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Oluyide Ogunlusi

In terms of style and delivery, YCee is one of the most exciting new school artists to pop up on the scene. He initially got buzz a couple of years ago when Condo featuring Patoranking was nominated for two NEA awards. Far from a one hit wonder, he followed that up with two monster smashes: Jagaban (and its Olamide assisted remix) and Omo Alhaji. Signed to Tinny Entertainment, the quality of his output so far has been exceptional, from videos to killing it on features.

YCee‘s debut EP, The First Wave, cements his place as one of the freshest new school rappers. The EP is 8 tracks long and no two tracks are alike. This is rare in the current Nigerian music landscape, as most artists struggle to find a hit formula and spend far too long trying to duplicate it if they do. I won’t go as far as saying this project is experimental, but it blends a range of genres. From trap sounds with an afrobeats twist to the more familiar afro pop sounds and even R&B styles. As he plays around loosely with genres, YCee’s beat selection on this EP is impeccable. The project features beats from Adey, Maleek Berry, TwoSeven and Ganjabeats.

In terms of theme, YCee isn’t saying anything too outlandish or out of the ordinary. Everything is covered on this. From balling and popping bottles (Bubbly), to riding around with your Day 1s (N.O.U.N). There’s even a tune for your side (Need to Know). In ...

In terms of style and delivery, YCee is one of the most exciting new school artists to pop up on the scene. He initially got buzz a couple of years ago when Condo featuring Patoranking was nominated for two NEA awards. Far from a one hit wonder, he followed that up with two monster smashes: Jagaban (and its Olamide assisted remix) and Omo Alhaji. Signed to Tinny Entertainment, the quality of his output so far has been exceptional, from videos to killing it on features.

YCee‘s debut EP, The First Wave, cements his place as one of the freshest new school rappers. The EP is 8 tracks long and no two tracks are alike. This is rare in the current Nigerian music landscape, as most artists struggle to find a hit formula and spend far too long trying to duplicate it if they do. I won’t go as far as saying this project is experimental, but it blends a range of genres. From trap sounds with an afrobeats twist to the more familiar afro pop sounds and even R&B styles. As he plays around loosely with genres, YCee’s beat selection on this EP is impeccable. The project features beats from Adey, Maleek Berry, TwoSeven and Ganjabeats.

In terms of theme, YCee isn’t saying anything too outlandish or out of the ordinary. Everything is covered on this. From balling and popping bottles (Bubbly), to riding around with your Day 1s (N.O.U.N). There’s even a tune for your side (Need to Know). In short, this project perfectly captures the lifestyle of the modern day Yoruba Demon.

The EP is feature heavy. 6 of the 8 tracks feature other artists. Seyi Shay, Maleek Berry, Reekado Banks and Falz all make appearances. Unlike in cases where people use the star power of features to push singles, the features on this always enhance rather than detract and don’t feel tacked on. YCee’s flow morphs to fit every beat and doesn’t sound out of place on any of the songs.

Standouts for me are the Adey produced tracks in the middle of the project Juice and Link Up. Juice is undeniably the star of this EP, and everything from the beat and flow to Berry’s adlibs and the crisp visuals mean YCee potentially has a summer smash on his hands.

The project is half an hour long and YCee is trying a couple of things here, singing and blending genres. I’d say the EP serves as a showcase of ability rather than a cohesive project, but with YCee continuing to churn out bangers at an almost exponential rate, it’s scary to think of what the second wave could be. There’s something here for everyone and the project is definitely worth a listen. So queue it up, pick out your faves and add them to your summer playlist.

In conclusion, the EP has great vibes, much sauce and plenty juice.

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