Cruel Santino, whose real name is Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu, is a Nigerian alternative singer-songwriter, rapper, creative director, filmmaker, and music video director. He is a member of Monster Boys collective, with music producers Genio Bambino, and GMK. He is signed to Interscope Records, in partnership with Monster Boy, Love Renaissance and Warner Chappell Music.
Cruel Santino Early Life:
Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu, better known by his stage name Cruel Santino, is a Nigerian alternative singer-songwriter, rapper, creative director, filmmaker, and music video director. He was born in Lagos on June 3, 1992, and raised in Ikeja. He was a teenage drama coordinator in high school. After graduation, he participated in city-wide attention as a freestyle-rap prodigy.
His father was responsible for his music education, while growing up. He was introduced to Western music by his father, who played him a variety of genres, including ’90s R&B, alternative rock, and hip-hop. These influences would later shape his own musical style.
Cruel Santino Career:
Santino’s debut into the music scene was met with critical acclaim when he released his studio album Mandy & The Jungle, introducing the alté fashion, and music, into the mainstream, notably with his track “Rapid Fire”. The album was nominated for the Best Alternative Album at the 2020 All Africa Music Awards.
In 2021, Santino released his second studio album, Ungodly Hours. The album was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Apple Music Nigeria chart. It was also critically acclaimed, with The Guardian calling it “a bold and ambitious album that defies genre conventions”.
Santino is known for his experimental and genre-bending sound, which fuses elements of hip hop, pop, R&B, and electronic music. He is also known for his creative and visually striking music videos.
In addition to his music career, Santino is also a creative director and filmmaker. He has directed music videos for artists such as Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Tems. He has also directed short films and commercials.
Santino is one of the most exciting and innovative new artists to emerge from Nigeria in recent years. He is a boundary-pushing artist who is not afraid to experiment with new sounds and visuals. His music is a reflection of his unique personality and perspective, and it is sure to continue to evolve and surprise listeners in the years to come.
Cruel Santino Personal Life:
Cruel Santino (real name Osayaba Andrew Ize-Iyamu) is a private person and does not share much about his personal life. However, it is known that he is single and does not have any children. He is also a vegan and an advocate for animal rights.
Award And Nomination:
- Best Alternative Song for “Final Champion” (2023)
- Best Alternative Album for “Subaru Boys: Final Heaven” (2023)
- Cruel Santino Albums
- Mandy & The Jungle (2019)
- Subaru Boys: Final Heaven (2022)
- Cruel Santino EPs
- The Santi EP (2017)
- Cruel Santino Mixtapes
- Suzie’s Funeral (2016)
- Gangsta Fear (2016)
- Cruel Santino Singles
- “Rapid Fire” (2018)
- “Demon Hearts” (2019)
- “Diamonds Where You Been” (2019)
- “Matilda” (2022)
- “I Told Gus I’m Dreamin” (2022)
Cruel Santino Social Media:
- Instagram: @cruelsantino
- Twitter: @cruelsantino
- Facebook: @cruelsantinomusic
- TikTok: @cruelsantino
- YouTube: Cruel Santino
Cruel Santino Net Worth:
The net worth of Nigerian singer Cruel Santino is estimated to be around $1 million. He has made his fortune through his music career, which has seen him release two studio albums, “Mandy & The Jungle” (2019) and “Subaru Boys: Final Heaven” (2022), as well as a number of singles. He has also toured extensively, both in Nigeria and internationally.
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