On: Ycee

On a tiring trip to South Africa, Nigerian star, Ycee, catches up with Helen Herimbi Ycee is a trooper. The only sleep this Nigerian rapper has had since arriving in Joburg is during the drive to this interview. He attempts to smile through his yawn and he tells me he’s fine. His mojito is placed on the table and he scoffs at my green juice – he’s not losing sleep over getting some nutrients into his tired body. The reason for his staying up all night? He’s been in studio with the hyper energetic hitmaker, Gemini Major. “Me and him had been exchanging emails a lot,” Ycee starts. “We actually hadn’t met prior to this trip. So as soon as I got here, I called him and we linked up over the weekend at Cassper’s (Nyovest) house and made a song there. Then, last night, we linked up and did another joint, which everyone is feeling really good about. It’s good to see someone like Gemini who makes trap, afro trap and pretty much every sound that’s important right now. As soon as he played me last night’s song, I was amazed. We’re already talking about shooting a video.” Ycee, who was born Oludemilade Alejo, is no stranger to gaudy music videos. His 2015 hit, Condo (featuring Patoranking) is the stuff of teenage boys’ dreams. To be fair, he was a 22 year old who was trying to get out of his marine biology studies at the time. “After we recorded Condo, everyone just felt like the song needed to come out immediately,” Ycee recalls. “We put it out, shot the video and I remember that the song dropped on the weekend, and on the Monday I had an exam. When I got to school, people were pointing at me and whispering : ‘Oh, that’s the guy who featured Patoranking!’ And by the time my next single, Jagaban, came out, I could not go to school anymore.” Since then, Ycee has had a few more hits. Juice, featuring Maleek Berry, is one of the songs that has given Ycee a Read More …