Lil Kesh in 2016
|Birth name||Keshinro Ololade|
|Born||March 14, 1995
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
Keshinro Ololade (born March 14, 1995), popularly known by his stage name Lil Kesh, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter. He rose to fame after his chart-topping song titled “Shoki“. Lil Kesh was born and raised in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos State. His music career started in 2012 while rapping among his peers in Bariga until he released “Lyrically”, a single that quickly became popular in Nigerian Universities. In 2015, he was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Affiliated to YBNL Nation as a recording artist, Lil Kesh is currently signed under his record label YAGI Records, an acronym for “Young And Getting It” and managed by Massive Management
Early life and education
Lil Kesh was born to Yoruba parents in Bariga, Lagos State and went on to complete his primary and secondary school education at Stockbridge College, Bariga. Lil Kesh took interest in dancing before he delved into music after watching some of his peers rap.
2012–2014: Early beginnings
Lil Kesh’s professional music career started in 2012 but he became popular in 2014 after he recorded his first single titled “Lyrically” which was positively accepted majorly by students in Nigerian universities. Through YBNL Nation, Lil Kesh released “Shoki”, a song which got him nominated in the Best Street-Hop Artiste category at The Headies 2014 while “Shoki Remix” which featured guest appearances from Olamide and Davido got nominated in the Hottest Single of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On 2 April 2014, he signed his first music contract with YBNL Nation.
2015–present: Y.A.G.I and YAGI Records
On 23 February 2015, Lil Kesh released a song titled “Gbese” which was produced by Young Jonn with the music video featuring cameo appearances from Skuki. On 11 June 2015, he was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and went on to be nominated at the 2015 Headies Award for Next Rated. On March 17, 2016, Lil Kesh released his debut studio album titled Y.A.G.I which was positively received. The album features guest appearances from notable music acts including Olamide, Phyno, Davido, Adekunle Gold, YCEE, Wale, Viktoh and Patoranking.
On April 26, 2016, Lil Kesh announced via Instagram that he has established his own label imprint called YAGI Records with Olamide later confirming the news through the same medium following the expiration of Lil Kesh’s 2-year recording contract with YBNL Nation.
Lil Kesh’s versatility and style of music has been similarized to that of Olamide who raps and sings in his local dialect. However, he has been criticised for using too much vulgarsentences and not finding the right balance in the lyrics of his songs. In an interview with Naij he said,
|“||they are singles not an album, I know the kind of market am directing my songs to, 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.||”|
|“Shoki (Remix)” (featuring Olamide & Davido)|
|2015||“Shoki (Female Version)” (featuring Cynthia Morgan, Chidinma, Eva Alordiah)|
|“Is It Because I Love You?” (featuring Patoranking)|
|“Bend Down Select”||Non-album single|
|Year||Album Title||Album Details|
Awards and nominations
During the 2015 Headies Award event, Lil Kesh’s then record label owner Olamide pulled a Kanye West when he blasted the organizers of the award ceremony right on stage during the ceremony for not giving the ‘Next Rated Award’ to Lil Kesh, who he said was supposed to be the winner ahead of Reekado Banks. Olamide’s act threw the social media into a frenzy, hence popularizing “Ko ni da iya anybody” which means “It shall not be well with anybody” in Yoruba.
|2015||2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best New Act to Watch||Nominated|
|2016||The Headies 2015||Next Rated||Nominated|
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- “Lil Kesh leaves YBNL forms own record label, YAGI”. Vanguard Newspaper. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
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