CDQ Biography – Age, Net Worth, Latest Music & Awards

REAL NAME: Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE: May 6, 1985 [32 years old]
NET WORTH 2017 : His estimated net worth is around $400 000 USD
OCCUPATION: rapper, songwriter, performer
RECORD LABEL(S): Former [General Records 323 Entertainment Record] No Struggle No Success

Born Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf but widely known by his stage name CDQ, is a Nigerian indigenous rapper and songwriter who rose to fame after the release of his hit singles  “Indomie” and “Nowo E Soke”. He has also released several other banging hits and won couple of awards including the “2016 Nigerian Music Video Awards” and “Best Street-Hop Artiste at 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards”. CDQ is currently signed into his own record label “No Struggle No Success Entertainment” and his repertoire of music includes ditching out rap in Yoruba language with addition of ad-libs such as the popular “Woss Wobi” which he invented. CDQ recently turn down Davido who offer to sign him to his DMW Records .

Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf who is popularly known as CDQ in a recent chat with Sunday Scoop revealed interesting things you didn’t know. Read them after the jump.

CDQ, who now owns a record company, No Struggle No Success, admitted that it had not been a jolly ride since he left Masterkraft’s General Records.

He stated, “Being a solo artiste has been good, but I will not say it has been rosy all through. But when I make N100, I know all the money is for me alone and I can decide what to do with it. When I was with a record company, it was a different ball game. Once I made N100, they would keep N70 to themselves.

“I was so close to MasterKraft before I got signed on to General Records. There is General Records on one side and Mastercraft on the other side. The two are different entities.

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“For people who believe I left General Records so soon, they may need to check what I have been able to achieve as a solo artiste and what I did while I was with the label. They don’t really know what is happening but at the end of the day, I am still part of my former label. We are a small family and I didn’t just leave abruptly; we had an understanding before I left.”

On why he turned down Davido at a time, CDQ said he was already signed on to another company.

“If I had taken up Davido’s offer, I think I would have done better for myself, but you have to think of other things too. It may have affected my music career as well because he is an artiste like me and he has a career to keep. Davido is a great person. Despite his success, whenever we are together, he is still humble,” he said.

Early Life, Background, Childhood And Education

Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf aka CDQ was born May 6, 1985 in Orile, a suburb of Lagos. The indigenous hip-hop rapper and songwriter is a native of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He had his first taste of education in Ilorin, after completing his secondary school education, he proceeded to further his education at Lagos State University where he graduated with a B.Sc in Economics. After rounding up his basic and university education, he dived into music in 2002 and organize his first concert while in school with the presence of the likes of the late Dagrin, M.I, Jesse Jagz, Dj Jimmy Jatt and Wizkid.

He decided to pursue his music career after winning the rap battle at the popular Industry night Show in Dec, 2012 at the Oriental Hotel, in Lagos and that was how he started getting attention. He continued to persist in his career as he always delivered top-notch performance at show and events before gracing a record deal with by Masterkraft to his record label “General Records”.

CDQ released his debut single “SAULA” in May 2013 , a song produced by his mentor Masterkraft. “SAULA” was well received , accepted and well rated by music critics and it also enjoyed massive airwaves . From that point , the indigenous rapper went on to release different singles like WObi, Bizness featuring Masterkraft, Olowo, Amen in support of #BRINGBACKOURGIRLZ movement.

CDQ constistency has brought him so far as well as keeping his name relevant right from the point of his career inception to this very moment. He recently released a single titled “OGINI” featuring Runtown the Gallardo crooner . The video for “OGINI” has been released and it was shoot by one of the best Nigerian music video director “Patrick Ellis”. He has also released another “Gbemisaya” featuring Skales , produced by his in-house label producer, Masterkraft.

In a chat with  dailymail, when asked “How did you come about the name CDQ?, he said;

When I was in secondary school, I was one of the social directors then and I was so familiar and close to the Abokis so they said every artiste do have a stage name, so let’s create one for you. My name CDQ was carved out from my name Sodiq and along the line when I met Banky W, because he happened to be the patron in the music industry, so he gave full meaning of the name. He said when you go to the market to purchase a CD in the olden days and the music in the CD is good, you will say the CD is quality. So CDQ also means CD quality at the same time.

Music Career And Shot To Stardom

Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf who preferred to be seen as CDQ officially started his music career far back in the year 2008 , he has been into the music business for donkey years but rose to fame at the eleventh hour . He officially started his career as a back-up singer for Da Grin before he started rapping in English language with M.I Abaga. His career got a boost in 2013 after signing a record deal with Masterkraft’s General Records after winning a rap battle at the weekly Industry Nite in December 2012. He gained massive recognition after the release of his hottest single “Indomie” which featured vocals from Olamide while the remix of the song featured Davido Adeleke.

“Indomie” was produced by his in-house label producer, Masterkraft and it propelled him into limelight and further earned him two nomination spots at the “2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards” and a nomination in the “Best Street-Hop Artist category at The Headies 2015”. He featured Star Boy Wizkid on “Nowo E Soke” which is the lead single in his debut studio album titled “Quality”. Soon after, he went on to release the music video for the song and it was directed by Unlimited L.A. The video went on to win the Best Afro Hip Hop Video category at the 2016 edition of the “Nigeria Music Video Awards”.

The top Nigerian rapper unveiled the cover art for the album on the16 of August 2016 and it was released through the imprint of General Records on 22 August , the highly anticipated album scored a pass mark according to review. He left General Records after sometime to found his own record label N.S.N.S, a short-form for “No Struggle No Success Entertainment”. According to the rapper, he is tired of sharing his income with record bosses that was the reason behind the creating his own label.

CDQ said he is not interested in any other genre of music apart from hip-hop and rap. He also revealed he took Mastercraft as his mentor after he signed him to record label, General records. His hobbies are cooking, writing and traveling. Tiwa Savage’s husband, Tee Billz signed CDQ to the 323 Entertainment record label before he founded his own record label No Struggle No Success Entertainment .

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We know you as CDQ what are your real names?

My Names Are Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf

Briefly Tell us about your childhood background

I was a very quiet boy. it was not fun. i was seen alone..i merely keep friends but Thank God, am a changed man now.

How and when did you discover your music talent?

From a really younger age I’ve always loved music. As I grew on I found myself interested in music. i love rap.. sometimes when am lonely, i rap and people think i have mental

Who and what inspired you to music?

I really can’t tell, I guess I’m inspired by good songs I hear and that’s why I listen to a wide variety of music no matter the genre and most times everything I’ve listened to tends to rearrange in my subconscious to gives birth to a new tune/sound. i went into music as far back as 2002. On 7th of May, 2009, i organize my first concert while in school with the late Dagrin who was in attendance, so also were M.I, Jesse Jagz, Dj Jimmy Jatt and Wizkid.

How was the experience like working with the likes of Skales, Olamide and runtown?

It was fun. Runtown is my nigga! he gave me my hit song ” Ogini “…Olamide Baddo never joke when he is in the studio. he is a hardworking person. Skales on the other-hand supported good music..

What’s your relationship with Masterkraft?

He’s like a brother, father and friend to me; he’s my inspiration.

What is your source of inspiration?

God and good music

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?

The best thing that ever happened to me was when i was hosted by Akon In His House..i was feeling like a king lol.

What are your hobbies?

cooking, writing, traveling

Are you in relationship?


What are Your future plans?

To make good music and make my fans proud of me and also looking forward to work with international acts like Future, Drake, Akon….#Wosssss!

Awards And Nominations

  • Nominated for Best New Act to Watch and Best Collabo of The Year at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards ( “Best Collabo of The Year”)
  • Nominated for Best Street-Hop Artiste at The Headies 2015
  • Nominated for Rap Act of the Year at 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
  • Nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist at Soundcity MVP Awards 2016
  • Nominated for Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards( “Nowo E Soke”)
  • Nominated for Next Superstar On The Roll at 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards
  • Won Best Street-Hop Artiste at 2017 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards and
  • Also won Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at 2016 Nigeria Music Video Awards

CDQ: Selected Singles

  • “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)

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