Oniyide Azeez, also known as Zinoleesky on stage, is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, stage performer, and recording artist. In 2017, he rose to prominence after his freestyle rap videos went viral on the internet. In 2019, he signed with Marlian Music and released Chrome, a commercially successful Extended Play.
Early Life and Education
Zinoleesky, real name Oniyide Azeez, was born on November 21, 1995 in Lagos State but is originally from Ogun State in Nigeria. He was born in Lagos’s Mainland district and spent his formative years in Agege Local Government Area. For his elementary school education, he attended Lively Kiddies Nursery and Primary School. He graduated from the institution with his First School Leaving Certificate.
He received his high school education at the government-owned Agege Boys Secondary School in Lagos and received good grades in his Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE); however, details about his post-secondary education are unknown at this time.
Zinoleesky was an active musician in high school. He was well-known among his classmates for his freestyle rap songs. Furthermore, he regularly performed at school events and competed in various talent shows in Lagos. After graduating from high school, he decided to pursue a professional music career. He began visiting local studios to record songs he had written at home. He quickly rose to prominence in the Agege Music Community and was frequently invited to perform at city events.
Zinoleesky’s music career apparently took off after Kizz Daniel followed him on Instagram just seconds after he posted an Instagram video of one of his raps. Zinoleesky’s fortunes finally turned around, and he began to receive collaboration requests from established acts. In 2019, he was offered a record deal by Davido’s DMW label. However, he declined the offer and chose to work as an independent artist for the time being. Zinoleesky was eventually signed to Marlian Music by Naira Marley in January 2020, alongside Mohbad, Fabian, and Cblack.
Zinoleesky began recording and posting freestyle rap videos on social media to help his career grow. In most cases, he would rap to popular song instrumentals or do covers of popular country singles. He gradually grew an audience on social media, as many fans of Afrobeat and Street Pop music praised his work. As the weeks passed, Zinoleesky established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the underground rap community, with the majority of his rap videos going viral and generating massive engagement on the social media app – Instagram. In a short period of time, the young Agege artiste had amassed a sizable fan base.
Zinoleesky, who came from a middle-class family, now resides in a posh apartment house in Lekki and owns two exotic cars.
Zinoleesky is rumoured to be in a relationship with Shubomi Fashola, Naira Marley‘s sister. The duo were seen kissing in a video that surfaced online some months back.
The singer, Zinoleesky who is known for calling himself “Show Killer” and “Problem Child“, was arrested alongside Mohbad by the NDLEA for possessing illegal drug substances. The arrest was made in February 2022, and the artists were released after days in detention.
Rumours were flying all over the internet that Zinoleesky and Lil Frosh were called up for a record label deal by AMW and DMW, AMW owned by Davido’s Personal Assistant (PA), Aloma, and DMW owned by Davido himself. The two talented musical artists Lil Frosh and Zinoleesky were called up for a million naira record label deal. We gathered that Lil Frosh accepted the deal and immediately signed the papers, which was followed up with Davido and Aloma announcing him on their Instagram pages as their newly signed artist.
In 2023, Zinoleesky’s (Marlian Music) US tour was canceled by the performance promoter.
In September, Zinoleesky was scheduled to perform in ten cities around the United States.
The concert cancellation could be linked to the ongoing dispute surrounding Mohbad’s death, which occurred in 2023.
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Awards & Nominations
In 2022, Zinoleesky was nominated for the Next Rated Artiste category at The Headies awards.
The Street Popstar Zinoleesky is a notable face at music shows and events held in Africa and Europe. He has made a lot of money off his music career. He is currently estimated to be worth US$300,000