Nigerian artist Rudeboy also known as King Rudy is one of the most respected and influential entertainers in Africa. With a music career spanning over a decade, he has paved the way for a new generation of artists both as a part of music duo P-Square and as a solo act. Currently topping charts with his latest releases “Together” featuring Patoranking, “Somebody Baby” and “Reality”, the talented songwriter continues to pen some of Africa’s greatest hits and catchy tunes. He makes a debut on Coke Studio Africa 2019 alongside Kenyan hip-hop heavyweight Khaligraph Jones. The pair will be produced by Kenyan Magic Mike.
The singer, songwriter and producer signed to Rudeboy Records started his career as a member of the now defunct duo P-Square. He started his solo career in 2017 releasing two hugely successful singles: “Fire” and “Nkenji Keke”. In 2018, he released five singles including “Is Allowed” featuring Reminisce and “Together” with Patoranking. As part of P-Square, he dominated the music waves across Africa with hits such as “Personally”, “Alingo” and “Do Me” and also released six studio albums. The continental recognition brought forth several awards, among them: Artist of the Year at the Kora Awards (2010) and Best Group at the MTV Music Africa Awards (2009).
With a wide fan base around the world, Rudeboy began a hugely successful tour of Europe in July 2018 where he got to perform in 10 cities over a period of one month. He also toured and performed at sold out shows in the US and Rwanda. He was also a surprise act courtesy of Coke Studio Africa at the Koroga Festival (Kenya) in November, 2018. Rudeboy has worked with the likes of Akon, T.I, Diamond Platnumz and Timaya, among others.
Born Paul Okoye, Rudeboy grew up in Nigeria and attended St. Murumba secondary school. It is from here that he nurtured his musical talent by joining the school music and drama club and began singing, dancing and mimicking songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson alongside his twin brother Peter. He would later join an acapela quartet and then form a group called “Smooth Criminals” in 1997. The group disbanded two years later to pave way for P-Square—which will be remembered as one of Africa’s first pop star groups.