Over the previous few weeks, Nigerian social media has been awash with a number of conversations on the state of hip-hop within the nation. Whereas some music lovers and trade gamers are of the opinion that the style of music has succumbed to the upbeat tempo of Afrobeats and Afropop and has met its finish within the nation, others stay staunch believers within the Nigerian rappers’ means to weave phrases collectively to make bars and put collectively flows that may land safely within the hearts of music lovers and discover good footing on charts, to steer the much-needed revival of hip-hop within the nation. Whereas rappers like LadiPoe, aptly known as the chief of the revival, Cheque and Blaqbonez who’s self-touted as the perfect rapper in Africa have been capable of maintain theirs within the latest jet age of Nigerian music, chart proof and statistics proceed to favour different genres akin to Afropop, road hop, and even the choice scene has witnessed a extra vital boon. Regardless, there’s quite a lot of work to be finished to carry Nigerian Hip-hop again as much as a spot of satisfaction, and it isn’t by blame-bandying and problems-slanging, so on this story, we try and highlight the works of younger and promising Nigerian rappers who’ve been upholding Nigerian hip-hop by placing their distinctive spin on it. Looking at their lyricism, rap oeuvres that stroll the discuss, and recency, listed here are 13 younger Nigerian rappers of the new-age you must hearken to in 2022:
Today, a key aspect a number of rappers discover themselves lacking is a hometown attachment that informs the preliminary neighborhood that grows right into a sprawling fanbase, however that is one factor PsychoYP has on lock.
Born Nicholas Ihua-Maduenyi, the 25-year-old rapper has been capable of push his youthified iteration of Hip-hop which includes American lure, sometimes, British grime in addition to Afropop, previous his hometown of Abuja by constantly placing out banger rap tracks after rap tracks way back to 2017 when Soundcloud was the oyster for promising up and comers. Now, PsychoYP is the chief of the pack of his Apex Village collective, an Abuja-centred group which binds rappers like Laime, Zilla Oaks, producers and singer, Azanti.
Whereas juggling his artistry and enterprise, YP has risen to fame amongst Nigerian youths and hip-hop lovers throughout along with his first album, YPSZN launching him as a stream god. His sophomore challenge, YPSZN 2 additional cemented this truth and expanded his fanbase. And with options that extra occasions than not flay each different rapper on the observe, or have them in a head-to-head lock along with his most up-to-date challenge, Euphoria, that present him take his sound to worldwide planes, PsychoYP has proved himself to be a diamond-standard lyricist of the brand new faculty.
2. Prettyboy D-O
Born Donald Ofik, Prettyboy D-O is many issues; the chief of his self-made culte subculture for one, the African Dennis Rodman for an additional, however above all, a rapper reduce from a distinct dress and fully in his personal lane.
Changing into a serious attraction on the underground scene in 2017 along with his standout debut, Footwork, DO had doubled down with singles like Chop Elbow and the Falz-featured remix. Inside a short time, D-O got here to ascertain himself as an Alte rapper with sufficient aptitude and road panache to attraction to any and each Nigerian, therefore his Culte motion. D-O was additionally capable of leverage on the facility of collaborations and in 2018, had launched a well-received debut album, Every part Fairly.
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Since then, the patois-inflected rapper has along with his type which champions articulated rage and the utmost devil-may-attitude, attained cult traditional standing, racking up a loyal fanbase that has turned as much as his sold-out exhibits, singing his each lyrics phrase for phrase. His rockstar power has additionally earned him a debut on Colour Studios along with his single, Jungle Justice. And as he concurrently by no means fails to make an announcement along with his data, be it singles or his newest album, Love is Warfare, all the way down to his private type with artsy hairdo or his replay-worthy music movies, the sky is certainly the place to begin for Prettyboy D-O and his motion.
In Nigerian music, particularly the hip-hop scene, a co-sign from a much bigger artiste might actually be the reply to an up and coming artiste’s prayers, serving to open doorways they had been miles away from and place them in conversations that may significantly profit their profession. This co-sign impact has proved particularly instrumental within the street-hop scene, gifting music lovers with prolific street-hop rapper and singer, Davolee.
Full title Shokoya Oluwasegunfunmi David, Davolee had first turned heads along with his cowl of Desiigna’s lure document, Panda. He’d doubled again with a freestyle video of a music generally known as Competition Bar and this had grow to be the important thing to unlocking the subsequent degree of his artistry because it had landed him a document take care of Olamide’s YBNL in 2016. A rap veteran with unquantifiable love from the streets, this association had served to launch Davolee into the limelight as a road rapper that would maintain his personal. He quickly proved this on Olamide’s Pepper Dem Gang and expounded on this level even after leaving YBNL in 2019. With a number of well-received singles to his title and his debut album, Incomes Want making certifiable waves in 2021, Davolee has efficiently established himself as not simply one other younger rapper slash singer however as one of many voices of the streets within the new age of Nigerian music.
If the ratio of singers to rappers within the nation is slim, the feminine illustration for the ratio of rappers is even slimmer however this hasn’t stopped SGaWD from making a reputation for herself as one of many hardest feminine rappers out of Africa in latest occasions. Making an unmissable entry in 2020 first with Like Me that noticed her flex her vocals, SGaWD quickly flipped the coin to disclose her rapper facet first on Really feel Proper with Mafeni and Doz, then on Resistance with Jess Eta, whereas nonetheless fluidly expertly switching roles between singing and rapping.
SGaWD started to string extra mainstream waters the 12 months after with a profitable collaboration with Aux Africa after which put out Popshit with Somadina. Popshit immediately grew to become the summer season anthem for younger Lagosians and served as a curiosity piquing prelude to her debut EP, Savage Bitch Juice. Whereas followers proceed to take pleasure in her EP with Impolite serving because the sex-positive, body-positive and audacity-injecting fan favorite, it’s grow to be totally apparent that SGaWD is ready in movement to take her rightful place as Nigeria’s Queen B of hip-hop.
If the various parts that come collectively to make up a rapper and launch them into success had been simply as tangible as Thanos’ infinity rings, then Odumodublvck is nicely on his solution to changing into the last word Nigerian rap villain.
With roots within the Southern a part of the nation and historical past and neighborhood in Abuja, the throat-slashing rapper has been capable of mix a number of of those parts collectively to current a extremely personalised energy-giving iteration of +234drill. Considered one of two rappers on the standout drill observe, Agbalagba, Odumodublvck has additionally been capable of achieve followers from totally different avenues as a eager collaborator and member of Anti-World Gangstars, in addition to different collaborative efforts with rappers and producers. Armed with Duracell-level power, an unstoppable stream and an exciting but uncanny means to color probably the most graphic footage along with his traces, Odumodublvck is certain to rap his solution to the highest of the charts.
In North America, lure music has been capable of revolutionise the motion of hip-hop not solely in America, however globally, producing the subsequent era of world rap stars and making a case for the continued viability of Hip-hop. Again residence, whereas Nigerian lure music might not be as in style, with American lure continually making the rotation of Nigerians from totally different walks of life, but there are two genres that appear to be swaying the gang; +234drill and road hop. Commercialised by Olamide within the 2010s, road hop has continued to carry superb potential and command over the Nigerian music -sphere and in latest occasions, Superwozzy or Awodoyin Oluwamayokun, has along with his cadence and magnificence which is very like a melting pot of lure and indigenous hip-hop, proved that he has what it takes to be the subsequent champion of the streets.
Releasing his debut album, Gentle of the Trenches, Superwozzy gave followers and music lovers a lesson within the artwork of placing your cash the place your mouth is by releasing a challenge as entertaining as it’s illuminatory.
With the emergence of an equally gifted however youthful era desirous to stake their declare within the trade and take theirs, comes the felling of outdated pillars and the dismantling of the gatekeeper’s put up. For Eeskay, this revolution was plainly highlighted on his standout observe, Agbalagba which options Odumodu Blvck– a music about an older individual demanding an excessive amount of and finally assembly his waterloo. A drill rapper with roots in Abuja, Eeskay has been capable of rise via the pool of gifted artistes within the nation’s capital, along with his hard-hitting and experimental tackle hip-hop, an Eeskalised model of Nigeria’s tackle drill generally known as +234drill or Afrodrill.
As +234drill is poised to take over the native rap scene, Eeskay’s gutting flows and bars as evidenced on his debut challenge, Drill or N.A.H, which is a double-offering of drill and New Afro Hip-Hop (N.A.H), a method which is a grasp of, exhibits that he’s set to grow to be one of many younger greats each hip-hop lover ought to take note of.
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Mojo calls himself many issues; Orisha that means oracle, rap Jesu; rap Jesus, in addition to ‘the lesson trainer’ and extra. And he’s proved himself deserving of those self-given monikers time and again. And whereas most mainstream music lovers could solely know him for his massive break along with his Prettyboy D-O featured rap music, Chop Life Crew.
All the time certain to drop double-take worthy bars in English and Yoruba, Mojo has been capable of develop out a really supportive fanbase who constantly marks attendance on his singles from Shawarma to Lesson Trainer, all the way down to his collaborations with members of his Chop Life Crew collective and different musicians.
Because the face and pulse of hip-hop continues to vary, fewer rappers follow the normal cadence and strategies, however not Phlow,w who has been capable of breathe new life to those templates. Full title Stephanie Asuai Eyime, Phlow’s stream has fairly actually inserted her in usually male-dominated conversations. However this isn’t a primary for the gifted femcee who began rapping as an adolescent to outdo her brother’s verses.
Since her debut in 2017 with the album, Thoughts, Physique and Phlow, there’s been no letting up on the steeliness of her bars as evidenced on her 2020 EP, Marmalade in addition to her newest output, a verse on Alpha Ojini’s The Coin, as she continues to be the emcee’s femcee.
10. Payper Corleone
A full-fledged rapper’s rapper, Payper Corleone is proof that Hip-hop lives on within the ears and hearts of younger Nigerians. Rapping since his secondary faculty days, Tombra Asikpi or Payper had risen to fame in 2015 with the discharge of two mixtapes; Love & HipHop and Friday Flight Freestyles. Then he’d cemented his maintain on the scene along with his commercially and critically profitable album, BARS 2.
Since then he’s made an look on the well-known Hennessy Cypher, DJ Jimmy Jatt’s Jimmy’s Bounce Off and others whereas working with a large roster of Nigerian Hip-Hop greats like Terry tha Rapman, Erriga and extra. With a Headies award nomination for his single, Sacrifice in 2019 and with a really strong fanbase spanning from those that come for the throat-cuffing freestyles and keep for the albums, Payper Corleone is for certain a rap don.
11. Zilla Oaks
Full title Rodnee Okafor, Zilla Oaks artistry makes for the proper mix of the outdated and new with a method that blends the lyricism, cadence and stream of emcees from earlier than over beats and adlibs which can be very a lot the second, be it lure or drill.
Whereas a few of his oldest works which function prelude to his No ZZZ album have suffered a takedown as a consequence of distribution brouhaha, Zilla has been capable of set up with the self-same album and its follow-up, No ZZZ 2, in addition to an inventory of visitor verses and collaborative efforts that places his friends on their toes, that he’s one rapper to not be slept on.
12. Paybac Iboro
In 2019, Paybac Iboro was nominated for the Headies Class for Lyricist on the Roll with Implode, a observe off Misplaced and Discovered, a collaborative challenge with Boogey. After which in 2021, he additionally obtained nominated for the class of Finest Rap Album along with his album, CULT!
This cosign served as a mainstream indication of his witty and superfluid lyricism that stands out in any cypher or collaboration. These components coupled along with his means to rap about any subject over beats of any sort and his in depth collaborations from the aforementioned Misplaced & Discovered, to Autopilot and his album, Cult!, function testomony to Paybac’s tremendous easy artistry.
13. Alpha Ojini
The world belongs to dreamers and storytellers and the rapper, producer and studio engineer, Alpha Ojini is ready to make it his oyster along with his well-string tales, laced over rap instrumentals and compounded with compelling choruses. In 2014, Ojini had entered into the MI Abaga-hosted competitors of Finest Rapper within the East, sponsored by Star beer and had received. Earlier than that, he’d already launched threw initiatives; No Silence, The Street to R.U.S.H and My Personal Horns: The JazzRap Mission and his win had served to name consideration to his abilities in addition to the singles he launched afterwards as prelude to his debut album in 2018, Half Worth.
Born Ebuka Alex Ojini, Alpha Ojini simply grew to become a fan favorite amongst Hip-hop heads of the new-age along with his collaboration and timeless interpretation on his well-received initiatives akin to Chvmeleon and Tears Are Salty For A Cause. And certainly, whereas the lyricist could have been within the recreation for a decade and extra, when he dropped No Silence in 2010, it’s clear from his flows and power that the rapper doesn’t intend to be anyplace else than the highest of the Nigerian food-chain.
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