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

Ycee is a popular Nigerian rapper, Afropop singer, and songwriter. His real name is Oludemilade Martin Alejo. He rose to fame after receiving two nominations for the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for his song “Condo,” which incorporates Patoranking’s vocals.

Early Life & Education

Ycee was born on the 29th of January, 1993, in Festac, Lagos State, which falls in the South Western part of Nigeria. He attended Dr. Soyemi Memorial Nursery and Primary School for his primary school education, while he went to Nigerian Navy Secondary School for his secondary education. Ycee went further to the University of Lagos, where he studied marine biology and obtained his B.Sc certificate upon completion.

Career

In 2012, Ycee began his music career as an unknown rapper, after which he signed a record deal with  Tinny Entertainment. After being admitted to the University of Lagos, he briefly stopped the music because of his obligations to his academic career. The song “Condo” by Ycee was released in May 2015. At the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, this song was nominated for Best Collaboration of the Year and Best Music Video of the Year. He released the single “Jagaban” on July 20, 2015. Feature on the remix was requested by Nigerian rapper Olamide. After being nominated for Revelation of the Year at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards, he garnered further recognition. Additionally, he was a nominee for the 2015 All Africa Music Awards for Best Artist in the African Pop category.

On January 12, 2018, Ycee’s headline performance at the O2 Academy in Islington was sold out. His label mates Bella AluboSonaEugyMs. Banks, and Flosha also performed during the show. He made the announcement on Instagram that he was leaving Tinny Entertainment on January 15, 2019. Ain’t Nobody Badder Than(ANBT), his record label was launched by him thereafter.

On November 8, 2019, Ycee released his first studio album, Ycee vs. Zaheer. Hip-hop, Trap, Afrobeats, Afro-house, hyphy, R&B, and alte are all mixed together. The album is the follow-up to his 8-track debut EP First Wave from 2017 and his Late Night Vibrations joint EP with Bella Alubo (2018).

Adey, Jay Bidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix, BeatsbyKarma, Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Popping, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, Two Seven, Elmore, Willis Give Dem, and KO were involved in the album’s creation. Collaborations with Davido, Niniola, Phyno, Ms. Banks, and Dapo Tuburna are included on the album.

Since gaining notoriety, and also throughout his career, Ycee has appeared on noteworthy recordings that have helped up-and-coming artists get noticed. 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 went on to collaborate with her to create an EP Late Night Vibrations. On Arosino’s Big Man Doingz, Ycee appeared alongside Dapo Tuburna and Karma. Some claim that it was his method of paying it forward to up-and-coming artists as he had previously benefited from Olamide‘s remix of Jagaban, his breakout song.

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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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