Adedamola Adefolahan, better known as Fireboy DML, is a Nigerian artist who was born on February 5, 1996. He is a part of the Olamide-founded record label YBNL Nation, which is based in Nigeria. His debut studio album, Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps, was released in 2019. He won the Listener’s Choice Award and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival for “Jealous.”
Before being re-released on March 25th, 2019, his breakout song “Jealous” previously debuted on the collaborative album YBNL Mafia Family (2018) by YBNL Nation. The song’s guitar riffs, traditional drums, and percussion are accompanied by African harmonies and elements of country and soul music. “Jealous,” written and produced by Cracker Mallo, is about love and all of the feelings that go along with it. The “Jealous” music video’s visuals were overseen by director K.
The swoon-worthy track “What If I Say” by Fireboy DML was released on June 14. A combination of percussion, ambient synth harmonies, and a drum riff were used in the production by Pheelz. The music video for “What If I Say” was directed by TG Omori. The second song from Fireboy DML, “King,” which he published on August 1st, is a declaration of value to a potential love interest. TG Omori directed the music video for “King,” which features footage of Fireboy and his love interest riding in a Rolls-Royce that has been decorated with rose petals as well as images of him performing at a runway fashion show.
Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps
On November 29, 2019, Fireboy DML released his first studio album, Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps. Release day was previously set for November 25. The music on the CD is an R&B style that combines empirical composition with themes of love and societal issues. LTG has 13 tracks and no guest artists; three days after its debut, it received more than 6 million Spotify streams. Music critics gave it largely favorable reviews, however they criticized it for being called a “Afro-Life” record rather than an R&B album. The previously released singles “Jealous,” “What If I Say,” and “King” served as LTG’s foundation. The song “Vibration” was a favorite of the audience.
The tracklist for Fireboy’s follow-up album, Apollo, was made public on August 17, 2020.
Pitchfork described Apollo as “the peak of his vision so far, a melodious, detailed, and effortless album of feel-good pop and R&B” and awarded it an 8.3 out of 10 rating. His urge to be himself and all those like him, spinning personal and borrowed narratives of existential crisis, ambition, love, lust, and depression, is at the core of his writing, according to NotJustOk.
The song “Peru,” which Fireboy DML released in 2021, “affirms [his] Afrobeats intelligence,” according to Music in Africa. He appeared on the singles “Be My Guest,” “History,” and “Running,” all by Ladipoe, WSTRN, and Cheque.
He made a musical cameo appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed a medley of the songs “Vibration” from Tears, Laughter, and Goosebumps and “Champion” from Apollo.
A rendition of Peru featuring Ed Sheeran was released on December 24, 2021. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the United States and peaked at number 2 on the Official Singles list in the United Kingdom in 2022.
Fireboy appeared on the Sickick remix of Madonna’s 1998 song “Frozen” on March 3, 2022. On the same day, the official music video was also shot.
Fireboy revealed on his official Twitter account on July 6th, 2022, that his third studio album, “PLAYBOY,” would be released on August 5th.
According to Fireboy DML, who refers to his aesthetic as “Afro-Life,” he writes songs that his audience can relate to. His sound was described as “slow-groove pop” by Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork, who added that it “tells stories about love with the formulaic structure of a Hallmark Christmas romance.”
He has listed Wande Coal, Passenger, and Jon Bellion as his three main contemporary influences.
As a result of FC Bayern Munich using his song “Champion” for their UEFA Super Cup celebrations in 2020, Fireboy DML gained media exposure in Nigeria.The soundtrack for FIFA 21 features his song “Scatter” from his debut album Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps.
The song “Coming Back to You” by Fireboy DML was featured on the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November 2022.