Lanre Dabiri, also better known by his stage name Eldee, coined as eLDee, is a retired Nigerian-American rapper, singer, and record producer but now an IT Consultant based in the United States.
He was born on May 23, 1977. eLDee is originally from Lagos Island in Lagos State of Nigeria.
eLDee attended Command Children School, kaduna and Essence International School before relocating to Lagos for his higher education in 1994.
He obtained a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
His Music Career
eLDee began his music journey in 1998. He is rated one of the pioneers of the Afrobeats music genre.
In 1998, he started a band called Trybesmen which went on to be one of the music groups that popularized the fusion of Hip-hop, highlife, pop and traditional Afrobeat music. Trybesmen were a continental hit by the year 2000 with rappers KB and Freestyle.
He has made five solo albums and played a pivotal role in the shaping of the new music genre.
eLDee is associated with Sasha P, Yemi Alade, Chiddy Bang, Dr SID, Sticky Ya, Bongtur, M.I Abaga, Davido, Wizkid, Banky W, Sound Sultan and Sarz.
He has a number of albums to his credit, including:
• 2004: Long Time Coming
• 2006: Return of the King
• 2008: Big Boy
• 2010: Is It Your Money
• 2012: Undeniable
eLDee signed a total of 16 artistes to his Trybe Records label, and named the collaboration of all said artists Da Trybe. They produced the singles “Work it out” and “Oya” in 2002, and the album BIG Picture in 2005.
After moving to the United States in 2002, eLDee recorded a solo album titled Long Time Coming (2004). He followed it up with Return of the King (2006), which contains the single “I Go Yarn”.
“Return of the King” won “Best International Album” at the 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York City.
His subsequent albums are Big Boy (2008), originally titled Evolution, Is It your Money Vol.1 (2010) and Undeniable (2012) respectively.
eLDee has worked as an artist, producer, director and an interactive media consultant.
His Personal Life
eLDee has been happily married to his long-term friend, Dolapo Latinwo-Bello and together they have 2 daughters named Temi, and Toke. He has been based in Atlanta, USA since 2002.
His Net Worth
elDee is one of the richest and most influential Nigerian musicians with an estimated net worth of about $600,000 dollars.