One week after the release of his bubbly anthem “Practice Patience,” exciting Lagos-based afrobeats star
YKB has released his debut project, the seven-track extended play “Before I Blow”.
The project follows the success that YKB, formerly known as YusufKanbai, has enjoyed over the last three years, building a cult following and enjoying successful collaborations with reality TV star Laycon and street-pop star Zlatan as well as receiving critical acclaim from publications like Pitchfork and The FACE.
“Before I Blow” is billed as YKB’s first and last project as an up-and-coming star, with the coming months set to
see him move from the periphery of the afrobeats movement to a more prominent role.
The project features shape-shifting production from three producers namely Zolo, Godomarr, and Finito, seeing YKB take an autobiographical approach to the project’s sequencing: recorded at the active beginning of his career, “Wake Up” is a call to work harder and take charge of his career’s trajectory while Pitchfork described “Oshofree” as YKB making his case to demand “Naira for his work, not exposure over Zolo’s staccato percussion and s3nami’s dreamy backing vocals.” The sentiments that inspire these songs are evident on others songs like “Okuku Pay” and “Bolatito.”
The new EP is a follow-up to his 2020-released two-song pack, “Hear Me Out” and viral single, “Alabama,”
which has been hailed for its melodious range by afropop titan, Olamide, as well as the Zlatan-featuring “Dey Your Dey,” which positioned YKB as one of the most cogent voices to pay attention to in afropop’s ever-evolving landscape.