REAL NAME: Onome Onokohwomo
STAGE NAME: Yung6ix
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE:
ALSO KNOWN AS : Sixty, 9ja Carter
NET WORTH: Yung6ix Net Worth: $1.5 Million Dollars
HOMETWON: Ughelli, Delta State
OCCUPATION: Nigerian rapper
RECORD LABEL: 411 Entertainment and Storm Records current label is “Kash Kamp”
FUN FACTS : He’s a loyal Zamaniac (Ice Prince Fan)
His real name is Onome Onokohwomo popularly known by his stage name Yung6ix, is a Nigerian hip hop Afro-Hiphop recording artist. Onome Onokohwomo who is widely known as by his code name Yung6ix gained recognition after the release of his debut single “Oleku” in 2010 which went viral on the internet. The young Nigerian rapper has been described by Nigerian rapper M.I Abaga as the next best thing in Nigerian Hip-hop after they collaborated on a track together he got him the moniker ‘King of the South”.
Yung6ix is a self acclaimed south south best rapper and has released several hit songs as well as won many awards including several nominations to his name. He had beef with B Red and the recent one with ace Nigerian comedian Akpororo. Continue reading Young 6ix biography below.
Early Life, Background, Childhood , Education And Music Career
(Yung6ix Biography And Profile)
Onome Onokohwomo who prefer to be seen as Young6ix is a Nigerian rap artiste born and raised in Warri, Delta State. Young 6ix was born on the 8th of JUL 1989 into a wealthy family in Warri, Delta State and has four siblings of which he is the oldest. His music career started at a young age when he was a member of his church choir. His interest in music grew rap and he drew inspiration from rap music, during his high school days he engaged in rap battles and eventually formed a music group with his friends called “G-Squad” while he was still at FGC Warri. They began performing at various talent shows in Delta State and other neighboring states . After some years they dis-bounded and started pursuing their solo career.
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In a 2012 chat with Thisday news, Yung6ix recalled, “My love for music was so deep and I just kept on going till it got to a level they had to accept me for who I am. The first song i even recorded at school was used with my WAEC lesson fee to pay for the instrumentals and remember always having to trek from school to studio for close to 2 hours or more. It was a very challenging one for me at school because we weren’t allowed to do our thing like we would love to but the passion kept us strong and ready for any obstacles and were ready for it , funny enough we became stronger & tougher at the end”.
After he completed his high school education, Young 6ix relocated to western Nigeria to pursue a career in music and enrolled at Oduduwa University , a private university in Osun state. The Nigerian top rapper got his nickname from his high school “6ixty”. Soon after, he relocated to Lagos where he continued to record music as his passion for music grew stronger and tougher. He released “I’m an African” captured the attention of A&R Gbemi Ereku, who signed him to his 411 Entertainment Company in 2009. He became known after the release of cover version of “Oleku” that went viral on internet and everybody started using it as their ringtone on their mobile phones. Yung6ix went ahead to release “So Far Gone”, featuring P. Fizzy, a single off his Green Light Green mixtape. This joint was a freestyle to Wiz Khalifa’s “This Plane”. Fast forward to January 2011, 6ix released “Plenty Money”, another track from the mixtape; an accompanying music video was released shortly after. “Plenty Money” which had Nigerian radio premiere on the Beat 99.9 FM.
The award-winning rapper gives an insight into his growing up in Warri and other facts
WHEN did you realise you were called to do music?
I can’t really put a date to when I started music because I was really young. I actually don’t even know how I started making songs. But I recorded my first song when I was in SS 2. Since then, I just kept on recording till date.
What inspired you to go into music?
Life itself inspired me. I was the eldest son in my house, so I spent most of my time alone. All I had was music. I grew up in that kind of house where my parents don’t want us going out. I was always in my room. They always wanted me to read. So, when I get tired of reading, I escape with music. And my aunties, my mother’s sisters, love music a lot. They were always playing different kinds of songs. My mum’s favourite song was Tupac’s Carlifonia Love. She played it all the time. Back then, people still listened to cassettes and they really couldn’t afford to buy a lot of them, so if you can buy one, you will have to play it for one year before you buy another one. You can imagine how much I listen to those songs. So, I guess listening to too much music inspired my career choice.
How did that experience influence the kind of music you do today?
It actually helped me in life. Until recently when I really found the sound I want to sell to the world, western music had always been my thing. When I first came into the game, when I started with Storm Records, there was a problem at some point because I was making too much Western music. There was a problem selling the music out there.
Those were parts of the things I learnt from being under a record label. Western music had always been my major influence. I did not grow up with the state of mind that I want to be a Nigerian superstar. To me, there were no Nigerian superstars when I was growing up. Soundcity back then was just a 30 minutes programme on AIT. There was no MTV Base. All of these things we have now where not available back then.The only superstars we knew were Tuface and his crew and there was no social media for us to connect with them and know what their lifestyle is like.
So the real superstars I knew growing up were in the West and those were the people I always wanted to be like. I never pictured myself being a Nigerian superstar or an African superstar while I was growing up. It was never part of the dream.
What stands you out from other artistes?
Everything we do in life, we always have to learn. I learn a lot. If there is something that is trending and I see the value in it, I take it. But what I do is, I do not take it and use it. I take it and I redefine it. People don’t do that. Music itself is re-creation. There is nothing in this world that is being done that has never been done before. There is something I did in one of the tracks on my EP. The effects of about 40 percent of the song were made with my producer’s mouth. It is all about the quality of what I am putting out there.
Are you not afraid of competition?
I am not afraid of competition. I am only competing with myself. In fact, considering where I am right now, I know that I have to beat myself to be ahead. I never lose if I keep beating myself. You can’t be focused on people. At the end of the day, nobody will want to work with you. If everybody could afford original, there will be no fake out there because people love good things. I always work to be a better person.
What record label are you signed on to?
I am signed on to Kash Kamp & Trick Billionaire Musiq (KKTBM).
What did you study in school?
Lots of people actually think I am a Masters Degree holder but I actually did not graduate from school. I had to defer my admission after I got my deal. I have attended six universities in Nigeria. My dad was particular about what he wanted me to study. Because i don’t want to stay home, most times when I’m in school, I don’t tell him what I’m doing. Sometimes, I write JAMB to get into school; he doesn’t even know the course I’m studying. I ended up attending a private school but I deferred my admission in 200 Level after I got my deal.
Do you intend to go back?
Of course, I intend to go back to school. School is very important especially concerning my ambition. I have it all worked out.
Yung6ix officially signed a joint-venture deal with 411 Entertainment and Storm Records. This news was also reported by reputable Nigerian portals like Vanguard , Premier times and Linda Ikeji blog. This partnership was to help improve Yung6ix’s music career. After a while, Yung6ix collaborated with Wizkid on “Follow Me”, a track from his debut studio album. The music video for the song was released and it was directed by Bobby Boulders. In September 2011, Yung6ix released “Oh My Gosh” , the fourth track from his Green Light Green project. The song earned him both “Lyricist on the Roll” and “Best Rap Single” nominations at the Headies Awards the following year. The project was initially planned to drop in April 2011 but it was later released on 26 December 2011. “Oh My Gosh” music video was released in January 2012, it was filmed in Lagos and Johannesburg, with guest appearances by some big guns in the Nigerian entertainers including Naeto C, Jesse Jagz, DJ Neptune, and P. Fizzy.
Yung6ix was handpicked by by M.I Abaga to be featured on his on M.I’s Illegal Music 2; M.I subsequently co-signed and nicknamed him the “King of the South”. Yung6ix released his “Picking Things” in May 2012 , a single that supported his debut album. The song features fellow ex-label mates Naeto C and E. Kelly. The album titled was later disclosed by the rapper in a chat with blogger Ogaga Sakpaide. That same year, he earned a nomination for the “Most Promising Act” at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, but lost to Eva Alordiah.
Yung6ix founded his own record label In 2013 and he named it “Kash Kamp” which is also home for Percy as well as ace producer Otee Beatz. On 4 September 2013, Yung6ix’s accepted an offer from “Trick Billionaire MusiQ”, the goal was taking Yung6ix and his brand out of Africa and sharing his brilliance with the rest of the world. He collaborated with Percy on “First Class”, the third single from his album. The music video of the song earned him a “Best Hip Hop Video” nomination at the 2013 Nigerian Music Video Awards. Yung6ix debut studio album, 6ix O Clock, was released on 6 February 2014. The highly anticipated album features guest appearances from some Nigeria’s finest including Phyno Phino, Percy, Yemi Alade, Da L.E.S, M.I, Ice Prince, Wizkid and YQ.
Several Nigerian singers has acknowledged his talent including M.I Abaga. M.I described Young 6ix as the next best thing in Nigerian Hip-hop after working together to release a track ‘King of the South”. Due to his talent and young age he appeals to a lot of Young Nigerians and he is referred to as the Voice of the New Generation. Yung6ix is currently dating but he is that type that doesn’t disclose his relationship .
Awards And Nominations
- Yung6ix won National Act of the Year at 2013 Abuja Music and Meritorious Award
- He was nominated for Best Hip hop Video at 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards
- He was also nominated for Lyricist on the Roll and Best Rap Single at The Headies 2012
- He was also nominated for Most Promising Act at Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Yung6ix: Studio Albums
- 6ix O’Clock
→Release: 6 February 2014
→Label: Kash Kamp / Trick Billionaire MusiQ
→Format: CD, Digital download
- Release: 26 December 2011
- Label: 411 Entertainment/Storm Records
- Format: Digital download
Yung6ix House And Cars
Rapper Yung Six moves into his new house in October 2013. He took to his his Instagram page to show off his new crib. He is one of those Nigerian musicians that lives a flamboyant lifestyle . When he shared the news , he thanked his parents for the success. He also shared with fans his new car, a New Range Rover Sport. He also has other cars in his garage .