Oluwatosin Ajibade (born 19 July 1991), better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties. He showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on “My Life”, a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape About to Blow in July 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the Efya-assisted single “Skin Tight”. His second mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos was released on 10 February 2017.
Mr Eazi released his 13-track debut mixtape About to Blow in July 2013. It produced two singles: “Pipi Dance” and “Bankulize”. The former was released in mid-2012, while the latter was released in 2013. Mr Eazi recorded the mixtape with producer Klu and released it within a week. The Fader magazine descrie mixtape as a “heavily dancehall-leaning SoundCloud playlist”. Prior to releasing the mixtape, Mr Eazi worked with producers such as Magnom, Peeweezle, Nshona, Klumonsta, D’Tunes, and E-Kelly. Moreover, he was featured on Stay Jay’s “Baby Lace” and Lousika’s “Knockout”. In 2014, Mr Eazi relocated to Nigeria. He was contacted by UK-based Ghanaian producer Juls, who got a hold of some of his recordings. Due to not being able to locate the audio files of his old recordings, Mr Eazi’s attempt at working with Juls stalled for a long time. Mr Eazi eventually retrieved his audio files and sent them to Juls, who made a new beat and created the artwork for the mixtape’s second single “Bankulize”. The song features vocals from Ghanaian hiplife artist Pappy Kojo and was released in November 2014. The official remix of “Bankulize” features Burna Boy and was released in September 2016. Mr Eazi premiered the remix on Ebro Darden‘s Beats 1 radio show a month earlier.
In August 2015, Mr Eazi released the dancehall-influenced track “Skin Tight”. It features guest vocals from Ghanaian singer Efya and was produced by DJ Juls. In an interview with Complex magazine, Mr Eazi described the song as a “fusion”. He said he spoke Ghanaian pidgin on the delivery and used Nigerian melodies. In August 2016, Nigerian record producer Cobhams Asuquo released a rendition of the song. DJ Caise released a house remix of the song in September 2016, while Terry G collaborated with Mr Eazi to release a remix of the song. In April 2017, “Skin Tight” was featured in an ad for the vodka brand Ciroc. Mr Eazi was featured on Eugy’s 2016 hit single “Dance for Me”. The Guardian newspaper included the song on its list of the 10 biggest African tracks of 2016. The music video for “Dance for Me” was directed by Vertex and Gabriella Kingsely. Robin Murray of Clash magazine described the song as a “salute to their joint Ghanaian heritage”. On 17 June 2016, Mr Eazi released the R&B-inspired “Anointing”, a song that features rap vocals from Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie. Mr Eazi first announced plans for the song in May 2016.