Oludemilade Martin Alejo popularly known by his stage name YCEE, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter currently signed to Tinny Entertainment.
Early Life & Education
YCEE was born on January 29, 1993 in Festac Town, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria, where he completed his basic education at Dr. Soyemi Memorial Nursery and Primary School. He went on to complete his secondary education at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Ojo. He is studying Marine biology at the University of Lagos.
YCEE started his music career in 2012 as an underground rapper prior to signing a music contract with Tinny Entertainment. Due to his educational engagements, he took time off music after gaining admission to the University of Lagos. In May 2015, YCEE made a comeback after releasing the critical acclaim song “Condo”; the song was nominated in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” and “Best Music Video of The Year” categories at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On 20 July 2015, he released a single titled “Jagaban” which received massive airplays and made him more popular among music critics, including Olamide who asked to be featured on the remix. His career further hit the limelight after he was nominated for Revelation of the Year at the 2015 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards, as well as earning a nomination in the “Best Artist in African Pop” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.
YCEE did his Juice Concert on 12th of January, 2018 at the “O2 Academy” 16, Parkfield St. London N1 OPS. With lit performances from YCEE’s label mate, Bella Alubo, Sona, Eugy, Ms Banks and Flosha.
In 2016, The popular rapper nabbed his first endorsement with hair care product KUI.
In 2017, YCee signed an endorsement deal with cognac brand, Hennessy.
Awards & Nominations
In 2015, He was nominated for Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collaboration of The Year “Condo”
In 2015, He was also nominated for Best Music Video of The Year
In 2015, He was again nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards Revelation of the Year.
In 2016, He won The Headies 2015 Rookie of The Year.
In 2017, He won the AFRIMA 2017 Best African hip-hop.