We want to release our own top 10 greatest Nigerian artistes ever since none of our hip-hop acts made it into the Billboards list.
MI Abaga: Arguable Africa’s best rapper, he hit the rap industry like a tsunami in 2008 with his easy going punch line packed style of rapping and has since been a force to reckon with. He also raised stars like Ice Prince and his younger sibling Jesse Jagz
Mode 9: Although, not commercially minded, he is arguably the best lyricist Nigerian music has ever seen and with 7 Headies Lyricist on the Roll awards, 7 studio albums and 5 mix-tapes, Mode 9 is worthy of his spot on this list.
Vector: Vector’s style of rap runs through the fast and equally slow tempo. His style of rap has been compared to that of rapper Jay-Z and is one rapper you don’t wanna diss, Reminisce will tell you why he is called the Viper.
Olamide: Undoubtedly the king of indigenous rap, he has carved a niche for himself in the industry, he is currently the most features artiste in the country and with 5 albums and numerous hit songs, his credentials are not in doubt. He has also raised impressive acts like Lil’ Kesh and Chinko Ekun
Phyno: He is the igbo version of Olamide, and is widely regarded as the ambassador of Igbo rap music. Although he primarily raps in Igbo, he combines a bit of Pidgin and English in his music and is loved by even those who do not understand the Igbo Language.
Reminisce: This versatile rapper was named by TIME Magazine in 2014 as one of the seven world rappers to meet, that alone is enough for anybody doubting the ability of Alaga Ibile. He also has a vast collection of strong punch lines in Yoruba language.
Jesse Jagz: The emperor has been described as Nigeria’s Kanye West because of his flirtatious experimentation with different genres of music from R&B to roots reggae to pop all built on a predominantly hip hop foundation.
Eldee: The trybes man was one of the pioneers of the current type of hip-hop we have today in Nigeria and has gone to develop stars like Dr.Sid, 2Shotz, Sasha and Sarz. He has also worked with CNN and Warner Bros, not to mention his loads of international awards. His resume speaks for itself.
Ruggedman: Ruggedy baba, is one artiste, who against all odds, made his way to the top of the food chain in the rap business. When you want to talk of the evolution of Nigerian rap music, the piece will never be complete without the inclusion of this self made rapper.
Da Grin: We just had to reserve a spot for him. Although his career was cut short by the cold hands of death, the rapper was able to write his name in the sands of time and the likes of Olamide, Reminisce, Seriki and others were able to ride on the back of his success.
Jasper Atakefa is a music lover and a sports addict, he tweets via @jasperAtakefa