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O.P.U is a Hip Hop Artist hailing from Uganda in East Africa. He was born in 1988 in a family of 8 children and happens to be the last born. His father was a high court judge and mother was a nurse and is currently a private business woman. His father was from Koboko and mother from Arua. O.P.U attended Safari Kindergarten, and then went to East Kololo Primary School for his Primary Education. For his high school he went to St. Lawrence Citizens’ High School then finally to Uganda Christian University where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration. During his time at school he was a head boy a record 3 times.
O.P.U’s interest in music showed at an early age as he started writing songs as early as 11 years old. He was strongly influenced by music shows like Jam agenda and the music Channel MCM, a channel he would watch late into the night. His early influences were Backstreet boys, NSYNC, BoyZone, 5ive before being introduced to hip hop music.
It all started when his elder sister gave him a tape of Mase’s “DOUBLE UP” album, after that, there was no looking back as O.P.U started his own Hip Hop music collection of rappers like Bow wow, Snoop, Eminem, 2pac, Notorious BIG, Mase, Puff Daddy etc. He was an active member of his high school drama club and mimed several songs during his time at school.
Professionally the first time O.P.U ever stepped into a recording studio was 2009 at Muddy Boot Studios. His first song was called “Put Yo Hands Up” produced by beat maker Mupe. The song did not do well and was actually rejected by a leading radio station as “an incomplete song”. As a result O.P.U went back to the drawing board, he recorded several tracks but released non till late 2010 when SMILE OF A CHILD with ENYGMA and NAVVA GREY got on radio.
O.P.U has worked with several hip hop stars in Uganda like ENYGMA, KEKO, JT, NAVVA GREY, BLACK REIGN, HARDCORE PRINCE, LETHAL, TBRO, SULFURIC, LYRIKAL PROOF, and TRIGGA among others.
He is currently managed and promoted under his own label O*NATION.