In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career, and net worth of a fast-rising Nigerian singer Ruger.
Michael Adebayo professionally known as “Ruger” was born in the year 1999, he is a Nigerian Afrobeat singer and songwriter.
Ruger came into lime-light 2021 after he signed a record deal with D’Prince “Jonzing world record” with a publishing and distribution deal with Columbia Records, and Sony Music Entertainment, U.K division. On 4 March 2021, he released his debut EP Pandemic.
He is the latest signing to Jonzing World Record label. Ruger’s signing is different from that of Rema’s and has no affiliations with Mavins Records.
Ruger who was formerly known as Mikki Drey is another major signing for Jonzing world records after that of Rema’s.
He hails from Lagos State, Nigeria, and was born & raised in his state of origin, Lagos.
He is from the humble and respectable Adebayo family, he is the only son of the family.
He is currently single, not married but this is bound to change very soon.
In recent interview with Max FM where he was asked a question about his eyes being blind, Ruger is not blind; he said he is doing it to respect someone, pressuring the singer to explain more said saying it or even talking about it is disrespecting that person already.
Ruger obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African School Certificate from reputable primary and secondary schools in Lagos.
He is currently an undergraduate at a high-ranking university in South West Nigeria.
Michael started music at a very tender age, and was a member of his school music band as a teenager and also a member of his church choir.
He began composing songs and perform at shows and school functions. After he was discovered by D’Prince, he was named “Ruger” by D’Prince himself.
In January 2021, D’Prince announced the signing of Ruger to Jonzing World and Sony Music Entertainment UK, in a joint venture with Columbia Records.
He was introduced to the public by D’Prince, following the release of “One Shirt”, with Rema. On 19 February 2021, he released Ruger, a self-titled single off his first EP project, titled PANDEMIC.
Pandemic was certified “Platinum in Sub-Saharan Africa” He achieved mainstream recognition with the release of his debut extended play and its hit track “Bounce”, which became his major hit, with over 45 million views on youtube music video and had reached number one on Apple Music in Nigeria, and other African countries.
Also, number 2 most shazam songs of 2021 Nigeria and Number 3 Apple music top songs 2021. He also peaked number 1 top rising artiste on Boomplay 2021.
On 19 November 2021, he released his second extended play titled The Second Wave, solely produced by Kukbeatz.
Which was led by “Dior” from the EP, becoming the first to peak number 1 song in Nigeria 2022, alongside Gambia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and other African countries). “Dior” also peaked number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart.
2021 AFRIMMA (African Muzik Magazine Awards) nominated RUGER for Best New Comer 2021 AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) nominated Ruger for Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall and Most Promising African Artiste of the year.
AEAUSA (African Entertainment Awards USA) nominated Ruger for Best New Artist and Best Reggae or Dancehall Act of the year award.
RUGER was listed among the 22 Musicians Set to Rule 2022 by Vogue Magazine UK.
On 17 June 2022, he adds three songs (Girlfriend, WeWe, Warning) to the previous project titled The Second Wave Deluxe, all produced by Kukbeatz.
In August 2021 RUGER signed a massive Entertainment Residency Endorsement Deal with Eko Hotel.
In March 2022 RUGER was unveiled as brand ambassador for Tiger Beer.
In a short time, Ruger has gathered a large number of followers on Instagram. He has over 18.7k followers on his page.
Michael Adebayo is an upcoming Afrobeats singer and songwriter. has an estimated net worth of $100,000-$350,000.