By Benjamin Njoku
FAST rising Nigerian rapper, Babalola Oriyomi a.k.a ConA’stone surely has found solace in music after he dropped out of the university due to financial constraints to take his destiny into his own hands. ConA’stone, who premiered the video for his recently released track, ‘Igbanladogi’, revealed that when he left the university in 2010, he was not dreaming of going into music. But divine providence has brought him this far.
According to him, he was a 200-level University of Jos Business Administration undergraduate before he dropped out of school as a result of financial constraints. At the exotic Celebration Gardens in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, where the premiere was held, the budding singer demonstrated great enthusiasm in becoming the next big artiste to emerge from Nigeria.
The evening kicked off on a high tempo: harnessing the dexterity of veteran DJ Humility on the turntables to woo the interest of invited guests. This display of musical alchemy was followed by a series of back-to-back performances from promising acts like Atinuke, Jhybo, SOD and Beambo Taylor. These artistes graced the stage with a touch of showmanship in delivering their musical styles and influences.
ConA’Stone would later take the stage to perform ‘Igbanladogi’. Flanked by energetic dancers in traditional attires, they thrilled the audience with their choreographed over rhythmic synths and rap verses, conveying the essence of the song. A budding career currently managed by Wulfpac Entertainment Stables, ConA’Stone debuted on the musical landscape in 2013. He has so far released flavoured hip hop tracks like ‘Don’t Doubt Me’ and ‘Pedestrian Crossing’, both exploring the ‘Ibile-rap’, a sub genre of hip hop which experiments on the heavy use of Yoruba vernacular in rap verses.