Olami Still released his debut single ‘Call On Me’ when he was 17, and had a champion in Charlie Sloth off the back of 2017 EP Guide Me Out. We caught up with Olami following the release of new single ‘Flex Like Dat’.
I just hope the people have a good time every time they hear ‘Flex Like Dat’.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I’m Olami Still, I’m 19, I’m from London, I’ve been rapping and releasing songs independently for, like, two years now.
I grew up watching rap and R&B videos on MTV and listening to all types of music from my parents, so that got me into music when I was younger.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
I grew up listening to hip hop music, R&B, trap music, grime, afrobeats, bashment but for me I connected more with hip hop and rap. I liked a lot of 2pac, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kanye, a bit of everything. I listened to T.I and some southern rap too. And in primary school I started listening to grime like Skepta, JME and Dizzee Rascal.
I wouldn’t say I have a main influence but there’s a lot of musical inspiration that I can relate to.
How would you describe your style?
Rap but I’m more smooth with my style. Sometimes issa melody, sometimes it’s more rap
Tell us about your single ‘Flex Like Dat’. What’s it about?
It’s me asking myself what everyone around me is asking me “Lams, how you flex like that?”. “How you make your money?”
How does ‘Flex Like Dat’ build on your style?
I use an unusual song structure on ‘Flex Like Dat’. Most rappers rap on their verses and use a chorus including melodies or just pure rap. But on ‘Flex Like Dat’, I’m melodic on the verses and rapping on the hook.
What’s the response been so far?
It’s been good. It’s been playing on Capital Xtra, Pulse, I appreciate all the stations have been showing love across the country. Spotify put on the Rap UK playlist too. Big up to them.
What are your hopes for ‘Flex Like Dat’?
I just hope the people have a good time every time they hear it.
What else is coming up in 2018?
More music and I want to put on the best show for everybody supporting me.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Stay in school, Lams. I’d say that around 16 or 17, it’s cool though! I still read plus I’m writing every day.
Watch the video for ‘Flex Like Dat’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go Olami Still’s Facebook page.