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All About Ycee Biography, Education, Career, Albums, Awards, and Net Worth

Ycee is a well-known Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and Afropop singer. Oludemilade Martin Alejo is his real name. He rose to prominence after receiving two nominations for his song “Condo,” which features Patoranking’s vocals, at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Early Life & Education

Ycee was born on January 29, 1993, in Festac, Lagos State, Nigeria, in the South Western region. He received his primary education at Dr. Soyemi Memorial Nursery and Primary School and his secondary education at Nigerian Navy Secondary School. Ycee continued his education at the University of Lagos, where he majored in marine biology and graduated with a B.Sc.

Career

Ycee began his music career as an unknown rapper in 2012 before signing a record deal with Tinny Entertainment. He temporarily stopped making music after being admitted to the University of Lagos due to academic obligations. Ycee’s song “Condo” was released in May 2015. This song was nominated for Best Collaboration of the Year and Best Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On July 20, 2015, he released the single “Jagaban.” Nigerian rapper Olamide requested a feature on the remix. He received additional recognition after being nominated for Revelation of the Year at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards. Additionally, he was a nominee for the 2015 All Africa Music Awards for Best Artist in the African Pop category.

Ycee’s headline performance at the O2 Academy in Islington on January 12, 2018 was completely sold out. During the show, his labelmates Bella Alubo, Sona, Eugy, Ms. Banks, and Flosha also performed. He announced on Instagram that he would be leaving Tinny Entertainment on January 15, 2019. Following that, he established Ain’t Nobody Badder Than (ANBT), his record label.

Ycee’s first studio album, Ycee vs. Zaheer, was released on November 8, 2019. Hip-hop, Trap, Afrobeats, Afro-house, hyphy, R&B, and alto are all combined. The album follows his 8-track debut EP First Wave from 2017 as well as his Late Night Vibrations collaboration EP with Bella Alubo.

The album was produced by Adey, Jay Bidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix, BeatsbyKarma, Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Popping, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, Two Seven, Elmore, Willis Give Dem, and KO. The album features collaborations with Davido, Niniola, Phyno, Ms. Banks, and Dapo Tuburna.

Ycee has appeared on notable recordings that have helped up-and-coming artists get noticed since gaining notoriety, as well as throughout his career. He appeared on songs to help his labelmate Dapo Turbuna’s “Nothing” Remix break in 2016, Label Mate Bella on Radio in 2017, and then collaborated with her on the EP Late Night Vibrations. Ycee appeared alongside Dapo Tuburna and Karma on Arosino’s Big Man Doingz. Some speculate that it was his way of paying it forward to upcoming artists, as he had previously benefited from Olamide’s remix of his breakout song, Jagaban.

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Discography

Studio albums

  • 2019 Ycee vs Zaheer

EPs

  • 2021 Love Drunk
  • 2018 Late Night Vibrations
  • 2017 First Wave

Singles

  • 2020 Summa Nights
  • 2020 Secreto
  • 2019 Wahala Dey
  • 2019 Mo Salah
  • 2019 Dakun
  • 2019 Balance
  • 2018 Your Love
  • 2018 Say Bye Bye
  • 2018 My Side
  • 2018 Juice (Remix)
  • 2017 Wavy
  • 2017 Need To Know
  • 2017 N.O.U.N
  • 2017 Link Up
  • 2017 Kill Nobody
  • 2017 Juice
  • 2017 Don’t Need Bae
  • 2017 Bubbly
  • 2016 Su Mi
  • 2016 Panda
  • 2016 Omo Alhaji
  • 2016 Ahahn
  • 2015 Omo Alhaji
  • 2015 Jagaban (Remix)
  • 2015 Jagaban
  • 2015 Condo
  • 2014 Shots
  • 2012 Smile On Me
  • 2012 Pass Me

Awards & Nominations

Year Event Prize Result
2019 The Headies Lyricist on the Roll Nominated
2017 AFRIMA 2017 Best African hip-hop Won
2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Best Collaboration Nominated
2016 The Headies 2016 Next Rated Nominated
2016 The Headies 2015 Rookie of The Year Won
2015 All Africa Music Awards Best Artist in African Pop Nominated
2015 MTV Africa Music Awards Revelation of the Year Nominated
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Music Video of The Year Nominated
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration of The Year Nominated

Net Worth

According to different sources online, Ycee’s net worth is estimated at around $1 million.

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