We bring to you the latest list of the best rappers in Nigeria and their achievements. Rap in Nigeria has always been a part of the music industry like any other country in the world.
Artists like Dagrin, Mode 9, Idris Abdul Kareem, and Tony Tetuila and many others have introduced this style in the Nigerian music industry and since then, rapping has become a major element in Nigerian music.
Despite the increase in the number of artists involved in the rap genre, only a few of them have gained modern experience to date, which is enough to be listed among Nigeria’s leading musicians.
These artists are creative artists who specialize in talent, dedication, and hard work. Over time, these factors have found the difference between successful work and vice versa.
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In this article, we will discuss the artistes who are still in the game in 2020, who specialize in rap by giving a list of the top ten best rappers in Nigeria currently.
Erhiga Agarivbie, popularly known as “Erigga”, comes from Warri, Delta State in Nigeria.
Erigga is a renowned rapper and songwriter. Early 2010, Erigga began his music career in the Nigerian music industry.
In 2012, Erigga released his debut song “Mo Street Gan”. Erigga rose to fame when he released his song called “A trip to the South” in 2017.
In 2018, Erigga again released a track called “Motivation” with Victor AD. On YouTube, this song received over 1 million views.
On July 27, 2020, Erigga announced on his official Twitter account @erigganewmoney the release of his fifth campaign, “ Growth”.
The album will be a continuation of the 2019 project, ‘The Erigma 2’. The announcement came on Erriga’s Twitter account when he wrote: “New album on the way …” Growth.
“There is little of no doubt that Erigga made the list of the top ten best rappers in Nigeria.
Emeka Akumefule, who goes by his stage name – Blaqbonez, is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, where he studied Computer Engineering.
Blaqbonez is currently signed to Chocolate City record label. The 24-year-old Hip-hop rapper was born on January 29, 1996.
At the young age of 16, Blaqbonez started showcasing his talent as he came 1st of over 3000 rappers in Nigeria, in a Zombie contest organized by Terry the Rapman.
This led to him being featured in the Terry World Domination album with Vector, Olamide, Mode 9, and Spellz which was later released in 2012.
In 2019, Blaqbonez was profiled by New York Times has one of the futures of Nigerian music.
He is best known for his controversial ‘Best Rapper in Africa’ (short for ‘BRIA’), which became the most discussed hip-hop space issue among Nigerians in 2020 after he released his single ‘Haba’.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo, who goes by his stage name Ycee, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter who rose to prominence after releasing one of his popular rap songs titled “Jagaban” in 2015.
Ycee certainly made the list of the top ten best rappers in Nigeria sitting in 8th. He is currently signed with Tinny Entertainment.
Ycee has been nominated for some awards which are the MTV Africa Music Awards, the Headies Awards, and the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. He also won some of these nominations.
Popularly known as Reminisce (ALAGA IBILE), Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru hails from Ogun state. Reminisce raps fluently in both his native language Yoruba and English.
He was one of the prominent Nigerian musicians who started the music industry in 2008 when he was registered with EDGE records.
He is also the founder and creative director of LRR facilities. Reminisce has released three new albums since the beginning of his career.
Remilekun’s first album, Book of rap stories was released in March 2012, a follow up was his second album “Alaga ibile” which was released in November 2013, and his third album “Baba Hafusa” was released in 2015.
Some people see Reminisce as the fastest Yoruba singer in Nigeria and it is clear that he is one of the best rappers in Nigeria.
Reminisce became the first African hip-hop musician to have his album debut on Billboard Charts World Music. Reminisce has won numerous major awards both domestically and internationally.
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6. Ill Bliss
Oga Boss, popularly known as Ill Bliss, is a Nigerian rapper, CEO of Goretti company, and a businessman.
Ill Bliss is the brand owner of a talent managing company. The company has supported some of the most prominent musicians in Nigeria, such as Chidinma and Phyno.
He released his debut album “Dat IBO Boy” in 2009, in 2012 he released Oga boss, in 2014 he released Power and illygaty 7075 in 2016.
Ill Bliss has been nominated for many awards in which he won some of the nominations. Amongst his awards, he has won the NMVA awards, the Sound City Music Video Awards, and Southern Music Video awards. Ill Bliss classed among the best rappers in Nigeria and stands in the 6th position of our ranking.
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, popularly known as Phyno, is regarded as one of the best rappers in Nigeria. Phyno is currently at number 5 on our list due to his diversity in his style of rap.
Phyno is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He started his music career in 2003 and since then he has been consistent in the music world releasing different types of rap music consecutively.
Phyno was born into the music business in 2014 after releasing songs titled “No guts, no glory”, “Ghost mode” and “Parcel”.
Currently, Phyno holds a personal record of being the only Nigerian artiste to completely fill a stadium during his concert “Phyno Fest” in Enugu.
Vector easily cruised into our list of best rappers in Nigeria. Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known as Vector Tha Viper, is one of the most popular hip-hop artists, songwriters and singers in Nigeria.
Vector was born in Ogun State, Nigeria, and is the C.E.O of G.R.A.P music record label. Vector is arguably one of the fastest and best rappers in Nigeria and many music lovers call him the Eminem of Nigeria.
Vector’s debut character “Kilode” was released in 2009 while his studio album was dubbed “State of the Art” which was released in 2010.
Vector is undoubtedly number 4 in the list of the best rappers currently. Vector also boasts of the longest rap freestyle in Nigeria.
Vector has won awards such as Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Dynamic Awards, Nigerian Music Awards, Headies Awards, and has also been nominated for More Awards.
Popularly called by his stage name, “Falz”. Folarin Falana is the third-best rapper in Nigeria.
Falz is a popular rapper, singer, actor, and songwriter who became very popular after releasing his debut album titled “WAZ UP GUY” in 2014.
In 2014, Falz gained more love from his fans with his raps and performance in different songs. Amazing ones that dominated the market hard; namely “Jamb Question” with Simi and “Soldier”.
The awards won by Falz cuts across music, comedy, and movie at both local and international levels. His Moral Instruction album was probably the best album of Nigeria in 2019 across all genres.
In 2020, Falz released a banger in which he featured Ms. Banks on Bop Daddy. This song topped many Nigerian charts for months and is still trending. So, it doesn’t look like Falz is ready to back down.
This list would not be complete without the Undisputed Champion and self-acclaimed chairman, M.I. Jude Abaga is a Nigerian rapper and writer who is popularly known as M.I.
He was born on October 4, 1981. He rose to prominence in music in 2008 when he released his debut song “Crowd mentality”, which made him one of the best rappers of all time in the Nigerian music industry.
M.I. has held his crown high as the best rapper in Nigeria for many years now and we believe he still has more juice left in his tank.
M.I received several awards and was nominated for additional awards too. Some of the awards he has received include the Headies Award, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, the Future Awards, National Daily awards, Orange Wall of Fame, Hip Hop World Awards the Modemen Class, NMVA awards, the MTV Africa Music Awards and many more.
M.I had been the C.E.O of Chocolate City Music from 1st of July, 2015 until the 6th March 2020, when he announced his departure from Chocolate City Music and introduced his new record label – Incredible Music.
First on our list of the best rappers in Nigeria is Olamide Adedeji of whom is popularly known as Olamide Badoo.
Olamide is one of Nigeria’s most respected and talented Yoruba rappers. Born on March 5th, 1989 Olamide hails from Bariga, Lagos, Nigeria.
Olamide is an indigenous rapper who raps in both Yoruba and English fluently. Oh gosh, he syncopates when rapping.
He released his debut album “Rapsodi” in 2011 while being signed to coded tunes. Badoo, since the beginning of his career releases album every year which puts seven albums in total to his name.
On February 10, 2020, Olamide, who is the CEO of the YBNL, one of the top 10 music record labels in Nigeria, released his ninth album titled 999 which contained 9 tracks.
The EP received notable reviews from music critics, most of the critics credited Olamide for doing almost 100% rap project after staying off his rap game for a while.
Some of the awards Olamide has won are the Nigerian entertainment awards, Channel O Awards, the Headies, MTV Africa music awards and City people entertainment.
Now, it is quite evident to why Olamide is currently the best rapper in Nigeria.
Summary of The Best Rappers In Nigeria
That concludes this exclusive list of best Nigerian rappers today. The number one on this list is undisputed and has been at the very top of his rapping game ever since he burst onto the music scene in Nigeria.
Here’s a quick recap of the best rappers in Nigeria:
- Ill Bliss
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