April 9, 2022

How Olu Maintain Made The Perfect Comeback with “Yahoozee”

How Olu Maintain Made The Perfect Comeback with “Yahoozee”

After working his way up the music industry with his group Maintain from the late 90s to the mid-early 2000s, Olu Maintain found his group suddenly became defunct.

Due to the new music sounds emanating from the industry - thanks to 2Baba’s debut solo run and the return of D’banj and Don Jazzy, the music styling of Olu Maintain’s group at the time faded away.

In 2006, Olu Maintain made one of the biggest comebacks with the mega-hit single, “Yahoozee”, an ode to the lavish lifestyle of online fraudsters. Yahoozee became the template for some of the biggest songs dedicated to the opulent lifestyles in Nigeria today.

The subsequent album, his solo debut, aptly titled “Maintain Reloaded”, is a bag of hits and quintessential Nigerian Pop songs. With help and influence from legendary producer Puffy T and features from Pasuma Wonder, Konga, LKT and Lord of Ajasa, the album won multiple awards. 

If we are keeping it a buck, Maintain Reloaded ranks high up there with the classic Nigerian Pop albums from the 2000s like 9ice’s “Gongo Aso” and D’banj’s “The Entertainer”.