NLZ Know Your Celebrity: Runtown's Biography
DATE OF BIRTH: 19th August 1990
OCCUPATION: Singer: Hiphop/Afro-pop
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND:
Runtown grew up in Abuja and Lagos. He moved to Enugu in 2002. He stayed there till 2008. He met Phyno early 2009. They moved to Lagos together and now they are here.
When he moved to Lagos, he was leaving with J Martins. He was also featured in some of his songs. They worked together for a long time. He met Timaya from J Martins.
He was never in the choir. Funny enough, He went to a seminary school. And whenever it was choir rehearsal he would run into hiding. He was the book, book kind of kid. He was always reading. And it surprises a lot of his friends why he finally chose music as a career.
Music stole his heart. He would say music is his first love. He used to play basket ball. In fact, at some point, he thought he would end up as a basketball player. But in the process he met music; they fell in love and music and he got married. That was in 2005.
CAREER AND LIFE:
While in school they used to have time for mimes and songs. At some point he felt he could do it. He decided to go to a studio to try it out. There was also a time he wanted to go for an audition (that was how he met Phyno). He went to his studio to do the beat of the song. The song was Chris Brown's instrumental. When Phyno remade the beat, he was surprised that a Nigerian producer could do the same sound as a producer from America. That was how they clicked and started working together. They changed the sound. They changed the game, putting the whole Igbo originality right back into the map.
Runtown started music professionally in 2010. That was when he recorded "Party like 1980". Then he used to go around studios, trying to meet a lot of people. Then he was staying with Timaya. He was the one that groomed him. They were also working with Phyno in a partnership called Penthouse. They released the song Party Like 1980. The song started getting a lot of reviews. It was a rough journey then. With time a lot of people started accepting the song. When they wanted to do the remix of the song, He felt they should collaborate with Davido. But when they went to David(o)'s place, he heard Garllado and immediately wanted to be part of the song. So, instead of Party Like 1980, they remixed Garllado which featured Davido. That was the song that brought him to lime light and since then he has been doing a lot of gigs in and outside the country. A lot of other African countries have invited him to perform the song in their country. Garllado is a song with a beat that seems to cut across other musical cultures. So, the song has been attracting a lot of attention from other African countries.
Runtown is now a fast rising Nigerian artiste. His hit song, Garllado featuring Davido in 2014 received massive airplay. In one of his interview, he tells us all about his musical career.
He has been to South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. And they have shows in UK and US coming later in the year 2014.
In 2014 He released a new single after gallardo domot which was accepted by fans increasing his Nigeria fan base and also worldwide.
He was also said to have sold a song of his to Davido titled "Aye" a song which is arguably the biggest hit of the year 2014 in Nigeria. But he later denied it, and said even if he sold it that it is nobody's business.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENT:
Won Best Collaboration Award For "GALLARDO" at the NEAWARDS in 2014
No real endorsement deal yet but in 2014 he signed a multimillion Naira Record deal with Ericmany entertainment.
No scandal yet.
Was rumored to have sold the song 'Aye' to star singer Davido.