Top 10 greatest Rappers in Nigeria (No 1 will shock you)
It’s so surprising how the Nigeria music rap game has grown over the past Decade.
The Nigerian hip hop has gotten so many international recognition ranging from cyphers to collaboration with international artists, awards and nominations and so many more. This hierarchy is calculated based on recognition, achievements, awards, net worth and popularity. If you are not okay with this our list, feel free to drop your comments below..
Our Top 10 Nigeria rappers includes;
Lanre Dabiri (born May 23, 1977), better known by his stage name Eldee, is a former Nigerian-American rapper, singer, and record producer but now an IT Consultant based in the United.
He is an original member of the band Trybesmen, which was started in 1998 with rappers KB and Freestyle. He has made five solo albums. eLDee recorded a solo album titled Long Time Coming (2004). He followed it up with Return of the King (2006), which contains the single "I Go Yarn". Return of the King won "Best International Album" at the 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York City.
Onome Onokohwomo (born 8 July 1989), better known by his stage name Yung6ix, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. Onokohwomo was born and raised in Warri, Delta State. He grew up as the oldest child in a family of five, and took a strong interest in music at a young age. While a student at FGC Warri, he engaged himself in rap battles and developed a friendlier relationship with like-minded students, which led to the formation of the hip hop group G-Squad.
In September 2011, Yung6ix released the fourth track from his Green Light Green project, "Oh My Gosh", which earned him both "Lyricist on the Roll" and "Best Rap Single" nominations at the Headies Awards the following year. On 11 August 2019, Yung6ix was signed as the first Ambassador to the fast growing e-commerce firm Patricia, one of the largest traders of Bitcoin and gift cards in West Africa.
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike (born 9 October 1986), better known as Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Phyno began recording his debut studio album No Guts No Glory in 2012.
On 25 September 2012, he released the Olamide-assisted "Ghost Mode" as the album's lead single. It won Best Collabo at both the 2012 The Headies Awards and 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. His song “Man of the Year (Obago)" was released on 23 March 2013.The song won Best Rap Single at the 2012 The Headies Awards.
Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, also known as Dagrin (25 October 1984 – 22 April 2010), was a Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria.
His style of rapping incorporated Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. In 2010 he was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single "Pon Pon Pon", Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals. His album C.E.O. (Chief executive Omota English: Chief Executive Gangster) won the Hip hop World Award 2010 for best rap album.
Dagrin won 2010 Hip Hop World Awards – Best Rap Album, and was also nominated 2010 Hip Hop World Awards – Artiste of the Year
6. Ice Prince
Panshak Zamani (born 30 October 1984), better known as Ice Prince, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He rose to fame after releasing "Oleku", one of Nigeria's most remixed songs of all time.
In 2014, Ice prince won the Nigeria Entertainment Awards for "Best Rap Act of the Year" and also in 2013 he won the BET Awards for "Best International Act: Africa"
Ice prince Studio albums includes; Studio albums
Everybody Loves Ice Prince (2011)
Fire of Zamani (2013)
Jos to the World (2016
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale was born June 14, 1975, popularly known by his stage name Modenine, is an English-born Nigerian rapper.In 2014, he released a song titled "Super Human" with Jamaican-American rapper.
He has credited Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five for inspiring his love for Hip Hop.
Mode 9 was the following tracks to his credits Single Albums
Malcolm IX -2004
Pentium IX - 2006
E' Pluribus Unum "One Amongst Many" -2007
The Paradigm Shift -2008
Da Vinci Mode -2010
Above Ground Level - 2014
Insulin - 2016
The Monument (By Stormatique) - 2019
Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and philosopher. He has released three studio albums, including State of Surprise and The Second Coming (2012).
On January 2015 Vector released a rap single titled "King Kong" and the video was released the same month. Vector released two remixes with the first one featuring Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq and Uzi, and the second remix featuring Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie which was released in May and June 2015 respectively.
His studio albums includes;
State of Surprise (2010)
The Second Coming (2012)
And also, vector has won the following awards;
The Headies 2015 - Best Rap Single
The Headies 2015 - Lyricist On The Roll
Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012 – Best Afro Hip-Hop Video
The Headies 2012 – Lyricist On The Roll
The Headies 2012 – Best Rap Single
Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2012 – Best Rap Act
DYNAMIX Youth Awards 2012 - Recognition Award
Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2011- Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Video
Michael Ugochukwu Stephens (born March 30, 1976), known professionally as Ruggedman, is a Nigerian rapper from Ohafia, Abia State. Ruggedman started exploring music in 1999. He produced his own songs and released two tracks in 1999, both which were well-played on radio. Ruggedman launched himself into the music industry in 1999, eventually becoming the most featured rapper in Nigeria. His albums are all released on his personal label, Rugged Records. Ruggedman has performed worldwide alongside international acts such as Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Maxi Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, and Nas.
Rugged man albums includes
Thy Album Come (2004)
Ruggedy Baba (2007)
Money Making Music (2012)
Olamide Adedeji was born 15 March 1989, known professionally as is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist.
In 2010, Olamide released ‘Eni Duro’ under the Coded Tunes record label which he was signed unto at the time. The song received nationwide critical acclaim and instantly shot Olamide to limelight.
Olamide's debut album Rapsodi was released in 2011. Its lead single "Omo To Shan" charted on several radio stations in Lagos and across Nigeria. Olamide's debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D'banj.
His studio aldums includes; Rapsodi (2011)
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (2013)
Street OT (2014)
Eyan Mayweather (2015)
The Glory (2016)
Lagos Nawa (2017)
He has also won the following awards
Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) 2016 for Album of the year & Rap act of the year.
Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) 2016- City People Entertainment Awards
The Headies 2013 for Best Rap album & Album of the year.
Jude Abaga (born 4 October 1981), better known as M.I Abaga, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and record producer.
Jude began his music career when he returned to Nigeria in 2003. He has also received international recognition in South Africa from the popular Channel O music Award, MTVbase Awards and also the American BET Awards. A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist.
M.I's role in the music industry cannot be overstated. He has been responsible for bringing out many upcoming artistes such as Phyno, Wizkid, Vypa, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Pype, Tone Ice Prince, Brymo and the latest is KhaliGraph Jones. He has been described by many Nigerian hip hop fans as Nigeria's "Hip Hop Messiah"
He won Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and was nominated in the Best International Act category at the BET Awards 2010.
He has the following studio albums; Talk About It (2008)
MI 2: The Movie (2010)
The Chairman (2014)
The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation (with Chocolate City) (2015)
A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl (2018)
And has has won so many awards.
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