To many Omah Lay is the fast rising artist that sang You. To the ardent music fans he is an artist with a savoury debut body of work in Get Layd. In an interview with Cool FM he said that the title of the EP comes from ‘Lay’, the other half of his name. Get Layd is an unblemished offering to people, the totality or a large part of the Omah ‘Lay’ sound.
Born, Stanley Omah Didia, most Nigerians knew Omah Lay from the serenading anthem You but before all this he was a producer. This is not far-fetched as he was born into a family with deep music roots in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. His grandfather was a percussionist for the legendary Highlife singer Celestine Ukwu until his death in 1976. His Dad was also a drummer, he didn’t reach the heights of his father but he was a local hero. He claims that he ventured into singing to get revenge on ungrateful artists who he produced and wrote music for. Upon recording his first song it was met with praise from friends, as many of them saw him as just a producer and didn’t know he could sing. That moment proved to be the moment that stirred him away from just music production. A few have drawn comparisons between his sound and Ayo Jay but he claims to be operating from his own space although influenced by the likes of Drake and Wande Coal. He was featured on Soundcity’s Top 20 chart and he has also been tipped by Native Magazine on their March episode of ‘Fresh Meat’ as an artist to look out for in 2020.
The Afro-fusion artist claims that the Afro-beats movement has gone global but there is still a space that he has to fill for it to be complete. He has started on that road with the release of the sumptuous EP Get Layd. A body of work which announces the artist like an Undertaker procession, Hey folks, I am Omah Lay. Although it is just a 5-track EP it seems to be a handful. The tracks see the Port Harcourt born songbird play with different genres and show versatility on a large billboard. Get Layd is only a few weeks old but it has done wonders on Audiomack and Apple Music as all the tracks on the EP have gotten to the Top 10 on both platforms. The artist has clearly done enough to secure a place in the Rookie of the Year category at the Headies or even a Next Rated spot. He has been accepted by the Nigerian populace.
This writer opened the first door of Get Layd and met Damn; a boy who has a loving girlfriend who stays with him through his addictions and bad behavior. Damn in 3 sober minutes sings about all of this on a low-tempo instrumental purging his feelings and emotions. Damn loves Afro-R&B.
The second door was left ajar so I went in and met LoLo, another side of Omah Lay. LoLo is a happier, more confident boy who sings about what he can do to the same girl Damn was singing about. LoLo loves Hi-life.
Another door in the EP houses You, who depicts the infancy stage of Omah Lay’s love with the girl that has been the subject of the conversation. You’s mood is in the middle, he is neither sad like Damn nor riding on braggadocio like LoLo. He is just an innocent boy taking shots at his lover with love darts. You loves Afro-pop.
Bad Influence celebrates Omah Lay’s lover but not in a loud manner like You. He does this in a sober way much like Damn but unlike Damn he does not assert that he is an unworthy lover rather he asserts that he is a worthy lover intoxicated with love as he describes his lady as alcohol and as a result of too much alcohol intake he has a damaged liver and he is being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Bad influence appears to be a poet.
Ye Ye Ye rides on braggadocio like LoLo but he loves Trap and Indie fusion, King Perry and Fela Kuti as opposed to LoLo who loves Hi-life.
Top boy, Dj Spinall put Omah Lay on his recent song, Tonight. The artist claimed a track with Dj Spinall has been one of his dreams. He revealed that he was spamming the top notch Dj in 2018, sending him some of his produced beats and now he finally has a track with him and it is a dream come true.