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The Top 8 Underrated Nigerian Artists by TOOLZ


Toolz on Studio 53 ExtraI found myself agreeing with majority of the names media personality Toolz recently listed on her blog as Nigeria’s top 8 underrated artists. If the list were longer, I would add more. Read on to see if you agree.

Over the last few years, the Nigerian music scene has grown exponentially, and while some artists have managed to secure certain positions within the industry as accomplished superstar artists, there are those who in our eyes are extremely talented and should have the superstar status, but are unfortunately not receiving as much props as they deserve. The list should be a lot longer, but here are our top 8 Underrated Nigerian artists- in no particular order:


Ghost and Tec, stepped into the music scene in 2009, and dropped their first project The Clone Wars mix-tape in 2010 which got them a lot of respect. Their debut album ‘The Dreamer Project’ released in September 2011, featured collabos with M.I, 2Face and MayD, and got props from the official ‘rap-heads’ in Nigeria. This duo’s lyrical prowess is top notch, and the fact that they make African rap sound soo good should put them amongst the top 5 hip-hop acts in Africa, but unfortunately they aren’t as widely known as they should be.


She is no-doubt one of the best female vocalists in the country with a vocal range that is out of this world. Ever since she came onto the scene when she featured on P-Square’s ‘Do Me’ track, she has managed to prove that her voice is no hoax. She is recognized locally and internationally with a couple of awards to show for it and her album titled ” Words Aren’t Just Enough” (WAJE) is definitely one to anticipate this year. Hopefully, people will understand and recognize the vocal powerhouse that is Waje.


Blackmagic’s blend of afrobeat and classic hiphop in his first single titled “Tomorrow” which was released in 2010 did capture our attention and held on. His sound is different, its modern and eclectic yet classic – Blackmagic is one of the new-age African artists that everyone young and old can relate to. The Blackmagic movement has steadily been gathering strength underground…we are keeping our finger’s crossed and hope it doesn’t lose momentum. has the full story.

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