The headies has come and gone, but beyond leaving behind winners and near-winners, the 2015 edition of the awards also left fighters.
Almost as anticipated, the next rated category had been the talk of the nation ever since the nomination list got released. The mild rivalry between Mavin and YBNL young acts, Reekado Banks and Lil Kesh didn’t just evolve over night. In the late 2014, lot of music pundits
argued that Lil Kesh should have won the Rookie of the Year award despite seeing the dark of the day at the nomination finale. Arguments rolled and people trolled while 2015 strolled in having both acts working tirelessly to gain feat of musical recognition in the year.
As a point worthy of mention, YBNL and Mavin unarguably were two of the three hottest record labels of the year. Repititvely dropping hits that got massive radio airplay and street hop recognition. It wasn’t suprising to have seen both record labels well represented on the 2015 Hip Hop World Awards nomination sheet. Korede Bello, Reekado Banks and Lil Kesh among others were on a head-to-head contest for the grand prize of a SUV and a prestigious award. The night finally came and of all, Reekado had come out most victorious over others. As much as the emergence became questionable as it would be in any very fierce and close contest, Olamide, leader of the YBNL pack and acclaimed brother of the act spared no gentlemanliness as he took to the stage to voice his disappointment at Kesh losing the award.
Picking up an action of analysis from here, it is evident the Next Rated was a voting category at the Headies. Implications says, voters voted for Reekado more than Kesh. It then boils to the fact that the non-emergence of Keshiro isn’t the flaw of the Headies organizers or the Mavin act who emerged as conqueror but of either YBNL who refused to solicit for enough votes or of chameolonic fans who instead of voting for Kesh let the award trip to Reekado. Badoo therefore shouldn’t have channeled his anger and disappointment at the organizers of the award but at fans of himself, Lil Kesh and YBNL who usually claim to be landlords and landladies of the street.
A step away from the action of Olamide saw the very humble Don Jazzy call on Olamide to come get the SUV prize if he wanted to. Evidently, Olamide venting his anger because Kesh lost out implies that the YBNL boss undermined the capabilities of Reekado; which is an insult to the Mavin crew for which Don had to stand up for. However, the career-threatening insult that came out of Jazzy’s mouth was totally unwise and due apology should be given from the cabin of the mavin dynasty.
Finally, it’s all up for jokes and meme on social media platforms due to another unwise action of Baddo who came online calling Jazzy a
Bastard. Well, that’s the product of a yoruba man losing his chill. For the very terrible statements about Don Jazzy, I think it is also quite demanding that Olamide publicly apologized to Don Jazzy.
Conclusively, this could be said to be two bosses having the back of their young acts and if that’s the view, I see not any of the parties spelling out apologies. If the drama then remains unresolved, it’s going to be a happy year for music lovers who will see two top-notch record labels go on an all-year long head-to-head diss. However, I hope this squabble is brought to a resolution.