Douglas Jack Agu was born on August 19, 1989 better known by his stage name Runtown, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. He has a diverse fusion musical style, blending Hip-hop, R&B, reggae and rap. where he finished his primary education. After the death of his father, he moved to Abuja with his mother who was working in the Ministry of Health. After moving to Lagos from Enugu State with Phyno in 2007, he started doing underground collaborations with artists like J-Martins and Timaya.
2010 – Present
In 2008, he partnered with Phyno to form a record label called Penthauz during which he released his first two singles: ‘Party Like It’s 1980’ and ‘Activity Pikin’. Phyno and Runtown have a relationship that can be tagged as ‘brotherhood’. They regard themselves as a family, having met and built a strong relationship from their teenage years in Enugu. They would later grow their art together, working closely together as producers and recording artists. They are pretty much involved in each other’s’ lives. Acting as support structures and advisory pillars in key decisions.
He collaborated with Davido on his song ‘Gallardo’, which brought him more attention. A few months later, he signed a multi-million Naira contract with Eric-Manny Entertainment owned by Prince Okudili Umenyiora, aka Dilly, who is the C.E.O of Dilly Motors. After the success of ‘Gallardo’, Runtown needed more funding to expand his art, and capitalize on his winning tide.“Runtown had a hit, but he didn’t have the funding to play at the highest level, and although his first hit song had begun to bring in revenue, but it wasn’t enough,” says a source close to Penthauze. Penthauze, the music group they created together was designed as an imprint for them to make music and release together. Phyno was against Runtown getting a ‘sponsor’ or signing a deal. According to our sources, when Runtown consulted him about his plan to bring in external financial partners, he kicked against it. Phyno wanted Runtown to simply drop singles, and promote them with revenue from ‘Gallardo’.
Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On 23 November 2015, he released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University via MTN Music Plus through Eric Many Entertainment. The album generated over ₦35million on the music portal thus earning him a spot in the list of “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist”. On 4 November 2016, Runtown released the ballad “Mad Over You”, which charted at number 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart.
He appeared on a collaboration with Sheebah, a Ugandan star, who had the arrangement to perform in Rwanda for free during a Runtown’s tour stop, put together by Eric Many. The duo recorded a song titled ‘Weekend’ and shot a video which was released in December 2017. Sheebah performed at the concert in Rwanda, on September 23, 2017, with Dilly in attendance.The other record mentioned in the suit is titled ‘Call me’, a collaboration with South African rapper, K.O. Eric Many claims to have no knowledge of it. But messages obtained by Pulse, show Dilly consenting to it, alongside, ‘Said’, a Coke Studio hit collaboration with Nasty C.
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
Best Collaboration of the Year, Best African Artiste of the Year.