The up-coming artiste Lil-Kesh whose real name is Keshinro Ololade aged 21 recently declared that he was not resigning with his record label YBNL. The young and getting it artiste came into the limelight after he released his hit single ‘Shoki’ which eventually led to his being signed up by YBNL, a record label led by the popular Olamide a.k.a Badoosneh, pepesneh, everything-sneh. Lil-Kesh who is also ranked as the 4th hottest artiste in Nigeria recently released his album debut Y.A.G.I which stands for young and getting it. His album has been making waves, which led to a lot of anticipation for the videos which hadn’t been released and was in contradiction to the YBNL style of frequently dropping videos. It was in all of this frenzy that he officially stated that he was going to start his own record label which would be named YAGI after his a.k.a MrMeYagi and also after his debut album.
The question on a lot of minds is would this his new records label be a success as all his singles and his debut album have been. He left YBNL just 2 years after he came into the music industry, so it begs the question is he matured enough in the industry and does he have enough experience to ‘float his own boat’? Would he surprise us and become big like the phenomenal Wiz-kid Ayo Balogun, the CEO of star boy or would he crash like many other artiste did in their bid to start off their own record labels.
So why is there speculation about lil-kesh succeeding at his record label? Well, he wouldn’t be the first artiste to have tried that, and while some have succeeded, others have also failed. This shows there are chances of either happening. Among the popular artistes who left to begin their own record, is Jesse Jagz popular Chocolate city crooner. He is a songwriter, singer, performer and an artiste in the full sense of the word, with a huge fan base both locally and internationally. Jesse Jagz whose birth name is Jesse Garba Abaga left chocolate city in 2012, a record label owned by Audu Maikori and has popular artistes such as M.I Abaga, Ice Prince etc. He proceeded to flaunt the Jesse Jagz nation and he produced 4 albums off this record label. However, after three years, he returned to Chocolate city and is thriving. The question is did he return because he couldn’t survive out there on his own? He did release two great albums, Jesse Jags nation volume 1 and 2 but he never signed any artiste because he said the label was about rejuvenating his career and not about signing any artiste. Whatever his reasons, Jagz nation no longer exists.
So we earnestly hope our one big love, Lil-Kesh doesn’t jump out of the boat too soon and find it hard to bide the tides of the music industry on his own. We however wish him the utmost luck, we definitely love what he is doing and if his new debut album is anything to go by, he would shine.