CDQ biography

CDQ biography

The talented man we are going to talk today is a Nigerian rapper and a songwriter. CDQ is his stage name while his full name is Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf. This post provides some interesting fact from CDQ biography and career so far.

CDQ biography

CDQ background and education

Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf was born on the 6th of May 1985 in Orile, Lagos State, Nigeria. He is an indigene of Ilorin, Kwara State. Although he was born in Lagos, he spent his early years in Ilorin where he completed his secondary school education.

After secondary school, he moved back to Lagos and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. While he was on campus, he organized musical concerts which had the likes of the late Dagrin, Jesse Jagz, M.I, Wizkid, Dj Jimmy Jatt, etc included. He became famous around campus as a musician. This made it easy for him when he wanted to go into music fully after he graduated the university.

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CDQ and Masterkraft
CDQ with Masterkraft

Music career

CDQ began his music career as a backup singer for DaGrin. After that, he collaborated with M.I. At the 2012 Industry Night show which was held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, he won a rap battle contest which brought him into the limelight.

He continued to gain more applause and recognition as he was consistently giving top-notch performances at events and shows. After a series of top-class performances, Masterkraft gave him a recording contract with his label, General Records in 2013.

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CDQ Nigerian rapper

In 2014, he dropped his hit single titled ‘Indomie’. He featured Olamide in the first version of the song. He featured Davido in the remix of the song. The song was a hit, and it was nominated for two awards at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

The song also brought him a nomination for the Headies 2015 award for Best Street-Hop Artist. Since then, he has released various hit songs which are popular in Nigeria. On November 11, 2016, CDQ launched his own record label called No Struggle No Success Entertainment (N.SN.S)

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CDQ lighting up the stage


- Ogini featuring Runtown

- Indomie featuring Olamide

- Indomie (Remix) featuring Olamide and Davido.

- Salaro

- Talosobe

- Oobi featuring Cayana

- Woss Wobi (Freestyle) with Olamide

- Nowo E Soke featuring Wizkid

- First Come First Serve

- Make We Run? featuring Wizkid

- Ko Funny featuring Davido

- Say Baba

- Say Baba (Remix) featuring DJ Maphorisa

CDQ promo pic


- 2016 Nigeria Music Video Award for Best Afro Hip-Hop Video

- 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Award for Best Street-Hop Artiste

This is all we have on CDQ for now. If there is anything we can take from what we have seen, it is that there is still more to come from him.

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