Oludemilade Martin Alejo, aka Ycee, is one of the new kids on the block making waves. With the songs, Condo, Omo Alhaji and Jagaban, the rapper took the industry by storm and many pundits fingered him as one of the promising contenders for the hip hop throne in the country. Many also expected him to win the Headies Next Rated award last year but he was beaten to the prize by another newcomer, Mr. Eazi.
However, Ycee is not bothered about losing the prize. He told Sunday Scoop,
“I am here to do music and that’s my primary calling. Awards and other recognitions are just like icing on the cake. Inasmuch as my fans love what I’m doing and I’m able to keep them satisfied, then I’m good. However, not getting the award is a form of motivation for me. It is not like I am not good enough but I always strive to get better, and I will continue doing that. Don’t also forget that I won the Rookie of the Year award at the same Headies two years ago, so I guess one cannot win it all. I can assure my fans that the best is yet to come from me. I have a lot of great things in stock and they would be unveiled at the right time.”
Speaking on his style of music, he said, “I’m a rapper and I always strive to make songs that people can relate with.”
On the notion that his songs are not ‘local’ enough for the Nigerian audience, Ycee said, “I don’t agree with that. After all, I am a Nigerian boy. My songs are influenced by the environment and I always get positive reactions from fans whenever I perform, both in Nigeria and outside the country.”