Dampte, real names, Oluwaseun Oluyole is a Nigerian artiste based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dampte like many cats started off in the choir as a kid until he discovered and honed his talent for rhymes, wordplay, metaphors and the ability to weave these and make sense. However, his path to recognition did not follow the convention. Dampte first had the real taste of music at a tender age. He grew up listening to the likes of King Sunny Ade (KSA), Ebenezer Obey e.t.c.
Dampte, understandably, claims he gets his influences from the likes of Jay Z, R. Kelly, LL cool J, Jadakiss, Styles P, Warren G, Snoop, Treach (Naughty by Nature), 2pac, Biggie Smalls, Wale, K’naan and a host of others. He also claims to take bites off Naija’s own NAETO C. He recorded his first solo effort titled “J-E-S-U-S”, where he featured Rocksteady (Then of the now defunct 2nd Avenue) and Wreck (Now a member of Dem Mama Soldiers)
After a long hiatus due to education, Dampte returned to the music scene with a massive hit single “Tinkolo” that features up and rising R&B star YQ. The single which was released in the first quarter of 2009 made it to various charts across Nigeria and beyond. He followed his success with another massive hit single “Wapa” which also made it to various countdowns. Not relenting, Dampte, now known for his Hit- dropping prowess followed it with “Ghetto”, another song that is shaking up the airwaves as we go to press.
“I used to love to just sit down and write but now, I sit down and spit.” He said recently in an interview at the Osogbo edition of his ‘Los Gidi Certified’ album listening party.
His soon to debut album has got something in it for everyone. From laid back tunes to fast paced rhythms, Dampte has managed to compose and successfully record over 14 hits. Watch out for tracks like Street Magic, SwaGr like we, LosGidi Certified, Who I be, Ghetto and lots more. Listen up to his groovy single Go Get Her…enjoy. Follow him on twitter @tinkolomaster