Keshinro Ololade better known with his stage name Lil Kesh is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and rapper. He rose to stardom after releasing the song, Shoki. Shoki came with a dance style, gained a lot positive reviews, and has been remixed on two occasions; male and female version. Lil Kesh has gained massive acceptance among Nigerian youths because of his musical style.
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Lil Kesh Early Life
Keshinro Ololade was born on March 14, 1995 in Bariga, Lagos state. He attended Stockbridge College for his primary and secondary education and then proceeded to the University of Lagos, (Unilag) where he studied Linguistics. Later, he moved on the National Open University, Nigeria and studies Mass Communication online.
He began his musical career in 2012 when he started rapping among his colleagues in Bariga. Shortly after, he released his debut single, Lyrically. The song went viral within Nigerian universities.
Subsequently in 2014, Lil Kesh released a hit single shoki. Shoki topped several musical charts and brought him to limelight. As a result of this musical production, he was nominated for several awards and won two.
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Y.A.G.I Studio Album
On March 17 2016, Lil Kesh released his debut studio album Young And Getting It (Y.A.G.I) through YBNL Nation. It was produced by Young John, and Pheelz. Vocals were from Phyno, Ycee, Wale, Patoranking, Adekunle Gold, Davido, Viktoh, Olamide and Chinko Ekun. It incorporates hip hop and rap genre. It has four singles – Lyrically (2014), Efejoku (2015), Is it because I love You (2015), and Ibile (2016).
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YBNL Record Label
Lil Kesh signed a contract with Yahoo Boy No Laptop Nation popularly known as YBNL Nation. YBNL is an independent record label founded by Olamide Adedeji in 2012. Under this label, Kesh dropped series of hit singles like Shoki, Efejoku, Gbese, e.t.c and released his debut studio album, YAGI. Then in 2016, after the expiration of his contract with YBNL, he went on to establish his record label.
Y.A.G.I Record Label
Lil Kesh named his record label after his debut studio album released under YBNL Nation in 2016. YAGI is an acronym for Young And Getting It Right. The label is managed by his management team, and is also a marketing and event management company.
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Lil Kesh Songs
Kesh has collaborated with series of musician to produce songs and has also released some singles. Below are few of them;
- Lyrically, 2014
- Shoki, 2014
- Shoki (remix) ft Olamide and Davido, 2014
- Another Shoki remix, (female Version) ft Cynthia Morgan, Chidinma, Eva Alordiah, 2015
- Gbese, 2015
- Is It Because I Love You, ft Patoranking, 2015
- Efejoku, 2015 ft Viktoh
- Semilore, 2016
- Shele Gan Gan, 2016
- Ishe, 2016
- Ibile, 2016
- Yaya Oyoyo ft Davido, 2016
- Problem Child ft Olamide, 2016
- Bend Down Select, 2016
- Rora, 2017
- Love Story, 2017
- No fake love
- Baby Favour, 2017
- Apa Mi, 2018
- Again O, 2018
- Logo Benz, 2018
- Nkan be, 2018
- Flenjo ft Duncan Mighty, 2018
- Undertaker, 2019
Lil Kesh Net Worth
As at December 2018, Naijahomebased.com estimated Lil Kesh’s net worth at $1 million. In 2015, he signed an endorsement deal worth millions of naira with Surebet, Nigerian online sport betting and odds company. Also, while celebrating his birthday in May 2018, he announced his new business, TitoKeshinro Clothing Line.
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Lil Kesh Awards
- Celebrity Award – Song of the Year (Shoki), Nigerian Teen Choice Awards, 2015
- Popular Song of the Year (Shoki), City People Entertainment Awards, 2015
Lil Kesh Quotes
“Whatever it is that you do, it will definitely reach out to people depending on how you sell it to them.”
“Stay true to yourself, stay happy always, you owe yourself that much.”
“To me, there is no option of failure, it is a win-win situation.”
“If anything will work for you in life, you’ll feel it. You’ll be drawn to it.”
“To get ahead, focus on your music. When you are creative enough, your music will fly.”
“Taking a bold step is not an easy one, you just have to anyways.”
“If love is coming from within, happiness also comes from within, and happiness is free.”
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Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life Of Lil Kesh
Identify trends and create a unique content. If we listen to the lyrics of Lil Kesh songs, we can deduce that the singer understands what the society wants and is always ready to quench their thirst. He discovered that the bulk of the people who listens to his music are youths in parties and club houses. This is the reason he uses vulgar words in his music, which has been his selling point.
This is a lesson for entrepreneurs. Know what your customers want at any point in time and create a unique style towards delivering it. This will not only help your brand grow, but help you build a strong customer relationship, and stay ahead in the entrepreneurial journey.
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1 thought on “Lil Kesh – Biography, Songs And Net Worth Of A Mainstream Artiste”
I love his songs its really cool