Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, known professionally as MohBad, was a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter born on 8 June 1996. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, he gained prominence in the Afrobeat and rap scenes. Best known for his hit singles like “Ponmo,” “Feel Good,” and “KPK (Ko Por Ke),” MohBad left an indelible mark on Nigerian music. He passed away on 12 September 2023 at the young age of 27.
Born in Lagos, MohBad’s early life largely remained private, with the spotlight shining on him primarily due to his musical talents.
Initial Success and Debut Album
MohBad’s journey in the music industry took off after he signed with Naira Marley’s Marlian Records. His debut album, Light, was released in the fourth quarter of 2020 and served as a follow-up to his viral hit “Ponmo,” which featured Naira Marley and Lil Kesh.
MohBad quickly gained recognition, securing three nominations for The Headies Awards in 2022 and five nominations at The Beatz Awards in 2021. His talents also earned him a place in Audiomack’s top 21 Afrobeat artists of 2021.
Chart Success and Second Album
His music not only resonated with fans but also charted on various platforms. In 2021, he peaked in the TurnTable charts top 50, and in 2022 he was in the top 100. His second album, Peace, produced by Rexxie, was released in 2022.
The Light EP, MohBad’s first extended play, was released after he inked a deal with Marlian Records World in 2019. The EP, executive-produced by Naira Marley, featured collaborations with industry giants like Davido, Naira Marley, and Lil Kesh.
In February 2022, MohBad was embroiled in a significant controversy when he was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) along with Zinoleesky and four others at their home in Lekki, Lagos. The arrest was for possession of illegal substances, including MDMA and cannabis.
Departure from Marlian Records
MohBad left Marlian Records in 2022, and shortly afterward, on 5 October 2022, accused his former boss Naira Marley of assault. According to MohBad, Naira Marley had ordered people to beat him up after MohBad expressed his desire to employ a different manager.
Personal Life and Death
MohBad was survived by his wife Wunmi and their son. He died on 12 September 2023 at the age of 27 after being treated for an infection.
- Light (2020)
- Feel Good (2021)
- Backside (2021)
- Weekend (2022)
- Tiff (2022)
- Peace (2022)
- Hallelujah (2022)
- Ronaldo (2022)
Awards and Nominations
- The Beatz Awards (2021): Five nominations
- Audiomack (2021): Top 21 Afrobeat artists of 2021
MohBad, a shining star in the Nigerian music scene, showcased his talent through various hit singles and albums in his short but impactful career. Despite the controversies and challenges he faced, his musical legacy remains significant in the Afrobeat and rap communities. The untimely death of MohBad is undoubtedly a loss for the music world, but his songs and influence will continue to resonate with fans for years to come.