Popular singer Keshinro Ololade, stage name Lil Kesh, is set to part ways with his mentor and label boss Olamide. The news of their business separation has been subject of rumours, but there are indications this is not unconnected to the expiration of Kesh’s two-year contract with the Olamide-led label, YBNL Nation.
The Shoki crooner, we gathered, is set to float a label of his own, which he claimed will be in form of a movement.
Olamide has been known to favour a two-year contract with his sign-ons in the belief that it is enough period for them to stand on their ‘two feet’. This is in response to critics who ascribe ulterior motives to his preference.
“Saying Kesh or Victoh or anyone else is gonna leave me is kind ash…y, I want these niggas to be great. Not slaves or dependent,” Olamide said via Twitter.
Although Olamide and Lil Kesh are yet to respond to enquiries as to the status of their relationship, feelers have it that the parting is amicable
Apparently, Olamide’s wish for his protégées have come true if reports that Lil Kesh is now financially buoyant enough to fund his projects and music videos. Kesh moved from his Lagos mainland base to a posh apartment in the upscale Lekki neighbourhood, and the house is equipped with an in-house studio- all acquired within the space of Kesh’s YBNL contract.
Olamide’s training seems to have paid off as Kesh’s career has taken off in a big way, hence his decision to move on, and do his own thing. As an anonymous source puts it, “Olamide has been training them all to stand on their own and Kesh was the first to blow, that’s why he’s the first to move on.”
Recall that only in January this year, Olamide mounted the stage at the Headies Awards Night to criticise the organisers for not giving the Rookie of the Year award to Kesh.