He was billed as the heir to the YBNL dynasty and for a while, all was working according to the script laid out.
Flows was raw and very street. Vulgar at times but we could relate. He was one of us and was representing us on the mainstream so who cares if he wasn’t sounding politically correct.
Lyrically came out and it was followed up with SHOKI with the remix with OBO giving more life to an already certified hit. Lil Kesh was the new kid on the block and the street stood solidly behind his sound and credibility.
With back to back hits to his credit as Youngjonn the wicked producer whipped his constant magic to every Lil Kesh song, we were treated to an overdose of club hits and party groove. Shows, concerts, events all followed up for Lik Kesh who was practically everywhere and duly deserving of the hype if i may say so. No party music is complete without a compilation of Lil Kesh songs to tear the place down. Awards kept rolling in as well but one major one caused a stare in the calm sea. The Hip Hop world award for the next rated went to Reekado Banks and many felt Lil Kesh was more deserving and this led to a feud and i dare say that this very incident led to the Lil Kesh we now have.
The competition began albeit it unspoken but we all knew better. Reekado dropped an album same as Lil Kesh. On a success rate, Reekado won that battle. Kesh had a decent good music off the album but nothing compared to his major hit singles prior to the release of the album. Reekado has gone on to dominate the music scene with successful singles while Kesh has been managing to stay afloat with his own.
Public commentators who are observant have said Kesh’s music career isn’t what it used to be and the kind of musical influence he used to wield is no longer there. With stiff competition in his street style of music and music lovers known to pitch their tent with anyone willing to drop hot joints to their delight, it’s no surprise that the YAGI man is in for a tough ride.
Still a young man and his hunger for success not in doubt. A lot of work needs to be done if Kesh will ever stake a claim for the echelon of Naija music once again. With Olamide not slowing down anytime soon. Reminisce still keeping it Gee and a whole other list of young cats vying for equal prominence, it’s a tough world on the street and claiming king will be more than just by mouth but by substance.
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