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April 17, 2017

Man Crush Monday: Runtown

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Written by: Nesiama Esther
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Douglas Jack Agu, better known by his stage name Runtown, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. He has a diverse musical style mix of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and rap. After moving to Lagos from Enugu State with Phyno in 2007, he started doing underground collaborations with artists like J-Martins and Timaya.
In 2008, he partnered with Phyno to form a record label called Penthauz during which he released his first two singles: “Party Like It’s 1980” and “Activity Pikin”. He collaborated with Davido on his song “Gallardo”, which brought him more attention as it won Best Collaboration of The Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He later released the video which got over 418,000 views on YouTube in its first 2 months.

Runtown’s career took flight after he signed a recording contract with Eric-Manny Entertainment through his friend, releasing “Successful” and “Domot”, both of which received massive airplay. Runtown was featured on WizzyPro’s “Emergency” song, which also featured vocals from Skales and Patoranking. In 2015, Runtown released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University. The album featured guest appearances from DJ Khaled, Phyno, Wizkid, Uhuru and Anatii, getting him listed on the “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist” in Nigeria, generating over ₦35 million turn over on MTN Music Plus.

In November 2016, Runtown released the love-themed ballad “Mad Over You”, which charted at number 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart. The self-produced track clearly drew inspiration from the Ghanaian Alkayida sound. Runtown told The Fader magazine that the song was inspired by  an African beauty.

Runtown has proven over time that he is one of the most achieved young and budding musicians in Nigeria. He puts his addicitive beats and beautiful voice to good use and always finds a way to keep his fans entertained. We admire his talent and passion for making good music and can only hope that he keeps growing.



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