However before they emerged, there were the ground breakers. The ones who dared to grab the bull by the horn and opened the flood gates for others, amongst them, we take a look at 5 unforgettable ones:
FREESTYLE and KABOOM: Whilst group leader of the defunct rap group Trybesmen, Eldee is still much prominent in the scene through his Playdata project despite having officially retired. Two members of the group, Freestyle and Kaboom have totally gone off the music radar. Free who once won Headies Rap album of the year and got crowned as the best rapper in the country relocated and we learnt recently got married whilst Kunle Bello more known as Kaboom who we hardly hear anything about except for his social media presence once laced bars that remain untouchable even till date.
RYMZO: The Rasta man was once Reggae’s shining light in the country, dropped his official debut album entitled ‘Take Mediocre off the stage’ in 2004, which had the hit single Rock and Roll, the reggae scene definitely could do with the talent of this producer and original Rastafarian.
KEL: Sexy rapper Kel caught our attention with a stellar 16 on Ill Bliss ‘You go wound’, got tongues wagging with her debut single ‘Waa wa alright’ backed by a lovely video and released a full body of work titled ‘The Investment’ in 2009. She later had the much publicized fallout with music director and former label boss Clarence Peters and was brand ambassador for Soul Mate hair products, doesn’t seem like we ever getting another album from this femcee anytime soon.
OMOLOLU: Still can’t place the name? remember hit songs from way back like 2face’s ‘See me so’ (even though there was a bedlam over the original producer of this when the Headies credited it to OJB), remember ‘I dey feel Like’ also by 2face, Tony Tetuila’s ‘My Car’ album. Omololu was Kennis Music in-house producer during their golden years, the Producer also released couple of singles in anticipation of his debut album but no one seems to know where he is today.
Zule Zoo: The brothers from Benue had a single that competed with the National Anthem, ‘Kerewa’ caught like wildfire and was so popular that despite its raunchy lyrics, everyone still sang along with it, the duo however have long shelved their music aspirations.
Ehis Combs Ohunyon is a music lover and writer, follow on twitter @ehiscombs