As he tasted nearby Pasa Bitters, trekking from his home to the studio and preparing to spit his condition motivated lines, Lil Kesh had no clue that the tune he was going to record-Lyrically– would be his triumphant shot at an arrangement with (apparently the greatest hit-churner in the nation) Olamide.
His own “time and possibility” transpired in the baby period of his artiste voyage and trust me, there are levels to this. Two months into his record bargain, Lil Kesh dropped a track with a universally perceived move signature that gave Nigerian Street-jump an entire cosmetic touch up.
Shoki, and in the long run Shoki Remix (which included Davido and Olamide) put Kesh on the guide, ideal adjacent to a couple of decision artistes who had a harder time coming to and keeping up their present status. In the most brief space of time, Kesh resisted the one-hit-ponder revile, dropped various commendable and great subsequent meet-ups, turned into the concentration of 2 gigantic contentions in 2016 and transitioned into a couple of shoes that many could have sworn he was at all path prepared for.
An inquisitive and substantially more youthful Keshinro Ololade, once moved toward a gathering of young men who he most likely saw as the Eminems and Modenines of the instructional exercise focus he went to, somewhere down in the heart of Bariga.
“I strolled up to them and I was like yo, this rap thing that you all do, would you be able to attempt and put me through? Also, they answered yes and they said a mess of things that still don’t sound good to me up till now (laughs) however as at then, I was so keen on adapting so I was attempting to focus imagining like I saw precisely what they were stating… ”
Disappointed with the restricted data he had gotten; Kesh started an individual mission to comprehend the progression of rap by, multiplying his dosage of rap music however this time, with expectations to comprehend and to rehearse.
“I could make sense of it myself. It began with composing, and composing, and freestyling all over a tiny bit.”
In the blink of an eye, Kesh who initially began as an artist, turned into a genuine neighborhood sensation just by freestyling from compound to compound with his pleased sister, who indicated him off like a wedding band.
“Each seemingly insignificant detail tallies you know. A tad bit of support, a tiny bit of “I think I like that line”… “You’re doing all around” added to my prosperity and from each positive remark in my life by then, I had an inclination that I could do it.
Equipped with the cheer-driving of his family and companions, his consecutive triumph in grounds rap fights and ubiquity among Unilag young ladies even before he picked up affirmation (a truly uncommon wonder I listen), Lil Kesh gradually constructed what can now just be portrayed as an indestructible certainty.
He was additionally now sufficiently ready to be labeled the exceptionally intriguing, yet most disappointing term known in the progression of the Nigerian Music industry: A forthcoming artiste.
The young fellow who I got from an irate looking, completely tinted Mercedes Benz uncovered that “Shoki” made a huge deal about and obviously eclipsed the artiste.
“Whenever “Shoki” exploded, I didn’t have an auto. I was living some place in Gbagada so I was fundamentally staying inside. The tune was route greater than me… I was looking extremely youthful; I was resembling an exceptionally forthcoming artiste.”
Seeming like he confronted challenges that he would rather not discuss, he said the music was sufficient diversion from everything. Instead of brood over what was not working, he energetically anticipated when Baddo would require a meeting to examine his next single.
As though he was in a rush to admit something to me, he uncovered
“… The most astounding weight I have felt in my vocation, was after Shoki… ”
“You know you can tell when a mess of individuals are taking a gander at you like “Brother, there’s no rebound from that”. The melody was enormous. It’s doing just about 10 million perspectives on YouTube. Envision, for a child that was recently new in the diversion… The weight was siiick… and inevitably, “Gbese” came through. After then, things began getting simpler… ”
In spite of the fact that “Gbese” remains at somewhat over a million perspectives, Kesh still gloats that it was a commendable follow-up in any case. Notwithstanding boasting some more, he trusts that his decision to mix Yoruba and English as his style is on account of he is a brilliant kid. In any case, with just 3 proficient years in the business, he doesn’t neglect to likewise recognize that he feels honored regular.
“… I have seen a considerable measure of things. I have seen a considerable measure of young men, I have seen the ones that are extremely skilled, I have seen the ones that have the cash to sort the greatest number of individuals as you can sort to get your music played and I am aware of a ton of specialists that have super attempted yet in the end had nothing to appear for it…
… .Yeah I am extremely capable. I’m not even going to lie. I know… however it takes God’s favors.
Nowadays, when I hear a few melodies, I’ll resemble this tune is insane. Why is it not number 1 on iTunes? Be that as it may, the tune is likely not even on the outline.
Having the privilege instrumental, having the correct motivation, having the correct vibe, putting out the correct music at the opportune time, that is God controlling you. That is God attempting to help you get some place… ”
His notices about the God figure did not come as an amazement as he had before shared a joke about being a minister’s child. As to individuals’ assessment that he would end up being a minister quite recently like his father in view of his quiet nature, he said
“I’m sad. God called just the father and not the child… It is not a telephone call.”
The greatest feedback in Kesh’s vocation basically originates from his liberal utilization of revolting words yet he doesn’t think twice about it. To the extent he is concerned he has examined and mulled over different socioeconomics and has painstakingly created music for everybody; with melodies like “Ishe” and “Semilore” as confirmation. In clear safeguard, he lets me know;
“The age run I am attempting to fulfill is a ton… The folks in their 20’s simply need to go to the club… they need to hear melodies that are exceptionally limit… yo! The same Kesh that did exceptionally disgusting music was the same Kesh that did some extremely moving music.”
He bolsters his point with the fifteenth track off his Y.A.G.I collection ‘Life of A Star’.
On the off chance that asked, Lil Kesh would reveal to you that 2016 was a momentous one for him. On the off chance that you needed to manage a collection discharge, a lapsed contract and being the motivation behind why two industry heavyweights openly battle, I wager it would be significant for you as well.
According to his agreement issues with YBNL, the word in the city was that “Lil Kesh is a selfish jerk. He cleared out Baddo after all Baddo accomplished for him.”
Be that as it may, the conclusions weren’t right. Olamide had let him know from the get-go that his 2-year arrangement would be a preparation procedure after which he would liberate and turn into his own supervisor. Kesh thus (dislike we would state) fall Baddo’s hand. He charged at his chance like a bull to a red cape and surpassed both points of confinement and desires.
Titled with a twofold edged acronym (which had both an indigenous feel and was an astute rundown of his present status), Kesh’s presentation collection “Y.A.G.I” (Young And Getting It) served like a YBNL explanation of result. In spite of the fact that despite everything they serve his administration needs, he formally went separate ways with them 5 weeks after the arrival of his venture.
With a staggering nature of visitor appearances like Olamide, Phyno, Davido, Adekunle Gold, YCEE, Wale, Viktoh and Patoranking, “Y.A.G.I” did not appear to have an avalanche achievement but rather Kesh says the numbers and the criticism demonstrate something else.
“I had my expectations and I had a bearing when I made that collection… My point was to take advantage of my 2 years. I had a procedure from the onset. I would rather give you bangers. I will make you move. I will make you call me for your weddings, call me for your services so I can engage you fundamentally.”
Compelling feelings were everywhere on his words as he proceeded… .
“a large portion of the stories on the collection were genuine… I met a few people that were crying when they were revealing to me the amount “Semilore” intended to them.I know how solid the collection did. Indeed, even computerized (online deals) I know the amount I made off my collection last year.You know how the business is buildup and everything. I would rather meet someone and they really disclose to me how much my music intends to them than pay individuals to buildup my music.”
Whenever inquired as to whether he has a feeling that he merited people in general contradiction amongst Olamide and Don Jazzy at the Headies, his answer is loaded with absolute lack of engagement.
“We should not give anyone free promo… it’s so gone, I’d rather not discuss it.”
He is of the solid assessment that indigenous rappers are improving as far as numbers in contrast with their non-vernacular talking rivals. He said with what resembled a shading jeer.
“You sef do the maths now. (Turns away, everyone chuckles, he joins the giggling) But you yourself crunch the numbers. In the previous 3 years, YBNL quality has been 100 %. We originated from nothing to what we are at this moment so you have to realize that whatever drive is pushing our music is extremely solid.”
“The road is everything. In the event that the road does not f@#k with your music, I’m sad.”
The innovative flexibility and hands on preparing that Olamide gave his protégés arranged Lil Kesh for his own particular Y.A.G.I. record mark. He conceded that it felt awkward when the preparation wheels fell off however he skiped back to a 100. With the tremendous obligation of running a name and catering to his own profession which has scarcely drawn near to it’s prime, he has no expectations of marking any new artiste at this time.
On the lighter note of things, I approached what he gave his boo for Valentine’s and he said; “A house”. In the nick of time, he got every one of our jaws from the floor by disclosing to us his boo was his sweetheart mum.
*Clears throat* Should Lil Kesh be given the chance to spend his life with one Nigerian celebrity, it would be with the delectable Ms Kedike, Chidinma. His reason? He joked that her petite physique fits his and he would be able to “tie her mouth small; not too tight o” if she causes him trouble lol. Is he really just joking?.
From trekking to the studio, to signing a big record deal to releasing a hit record and eventually heading a record label in a 3-year space; Lil Kesh’s journey is what miracles are made of.
As he walked out with his armed security, displaying a blend of respect, confidence and poise, he did not just look the part. He played it perfectly.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte