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Weird MC (born Adesola Adesimbo Idowu on 9 July 1970) is a Nigerian-British rapper, songwriter, and producer from Ogun state. 


She was born in the United Kingdom to conservative parents who disapproved of their daughter pursuing an entertainment career. 


She attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Lagos, where she made friends with four other girls with whom she formed the hip-hop group Weirdos. Despite their popularity on the campus circuit, they failed to land a record deal and soon disbanded.


She subsequently gained admission into Ogun State University to study Law, although she left after a year to focus on her music career and later gained a qualification in Music Technology.


Before this, she aspired to become a basketball player, but as the Nigerian Sports Commission did not fully support women in this field, Idowu returned to the UK to emigrate to America and pursued her ambition.


Influenced by Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Queen Latifah, and Jimi Hendrix, Idowu competed in various rap battles including Club 291 contest, in which she came third. She toured the UK with DJ P Tee Money in the latter half of 1990 and throughout 1991.


In 1992 after working with music producer Kevin Best for two months, Idowu released the single "I Wanna Make You Jack/Let's Get Wet", which received positive reviews from music critics and reached number one in the Choice FM charts. By now, she had begun to use the name by which she is now known - Weird MC, which was coined from the name of her former group.


In 1996, she returned to her homeland where she released the album Simply Weird - a blend of American hip hop and afrobeat - and featured the self-produced video single "Allen Avenue", making her the first Nigerian artist to release a song via that medium. 


Despite the popularity of "Allen Avenue", Simply Weird failed to sell an impressive number of copies; critics agreed that it was ahead of its time. However, Idowu was honored with several awards, including the very first AMEN award for Best Hip Hop Album.


In 2006, Idowu released her second album, After Da Storm. Hip hop was now recognized as a major form of music in Nigeria, and the Don Jazzy and JJC-produced single "Ijoya" was a massive success, earning her an AMEN award for Most Pop Song, and a Channel O Music Video Award for Best Special Effect. In 2007 he was nominated As the Artiste of the Year at the Headies.


Apart from being a solo artiste, Idowu has collaborated with other artists including Femi Kuti, P Square, and close friend Kween, and in 2010 she was the last woman remaining in the celebrity version of the reality show Gulder Ultimate Search.


In various interviews, she has spoken of how she was discriminated against by her male counterparts in Nigeria's hip-hop industry and has criticized its female rappers for not persevering to earn their place in the music industry.


She also said in an interview why she left Nigeria for the UK


She said


“It was a deliberate decision, I wanted a breakaway. I had suffered a major loss in the person of my friend, Nomoreloss. I think that affected me so much as well”.


She also said;


“But I also felt like everything was working out for my good. It pointed to something else and it brought me to my creator, getting to know the Lord Jesus. It just took me from my place of pain, darkness, and confusion and brought me into a place of light. It gave me that opportunity to just keep back shame and reprioritize what’s next for me.”


The industry will never forget you for your contributions to Afrobeat 👑



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Culled from Team Eko Ile Movie WhatsApp group

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