CDQ (rapper)
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CDQ Rapper
Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf
Born (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 33)
Orile, Lagos State, Nigeria
rapper, songwriter, performer
LabelsNo Struggle No Success

Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf (born May 6, 1985), popularly known by his stage name CDQ, is a Nigerian indigenous hip-hop rapper and songwriter best known for his single "Nowo E Soke" featuring Wizkid and Masterkraft's Indomie where he was featured alongside Olamide.[1] While the former is instrumental for launching his career into the Nigerian music industry, the later won him his first career award at the 2016 Nigerian Music Video Awards. Signed to his label No Struggle No Success Entertainment, CDQ's repertoire of music includes rapping in Yoruba language with addition of ad-libs such as the popular "Woss Wobi" which he invented.[2]

Early life and education

He is a native of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria;[3] but was born in Orile, a suburb of Lagos. Upon moving back to Lagos State from Ilorin where he had completed his secondary school education, he proceeded to further his education at Lagos State University where he graduated with a B.Sc in Economics.[4]


CDQ started music professionally in 2008 when he used to be a back-up singer for Da Grin before he started rapping in English language with M.I.[4] In 2013, he signed a recording contract with Masterkraft's General Records after winning a rap battle at the weekly Industry Nite in December 2012.[5] In 2014, he released his breakthrough single titled "Indomie" which featured vocals from Olamide while the remix of the song featured Davido. The Masterkraft-produced song brought CDQ's career to limelight and further earned him two nomination spots at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and a nomination in the Best Street-Hop Artist category at The Headies 2015.

In anticipation of his debut studio album titled Quality, CDQ enlisted the service of Wizkid with whom he released "Nowo E Soke" as a lead single off the album. The music video for the song was directed by Unlimited L.A and went on to win the Best Afro Hip Hop Video category at the 2016 edition of the Nigeria Music Video Awards.[6][7] On 16 August 2016, he unveiled the cover art for the album[8] before it was released through General Records on 22 August to positive critical reviews.[9][10] On 11 November 2016, he launched his own record label N.S.N.S, a short-form for No Struggle No Success Entertainment.[11] On 1 Feb 2017, he dropped his first official single under the platform titled ' Say Baba ' which was produced by Jay Pizzle.[12]


Selected singles

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(featuring Runtown)
2014 Non-album singles
(featuring Olamide)
"Indomie (Remix)"
(featuring Olamide and Davido)
2015 Quality
(featuring Cayana)
"Woss Wobi (Freestyle)"
(with Olamide)
Non-album single
"Nowo E Soke"
(featuring Wizkid)
2016 Quality
"First Come First Serve" Non-album singles
"Make We Run?"[14]
(featuring Wizkid)
"Ko Funny"
(featuring Davido)
"Say Baba"
"Say Baba (Remix)"[15]
(featuring DJ Maphorisa)
"Bye Bye Povert"
"Warey yo" 2018

(featuring Kiss Daniel)

"Shey Normal"

(featuring Phyno and Reminisce)

"Fine Boyz"

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act to Watch Himself Nominated [16]
Best Collabo of The Year "Best Collabo of The Year" Nominated [16]
The Headies 2015 Best Street-Hop Artiste Himself Nominated
2016 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Rap Act of the Year Nominated
Soundcity MVP Awards 2016 Best Hip Hop Artist Nominated [17]
2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Afro Hip-Hop Video "Nowo E Soke" Won [18]
2017 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards Best Street-Hop Artiste Himself Won [19]
Next Superstar On The Roll Nominated [20]


  1. ^ Rotimi Agbana (29 April 2017). "CDQ names Wizkid, Davido kings of Nigerian music - Vanguard News". Vanguard. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Tofarati Ige (28 May 2017). "I make music for the streets -CDQ". The Punch. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Mutiat Alli; Abimbola Obatayo (6 January 2016). "CDQ: On career, fashion and collabos -- Daily Times Nigeria". Daily Times of Nigeria. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Helen, Ajomole (19 November 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: I Will Rather Remain Razz Than Being Posh And Broke- Famous Nigerian Artist". Naij. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "I wouldn't mind going down with Niyola - CDQ - Vanguard News". Vanguard. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Hassan Sanusi (16 December 2016). "2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards: See the full list of winners". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "CDQ to drop visuals for 'Nowo e soke' featuring Wizkid tomorrow - Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Top Website for News, Gossip, Comedy, Videos, Blogs, Events, Weddings, Nollywood, Celebs, Scoop and Games". 17 January 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Akan, Joey (17 August 2017). "CDQ: Rapper's "Quality" album cover is the worst you will see this year". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: CDQ - "Quality"". tooXclusive. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Album Review: CDQ - Quality -". Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "CDQ Unveils New Record Label N.S.N.S + Promo Photos". tooXclusive. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Solanke, Abiola. "CDQ drops another jam for the streets titled "Say baba'". Retrieved .
  13. ^ "DOWNLOAD: CDQ - "Salaro" (Prod. by Masterkraft) - Latest Nigerian Song". Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "MUSIC: CDQ X Wizkid - Make We Run (Prod. By Del B) -". Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "cdq ropes in dj maphorisa for the "say baba" remix". MTV Base. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Full Winners List @ The Nigerian Entertainment Awards #NEA2015". NotJustOk. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ Johnson, Ayodele. "Soundcity MVP Awards 2016: See full list of winners". Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards: See the full list of winners". 16 December 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Full List Of Winners At The 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards". 18 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards 2017 nominees list:, Sarkodie, others nominated". 19 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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