If anyone loves the apparent and inevitable evolution of Laycon, it is me.
Before Laycon—real name Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba—joined the cast of Big Brother Naija, he wanted to be heard. Laycon’s passion and motive were to become a professional musician, revered for his skills. With a plan in place to give his dreams a real shot, in April 2020, the twenty-six-year-old Lagosian released the eight-track project ‘Who Is Laycon?’ to help with his musical discovery. The body of work couldn’t boast of having a GRAMMY-nominated musician on it, but he did his best to answer the question he believed people would ask once he debuted on the reality show Big Brother Naija.
‘Wagwan’, a track without a feature from the album, made its debut on the Billboard’s Top Thriller Global Charts in March of 2021, and Laycon’s profile as a competitive commercial artist continued to strengthen from there. The following season, he was chosen by the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs through my pitch to record an at-home performance series ‘Press Play At Home’ and interview for its video series ‘Herbal Teas & White Sofas’. To the shock of many, Laycon also had a huge moment when he took over BMI’s Instagram Story, showing his fans and new potential fans what’s a day like in Laycon’s world. The hashtags for each moment went viral, trending on Twitter. In December, he played a live concert dedicated to his fans called ‘iCONs Fest‘. Fellow African stars like 1da Banton, Zlatan and others joined him onstage.
It’s been a whole year since Laycon and I crossed paths with the help of his loyal fans, the iCONs. Now, he has an explosive new record out called ‘New Dimension’ with GRAMMY-nominated musician Made Kuti, which he paired with a presidential address to his superfans before its release.
Catch a vibe and check out his latest upload on YouTube, the official lyric video for ‘New Dimension’ featuring the legendary Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti‘s grandson, Made Kuti, on the saxophone.