Nigerian Hip Hop
List of 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 early 2010s was the official start of Nigerian rap music as an actual hip hop scene and market began to form. This led to the emergence of some of the first Nigerian rappers 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.
Nigeria, despite its large population, does not have the world’s largest rap scene. This is likely due to the popularity of Afrobeat and Afropop music, which has attracted more artists and fans. While of course Nigerian hip hop does exist, but many rappers transition between the Afrobeat and hip-hop sounds. Despite this, Nigeria has produced Africa’s biggest and most notable rap stars.
Examples are shown through Falz, who is known for his distinctive approach to hip hop. Phyno and Ycee bringing good vibes to the African hip-hop scene, often intertwining Afropop, Dancehall, and even House music with Hip-Hop. Veteran Ice Prince staying on top for multiple generations. LADIPOE and M.I. Abaga, two of the most skilled Nigerian rappers with ability to translate their styles in any market. And Blaqbonez emerging as one of Nigeria’s top rising stars, quickly surpassing most African rappers.
Nigerian rappers are some of the continents most praised and most talented, from artists that solely dedicate their styles to the art form of hip hop to a large variety of artists that often alter their sounds between Afro music 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 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
Nigerian Hip Hop Related Topics
*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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