About Weird MC
Weird MC (born Adesola Adesimbo Idowu on 1 January 1970) is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and producer. Known for her English/Yoruba lyrics, Weird MC - also known as Shola Idowu and The Rappatainer - is one of Africa's most popular female rappers, and one of the few Nigerian female artists associated with Afrobeat. Ogun-native Idowu was born in the United Kingdom to conservative parents who did not encourage her to go into showbusiness. She had her secondary school education in Nigeria, where she made friends with four other girls with whom she formed the hip-hop group Weirdos. Despite their popularity on the campus circuit, they failed to land a record deal, and soon disbanded, and Idowu gained admission into Ogun State University to study Law, but left after a year to focus on her music career, soon gaining a qualification in Music Technology; prior to this she had aspired to become a basketball player, but as the Nigerian Sports Commission did not fully support women in this field, Idowu moved back to England with the intention of emigrating to America to pursure her dream. Influenced by Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Queen Latifah and Jimi Hendrix, Idowu competed in various rap battles including Club 291 contest, similar to America's Apollo, in which she came third. After working with music producer Kevin Best for two months, Idowu released the single "I Wanna Make You Jack/Let's Get Wet", which received positive reviews from music critics and reached number one in the Choice FM charts. By now, Idowu had begun to use the name by which she is now known - Weird MC, which was coined from the name of her former group. In 1996, Idowu returned to her homeland where she released the album Simply Weird - a blend of American-style hip hop and Afrobeat - and featured the self-produced video-single "Allen Avenue", making her the first Nigerian artiste to release a song via that medium. Although Simply Weird has been described as the first ever full-length rap album, this milestone had been reached nearly a decade earlier by Nigerian/American band Sound on Sound with the album From Africa From Scratch, and Pidgin rap duo Junior and Pretty were also a household name in the early nineties. Despite the popularity of "Allen Avenue", Simply Weird failed to sell an impressive number of copies; critics agreed that it was ahead of its time. However, Idowu was honoured with several awards, including the very first AMEN award for Best Hip Hop Album.