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Keshinro Ololade (born March 17, 1994), known professionally as Lil Kesh, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter. He is one of the biggest and most influential artists in Africa. He rose to fame after releasing the hit single “Shoki”
Lil Kesh was born and raised in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos State.
Lil Kesh career in music began in 2012 when he rapped among his colleagues in Bariga. He released “Lyrically”, a single which became popular at universities in Nigeria. In 2015, he was nominated for Best New Act at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. As a recording artist affiliated with YBNL Nation, Lil Kesh has established his own record label YAGI Records (an acronym for “Young And Getting It”) and is managed by Massive Management.
Lil Kesh is now based in the city of Lekki. Back in May 2017, the artiste advised his colleagues that credibility and originality is all they need to get to the top.
The versatility and musical style of Lil Kesh is similar to that of Olamide, who raps and sings in his local dialect. However, he was criticized for using too much profanity and for failing to find the right balance in his songs’ lyrics.
In an interview with Naij, he said, “they are singles not an album, I know the kind of market am directing my songs to, I am from the streets, I know what the people from the street want to listen to…they should wait for my album that is expected to drop towards the end of the year. I have very positive songs”
Victor professionally known as Viktoh is a Nigeria musician, He was born in Edo State Of Nigeria, on 29 June 1991, Making him 29 years old as of the time of making this post.
Viktoh grew up in Benin where he completed his primary and secondary school education, and obtains his first school leaving certificate and his West African Senior School Certificate respectively.
Viktoh has a great distinctive feature that sets it apart from other talented artists, singers and musicians: it has a unique style. He has his ways and his ideas about how music should be
Oladipo Olamide Emmanuel (born 13 September 1993), known professionally as Chinko Ekun, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter. He is a graduate of Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University.
Chinko Ekun was born in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, into a family of three, where he is the second child. He is a native of Ikare, Ondo State, Nigeria
At the age of 7, Chinko Ekun started developing passion for music. During his first year in the university, he picked interest in commercial and rap music. Chinko Ekun officially started his musical career in 2011, posting videos of his freestyles on Instagram.
In 2013, he released “Ekun” as his first official track. In 2014, Chinko Ekun featured in Olamide’s Street OT music album, on tracks “100 To Million”, “Bang” and “Usian Bolt”. He appeared on Olamide Live In Concert (OLIC) 2014, where he did freestyle performance.
Chinko Ekun sings in English, Pidgin and Yoruba, focusing solely on hip hop music. His name “Chinko Ekun” was coined from two words “Chinko” and “Ekun”. “Chinko”, because he was told that he looked like a Chinese during his time in the university and “Ekun”, because it is his first official track.
In 2015, Chinko Ekun joined Olamide’s YBNL Nation. He released his first official singles titled “Alejo Oran” and “Emi Na Re” through YBNL Nation on 25 February 2015. Barely a year later, he exited the record label after his contract expired, alongside fellow label mates Adekunle Gold and Viktoh. In 2017, he joined Dek-Niyor Entertainment, a Dubai based record label.
On 13 September 2018, he released a song titled “Able God” featuring Zlatan and Lil Kesh. The song earned him his first Headies award as “Best Street Hop Artiste” at The Headies 2019. The song received the nomination of “Popular Song of the Year” at the 2019 City People Music Awards. It won “Street Song of the Year” at the 2019 City People Music Awards.
Adekunle Kosoko (born 28 January 1987), known professionally as Adekunle Gold, is a Nigerian highlife singer, songwriter and graphic designer. He gained widespread attention after releasing the 2015 hit single “Sade”, a highlife cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”.
In 2015, he signed a record deal with YBNL Nation and released his debut studio album Gold, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Gold was preceded by the release of three singles: “Sade”, “Orente” and “Pick Up”. Adekunle Gold revealed to Nigerian Entertainment Today that prior to signing with YBNL, he designed the label’s official logo and completed other designs for Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Olamide.
While growing up, Adekunle developed interest in music while listening to songs by King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years, and went on to write his first song at the age of 15.
In 2014, Adekunle went solo after disbanding from a music group he formed with a friend while in school. He was dubbed the “King of Photoshop” after posting an edited photoshop image of him hugging Tiwa Savage on social media platforms. On 19 December 2014, he released “Sade”, a cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life“. The song rose to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015.
After the release of “Sade”, Adekunle released his first official single titled “Orente” through YBNL Nation after signing a music contract with the record label on March 5, 2015. He was nominated in the Most Promising Act of the Year category at the 2015 City People Entertainment Awards.
On 18 July 2016, Adekunle Gold revealed the cover and track list of his debut studio album titled Gold. The album is a 16-track project, with musical production from Pheelz, Masterkraft, B Banks, Sleekamo, Oscar and Seyikeyz. It was released on 25 July, three days before the original scheduled date of release.
Upon its release, it peaked at #7 on the Billboard World Album Chart for the week of 13 August 2016. Moreover, it was critically reviewed by contemporary music critics. Following his departure from YBNL Nation due to the expiry of his contract, Adekunle Gold unveiled his band “The 79th Element” in reference to the atomic number of gold.
On the 15th of January, 2018, Unity Bank unveiled Adekunle Gold as their brand ambassador. Adekunle Gold Releases His Highly Anticipated Album ‘Afro Pop Vol. 1’on the 21 August 2020.
Benjamin Chinedu Ahamefula popularly know as Xino , he was born on 10 November, 1991 in Plateau State, Jos. He is a native of Ikeduru, Imo State. Xino at a very young age was exposed to music through his Father and began singing at the age of 18. It is no surprise that music is his passion. His songs caught the attention of Olamide, the CEO of YBNL who was impressed by Benjamin; Olamide quickly signed Xino in a recording contract.
Though Nigeria continues to spit out new R&B/afro beat artists left and right. The up coming YBNL NATION newcomer Xino and his likes are still hitting nigh and captivating. Already receiving a backing from Kingin of the street Olamide on instagram, the smooth singer/songwriter has released two brand new songs, “Nakam” and “TTYL,” produced by Pheelz
Davolee is a budding Nigerian independent artiste that struck the limelight early 2018 after he was signed to YBNL Nation
Opeyemi Babatunde Rahim, known professionally as Lyta, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He signed a record deal with YBNL Nation in 2018 but left the label in May 2019 after having a disagreement with the label owner Olamide. He released the 5-track debut EP Id in 2019.
A native of Kwara State, Lyta grew up in Ajegunle and was a member of “Ile Kewu”, a music group at his local mosque. His record deal with YBNL Nation was made public on 3 February 2018. Lyta’s breakthrough single with YBNL Nation, titled “Time”, features vocals by Olamide and was released on 14 February 2018.
In 2019, Lyta left YBNL Nation due to contractual and personal issues.
Omogblahan Sodiq Ilabode who is professionally known as Picazo Rhap is a fast rising Nigeria Music singer, songwriter, entertainer, stage performer and a recording artists.
The YBNL Nation signed artist, Picazo Rhap rose to fame after releasing a cover of Chinko Ekun’s hit song, ‘Able God‘ he caught the attention of YBNL Nation Boss Olamide and Olamide followed him on Instagram. After which he was officially signed to YBNL Nation
Although Picazo Rhap was first discovered by DMW Boss David Adeleke who is professionally known as Davido, He was later discovered and signed by YBNL Nation Boss Olamide
On July 8th 2019, just few months after Lyta’s exit from YBNL, Picazo Rhap also announced his exit from the label.
He made the announcement via his official Twitter handle where he also appreciated the label boss, Olamide’s support within his period with the label.
Pelepele is a leading Nigerian artiste and a multi-award winner in the Music industry.
However, he was once signed to Olamide‘s own record label, YBNL Records.
He was featured on Olamide’s Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Album on a track tittled “Skammar”
However, he’s a hardcore rapper that you all need to checkout and he has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has what it takes to excel in this Industry.
Former YBNL Artiste Olanrewaju Pelepele is dead – he committed suicide (on Friday 20th 2019) at Ikorodu
Forune Ibrahim who is professionally known as Limerick is a Nigerian Singer, Rapper and Text Battler who was born Ondo and raised in Mangoro, Ikeja side of Lagos State.
The young star birth place is traced to Owan East in Ondo State and he’s currently a student of the National Open University which sees him combining his music career with his education along the radar.
The music mogul whose rise to fame came as a surprise after he got an instagram DM from Olamide who happened to have come across his released single Pesin on Instagram explore page.
He was known to have started his music career through text battling and was popular among the top vets. In February 2018, he released his recorded single Pesin which got massive acceptance by his colleagues who assisted him in sharing the content to get it viral.
Limerick and Lyta are said to be Chelsea fans. Before being brought together had been performing on stage together. Fate took it’s turn as they reunited in one record label.
Limerick enrollment to the YBNL label however took a different perspective. According to the rapper, he met the YBNL boss through the social media platform Instagram where Olamide came across his song which he posted and gave a Direct message. Just like that, he got himself a slot in the label.
Meanwhile, Limerick came to limelight with the song “Pesin’ which he featured Olamide. One revelation much to the awe of many which he did make was that ‘Olamide is a generous & kind-hearted person who looks down on no-one and is always willing to help”.
Currently, there is rumor going that since Davolee and Lyta left the team YBNL, Limerick is no longer a part of the YBNL Nation and is signed under no record label now as some his latest release saw him doing the promotion by himself. To confirm that, Olamide has been promoting just FireBoy DML who’s said to be the only YBNL official artist and signee.
Yomi Baze is a fast rising Nigerian singer, rapper, songwriter, entertainer, stage performer and a recording artist. the YBNL Nation signed artist Yomi Blaze is creative, smart and versatile up and coming artist, who is currently making wave in entertainment Industry.
Yomi Blaze has been doing music for the past 4 years while churning out freestyles with his group “Team Blazing” which comprises of Picazo and Ose . He later left YBNL Nation
Temmie Ovwasa ( YBNL princess)
Temmie Ovwasa who is popularly known as YBNL Princess, is a Nigerian singer, song writer and guitarist born on 29th November, 1996.