Ya-B

Ya-B

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandWorldHip Hop

The story of this particular sound is the story of his world. Ya-B brings amazing instrumentation to his listener while weaving a musical dream of sorts with his lyrics. Each piece brings a fresh and unique vibe with it. The innovative concepts and killer beats keep you moving. True "akata" music.

Biography

Yaqub "Ya-B" Al-Amin began writing songs at a young age but started taking music seriously when he left Chicago for Nigeria at the age of 13. After a 15 Minute Audition with Mr Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo "D1" Adeneye, he and his Lagos based rap group "TMT" were offered a spot on the most watched show in West Africa at the time "Primetime Jams". By the time Ya-B was 15, at the turn of the century, he had learned Yoruba language fluenlty and had shared the stage with some of West Africa's top recording artists including Eedris Abdulkareem, Femi Kuti, and Many More.
Ya-B is often seen wearing New York Yankees caps despite that he is a native Chicagoan to represent the mesh of Nigerian and American Culture “The NY stands for Niger/Yankee” Ya-B explained. Upon his return, Ya-B recorded a slew of new material at Chicago indie label illregards Records, which earned the Chicago Rap scene's attention. Slipping in Broken English and Yoruba language while still getting his positive point across to his fellow American MC's.
He then went on to sign with a Chicago based independent Label, Zoawe records in Fall 2005. While at Zoawe Ya-B worked with Grammy Nominated Engineer Greg Magers, Soundstarz Productions as well as 1&15th Label Owners Chilly and Lupe Fiasco on his debut "Ya-B Presentz: The Rap Lesson". While recording "The Rap Lesson" Ya-B linked up with 2011 BET Award Winner 2Face Idibia and joined his tour for 5 city's. After touring, Ya-B worked together with 2Face and Beatsmith productions to record a remix of 2Face's Hit record "The Finest" featuring singer/songwriter/producer B.Howard. Ya-B would also go on to join funk/soul giants Sharon Jones & The Dapkings on stage.
Tragedy struck when Ya-B was shot 3 times while leaving an event in Chicago's south loop. As fate would have it Ya-B pulled through and made what can only be described as a miraculous recovery. After which he would make even more "Culture Packed Super-Powerful Music". Ya-B has since worked with a slew of Chicago based Afro-fusion taste makers such as Afro-Beat Productions, Naija DJ's, and Gavan Media, to become instrumental in pushing a campaign for Afro fusion music currently unmatched in Chicago today.

Lyrics

No Yawa (No Problem)

Written By: Najeeb "Ya-B" Al-Amin

Hook
No Yawa No Yawa Small Yawa Let Go See when my flow connect Gee its sort of the dead sea you thought i use a jet ski to pull up at my show
thats why its no yawa no yawa small yawa let go see when my flow connect Gee its sort of like the red sea you thought i use a jet ski to pull up at my show. that why its No Yawa No Yawa, (GO!)
Verse
I go harder and go further, i know ya'll was tryin to work up i mean work out to get your verses up surplus when ya'll heard us cuz first you gotta hate and then you gotta turn up. you don para man are you nervous i let the holy white fly GZus put a bird up see how i let the piece fly see thats what the word was you thought it was "peace", but thats a play on words because i was sittin calmly i didnt draw first blood and ya'll talkin' ya'll gotta show us. i let a bar off i kill a person you no even be person how you go fit to hurt us see we are niger yankees and we dont give a firm for cryin' out loud for cryin out loud Flow trouble am i slidin right now, blades on wipers is slidin right down, the flow is from i like cryin right now take it back underground like im dyin right now?

Late Friday

Written By: Najeeb "Ya-B" Al-Amin

If You in Ya seat then get on your feet. And if you on ya feet, then move closer to me, To me (Its Ya-B, Zoawe, Chicago!!! Move Closer)

Chorus
La La Late Friday La La Late Friday, If i aint at the crib im chillin at the party where they play that Ya-B and all my troubles cant find me baby,

La La Late Friday La La Late Friday, Cause you just wanna hear the music sometimes the type that let you leave your sorrows behind Yo

Yo its the mornin' of the day after thursday i woke up in a crib out west with a beautiful girl named... well i aint gotta get specific i ge a call from slap talkin bout wass good on tryin to make a million. we know that money talk and this what its like for our type so before i crap out, i'll fix my dice. aint no welfare check no link gon fix my life i gotta think dough pimp my ride. No Schitz go get my rhymes those hits joe dig my lines tell a dyme if its this day night, then you know where im at; im where the people love the sound and its fat and fux with it cause the feelin is back. This where we bring the soul in you bring the rest to it so you can get ya head nod or you can step to it, so whats it gon be real a pretend a no-brainer when presented to him... its friday night on the scene babez.

Chorus

So you can do what you want and let the sound blast by the speaker with the diva with the round as "far-as-im-concerned" these other entertainers got a lot to learn. what if i bought the plus back "Positive" Black survives again. send that feel good music through every metropolitan they never doctrinize the proper hitz, so i gotta find the most logical sound possible can i move yo girl, and take you to a whole new world, I'll make ya friends ask are those new pearls. I aint alladin but im lampin and im askin can i show you girl like, what you can tell'em friday night you where that a.bizz record spinning cause the vibe that right and the dj gimme a runback twice like bush out and McCallisters in Seems like he rollin the dice, she puts her fendi frames on at night.... Its friday night on the scene Babez

Chorus

Commit to memory the melody and how the rhyme go good times yo we never forget so in the mist of the nonsense we still connect, real as death, build respect skillz ill till Fin. If we aint careful he'll bring the whole hood with him them haters watchin but i see them haters through a sniper lens. Mc for hire mercy he's gettin paid so its up to ya'll to do it Zoawe... Its friday night on the scene Babez

Chorus

The Finest Ft Ya-B & B.Howard

Written By: 2Face Idibia, Ya-B and B.Howard

Ya-B : Wassup!?

2Face: O boy dis girl she dey scatter my head men notin dey happen!!

Ya-B: Iss Like that yo!?

2Face: Yea....

2Face: Ay Yo 2Face and Ya-B

Ya-B: Kennis Music!!!

2Face: Ya-B & Zoawe!!

Ya-B: B.Howard!!!

B. Howard: Yea!!

Ya-B : Well Lets Go!!

Chorus:

2Face: O girl Na you be The Finest....

2Face: O girl Na you be The Cutest girl in da club tonight.

2Face: I say Na you be the sweetest.......

2Face: O girl Na you be the sharpest girl in da club tonight.

Verse 1:

First thing I gotta do is get through the thick of the crowd, music up no such thing as too loud. Border-line dazed,
I order my brain to sort of find a lady of course I find a lady.
Border-line Banging?
Nah!! she Just Bangin' Mang if I aint crazy this ones the illest she just dey,
High me like wait wait a minute she just dey, Eye me here goes the big finish I step,
Lively through a club of 7's, 8's and 9's so i can get to the other side where I
Will everly try try to get her to say "Hi, my name is ___ ____, "That's your number? " "Here is mine"...Or something along those lines
I'm so live and alive in the spirit the feeling is so fine
the women is so fine in the place to be, but she killing so "Hi, my name is Ya-B and... (What!?)

Chorus:

2Face: O girl Na you be The Finest....

2Face: O girl Na you be The Cutest girl in da club tonight.

2Face: I say Na you be the sweetest.......

2Face: O girl Na you be the sharpest girl in da club tonight.

Verse 2

Ya-B: whaddup girrrrl!! You just too fly, designer fits on, lookin at me funny cuz you heard i gets my pimp on but all that here-say by the wayside loosen up a little bit with me can you smell me? like Canine...
Which one you....(Pause Come on!)
Which one you dey? Black whip and the plat wrist or grills with fresh fades. I just get a round, Like wheels and techs babes you listen to the sound and get rid of ya stress babes.
Make I yan you small, the jist of the jack is I'm fresh like my middle name vaccum packed and I guess that I'm tipsy but this aint the gin. Cause these girls mean, but you're hotter than them...
Now, would i be wrong if i told you what a great job you did while you were getting pretty in the whip, Now all I wanna do is get you to the crib and see if I can see you scream a little bit like (Uh!)

Chorus:

2Face: O girl Na you be The Finest....

2Face: O girl Na you be The Cutest girl in da club tonight.

2Face: I say Na you be the sweetest.......

2Face: O girl Na you be the sharpest girl in da club tonight.

Verse 3

2Face:

See this type of tile,

Anything she wan make she do I go leave'am.

See this type of tile,

whether she like or she no like I go give'am.

See this type tile,

If she say she be lady I go gree'am,

See this type of tile,

It be like I dey enjoy how I dey turn MuMu for'am.

See this type of tile,

Anybody try'am I go use my navigator Jam'am.

See this type of tile,

If moto no dey na my back I go carry'am,

See this type of tile,

If anybody try'am like play like play, I go blank'am,

See this type of tile,

Anybody tell me one time I say I believe'am,

(Beatsmith)

I believe'am,

(Yadamean!?)

I say I Believe'am...Eh!!

Na you be the sweetest!!

Bridge:

Ya-B: Ay yo B

B. Howard: Yea, For the love....

Ya-B: Lets break it down for a second.

B.Howard:
(Break it Down Now!)
Ay Girrrrl,

Everytime she come around she feelin like

(Oh!!)

Stuntin just as soon as she walks through the door,

Louie Vuitton bags with the diamonds that

(Glow!!)

Corn rows like she's stepping out a fashion
show

(Say What's Up)

Ight Yo, I came to get down,

I'm feeling you so get on the floor now,

I hear gin he talkin that shit to me now,

Strike a Pose,

(Move it slow)

Stretch out and take your clothes off....

(Ooooh!)

You're the sweetest...

Iwo Ni Mo Fe Mega Mix

Written By: Ya-B & Eedris Abdul Kareem

Sir Listen, YOu aint never heard of me , my name ya-b like "turn like" burnin these words right, whippin on the turnpike this na for naija wit ya to the dirt ight omoge they cant see me Shh they gon need a torch light (zaki adzee) its like I been a pimp dude since my birth right? I rep naija though it aint my birth rite, you know say that Akata boy dey always spit his verse tight. she le me Na Wo Ya the first night,l love you baby baby, it aint gon hurt ight, daddy has a big farm and i work nights, but that dont mean that you can get the gucci purse, right. ight black alagbara naija raps i no be arm robber but mo lowo like dat. emi Ya-B lo'n ba yin fo, to all my omo ge's i just wanna let you known... Pe

Chorus

Iwo ni mo fe, ( you're the one I love) Yo!!

Iwo ni mo fe, ( you're the one I love) Baby Girl

Jo !

Iwo ni mo fe, ( you're the one I love)

to ba tun gbo o ma ti da mo ni e (After you heard it again, then you recognize be dat) Yo!!

I Mean...Who Is That Freestyle (Over J.Coles "Who Dat")

Written By: Najeeb "Ya-B" Al-Amin

Remember that the illest s#!t,
Come with no distortion
and you should know what it aint
ya dig?
thats first,
then the secular,
read it on my deen iblis ain't see this on no message board
the king that roll the carpet out with oceans who I rep it for.
uh,
who else wanna know who dat killa be,
it'll be centuries before you peep my similes
drop kick arithmetic consistent see (or ency) {ok now im just fucking with your mind} .
Orangutan in outer space with spits you see.
Press peace.
Press preach in press release.
Mess wit me I let you know the riot shield suppress police.
Mesh with me.
You met with me on record so from now on I will keep in touch mentally, rhymin' it existentially,
heh?
Now lets get back current; fly stuff.
Fresh kicks my number 10 chicks a 10 chick Attention!
I'm tempted, to get really topical I mean.. I know you cats are scared to chat lets talk about these fossil fuels.
There's a boat load of other obstacles.
Who shotta you?
and Whose ready to die for you?
Who's that?
Are they inside of you?
and Were they still there when you left the hospital? So
If you got that flame will they aim shots at you..? Probably.

Freakin Out

Written By: Najeeb "Ya-B" Al-Amin

Cracks Jokes : Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan .... (Lols)

Are You..?

Are You Freakin' Out...?

Chorus:
Word up,
Yo check the word to understand the sound,
don't be freakin out,
peep mi lyric when we break it down,
Another word up you have fit listen when we break it down
but how una (You) go listen if ya freakin' out!?
Word up,
Yo check the word to understand the sound,
don't be freakin out,
peep mi lyric when we break it down,
Another word up you must to listen when we break it down
but how una (You) go listen if ya freakin' out!?

Woman Screams:
(Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! )

Heh? While you're freakin' out......

Listen to the biscuit,
B, ski like the freakin' alps.
freaky on the incline freeze frame on your freakin' mouth,
that smash that like blackhole sun and sow and I reap it down.
Heh?
I fudgin' flow.
(th) fumpin' like I was jumpin'
on something above your ceiling droppin' dumbbells on the fudgin' floor.
(Trippin' Out)

See how I I'm chillin,
Ya'll ninjas flippin' out.

Me, I flip and rip the rhyme,
realer ish get to slippin out.

People start to harass they askin',
as if they feel the style.
That where you get that mojo from going from
rag to riches WoW!!!!

Noggin on supercharge when I'm launchin' trick,
I spit it out put my hands on it I could feel it movin' baby,
spin it round....Now freak out, freak out like its a disco record,
she should know that we the boss blockin' the freakin' intersection.
Hollin' at a couger in a kia who look interestin' who respectfully declined becaused my whip was "T.i.t.s" Infested.
I'm on the plane handlin' my business,
you other lames got no handles while you're dribblin'
blithering idiots crammin' how to get it,
but me,
I understand how to trap,
know where them fish is.
Weigh it up then pay it up,
crushing with blows,
at weigh in I'm heavyweight with these
punishing flows I'm saiyan,
how you hatin'
she lovin' it though,
Berkamp kick it in they faces,
Like one in the goal.....!!

Chorus:

Word up,
Yo check the word to understand the sound,
don't be freakin out,
peep mi lyric when we break it down,
Another word up you have fit listen when we break it down
but how una (You) go listen if ya freakin' out!?
Word up,
Yo check the word to understand the sound,
don't be freakin out,
peep mi lyric when we break it down,
Another word up you must to listen when we break it down
but how una (You) go listen if ya freakin' out!?

Woman Screams:
(Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! )

Heh? While you're freakin' out......

Verse 2

This aint time for panickin',
Anakin when I freakin' style.
See he on the valium now he done got to sleepin' out,
sleepin' in?
Peep how I scare'em when I be creepin' out.
Heh?
My gravity.
Pull a earth flip polarity
how do the earth contain all that power emitting out of me!?
slippin' in.....
then slippin' out of that dark reality the instant I get on it that hotness is burning calories.
People, People; haven't you heard the word he be rappin' he be
bird bird birdin' with topics if ninjas take a listen.
follow every line like it's a scripture when I spake the diction,
fate will have you meet at the point if ninjas pay attention.
now,
read out! read out!
like surah 97 human rights is on the milk carton,
missing since 9-11.
Probably flew the coupe out to Ibiza for a freakin' check but
people didn't want'em cause by then they felt too disconnected.
I'm on the train feelin' like its source code.
The average dame can't understand me like I'm morse code.
They good sports though,
she show me she smart so that we can talk
but really she want me up in that torso,
Smash it up,
Then mash it up,
Lovely results,
See how I navigate them waters.
When I'm up in the boat she soakin'
and she smokin' she lovin' the quotes,
Now, I'm done freakin' out baby,
speak on something I wrote,
That'd be DOPE!

Chorus:
Word up,
Yo check the word to understand the sound,
don't be

Discography

No Yawa (No Problem)

I Mean..Who Is That

Friday Night On The Scene (Late Friday)

Back From Insanity...

A Brief Look Into This World

The Finest feat 2Face Idibia & B.howard

Body On The Floor feat. EZT

Levelz

Dr Super Monkey Urban Terrorist

Free (short)

Ya-B Says Its On...

Definitive frstyl prod. by EZT for SoundStarz

Fly Tha Knot (mxtp jnt)

No Go Tire

Iwo Ni Mo Fe Mega Mix feat Eedris AbdulKareem

I'm So Naija ft Ya-B

Bada Bye Baby ft D Best

Walking Through Anno Domini

Green White Green ft Blink & Titi Lokei (Prod. by Kid Konnect)

Omoge Akoka

Trust Me ***download for a limited time!!!***

Original Akata Music

Surgery

Never Look Back

Feel Me frstyl

Keep It Movin ***SoundStarZ exclusive***

Set List

No Yawa
Bait and Switch Freestyle
Back From Insanity
Iwo Ni Mo Fe Mega Mix
Late Friday
I Mean...Who Is That Freestyle
Reality Freestyle
Omoge Akoka
Still They're Shooting