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Laycon Kick-Starts His Musical Journey With 'Shall We Begin'

On his debut album, the Lagos rapper and reality TV star narrates his personal journey over a diverse backdrop of sounds.

Olamilekan "Laycon" Agbeleshe has emerged as one of Nigeria's most promising new school acts. The Lagos-based rapper and singer may be most popularly known as the winner of the most recent season of Big Brother Naija, but music had been his passion long before fortune located him as a reality television star. Music has always been Laycon's life, and that's what the 27-year-old prefers to be recognized for.

Laycon began gaining traction locally during his university years, through performing at various events in Lagos. He was one of ten artists chosen to perform at the Coke Studio University of Lagos event while still an undergraduate at the school, and was a top ten finalist of the 2017 MTV Base LSB challenge. In 2019, he signed his first record deal to Lagos-based record label Fierce Nation.

Now, Laycon has released his debut album Shall We Begin — a 12-track body of work that features some of Nigeria's top talents — the likes of Joeboy, Mayorkun, and Teni. In March 2021, he began the album rollout by dropping its first two singles, "Wagwan" and the infectious afro-house bop "Fall For You", currently boasting over 1.1 million views on YouTube.

Laycon is embarking on the beginning of what he declares will be a very long journey, and is filling you in on all the details — every step of the way. Below, he reveals intricate details about his debut album and the creation process behind it.

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