Top 10 Nigerian Rappers (2023)

In the beautiful world of music, Nigerians are not left out. Nigeria with a vibrant hip-hop culture has produced many talented rappers over the years. Rappers that have been acclaimed as the greatest as their lyrics blow the mind away. Without much ado, let me hint you on those rappers that will take you to cloud nine in seconds:

10. LadiPoe

Ladipo Eso, popularly known as Ladipoe, is a talented Nigerian rapper and musician. Signed to one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria, Mavin Records. Ladipoe gained recognition with the song “Feel Alright” featuring Show Dem Camp. He continued to make waves with the release of “Jaiye” in March 2019, followed by the hit song “Know You” featuring Mrs. Gold (Simi). Are you doubting his rapping skills? Go listen to his album Providence then come back to this post.

9. Phyno

One of Igbo -produced rappers. Phyno became popular with his song titled ‘Ndi ala‘ where he displayed his Igbo language and rapping prowess. He is one of the biggest names in Nigerian hip-hop and is known for his unique style of combining rapping with the Igbo language and traditional high-life music.

8. Falz

Who remembers ‘soft work?’ Guess who was the rapper? Falz the bahd guy. He is a rapper, singer, and actor from Nigeria, who is famous for his humorous and socially conscious lyrics. An active entertainer in the industry since 2009 and has won numerous awards for his music.

7. Reminisce

Reminisce the street guy. His lyrics are street-inspired. He is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Nigeria with the ability to infuse traditional Yoruba music into his hip-hop tracks.

6. MI Abaga

“Chairman” of Nigerian hip-hop of those times and to date. MI has been a dominant a well- known force in the industry since his debut in 2008. His lyrics are known to be socially conscious with a unique flow and the ability to switch between English and Nigerian Pidgin.

5. Ice Prince

Oleku!! Tell me something wey I no fit do….“, this hit song made Ice prince rise to fame. He is a rapper and songwriter known for his smooth flow and his ability to switch between English and Nigerian Pidgin.

4. Vector

Who remembers that song “I dey generate power like Mikano…..‘. Vector brought to the limelight his rapping prowess. He is one of the most technically gifted rappers in Nigeria and is known for his intricate wordplay and battle-rap skills. This has led him to win numerous awards for his music and is widely regarded as one of the best rappers in Africa.

3. Olamide

I have talked about the ‘bahd guy‘. Let me introduce you to ‘Baddo‘. A Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter who is popular for displaying his Yoruba prowess in rap songs. One of the biggest names in the rapping industry because he combines Yoruba, Nigerian pidgin, and English when rapping and has a unique bass voice. Who remembers ‘bahd, baddo, baddest’.

2. Jesse Jagz

If you don’t know Jesse Jagz, permit me to say your knowledge of the music world needs to be updated or refreshed. He is a rapper and producer from Nigeria, popular for his unique style and his ability to infuse different genres into his hip-hop tracks. He has been active in the industry since the early 2000s and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Nigerian music.

1. M.I

Mr. Incredible is a rapper and record executive from Nigeria. He is acknowledged widely as one of the pioneers of Nigerian hip-hop and his socially conscious lyrics and unique flow.

I have updated your knowledge of the entertainment industry. You are welcome. Nigerian rappers are not limited to these 10 listed above. These rappers represent just a fraction of the talent that Nigeria has produced in the hip-hop genre. They have contributed significantly to the development of Nigerian hip-hop, and they continue to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.

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