Tafari Friday ’20 and Layomi Oloritun ’20 Rap About Their High School Experiences

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Tafari Friday ’20 and Layomi Oloritun ’20 often use the music studio in the basement of Morse Hall to create their music.

Opening with piano chords and a chorus of different adlibs, the song “WeekDaze,” features Tafari Friday ’20 and Layomi Oloritun ’20 shooting rapid verses over sharp rhythms and a resounding bass. The song, written by Friday and Oloritun, can be found on SoundCloud under Friday’s account “Yung Fuego.”

Adaeze Izuegbunam ’20, a friend of Friday’s and Oloritun’s, said, “‘WeekDaze’ really just sums up part of the Andover experience. ‘Stress, mess, these tests’? Iconic. The chorus is just so catchy and relatable that you can’t help but jam out to it.”

Although both artists come from different backgrounds in expression, they have come together on campus to work and develop their music. They also plan on working together and releasing a collaboration project in the future.

“Tafari and I will mess around in the studio since we both like to make music. It’s not necessarily that we’re a group, but we’ll collab a lot. He’s a big reason that I got into making music and so we like to work together,” said Oloritun.

Friday began his musical career during his Lower year, incorporating more freestyle rap over a beat in his earlier songs. According to Friday, rapping allows him to be transparent with his words, and when he hears a beat, he already knows what he will rap about.

“I’m sort of a hip-hop guy, and I really love music. I started rapping in Lower year, and that’s when I made my first song. Looking back, it was trash, but everyone really liked it at the time, so I kept going from there, and I guess that’s where I’m at now,” said Friday.

After a year of writing lyrics, Friday has gained more experience in crafting rap songs, and he is working on multiple projects with many different people on campus.

“When I started that first song, all I could do was rap a verse over a beat because I had roots in freestyling before then, but I [have] learned how to make better hooks and better verses — the methodology of rap in general,” said Friday.

For Friday, making music not only serves as a creative outlet, but also allows him to properly communicate his feelings and emotions. Friday subsequently cites rappers Playboi Carti and Kyle as large inspirations, as both artists use the intonations and rhythms of their voices to convey their emotions — a habit that Friday heavily incorporates into his own music.

“When I go in the studio, I can sort of just do whatever I want. That barrier is gone. When I feel sad I can be sad through the music. When I feel happy, I can be happy through the music. So the ability to express myself better inspired me to do this,” said Friday.

Even though Oloritun’s musical career started more recently, he is just as excited for the future. Currently, he is working on collaborations with Friday, as well as his own album.

“Personally right now, I’m writing some stuff for an album that I plan to have come out called ‘On My Mind,’ which is just a collection of things in my mindspace that I just wanted to express. And since hip hop and music are things that I enjoy, I started working on this,” said Oloritun.

Oloritun first began writing poetry before he transitioned to applying his verses in song. Oloritun cites Friday, Michael Codrington ’18, and Amiri Tulloch ’18 as influences.

“I wrote poetry a lot before Andover and before I started rapping, and that evolved into speaking over instrumentals and me writing stuff that I could rap over a beat. I found people here who were into making music, and that’s how I got into it,” said Oloritun.

Like Friday, Oloritun uses his music to express his thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He emphasizes authenticity in his music and makes sure that his lyrics convey clear messages that stay true to his personal experiences.

“I focus on being consistent to who I am and to the way I live. There are a lot of rappers who talk about expensive cars and expensive jewelry, but I’m sixteen, and I don’t have that. So I talk about stuff that I know personally: partying, dances, and my relationships with people. [My music] comes out more authentic,” said Oloritun.