By SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos
Chocolate City artiste, Christopher Omeye whose stage name is Yung L has finally released his much talked about debut album titled Better Late Than Never BLTN.
His album listening party was held last Sunday at the Mitsubishi Showroom, Victoria Island in Lagos with celebrities like MI Abaga, Skales, Chopstix, DJ Lambo, Abuchi and a host of others in attendance.
Produced by Chopstix, the 16-track album which was produced by Chopsticks and TUC is out officially from Friday, October 13 though a pre-order had been on since Monday, October 9. It has songs like Where You Dey, Nina, Superman FT Mr Marley (a version of himself), Suzzy FT R2Bees of Ghana, Pressure FT Sarkodie also of Ghana, Gbewa, Migrate, Sensei, Shupe and One Shot.
The album listening party was powered by Mistibushi, Jameson, MTV Base and of course, Chocolate City. The Q&A session was anchored by OAP, Ehiz of MTV Base. Yung L’s mum in a video shown revealed that the singer who studied medicine and surgery at the University of Jos had been passionate about music at a young age. He stayed through to finish his education this year, pursued his NYSC and went on to fulfill his passion.
The ex-Grip Music artiste who was once a back-up artiste for Ice Prince said, “The BLTN album is something I should have done a long time ago but I’m excited I am having it now even though it took a while. So far it’s been good, I have been working on the album before I even joined Chocolate City. Shout out to my ogas, friends and family for making it happen. It is better late than never. That’s what inspired the album title. This is my first album I had to present for the culture, I have to give them enough”.
Speaking further, Yung L who’s from Jos said, “BLTN captures where I have been from, where I started from to the struggle I’ve been through. If you listen to the first track on the album it’s called ‘Where you dey’, it’s for guys that are just showing up now that we are there. It’s like where you dey when we dey hustle to enter industry night, na now you come dey show.
People always think it was easy because I roll with MI and Ice Prince but they have their careers to fend for. They always told us look, Omo na lagos be this o, you’ve got to hustle for yourself. Even till today it’s not like they ever called me and say Yung, take this money for your video. I had to meet people by myself, I had to hustle and I knew if I don’t do that I won’t be able to get the respect that I have right now. I had to hustle from the scratch.”
He concluded, “My motivation is my fans, those my fans are crazy people they will disturb till you know about the song, before I joined Chocolate City I did not have a push, I was doing everything independently with a few folks still I got to my fans, I still got to meet people and excited. My fans are my motivation.”