Krayola, whose real name is Ola Akintan, was born and raised in Ogba, Lagos, and moved to Canada after secondary school. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Liberal Arts, focusing mainly on religious studies. His biggest musical influences are Fela, Notorious BIG, Redman, Andre3000 of OutKast., and Jay-Z. Rapping in pidgin, he tries to make music that he hopes can easily be understood by majority of the Nigerian population. Avoiding over-elaborate lyricism, which he feels does not make for effective communication with his target audience, he has a simple and direct style, definitely knows how to ride a beat, and is a great storyteller. Having not returned home in about ten years, he is planning a trip back this Christmas, and is looking forward to being a part of the Naija music scene.
Here are his first 2 singles “E Gba Mi O” and “Shake That (Money Maker)“ both produced by, and featuring Canadian producer and singer/songwriter Jay Evans. Krayola is currently working on a mix-tape titled “Down-lowd” which is scheduled for release early 2011. He is also working on another mix-tape for release in the Canadian market later next year. Expect more from this upcoming artist who promises to bring something different and exciting to the Naija rap game.