Early Life

Lil Kesh, born March 14, 1995 grew up in the suburban Bariga area of Lagos State. After completing his primary school education, he proceeded to Stockbridge College, Bariga where he underwent his secondary education. Before his foray into music, Lil Kesh always had a love for dancing and he decided to start rapping after watching some of his peers do it.

Kesh became a household name after the release of his hit single, “Shoki”. His music career actually made a slow start in 2012 when he was still rapping among his peers in Bariga until he released “Lyrically”, a single that quickly became a hit in any Nigerian universities in Nigeria including UNILAG and YABATECH.

Keshinro joined YBNL through the help of his friend, Viktoh, who also signed a deal with the label. The Edo state born singer and dancer shared Kesh’s ‘Lyrically’ track with ace rapper Olamide who sought to sign the artiste after listening to the song. In April 2014, Kesh signed a two-year recording contract with YBNL.

His album, YAGI, was released March 17th, 2016 and it received rave reviews. The album features guest appearances from notable music acts including Olamide, Phyno, Davido, Adekunle Gold, YCEE, Nigerian-American rap superstar, Wale, Viktoh and Patoranking.

In April 2016, Lil Kesh’s contract expired and the established artiste floated his own imprint. He is now currently signed under his record label YAGI Records, an acronym for “Young And Getting It”. However, his management is still handled by YBNL.

Awards and Recognition

He was nominated in the Best Street-Hop Artiste category at The Headies 2014. In 2015, he was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch and the Hottest Single of the Year categories at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for “Shoki Remix”.

He was also nominated in the highly controversial ‘Next Rated’ category of the 2015 Headies awards alongside heavyweights like Mavin crew’s Reekado Banks & Korede Bello and G Worldwide’s Kiss Daniel. His loss at the awards spurred a major backlash on social media in January 2016 after his label boss, Olamide fired shots at the Mavins while expressing his displeasure with the outcome.

Kesh also signed an endorsement deal worth 11 Million Naira with SureBet in 2015.