Album Review: A Two Way Take at Lil Kesh’s Y.A.G.I(Young And Getting It)

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Lil Kesh YAGI Album Review

Artist: Lil Kesh

Album Title: YAGI (Young And Getting It)

Label: YBNL

Release Date: 17th of March 2016


Lil Kesh – YAGI Album Street Quickie

Only few are familiar with the name Keshinro Ololade in the “street”; but be assured that ‘90 out of 100’ know the name Lil Kesh and expect a follow-up when you say “Skibo!”.

After the headies drama, Kesh went hard in the paint with the release of ‘Ibile’; a well approached song produced by two of the best chefs in the game – Pheelz and Young Jonn. The yungin’ later followed up with Cause Trouble which featured YCee helping to cement his boss’s point about making hits back to back.

Fuck Shit Up being the album opener, Lil Kesh solidifies his position in the rap game with crazy and funny lines referencing his boss Olamide’s headies’ comment and took it high with a hook which he used to appreciate the support from his fans coupled with a bold self rating line “Se ti gbo? Dey say Kesh is our Next-Rated. Fuck that, I kinda feel like I am the Best-Rated”.

Ishe is a loveable/danceable tune dedicated to his mother reminiscing on the past and comparing it with the present situation. Without much ado, Semilore is the grass-to-grace anthem for Kesh, a relatable joint especially when you understand Yoruba.

Single handedly, he labelled himself the Problem Child with a hip-hop infused sound and a beat his fans can identify with him from ‘Shoki’, perfect for the street with YBNL label boss, Olamide hitting bullseye with his darts. Yaya Yoyo is sure to leave the listener in a prayer mood (Random: Emi no fe kuro ni street, Olorun ma dull mi oh).

What better way can he remind us that he is lyrically insane if he doesn’t hit us with a throwback outro.

This isn’t the best album we’ve listened to but the YBNL superstar successfully ‘Fucked Shit Up’ with this album. making it clear that if the fans (the street) appreciate his art, owo ma sha wole.

– Street Rating 8.5/10



Leave The Street Out of Y.A.G.I

Lil Kesh YAGI Album Review
Lil Kesh’s YAGI Album Cover

At the end of the day only good music would last.

Is Lil Kesh’s YAGI filled with good music? That is one question that the answer will be sidelined by some ’cause of the love the for this young man’s music.

Y.A.G.I, a newly-constructed acronym for “Young and Getting It” is the debut studio album by YBNL’s act and hit-maker ‘Lil Kesh’.

Now, let’s get critical and turn things up a notch.

FSU (F**k Sh*t Up) played a well deserved role has an intro to help tell us that Kesh is about to take us on a ride with top notch production by Pheelz coupled with deep flows that can get you thinking who offended the lil’ man, as he went in harder than he’s ever done in a while. Track 2 – Ishe, a tribute to his mum describing her as his number one lover and motivator but deliveries appear to be stale ’cause he didn’t really bring anything new to the table. He could have done better.

The 3rd entry, Semilore isn’t only a relatable track but also serves as a motivation kit for the hustlers who feel things are not falling into place for them. Separating the crazy beat by Pheelz on Cause Trouble, it will be just another average rap song by some rapper; not forgetting that he remade the song with Wale which kinda makes me think Lil Kesh himself wasn’t satisfied with the first version but ironically the version with Wale turned out to be upgraded noise.

Kesh got back on track with Abija Wara featuring Chinko Ekun & Phyno as he brings hip-hop and tradition (don’t forget Nollywood) together; all three artistes delivered impressively on this but Kesh couldn’t keep the streak going till he expressed his feelings to an unnamed girl with “For You”.

His delivery style on Problem Child served as the major problem on the Olamide assisted track funny how King Badoo stole the spotlight with his hook and verse leaving Mr. MeYAGI struggling to make lines i.e; “Bitch please, you already know shi; kesh is all about his cheese; freeze; I be like fleezy is how I am feeling when I’m burning that trees”. Ogbeni can you even annotate that line?

With AdekunleGOLD featured on a track with Kesh, you’d be expecting the collaboration that would move you but you listen you then find out the track is just ‘nice’. How many times can you listen to it again after your first take?

Igba Iponju happens to be a rewritten version of “Track 2” and “Track 3”; and he did it perfectly to keep you calm for the time being till you join the irresistible Ibile band.

Having to have seen the street version and posh side of life, Lil Kesh teaming-up with Davido generated the street wise song “Yaya Yoyo” and with good promotion Kesh will have a prayer anthem on the lips of many.

Lil Kesh finally has an album in his catalogue, a nineteen track album with FSU (F**K Sh*t Up), Semilore, Abija Wara (feat. Chinko Ekun & Phyno), For You and Yaya Yoyo (feat. Davido) being “my” stand out tracks.

Album Rating: 5/10 – In my opinion, YAGI by Lil Kesh is an average album not forgetting our it can make you judge “a book by it’s cover art”.


Wondering why the street rating is 8.5/10 and why my personal rating is 5/10? Fact is Kesh has intoxicated the mind of many listeners in the street with his previous releases like Shoki and Efejoku and mind you, we all know how Pheelz & Young Jonn can make you ignore the lyrics of a song ’cause of their top notch productions. Hence, my own angle.

– Aworoghene Michael (@Oghene_Michael)

Oghene Michael

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