eLDee, is a Nigerian American rapper, record producer and architect. “Lanre” is a diminutive for the Yoruba name “Olanrewaju” (meaning “My wealth is the future”). eLDee studied Architecture at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an original member of the band Trybesmen, which was started in 1998 with rappers KB and Freestyle. He has been based in Atlanta, USA since 2002.
After moving to the United States in 2002, eLDee recorded a solo album titled Long Time Coming and followed up with Return of the King in 2006. The latter album earned various nominations and awards for both videos and songs, including the Nigerian Entertainment Award for “Best International Album”. In 2012 he released some hit songs like, Today Today and Wash Wash. Eldee raps in his native Yourba in most of his songs.
His songs include “I go yarn”, “Champion”, “African Chiquito” and “Bosi Gbangba”. eLDee has produced and directed numerous videos both for Nigerian and international artists.
eLDee’s record label Trybe Records developed artists such as Sasha, who won the Kora’s Most Promising Artist Award in 2004, 2Shots, Trybesmen, eLDee, Lequse, olaDele, Timi, Proto and Sid.
eLDee came up with a collaboration of all the artists on the record label and named them Da Trybe. They produced singles “Work it out” and “Oya” in 2002, and the album BIG Picture in 2005.
Birth Name: Lanre Dabiri
Born: May 23, 1977