Michael Adebayo Olayinka (born 23 September 1999), popularly known as ruger, is a Nigerian Afrobeats musician and songwriter. He rose to fame from his hit breaking song ‘Bounce‘, while gaining worldly recognition ruger signed a record deal in 2021 with D'Prince “Jonzing World record” for a publishing and distribution deal with Columbia Records, and Sony Music Entertainment, U.K division. On 4 March 2021, he released his debut EP Pandemic.
“Bounce“, became a major hit song from Pandemic EP, and debuted at number 39 on the Top 50 chart Nigeria, and was listed at number 20 on the TurnTable End of the Year chart and number 2 on the Apple Music top Afrobeats songs. On 26 November 2021, he released his second EP, titled The Second Wave, with “Dior” as the lead single, which debuted number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart. The song later peaked at number one in Nigeria, Gambia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Madagascar.
ruger described his music as Afrodancehall (a fusion of Afrobeats with dancehall elements).
Nigerian singer ‘ruger‘ was nominated for the Best New Artiste award at the 2023 Soundcity MVP Awards. The award ceremony was held on February 11, 2023, at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.