Douglas Jack Agu (born 19 August 1989), better known by his stage name Runtown, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and rap genres.

Biography

Runtown was born on 19 August 1989 in Enugu but grew up partly in Abuja and Lagos, where he finished his primary education. After the death of his father, he reportedly moved to Abuja with his mother who was working in the Ministry of Health.

In 2014 he released “Gallardo”, a song which features vocals from Davido and was released as the first single off his debut studio album Ghetto University. Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On 23 November 2015, Runtown released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University via MTN Music Plus through Eric Many Entertainment. The album generated over millions on naira on the music portal thus earning him a spot in the list of “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist”.

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On 4 November 2016, Runtown released the ballad “Mad Over You”, which charted at number 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart. Joey Akan from Pulse Nigeria described the song as a “self-produced track that draws inspiration from the Ghanaian Alkayida sound”. Runtown told The Fader magazine that the song was inspired by African beauty.

Runtown was featured in Fv Magazine alongside model Adonnis Bosso.

In 2014, there were reports in the media that Runtown wrote “Aye”. In an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, Runtown said, “A lot of people have been asking me that question. Davido has had a number of interviews where he addressed how the song came about. So if you want to learn more about Aye ask David or read his interviews”.

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Runtown’s contract with Eric Manny Entertainment expired in June 2018. He subsequently started his own label, Soundgod Music Group.

Notable awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Prize Result
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration of The Year Won
The Headies 2014 Next Rated Act Nominated
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pop Artiste Nominated
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Artiste of The Year Nominated
2017 Ghana Music Awards 2017 African Artiste Of The Year Won
2017 Soundcity Music MVP Awards 2017 Best Collaboration of The Year Won
Soundcity Music MVP Awards 2017 Viewers Choice Won
Soundcity Music MVP Awards 2017 Listeners Choice Nominated