By now, most of you have read my view on Complex Magazine authoring and publishing an article where it shared to the world an article titled ‘the 5 Nigerian Rappers You and Jay-Z Should Know.’ The problem is the five selections where actually singers, not rappers, and to me showed a recklessness and lack of respect to Nigeria’s hip-hop industry. I mean they couldn’t even be bothered to conduct basic research. In addition, when Nigerian hip-hop fans called them out on it, they changed the headline but the body of the article, even when the headline was changed, did not mitigate the lack of research.
If you missed my detailed take, click here to read.
I don’t believe in pointing to a problem without, at a minimum, offering some suggested solutions (It is the least I can do on my lunch time abi?).
Accordingly, to Complex Magazine, Jay-Z and anyone else in the industry , stateside, who is interested, here is my list of 5 Nigerian rappers you and other American industry heads should know.
There are many more seasoned favorites including Ill Bliss, Show Dem Camp and M.I. Abaga, who tend to rap primarily in English, but this focuses on the newer crop of artists. Also, their twitter accounts are hyperlinked. So, if you are feeling them, connect with them directly through that platform.
Warning: Strong language/Explicit Content
1. Eva Alordiah
‘Double Double’ – Just released.
‘Shots on Shots’ Ice Prince Cover – She, in my opinion, schools Ice Prince on his own track
More like Nigeria’s Lecrae
‘Light in Me’ ft. Tychi
Note: The singers Davido & Wizkid are featured.
‘Man of the Year’
‘Oringo’ – (this allegedly looks very much like Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What you Got.’)
Interesting fact: Rapper Wale thinks he is the next big thing and wants to sign him.
All 3 rappers Reminisce, Olamide & Phyno hangout with on Reminisce’s just released single ‘local rappers’
The above are the five to know. A nod to some of the more seasoned rappers that came and changed the game. Their classic/hit songs below that have changed the hip-hop game in Nigeria.
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