There have been rumors all over the place for some days now about Adekunle Gold leaving YBNL. The truth is Adekunle is still with YBNL but will leave by June. His record deal ends in June and according to a reliable source, he does not wish to continue with the record deal after expiration. Lil Kesh left YBNL few weeks ago to create his own label named Y.A.G.I Records. There were also rumour of Viktoh leaving the label- unconfirmed though. Many are beginning to fear for the future of the once ‘dreaded’ team. This piece will discuss the future of YBNL and how the record label will still remain a force to reckon with on the Nigerian music scene. Olamide, after the exit of Lil Kesh, signed a female act, Temmie Ovwasa, who doubles as a singer and guitarist. Since I already discussed the role of the latest signee in YBNL, there is no need to say much about her here.
Truth be told, Viktoh’s impact on the record label as a team was never really felt and he may not be really missed if he leaves. He was not featured in any of the tracks on Eyan Mayweather album and only gave a short verse in ‘Efejoku’, a track off Lil Kesh’s Y.A.G.I album. Meanwhile, the two in-house producers Young John and Pheelz have not made their intentions to leave the label known yet. With these producers, nothing is impossible. They are production wizards who could transform totally gibberish songs into hit songs with the power of their instrumentation.
Talented lyricist, Chinko Ekun also is still signed to YBNL. He will work together with Olamide to dish out heavy Hip-Hop tunes with the assistance of super Hip-Hop producer, Pheelz. YBNL boss Olamide may need to sign maybe a pop artiste to handle future pop songs for YBNL. This however may be unnecessary as Olamide is so versatile he could handle any music genre by himself.