Ms. Uduak’s ‘5 Nigerian Rappers You & Jay-Z Should Know’ cc: @ComplexMusic @S_C_

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.

-Ms. Uduak

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

2. IBK Spaceship Boi

More like Nigeria’s Lecrae

‘Light in Me’ ft. Tychi


3. Reminisce 



Note: The singers Davido & Wizkid are featured.

4. Phyno 

‘Man of the Year’

‘Oringo’ – (this allegedly looks very much like Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What you Got.’)

5. Olamide

Interesting fact: Rapper Wale thinks he is the next big thing and wants to sign him.


Turn Up

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.

Ill Bliss 

You Go Wound

MI Abaga


Show Dem Camp 


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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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