The fast rising act prides himself in the fact that he’s amongst the few versatile ones in the industry. His ability to switch from pop music to rap songs and still deliver is an art not so many have mastered.
How this youngster was able to rebrand himself and his name to enable him ‘zoom’ past the bad energy of being nicknamed the ‘check guy’, to now becoming a major chart topping artist just few months after releasing an Ep is awing. Thus, this and more has earned him a spot on Afrobeats360’s artist of this week.
Superboy Cheque Instagram Photo
Name: Akanbi Bamidele Brett
D.O.B: March 23, 1995 (25years)
Years active: 2015 – Till date
Labels: Penthauze Records
Projects: ‘S.O.O.N’, ‘Razor’
Cheque grew up in Ondo Town, Ondo State. Not so much has been revealed about his childhood.
Cheque’s Journey Into Music
Akanbi Bamidele was enjoying the privilege that came with being considered a brilliant kid in the department of chemical engineering at the great Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), when he suddenly fell in love with music in his sophomore year. And so there was a change in his persona. This change made a friend who is a present day colleague come up with his first ever stage name- Kyle B.
The singer recounts in an interview: “In my first two years, I was a First Class student. Then, I saw Zamorra [who sang ‘Importanter’] making music as a rapper, so I got inspired and felt like I could do it too. Zamorra also gave me my first name, Kyle B.”
As kyle B, he released the five track EP, S.O.O.N which stands for SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING in 2015. It featured Fireboy [then DML], Chinko Ekun and Zamora.
Cover art for S.O.O.N Ep
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Unkown to him, a more terrible fate awaited him. The singer found himself in a freestyle session and when the mic was passed on to him, the only words he could utter was ‘check mic check, check…..check.’
He got booed by the crowd and from that day, everywhere he went he got called the Check guy even though his stage name was Kyle B. But all these didn’t deter the singer, he counted his losses and swore to work hard and develop his craft and prove naysayers wrong.His efforts started to yield positive result as upon graduation from the University in 2016, he relocated to Lagos and in 2017, Cheque and DML were signed to a label called Cruel Station. They got an apartment and some facilities with it. Unluckily for them that was all they got from the record deal. As the deal went south and after a year the deal was over. But Cheque was lucky to put out his debut Ep S.O.O.N
With the deal off, the youngsters became homeless and were lucky to be sheltered by a friend called ‘Flonerd’ who also helped them set up a mini studio in his family house. It was during this time that Fireboy got signed to Ybnl and it was a major boost for Cheque’s confidence.
In a bid to keep improving, Cheque made it a point of duty to drop freestyles constantly on social media. This decision turned out to be one of the best decision the singer ever made. One of his freestyles posted on Instagram caught the attention of Phyno. But first he had to ditch the name Kyle B to the more familiar one ‘check guy’, as people found it difficult to remember. He made sure to add his own sauce to this accepted name and immediately changed all his social media accounts to ‘Superboy Cheque’ which is now his official stage name.
One day in the middle of 2018, Cheque got a random DM from Phyno commending a freestyle he had just put out and in February 2019, Cheque signed to Phyno’s Penthauze Music. He immediately set to work and put out a couple of songs under the penthauze imprint but his breakthrough came from the release of his Second body of work titled ‘Razor.’
The Razor Ep is made up of 5 tracks- ‘Zoom’, ‘Satsfied’, ‘Loco’, ‘Odunyi’ and ‘Hollywood’. It was released on the 3rd of July 2020. This body of work have gone on to cut through different music charts to get Cheque to the top spot. The single ‘zoom zoom’ has proven to be the most accepted song on the project thus far, as it sits just below Davido’s Fem on Audiomack’s list of top songs in the country.
As young Cheque continues to grow in leaps and bounds Afrobeats360 stays solidly behind him all the way!
Cheers To Good Music🥂