his third studio album in December 2016. The LP titled Lafiaji according to Vector is two sided; Red and White, representing different facets of the rapper’s creativity.
With his credentials as a top MC not in doubt, we can only hope that the talented rapper continues to churn out great tunes for our listening pleasure.