Ladipo Eso, better known by his stage name Poe, is a Nigerian rapper and recording artist signed to Mavin Records.
After rising to prominence as an affiliate of rap duo Show Dem Camp, the Lagos-based emcee forged his solo path with fan favorites “Ko Ye Won” and “Gbe Sile”, before becoming a breakout star with hit single “Adore Her”.
Poe has been widely recognized for his flow and technical skill as a rapper, drawing comparisons to artists like J. Cole and Drake from fans and critics alike. His music is often marked by witty one-liners or punchlines, which he trademarked as “lifelines” for their depth and delivery.
Early on in his career, Poe became known for his lyrical prowess, as demonstrated on SDC’s hit single “Feel Alright,” which was nominated for Best Alternative Song of the Year (2013) at Nigeria’s foremost music award show, The Headies.
He followed with several noteworthy features and collaborations, including a standout verse on Falz’s “Marry Me,” which won the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Award for Best Collaboration, and on M.I.’s “All Fall Down” a year later – as one of only two featured artists on Nigeria’s most famous rapper’s final mixtape. He has worked with several of the best names in African music, including rappers Ice Prince and Reminisce, producers Juls, Ikon and Spax, and singers Seyi Shay and Niyola.
As an original member of The Collectiv3 Poe appeared on “The Collectiv3 LP”, the 2015 compilation highlighting the best of Nigeria’s alternative music scene. Alongside Show Dem Camp, Temi Dollface, Nsikak, and producers Ikon and Kid Konnect, Poe’s involvement in the project received international acclaim and rave reviews from media outlets such as The Fader, i-D Magazine and OkayAfrica.
Signing with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records signified a turning point in Poe’s career, but an even more significant one for the biggest record label in Africa – he became their first rap act.
As the newest addition to the Mavin roster, which includes superstar singers, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, Iyanya, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Di’ja and Korede Bello, Poe is set to take Nigerian music to the next level – one witty lifeline at a time.