Slimcase, born Oluwafemi Oladapo Oko-Eko, on August 21, 1985, grew up in Ikorodu, a place on the fringes of life in Lagos state. He was schooled and raised by the streets, where he honed his talent as a comedian. At the start of his career, music was a distant dream, one that he had never considered. He was a funny guy, who had designs to cash in on that. And so he began, performing for friends, family members, and the odd social gathering. But music found him. “I loved his productions, and without voicing to the beats, I had the urge to be a musician. His beat was so banging, that I wanted to record on it,” he says his friend encouraged him, choosing to tell him that “with this your style, you can just put something on the beat.” Slimcase started recording as a rapper, due to his early Hip-hop influences, where he followed records made by luminaries such as Eminem, Snoop Dog, 50 Cent and Dr Dre and others.
Percussion, if it ever makes it into the record is limited, with the arrangement designed to make the drums emphatic enough to make people move. That’s the sound that Slimcase is utilizing to rise beyond his station in Nigerian music. “Shaku shaku has been around for a while on the streets, but nobody paid attention to it,” Slimcase says. “It originated from the Mushins and Ages of Lagos, and no one knew how to tap into a sound for the dance.“Until I drop this song titled ‘Oshozondi’, and showed them that they can vibe that dance to this song.
It created a standard for them which showed that this sound really goes with the dance. It made me prominent. I didn’t start the dance, my song created a platform for the dance.”Describing how he got the other record, ‘Shepeteri’, he says: “It’s a downloaded beat. The chorus kept coming, and we decided to just drop it. It wasn’t a single, it was just a mixtape song. In three weeks, it was everywhere. In two months, we saw Davido dancing to the song. After he introduced himself and style of music to the people with Oshozondi, he followed up with Legbelegbe. The song equally proved to be a hit subsequently sustaining the interest people had developed in Slimcase and his music.
He went on to say that he has only brought a new sound from the street to the main scene of the Nigerian music industry. He believes people just like the way he does his thing because they cannot even decipher if he is singing or just talking in his songs. This sort of makes him unique and acceptable to the Street. The young man is gracious to God for where he is today in his music career and appreciates the fact that every other street style artiste known in the music industry is doing well in their own lane