Happy New year guys. To mark the decade, we will be going down memory lane to remember some industry defining events that happened in 2006.
2006 saw the musical renaissance that began in the early 2000s continuing at an increased pace. More attention was being paid to post-production details. The quality of music videos greatly improved. Nigerian artists also became more bankable so entrepreneurs and corporate bodies alike slowly made inroads into the industry.
#1 Bring on The Headies
The first edition of the Hip Hop World awards aliased the Headies held in 2006. The award show’s first edition set the tone for a more competitive industry ready to reward the hard work and the dedication of artists to good music.
#2 Styl Plus
Styl Plus; a trio of Shiffy, Tunde and Zeal released their debut album Expressions in 2006. The album’s lead single Olufunmi is still a jam till date. This launched the beginning of a career that spawned one more album before the group went silent. Hard to believe the near-legend status accorded to Styl Plus today was only based off two albums isn’t it? What if they had more?
#3 Trybesmen fallout
While we were still hurting from the Plantashun Boiz split two years earlier, Trybesmen a group made up of rappers Eldee, KB and Freestyle also suddenly broke up. Facts never really emerged to ascertain what actually happened, It was clear however that a clash of egos had a huge part to play.
#4 Weird MC’s Animated Video
Theoretically, Weird MC’s Ijoya was a massive hit in 2006. The Don Jazzy produced song, however, achieved its fame from an unforgettable animated music video. It was the first of its kind at the time and it quickly earned Weird MC an unquestionable place in the industry.
#5 Then Along Came Mr Incredible.
Out of the murky waters of Jos came Jude M.I Abaga, This self-dubbed messiah of hip-hop took Lagos by its reins after making waves in his hometown of Jos with his hit song Crowd Mentality. M.I single-handedly created a bridge between the rap music genre and mainstream Afro-pop. It was an act of greatness, that didn’t bring only him to the limelight but a hoard of many famous names in the Industry including Wizkid, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Brymo, Djinee and others.
#6 Faze 2face: A Subliminal Love-Hate Story
As with many group splits, we still don’t know what went wrong with Festac-based group Plantashun Boiz. The silence by all the parties involved in the group’s split led fans to seek answers from songs released in their solo careers. A Letter To My Brother and See Me So two songs featured on Faze and 2face’ album respectively were tagged by many as subliminal diss songs. The lyrical content of both songs, however, has a love-hate mix that disqualifies any diss intent. Nonetheless, it is important to note that neither artist ever confirmed or denied the speculations of a beef between them.
#7 Moving to Paul Play’s Hitsville
Paul Play’s Hitsville album was home to two beautiful songs Angel of my Life and Forever. The lyrical content and crisp visuals that supported these two lead singles from the album was second to none that year. The album stands till date as a timeless piece of Nigerian R&B.
#8 OJB was Nigeria’s R.Kelly
2006 saw producer OJB Jezreel transform from a Gospel artist to a mainstream artist, a feat popularly affiliated with R&B king, R.kelly. The singer and producer made waves with a Gospel song Jah’s My Love in 2005. In 2006, his love ballad Searching sealed his place in Nigerian music as a mainstream artist.
#9 D’banj’s Why Me
The self-dubbed Kokomaster may have still not told us the Koko till date but unarguably, Why Me was the biggest song out of Nigerian music industry in 2006. The musical genius of Don Jazzy became social concept after this song’s release. We will never forget the colorful video, D’banj’s iconic mouth organ solo and a skinny Wande Coal doing “the robot”.
#10 A 9icer Ruggedy Baba
Ruggedman featured 9ice on the title song for his Ruggedy Baba album. The fusion of rap with Yoruba rendered “food for thought” lyrics, created a haunting, collaboration between artists of two distinct genres. The success of this song set the pace for many more distinct cross-genre collaborations other artists began to experiment with.