Official Video: YCee – Balance

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Today is YCee’s 26th anniversary and he ain’t slowing down as he brings a visual for his single ‘Balance‘ which was released a few hours ago. The ANBT goes really hard on his new joint as a way to keep his critics’ mouths shut.

The rapper promise his debut album should be expected this year.

The video was directed by Funky Pluto Films.

Watch YCee – Balance below.

Official Video: Khaligraph Jones – Gwala ft. YCee


Kenyan hip hop heavyweight Khaligraph Jonespremieres his first music video in 2019 for his song ‘Gwala‘. The visual is the second from his ‘Testimony 1990‘ album. On this tune he features Nigerian rapper YCee.

The energetic visual was shot in Lagos by TG Omori.

Watch Khaligraph Jones – Gwala ft. YCee video below. Enjoy, share!

Why YCEE and the remaining Artistes Left TINNY Entertainment – Azeez ‘Calypse’ Olalekan

Why YCEE and the remaining Artistes Left TINNY Entertainment - Azeez 'Calypse' Olalekan

TINNY Entertainment was undoubtedly one of the leading Record Labels in Nigeria with a handful of talented acts signed under it. The label is owned by Mr Timilehin Arokodare popularly known as Small TINNY, the label housed amazing entertainers such as YCEE, BELLA, Dapo Tuburna, Damilare and few others.

Last Week the front liner of the label YCEE made it publicly known, via a tweet, that he is no longer signed to the music label, in response to a fan who asked if he was still with the label.

In truth, YCEE had terminated his contract with the label since September 2018, as well as, Bella, Dapo Tuburna and Damilare, who all terminated their contracts with the label, leaving TINNY Entertainment with no artiste to manage.

For over eighteen months, I was the label’s PR (and held the record of the longest served member of staff) I handled the label’s social media platforms, distribution and promotion of content; and trust me, in my almost two-year stay at the label, I lost count of how many staff members came and went.

There was an instance where the label’s CEO returned from the UK and sacked ten of his staff members, leaving only the gate man and myself.

One other time, a new staff member was employed on Monday and was sacked on Friday.

Let’s say, Boss TINNY, as I always referred to him was a ruthless boss with high demand for excellence and little or no regard for his staff.

It’s no surprise at all that all his artistes up and terminated their contracts with him at the same time.

The artistes’ angst with the label had started long ago and only intensified in January 2018 during the YCEE Juice Concert in London.

YCEE and Bella had had issues with the label’s CEO while they were all in London; and as punishment, the management had abandoned the talents in the UK, leaving them with no means to take care of themselves or even return home.

I will not go into the details of how the talents were able to survive their stay in the UK.

The issue was later resolved but not too long afterwards, trouble brewed again in the camp when the label could no longer handle the management of her four artistes concurrently.

Not a day went by without a complaint from one of the artistes demanding the status of their career and their brand direction.

I remember this time when Dapo Tuburna, in indignation, sent an angry mail to the label’s CEO demanding to know the way forward as regarding his music career, while pointing out that the label was not holding up their own end of the contract; stating he funds his own distribution and promotion most of the time, despite having signed to a label as prominent as TINNY Entertainment.

Damilare on the other hand, never stopped complaining about how the label did not have time for him and how the distribution and promotion of his releases were not properly funded by the label. He was signed in 2017 and had only two singles and a video to show for it.

Established artistes often have a key-man clause in their contracts, which allows them to leave for another label if both parties, the label and the artiste, come to a mutual agreement to part ways. I think, that was the case with YCEE.

For upcoming artistes, dropping out may be better than being stuck in a contract with a corporation that cares more about the bottom line than having the conviction to stick with artistes, even if they do not see immediate returns.

Why YCEE and the remaining Artistes Left TINNY Entertainment - Azeez 'Calypse' Olalekan Why YCEE and the remaining Artistes Left TINNY Entertainment - Azeez 'Calypse' Olalekan

Tekno, Reekado Banks, YCEE Who Would Do Better After Leaving Former Record Labels?

Within the past one month top Nigerian artistes like Reekado Banks, YCEE and Tekno have all said goodbyes to their former record labels.

It’s very often a norm for Nigerian artistes to set up self owned record labels after their contract with their previous music imprints expire. Sometimes the cutting of ties between these artistes and their ex labels get messy with legal battles dragging on. Typical examples of these type of scenarios have ensued between Runtown and Eric Many, Kizz Daniel vs G-Worldwide, Harrysong and Five Star Music etc.

Besides the fighting which often ensue, some artistes in the past have parted ways with their former music imprints and their career began taking a nose dive. From being the rave of the moment, their impact slowly decline as their music get less and less attention. There are again many examples of artistes who fall into this category. Unfortunately, some have often failed to bounce back into mainstream acceptance.

For about five years Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records has been home to pop star Reekado Banks. His first major breakthrough into the music industry was on the Mavin all star track ‘Dorobucci‘ which he handled the hook. Since then the singer has gone ahead to win personal awards and recorded hit tracks. While at the label he released his debut album ‘Spotlight‘. On his 25th birthday last December, Reekado Banks announced he has moved on from Mavin Records to set up his on Banks Music, a very peaceful and smooth transition.

Only a few weeks into 2019, Augustine Miles Kelechi better known as Tekno subtly announced he is a CEO of Cartel his new outfit. The singer enjoyed massive growth under Ubi Franklin’s MMMG to become one of the hottest music stars in Africa since he joined in October of 2013. Although he spent about 5 years on the label, he was unable to release an album or an EP. However, he made continental waves with smash hit singles like ‘Duro’, ‘Diana’, ‘Rara’, ‘Pana’ etc. Just before last year ended Tekno was less active following the damage on his voice box which saw him cancel booked concerts.

Also setting himself up as a boss is YCEE who is now CEO of The ANBT Company. The rapper stroke national stardom after his 2015 song ‘Jagaban’ turned a massive hit. He continued the rave with other hits like ‘Omo Alhaji’, ‘Juice’ etc. Finally his 6 years stint at Tinny Entertainment ended. He formally announced his exit on social media while also unveiling his own company.

Following the hot form these three artistes Reekado Banks, Tekno and YCEE enjoyed at their former record labels, how much better would  they fare on their own?

Would Tekno do better than he did at MMMG?

Would YCEE do much better as his own boss?

Would Reekado Banks unlock his next level of greatness after Mavin Records?

Let’s have your thoughts!

Ycee – My Side

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Ycee – My Side Mp3:

Nigerian rapper and Tinny Entertainment lead act Ycee comes through with a new tune he calls ‘My Side‘. In his usual style Ycee does the singing and rapping alternatively.

The rapper who took a short break from the music scene is back and ready to give more music. He is still working on his debut album.

Listen to Ycee – My Side below. Kindly share!

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Arosino ft. Ycee, Dapo Tuburna & Karma – BigMan Doinz

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