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Fireboy DML Reveals Why He Turned Down Deals Before Joining YBNL Nation

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Prince Jean

Mar 1, 2024

Nigerian Music

Fireboy DML. IMAGE source: Instagram/fireboydlm

Lagos, Nigeria — Adedamola Adefolahan, popularly known as Fireboy DML, recently opened up about a pivotal moment in his career. The rising Nigerian singer shared how he rejected offers from heavyweight artists and music executives before signing with rapper Olamide’s YBNL Nation in 2018.


In an exclusive interview with Billboard News in Los Angeles, Fireboy discussed his musical journey. He delved into his passion for music, collaborations with notable artists like Blaqbonez, Jon Bellion, Jon Batiste, Jax Jones, and Madonna, and his standout collaboration with Ed Sheeran on the hit track “Peru.”

Fireboy also expressed his thoughts on the Grammys finally acknowledging Afrobeats. Beyond music, he revealed his love for football, his unique blend of Afrobeats and country music, and his admiration for Noah Kahan.


When asked about his choice to join YBNL Nation, Fireboy explained, “I rejected a couple of deals from big artists that wanted to sign me. But when Olamide came, I knew it was the right decision. And that process has really helped me in making decisions going forward.”

Following his signing, Fireboy DML released his debut album, “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps,” in the subsequent year. His journey continues to inspire aspiring artists, emphasizing the importance of staying true to one’s vision.

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