YBNL, established in 2012, is a record label owned by popular Nigerian rapper-cum-singer Olamide. In 2020, it signed a distribution deal with international music distribution and publishing company Empire.
Olamide has brought out a number of talented artists in Nigeria—some he officially signed, some he only helped. Popular Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold, among others, was formerly signed to YBNL.
The purpose of this article, therefore, is to show you a list of all the artists presently signed to YBNL.
Olamide, 32, is the honcho of YBNL, as already established. He’s a successful businessman and outstanding rapper whose consistency over the years has cemented his validity in the hearts of millions of music lovers in Nigeria and aboard.
His positions at YBNL, as both the honcho and an artist, is akin to American rapper Jay Z’s positions (chairman and artist) at Roc Nation.
2. Fireboy DML
Adedamola Adefolahan, better known by the name of Fireboy DML, is a talented 26-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter. He got his breakthrough when he signed a recording deal with YBNL in 2018 and his first official song ‘Jealous’ appeared on YBNL’s 2018 compilation album, ‘YBNL Mafia Family’. The song would later be rereleased as a single in March 2019.
Speaking of crossing boundaries, Fireboy is a genius. The remix of his outstanding single of 2021, ‘Peru’ with British singer Ed Sheeran won him a UK platinum, an entry in the US Billboard Top 100, and a collaboration with the legend Madonna.
Born Ahmed Ololade Asake in late 1990s, Asake’s ride to YBNL actually began in the year 2020 when he released a freestyle, ‘Lady’, that went so viral that Nigerian inflencers, like Tunde Ednut, reposted it.
JayBoi first appeared on Olamide’s album titled ‘999’ released in 2020. Olamide in a Twitter post telling how he met JayBoi wrote:
‘People should watch out for jayboi 😈 met him in abeokuta IBD hotel. he served me drinks and started free styling for hours,he didn’t wanna leave 😂 I just had to put him on .. Cant wait to see him shine 🌟’.JayBoi was signed alongside Asake in February 2022.