[L]agos is the capital of pop culture right now. From afrobeats artists owning the charts, to Naomi Campbell flying in for Arise Fashion Week, the sound and style credentials of this vibrant city can no longer be ignored.
The first Nigerian artist to top the charts in 20 countries, Runtown first came to our attention via ‘Gallardo’ – his 2014 collaboration with Davido. His extraordinary drive has seen him work with the likes of DJ Khaled, Wizkid and Major Lazer over the past few years. Defying easy categorisation, the Lagos-born musician created a sound that’s truly global– blending afrobeats, soca and hip-hop influences.
Equally at home on stage at Barbados’ Cropover Festival as he is collaborating with US hip-hop artists, Runtown is part of a new generation of artists breaking down borders in music and culture. He also has one foot in the fashion world – having started his own brand and studied fashion management in NYC.
We caught up with him to talk dreaming big, living in America and the importance of remembering where you came from.