Who is Laycon? that is the question of many people right now. Well, call him the starboy of 2020, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Take a look at Laycon’s Biography and see how far his journey has been. Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe, popularly known by mainstream media as Laycon, is a 26-year-old rap artist, singer, and songwriter from Lagos State, Nigeria. Laycon has been actively involved in music since 2014 where he performed at the 2014 Coke Studio University of Lagos event and is a musician signed to the Record Label; Fierce Nation Entertainment Limited (FNE LTD)
The term “Icons” is used to refer to his diehard fans. Laycon emerged as the winner of the just concluded Big Brother Naija reality TV show tagged as the “Lockdown Edition”.
Unlike most mainstream artistes, Laycon’s social media presence was not that vibrant until after his appearance at the Big Brother Naija TV reality show. You can follow him on Twitter @itsLaycon and on his verified Instagram profile with over 1.7million followers @itslaycon.
Laycon went from being dragged on twitter for being shabbily dressed to becoming an internet sensation.
Laycon’s Education & Early Life
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Olamilekan Agbeleshe was born on 8 November 1993. He was raised in Lagos. However, his parents are natives of Baduwen, Odeda, Ogun State. Laycon is an individual from humble beginnings. From the early demise of his father, who had been diagnosed with sickle anaemia since childbirth, to the lack of financial ability needed to push his musical career forward. Laycon had a difficult childhood.
Laycon had his Primary and Secondary school education in Lagos State. Before graduating with a second class upper degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos (UNILAG). Most sources claim that Laycon was the best graduating student in the 2015/2016 graduating set but, Laycon was not named as the best graduating student by the University itself. Therefore, that claim is questioned. However, Laycon’s versatility with words in his music and his display of physical and emotional intelligence in the big brother house, which endeared many to him, points to the fact that he has a brilliant mind.
How Laycon’s Career Started
Although, there have been videos on the mainstream media dated as far back as 2013 showing Laycon in three-quarter jeans and slippers, rapping at the Mr. and Mrs. UNILAG school event. Laycon started songwriting and rap at a tender age. In 2014, he was one of the ten artists that performed at the Coke Studio University of Lagos event. He also finished as one of the top ten finalists in the MTV Base LSB Challenge.
Laycon was not signed to a record label until 2019 when he was signed to Fierce Nation Entertainment Limited. He released a track titled “Fierce” with star acts like Chinko Ekun and Reminisce. He also worked on two different extended playlists, “Any Given Monday I & II” Before releasing another EP “Who is Laycon” in 2020.
Laycon’s Career Breakthroughs
Most musical acts rise to fame by releasing that one track that would throw them into the limelight. Some, a popular record label with an already existing, huge fan base can push them forward.
Laycon’s case is one of a kind. One termed to be a case of mercy and grace intervening in his life. Laycon’s career didn’t receive the major boost that was needed until he showed up on the Big Brother Naija TV reality show in clothes adorned with LED lights.
His fan base received a huge boost because of the perception of the audience about him. Everyone wanted to know who the “guy from such broke background” was. Compared to the rest of the housemates, he looked like someone who had to work for everything he got in life.
He became a man of the people by displaying a healthy level of humility and charisma that couldn’t be matched. During his stay in the house, watch parties were held for him by watching fans. Laycon weathered through trails and travails like the toxic “Erica friendship saga” and being the “poorest kid on the block” to emerge as the winner of the TV reality show. He also became the first housemate in history to hit and surpass the voting limit.
Laycon’s Memorable Moments.
Laycon catapulted from one of the underdogs in the music industry to a bright star that is being loved by all and sundry. This feat would have seemed impossible if not for his stellar performance at the TV reality show. The last party held at the Big Brother Naija house showed him partying with big acts like the popular Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) crew and sensational acts like Rema. There is no saying what the limit could be for Laycon.
Laycon’s Songs and EPs
Laycon has awesome songs that had not been discovered by the public eye before his emergence into limelight. Tracks like “Fierce and Senseless” have saturated the radio waves since his debut.
He has four Extended Playlists (EP) to his name. Here is a list of the EPs with some of the tracks.
YBAG (Young Black and Gifted)
CuMMercial and several others
Any Given Monday (The Playlist)
Any Given Monday II
Gmym and several others
Who Is Laycon
The Question (Intro)
Hiphop feat. Deshinor
Accolades feat. Yusufkanbai
and several others.
In the year 2014, Laycon was one of the ten artists that performed in the Coke Studio University of Lagos Event. Also, In 2017, he was one of the top ten finalists in the MTV Base LSB challenge. In 2020 he emerged as the winner of the Big Brother Naija TV reality show. Although none of Laycon’s tracks have been nominated for any awards, there is no doubt that his talent is well recognized by mainstream media and community at large.
Laycon’s Net Worth
There are no valid proofs or pre-existing assets to ascertain the net worth of Laycon as at the present moment. With regards to the just concluded Big Brother Naija TV reality show, he received prizes like the Nigerian-made Innosson SUV, a house, and a whopping sum of 30million naira. We could say Laycon is worth about 200,000 USD.
Other interesting facts that can be found
Laycon interned as the personal assistant to the MD and CEO of Latjum Global Nigeria Limited during his undergraduate studies at the University of Lagos. He also worked as a sales and business personnel at Bestman Games Ikoyi, Lagos, upon graduating from the University. He has also worked as a freelance writer for different establishments and companies.