The rap music industry in Nigeria dates back to the late 80s and early 90s. The youths then saw rap as an escape from the country's economic situation. Fast forward to the 21st century, hip hop has exploded and rap is now a form of entertainment. Based on this, there has been an emergence of rappers who has won the hearts of Nigerians with their style of music. Hip hop is now localized and rappers now rap in their indigenous languages.
Here on this post, Naijauto brings to you the best rappers in Nigeria. Their songs have gained acceptance as they've been assessed by the music community.
So, let's hit the streets. You’ll also find out who are the best rappers in Nigeria.
Before going into the details, please have a look at the table of contents which lists out the 25 best rappers in Nigeria.
|List of top rappers in Nigeria|
1. M.I Abaga
Talk about rap music in Nigeria and the first rapper that comes to mind is M. I Abaga. Jude Abaga popularly known as M.I(Mr. Incredible) is a hip-hop artist and record producer. He came into the limelight in 2008 following the release of his debut album 'Crowd Mentality. He’s known for his ability to compose rap songs with killer verses. Did I also tell you he's one of the fastest rappers in Nigeria?
M.I has received several nominations and awards like the Headies Award, the Future Awards, Hip Hop Awards among others. After leaving his former record label Chocolate City in March 2020, M.I established his new record label dubbed Incredible Music.
M.I currently owns a Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes-Benz G Wagon.
As a Nigerian rapper, Olamide Adedeji retained his real name on stage. The Baddo crooner is one of the most talented and respected rappers in the music industry. He also happens to be the richest rapper in Nigeria. He mostly raps in his indigenous language, Yoruba. The YBNL record label boss has been active in the music industry since 2010. He has 11 studio albums to his name and has won several awards in the music category.
Just like M.I, Olamide owns a Bentley Continental GT, SUV. The last car he reportedly added to his garage is the Lamborghini Aventador.
Phyno is another rapper who raps in his indigenous language, Igbo. Born Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike. Phyno’s style of rap has warmed its way into the hearts of many music lovers. He started his career in 2003 as a music producer and has continued to dish out different rap music to thrill his fans. No wonder he was adjudged the only musician to have sold out a stadium during his concert held in Enugu.
The No guts, No glory rapper has a rich car collection comprising of a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Range Rover Sport, Toyota Avalon, and a Maserati Ghibli.
Falz, whose real name is Folarin Falana appears to be spreading his tentacles to all the entertainment hubs in the country. He’s a rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, and comedian. Ok, he insists he isn't a comedian but his hilarious Yoruba accent and funny skits are enough to give him a spot in comedy. Since his debut album 'Waz Up Guy' was released in 2014, Falz has gone ahead to release other hit songs featuring top artists in the country. Falz’s awards cut across the music, movie, and comedy industry.
Falz drives a Lexus LX570, vintage Mercedes Benz and a Rolls Royce Phantom purchased after his 2016 endorsement deal with MTN pulse.
Vector the viper, as he's popularly known is a rapper that has good lyrics to his songs. His real name is Olanrewaju Ogunmefun and he's also a record producer. His debut album which was released in 2010 featured many top artists like 2Baba and. Chuddy K and more. Though he has been on a low-key this year, he has continued to wax stronger in his music.
Coming to his choice of cars, he owns a Mercedes-Benz GL, Range Rover, and a Mazda 9 that he recently acquired.
Also known as Alaga Ibile on stage, Reminisce's rap songs have always been appreciated by fans because of his unique style of fusing the English and Yoruba language in his lyrics. His third album 'Baba Hafusa' which was released in 2015 was a major hit as it sold out 500,000 copies in 2 weeks. Reminisce has a handful of awards to his name, making him one of the 10 best rappers in Nigeria.
Reminisce isn't much into cars. He’s comfortable with just driving his Lexus GX460.
7. Ill Bliss
Ill Bliss is another rapper that raps in both the English and Igbo language. Also known as Oga Boss, he has been dedicated to his musical career from the onset till the present. His debut album 'Dat Ibo Boy’ was released in 2009. This was followed by 'Oga Boss' which debuted in 2012. Ill Bliss owns Capital Hill Music record label that has groomed some prominent Nigerian music artists like Chidinma.
For the cars he owns, nothing is known about them.
8. Ice Prince
Ice Prince, whose real name is Panshak Zamani is among Nigerian's finest rap artists. His debut song 'Oleku' where he featured Brymo was a hit. It happens to be one of the most remixed songs in Nigerian's hip hop music genre. Ice Prince has received several nominations and awards. He is currently with M.I Abaga's former record label, Chocolate City.
He loves exotic cars and cruises around with his Bentley Continental GT, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Mercedes-Benz GL.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo popularly known as Ycee became prominent as a rapper after his hit song 'Jagaban' was released in 2015. These days, he’s more into dance music. He left his former record label Tinny Entertainment 2019 to launch the ANBT record label. Ycee has been nominated several times for some awards like the Headies award and MTV Africa Music award.
We are yet to know the type of car YCee likes cruising around with.
10. Zlatan Ibile
Zlatan is one of the hip-hop artists that has influenced street music. His rap style comes with the rawness known to the streets. He introduced the Zanku leg work which was widely received by music lovers all over the country. Zlatan has received immense support from the likes of Olamide Baddo and Naira Marley. He collaborated with Grammy award winner Burna Boy to release 'Killin Dem' which was a hit in 2018.
Zlatan owns a Range Rover, and a Mercedes Benz CLA.
Erriga is a renowned rapper from Warri whose gangster style of rap has brought him recognition in the music industry. Born as Erhiga Agarivbie, the Warri rapper and street performer started his musical career in 2010. His song 'A trip to the South’, which was released in 2017 brought him to the limelight. Since then, he has released several tracks like 'Motivation' which has gotten over 1 million views on YouTube.
When it comes to cars, Erigga isn't loud. His first car was a Toyota Prado. He also owns a Mercedes-Benz and Range Rover.
Ladipoe whose real name is Ladipoe Eso is one of the rising rappers who has remained true to his art form. And he's set out to change the music industry. Ladipoe’s obsession with rolling out perfect lyrics has made his rap songs rated as high quality. He was signed up to Mavin Record owned by Don Jazzy in 2017. This makes him the first rapper to be signed up to the record label since it's rebranding. His 2018 debut album 'Talk About Poe' was highly anticipated by his growing fans and he never disappointed them. His latest single 'Know You' featuring Simi broke the pop mainstream during the pandemic.
Ladipoe is living a private life and drives a Range Rover.
Yung6ix has always had a passion for music as it dates back to his secondary school days. Nicknamed King of the South by M. I, Yung6ix attracted media attention in 2010 after he did a cover version of Ice Prince's song 'Oleku’. Since then, he has released many tracks featuring top artists like Wizkid and Davido. Some of his songs have received some nominations like the Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Roll.
Yung6ix seems to be a Benz lover as he owns a Mercedes-Benz S550 and a Mercedes-Benz ML.
Born Emeka Akumefule, Blaqbonez is a rapper and songwriter signed up to 100 Crowns, a label imprint of Chocolate City. He was discovered at the age of 16 when he came first in Terry tha Rapman's Zombie competition which had 3000 rappers contesting. He’s one of the most promising artists in Nigeria's music scene. In 2019, the Guardian Newspaper also listed him among the top 10 artists to watch in 2019. Blaqbonez is known for his controversial diss track 'Best Rapper in Africa’ where he referred to himself as the best rapper in all of Africa. To date, Blaqbonez has released eight EPs and a mixtape.
In September 2020, an excited Blaqbonez took to his Instagram page to announce the acquisition of a Lexus car.
15. Naira Marley
Marlian Records boss, Naira Marley, is one of the successful music stars in Nigeria with a die-hard fan base. He was a former Nigerian British rapper before moving to Nigeria to start his music movement which has seen him releasing several hit songs. In January 2020, his 'Soapy' song got him the Viewers Choice award at the 2020 Sound City MVP Awards. He closed the year 2020 by releasing 'Koleyewon' and a single titled ' Chi Chi'.
Naira Marley has amassed an exotic car collection. He owns a Porsche Panamera, Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes-Benz G Wagon.
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All the way from Kwara State, one of the top 20 best rappers in Nigeria emerges. Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf known as CDQ was already organizing musical concerts while on campus. This facilitated his entrance into the music industry after graduation. He was a backup singer for the late DaGrin before finding his own space on the rap scene. He has several hit songs like ' Woss', 'Sai Baba' and has featured top artists, from Wizkid to Davido.
CDQ is successful enough to get himself a Porsche 911 Carrera, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Sonata, and Mazda.
Rema is one of the music artists whose talent was discovered through social media. It took a video he posted of himself freestyling to change the course of his life. Today, he’s among the artists taking the afrobeat sound to a global arena. Though he's listed as a rapper, Rema’s style of music cuts across almost every genre. His songs like 'Dumebi', 'Beamer (Bad boy)' were major hits that received ample airing on radio stations in the country.
Rema is always out of the country promoting his music career; however, he drives a Lexus GX460 whenever he's around.
Aboriomoh Femi Raymond, professionally known as Dremo, is an Edo-born rapper with a unique style of music. He sings Afrobeat and Afro-pop with a fusion of urban tunes. Some of his popular songs are 'Fela', 'Normal Levelz' and 'OBT’. At present, he’s the only rapper in DMW records label after Davido dropped Lil Frosh for domestic violence.
At the moment, Dremo doesn't have a car of his own.
19. Lil Kesh
Lil Kesh is among Nigeria's most influential artists. He raps and sings in his Yoruba dialect. His hit single 'Shoki' made him famous in 2014. The song won the Popular Song of the Year award in 2015. After completing his deal with Olamide's record label, he established his own label called Y.A.G.I (Young And Getting It).
Lil Kesh has two automobiles: A Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz C class.
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20. Eva Alordiah
Eva is the only female that made it to the list of best rappers in Nigeria. She’s also an entrepreneur, fashion designer and owns a makeup service company called makeupByOrsela. Eva has a love for words and rhyming which drew her into the hip hop genre. Her debut studio album '1960' was released in 2016. Though she has gone missing in action in the music industry, she has several singles that garnered her several awards and nominations.
21. Chinko Ekun
Chinko Ekun, whose real name is Oladipo Olamide Emmanuel is a rapper who started his music with freestyling. He was mostly seen around the YBNL record label but never landed a deal with the record label. In 2017, he joined Dek-Niyor Entertainment-a Dubai record label. There, he released his hit song 'Able God's featuring Lil Kesh and Zlatan. The song got him an award as Best Street Hip Hop Artist at the 2019 Headiest.
Chinko drives a Mercedes C class.
22. Jesse Jagz
Jesse Jagz is one of Nigeria's promising rappers and younger brother of M. I. Jesse Jagz has been rated above his brother in terms of artistry, However, his off-and-on dealings with Chocolate City couldn't give him much publicity for his music. He finally went back to the record label in 2015. He has collaborated with top artists like Wizkid, Flavour, Davido and has also experimented with different genres. Some of the singles he has released are 'Bend Down Low' and 'Nobody Text Me'.
Jesse Jag’s choice of car isn't known. If he could gift his manager a car, he can definitely afford one himself.
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23. Psycho YP
Nicholas Ihua-Maduenyi, known by his stage name Psycho YP, was one of the most featured artists in the music scene in 2020. He's a fast-rising Abuja rapper with allure and is already getting a large fanbase. His career as a rapper started in 2016 after dropping an EP titled 'Lost in the Sauce'. The year 2020 saw him getting his first nomination for Best Rap Album at the Headiest award. Psycho YP is juggling between schooling and chasing his rapping career.
We're yet to know if Psycho YP owns a car or not.
Born Gilbert Bani, A-Q is a rapper and songwriter who started learning how to mime and write lyrics at an early age. His lyrical dexterity is commendable. It won him the Lyricist on the Roll for his song 'Crown’, at the 2019 Headies award. A-Q has been active from 2000 till the present, though he left the music scene at some point to complete his education. He returned to the entertainment industry after his graduation. He has featured several artists like Yemi Alade, Vector, and M.I Abaga.
Currently, the rapper's choice of cars isn't available online.
Paybac is one of the rappers whose music is currently being recognized. He has a philosophical style of music and has been able to attract the attention of Juelz Santanas and other respected rappers in the genre. Last year, he released an album 'Cult’, which became one of the best albums of the year. And this saw him also being nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2021 Headies.
Paybac hasn't made it known if he owns a car or not.
Paybac has a philosophical style of music!
The list of the best rappers in Nigeria is an indication that rap music has become more competitive in Nigeria.