The young and popular Runtown has been known by everyone who enjoys listening to contemporary Nigerian music. This musician is good at combining different styles, such as R&B, reggae, hip-hop, and rap, making his songs truly memorable. We bet his music has been stuck more than once in your head.
Runtown’s Life History
Whether you dance to Runtown’s groovy tunes often, enjoy watching his music videos and supporting him at the awards show, or have just heard one song at the shopping centre and thought it was a bit nice, you will consider the full life story of Runtown with lots of interesting facts about superstar. This is for you, if you like Runtown and his music!
Childhood and youthfull real name of Runtown is Douglas Jack Agu, and he was born on 19 August 1989. So, Runtown was 29 years of age. There are many people who are confused about where the musician really comes from. Douglas was probably born in the state of Enugu, so this is considered the state of origin of Runtown.
The popular singer, however, spent his entire childhood in Lagos, finishing primary school there, then moving to Abuja, and then returning to Enugu, where his family moved after his father’s death. His mother is a former health minister.
Runtown had an ambition to become a prosperous basketball player while he was younger. Life, nevertheless, had varying plans for him. He went on to attend St. Augustine’s Ezzamgbo Seminary after Douglas concluded his secondary education in Enugu. He was unable to finish his studies, but for his future, he had something else in mind.
He went to New York City on a tour, where he chosen to pursue his fashion industry career. He is currently studying at the Fashion Management Faculty of New York’s prestigious Fashion School of Technology.
Although Runtown lived sometimes in Abuja, he visited the state where he was born, Enugu State, regularly. This is where he and the musician Phyno met and became friends. Phyno and Runtown relocated to Lagos later, and there they joined forces on different projects.
These two competent young people were quite willing to start their professions in music, and Runtown was greatly inspired by Phyno to decide what he really wanted.
In 2007, after having released his debut single called “Runtown,” the singer’s professional life officially began. Soge produced this single. Runtown and his friend Phyno began their own record company a year later, which they dubbed ‘Penthauz Entertainment.’
Later, in 2012, on her song “High on You”, Jamaican-American performer Laza Morgan joined forces with Runtown, and it did fairly well in the Caribbean charts. The artist J. Martins also invited Runtown to partner up on his song called “Tonight” from the “Elevation” album.
Runtown never tend to forget about his colleague Phyno in the midst of differing duets with other artists; they recorded a song together, produced by Wizzy Pro, called “Anamachi Versace.”
Phyno, by the way, is not his only industry colleague; he is also on friendly terms with Timaya. Runtown conceded that his main influences from global music were Kanye West, Bob Marley and Sean Kingston, talking of his musical inspirations in an interview. In Runtown music, you can hear the bits which are inspired by these singers.
After he partnered with the Nigerian music giant Davido, nevertheless, real fame came to Runtown. Together, the two singers recorded the single “Gallardo” and it immediately became a big hit. January 2014 was when “Gallardo” came out and won several awards, including that of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Collaboration of the Year.
A music video was also provided for this song, which was made in Nigeria and directed by Clarence Peters. The video became a success as well, gaining thousands of Views on youtube.
“The performer signed a huge multi-million sponsorship deal with the label “Eric Manny Entertainment,” which was owned by Prince Okwudili Umenyiora, the Nigerian billionaire and CEO of Dilly Motors company, just a few months after the launch of “Gallardo. After that, Runtown’s career began to rise, and supporters and music enthusiasts recognized him.
Runtown launched the singles “Successful” and “Domot” under the Eric Manny Entertainment label. On radio channels, they both received constant airplay. “In the song “Emergency” by WizzyPro, Runtown went on to play along with singers such as Skales and Patoranking.
On November 23rd, 2015, Runtown’s debut album “Ghetto University” saw the light. There were a lot of guest stars on this album, such as Wizkid, Phyno, DJ Khaled, Anatii, and Uhuru.
In Nigeria, Runtown’s album made him even more famous, permitting him to be listed in the top 5 of the nation’s most popular artists. In general, Runtown made a great deal of profit from the album “Ghetto University” and showed all the music giants that a new star is rising.
Runtown was inactive for about a year after the success of his first album, later releasing the romantic ballad ‘Mad Over You’ in November 2016. On the Billboard Twitter chart, this song ranked 38th, and it was regarded positively by the critics. The composition was primarily inspired by the beauty of Africa, revealed by Runtown himself.
Controversies Of Runtown
Runtown was involved, like most Nigerian stars, in a few contentious stories. First of all, the media began speculating in 2014 that Runtown was behind the hit song “Aye” by Davido, which he supposedly wrote. In the interview, when Runtown was asked this question, he said people should listen to the interviews with Davido if they want to know how this song came to life.
His parting with Eric Manny Entertainment in 2016 was another controversy connected with Runtown. Without the label’s awareness, he was prevented from performing and recording songs, which exacerbated him to terminate his contract. fRuntown later mentioned in an interview that because of breach of his contract, life threats and extortion, he left his label.
Family Of Runtown
In the year 2015, the singer found the love of his life, model Selena Leath. During the making of the music video ‘Bend Down Pause’ in the United States, the two got to know one another. Selena has featured in different rap artists music videos, such as French Montana, 2Pistols, CeeLo Greene, and Slaughterhouse. August 1987 is her date of birth.
Runtown and Selena Leath are not yet married, but supporters are anxiously waiting, particularly as they are now parents. Their little boy, Zamar, was born in June 2017 in Los Angeles. To his parents, he means the entire world. On social networks, both Runtown and Selena Leath post amazing photos with their baby son, displaying his cute beautiful smile.
This was a Life Story of Runtown, who is prosperous and determined, loves his profession and always enthusiastically records new songs. We hope he’ll soon be releasing more of his danceable music.