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Birth name Oludemilade Martin Alejo
Born January 29, 1993 (age 25)
Lagos State, Nigeria
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter
Years active 2012–present
  • Tinny Entertainment
Associated acts

Oludemilade Martin Alejo (born January 29, 1993), popularly known by his stage name YCEE, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter currently signed to Tinny Entertainment.[1] He rose to limelight after one of his singles titled “Condo”, which features vocals from Patoranking, earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[2] He was also nominated in the “Best Artist in African Pop” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.[3] In October 2016, YCEE signed a record deal with Sony Music.[4] In December 2016, He was nominated in the “Next Rated” category at The Headies 2016[5]

Early life and education

YCEE was born in Festac Town, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria, where he completed his basic education at Dr. Soyemi Memorial Nursery and Primary School. He went on to complete his secondary education at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Ojo. He is currently studying Marine biology at the University of Lagos .[6]


YCEE started his music career in 2012 as an underground rapper prior to signing a music contract with Tinny Entertainment. Due to his educational engagements, he took time off music after gaining admission to the University of Lagos.[7] In May 2015, YCEE made a comeback after releasing the critical acclaim song “Condo”; the song was nominated in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” and “Best Music Video of The Year” categories at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[8] On 20 July 2015, he released a single titled “Jagaban” which received massive airplays and made him more popular among music critics, including Olamide who asked to be featured on the remix.[9] His career further hit the limelight after he was nominated for Revelation of the Year at the 2015 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards, as well as earning a nomination in the “Best Artist in African Pop” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.[10]

YCEE did his Juice Concert on 12th of January, 2018 at the “O2 Academy” 16, Parkfield St. London N1 OPS. With lit performances from YCEE’s label mate, Bella Alubo, Sona, Eugy, Ms Banks and Flosha.


Selected singles

Year Song Album
2012 “Smile On Me” Non-album singles
“Pass Me”
2014 “Shots”
2015 “Condo” (featuring Patoranking)
“Jagaban (Remix)” (featuring Olamide)
“Omo Alhaji”
2016 “Su Mi”
“Panda Cover”
“Omo Alhaji (Remix)” (featuring DJ Maphorisa)
“Ahahn (OOOUUU Cover)”
2017 “Link Up” (featuring Reekado Banks) The First Wave
“Juice” (Featuring Maleek Berry)
2018 “SayByeBye” (Featuring Eugy)

Selected Extended plays

  • The First Wave (2017)

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Award description Recipient Result
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration of The Year “Condo” Nominated
Best Music Video of The Year Nominated
2015 MTV Africa Music Awards Revelation of the Year Himself Nominated
2015 All Africa Music Awards Best Artist in African Pop Nominated
2016 The Headies 2015 Rookie of The Year Won
The Headies 2016 Next Rated Himself Nominated
2017 AFRIMA 2017 Best African hip-hop Won
Soundcity Best Collaboration Nominated

See also


  1. Jump up^ “Olamide Jumps on the Remix to ‘Jagaban’ by Ycee”BellaNaija. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. Jump up^ Bodunrin, Sola (8 September 2015). “Fresh: Ycee Releases Jagaban Video”Naij. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. Jump up^ Shola, Ayeotan (22 August 2015). “Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Sarkodie Dominate All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Categories [FULL LIST]”Entertainment Express. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. Jump up^ Abumere, Princess (21 October 2016). “Rapper signs deal with Sony Music Entertainment”. Pulse. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Tomi (19 December 2016). “Headies Awards 2016 : Complete List of Nominees”Culture Custodian. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  6. Jump up^ Ecomium Weekly (28 July 2015). “‘I’m not a womanizer’ – YCEE”Ecomium. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. Jump up^ Bodunrin, Sola. “Exclusive: Ycee The Jagaban Speaks On His Success”Naij. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  8. Jump up^ Ade-Unuigbe, Adesola (19 October 2015). “Kiss Daniel, Korede Bello, Falz, Wizkid, Olamide, Davido & More Nominated for the 10th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards”BellaNaija. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Bodunrin, Sola (19 October 2015). “Exclusive: Olamide Teams Up With Jagaban Master, Ycee”Naij. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  10. Jump up^ Anazia, Daniel (25 July 2015). “Ycee Makes A Come Back To The Music Scene With ‘Condo'”The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2015.

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