Nigerian Hip Hop
List of the Top Nigerian Rappers
While Nigerian hip hop, or Naija Rap, may have arrived into Nigeria during the 1980s, the 1990s is the decade that Nigerian rap music began to reach the surface with some of the first appearances of Nigerian rappers emerging during the late 90s. One can make the argument that the 2000s and into the early 2010s was the official start of Nigerian rap music as an actual hip hop scene and market, in which true Nigerian hip hop artists, in the sense of professionalism, began to form.
Some of the very first Nigerian rappers of the 2000s and 2010s were artists like Eedris Abdulkareem, DaGrin, Plantashun Boiz, Ice Prince, Ruggedman, Wande Coal, 9ice, Remedies, Naeto C, Eldee, Jesse Jagz, Lynxxx, VIP, Lord of Ajasa, Olu Maintain, Durella, Ojb Jezreel, Erigga, and a few others.
Surprisingly, a country as large and as populated as Nigeria does not have the world’s largest or even the world’s greatest rap scene. Possibly because the popularity of Afrobeat and Afropop music has attracted more artists and more fans and listeners to the two genres. While Nigerian hip hop does exist, many Nigerian rappers often showcase versatility transitioning between the Afrobeat and Hip-Hop sounds.
Despite being in the shadows of Afropop and Afrobeats, Nigeria has landed Africa’s biggest and most notable rap stars. Falz known for his distinctive approach to hip hop has become one of Africa’s leading rap artists. Phyno and Ycee bringing good vibes to the African hip-hop scene, often intertwining Afropop, Dancehall, and even House music with Hip-Hop. Vet Ice Prince staying on top for multiple generations, becoming the face of Nigerian hip hop. LADIPOE and M.I. Abaga, two of the most skilled Nigerian rappers with ability to translate their styles in any market. Blaqbonez one of Nigeria’s top rising stars, quickly surpassing most African rappers.
Nigerian rappers are the continents most praised and most talented artists, from true rappers that solely dedicate their styles to hip hop to a large variety of artists that often alter their sounds between Afrobeat and rap music. With the Nigerian Afrobeat and Afropop scenes being oversaturated with hundreds of artists and the sound is becoming highly repetitive, Nigerian hip hop music is destined to rise, just as long the global popularity of rap does not wear out and exhaust itself among listeners.
Top 15 Nigerian Rappers
3. Ice Prince Follow on Instagram: @Ice Prince and Watch on YouTube: Ice Prince
5. Blaqbonez Follow on Instagram: @Blaqbonez and Watch on YouTube: Blaqbonez
6. M.I. Abaga Follow on Instagram: @M.I. Abaga and Watch on YouTube: M.I. Abaga
9. Reminisce Follow on Instagram: @Reminisce and Watch on YouTube: Reminisce
13. Ajebutter22 Follow on Instagram: @Ajebutter22 and Watch on YouTube: Ajebutter22
14. PrettyboyD-O Follow on Instagram: @PrettyboyD-O and Watch on YouTube: PrettyboyD-O
Honorable Mention Nigerian Rappers
– show dem camp Instagram: @show dem camp and YouTube: show dem camp
– Straffitti Instagram: @Straffitti and YouTube: Straffitti
– Alpha Ojini Instagram: @Alpha Ojini and YouTube: Alpha Ojini
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*Unofficial Order. The more popular artists that have a combination of the most followers, streams, views, and most recent releases are near the top.
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