Over the years, the Nigerian rap industry has proven to be one of the best in Africa and has produced some of the best rap acts in Africa. In this post, we’ll be sharing an updated list of the top 10 best rappers in Nigeria 2019 and other details like the fastest rappers in Nigeria.
If you live in Nigeria or you’re interested in Nigerian hip hop music, you should also be a lover of rap music and you might be interested in knowing who the best rapper in Nigeria is.
In 2019 alone, many hot rap songs have been released by these Nigerian musicians leaving us with the hot question of who is the best rapper in Nigeria currently?
In this post, we’ll be providing answers to that trending question of who’s Nigeria’s best rapper in 2019. These results are not our own personal views, rather we’ve compiled this list according to various online polls conducted by us.
These polls were conducted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and we also got tangible results for various lovers of Nigerian rap music who reside in the country and abroad.
The names of the rappers which will be listed below are also graded according to their relevance, how successful their songs have been in 2019 and other years, rap speed and the quality of their flows.
Enough of the talking, let’s go straight into the list of the top 10 rappers in Nigeria today.
Best Rappers In Nigeria Right Now
1. M.I Abaga
If you’re a lover of rap music in Nigeria, you should and must have heard of this rapper and listened to his songs. Jude Abaga who is popularly known as his stage name – M.I (Mr Incredible) is a Nigerian born hip hop recording artist and record producer.
M.I came into starlight in the year 2008 after releasing his debut single which was titled Crowd Mentality and since then, he has become one of the most respected rappers in the Nigerian music industry.
He also owns Chocolate city record label and has many other talented artiste and rappers signed into it. M.I as one of the best rappers in Nigeria is a multi-talented artist and is known for being able to use various words in composing very fast rap songs.
M.I also holds a lot of awards to his name and has featured many highly placed musicians in Africa and the world at large. He is also one of the fastest rappers in Nigeria in 2019.
2. Olamide [Baddo]
I know you might be wondering why Olamide is not the first on the list, but as I said above, this post is solely based on a poll conducted on various social media platforms in Nigeria and the lovers of Nigeria rap music have spoken.
Olamide Adedeji who is popularly known by his stage name Olamide, Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and rapper who mostly records his songs mostly in Yoruba language(one of the most spoken languages in Africa).
Olamide became one of the most popular music acts in the Nigerian hip hop industry after releasing his debut studio album – Rapsodi while signed to coded tunes records in 2011.
Also in 2011, he later went on to release another album titled YBNL under his own record label called YBNL Nation. His record label has since grown to be one of the best record labels in Nigeria.
To an average lover of rap music in Nigeria, Olamide is referred to as the best rapper and he has not failed to always release good music for his fans in Nigeria and outside the country in recent times.
Folarin Falana who is popularly known by his stage name – Falz, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, and songwriter. He came into limelight after the release of his debut studio album which he titled Waz Up Guy in 2014.
In 2015, he released 2 hit singles which are Soldier and Jamb Question with Simi and these singles brought him the needed attention to win various local and international music, comedy and acting awards.
Falz also has also made various hit songs in Nigeria and has featured many top musicians in Nigeria and outside the shores of Nigeria. Some of these hit songs include Bahd Baddo Baddest, Wehdonsir, Baby Boy, Jeje, Something Light, La Fete, and many other hit rap songs to his name.
Overall, Falz is the 3rd on our list of the best rappers in Nigeria and is also known for his unique style of rapping.
With real names as Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor who mostly records his songs in his indigenous language – Igbo language.
Phyno started his career in 2003 as a music producer and since then, he has released many singles(raps and normal songs) to his name in Nigeria. He released his debut studio album which was titled No Guts No Glory which contained hit singles like Ghost Mode, Man of the Year, Parcel, O Set and other singles in the year 2014.
He is also an actor(though not full time) and has featured in Genevieve’s hit movie titled LionHeart which was released in 2018 as Obiora.
As a producer, Phyno has also worked with many top artists in Nigeria and other musicians in Africa and the world at large. Phyno is the fastest rapper in Nigeria and the 4th rapper on our list of the best rappers in Nigeria in 2019.
5. Ice Prince
This list wouldn’t be complete if we do not mention one of the best rappers in Nigeria today – Ice Prince. Born as Panshak Zamani, Ice Prince, is a hip hop recording artist, rapper, producer and actor in Nigeria.
Ice Prince became one of the biggest names in the Nigerian music industry after he released his debut hit song – Oleku in 2011 which featured Brymo and this became one of the most remixed songs in the history of Nigerian hip hop music.
In 2009, Ice Prince won the Hennessy Artistry Club Tour award and has since gotten nominated and won awards in many music categories in Nigeria and abroad.
Ice Prince is currently signed into M.I’s record label – Chocolate City which is based in Nigeria and he is one of the best rappers in Nigeria and the African continent.
With real names as Remilekun Abdulkalid Safari, Reminisce AKA ALAGA IBILE, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter who hails from Ogun State, South-Western Nigeria who performs in both English and Yoruba(his native language).
In 2015, Reminisce released his third album which was titled Baba Hafusa and this album proved to be his most successful album so far with over 500,000 copies sold in Nigeria in 2 weeks and the claiming the number one spot in iTunes for more than a week.
With the Baba Hafusa album, Reminisce became the only hip hop artist in all of Africa to have an album debut on Billboard Charts World Music category at 12th spot and many believed this happened because of many quality hit songs contained in the album.
Reminisce is one of the best rappers in Nigeria and has also won a handful of awards in Nigeria and outside the shores of the country for many music categories.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo who is popularly known as his stage name – Ycee, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter based in Nigeria. He became extremely popular in Nigeria after the release of one of the most popular songs ever in the history of the Nigerian hip-hop and rap industry which was titled Jagaban.
His hit song – Jagaban, also caught the attention of one of the best rappers in Nigeria – Olamide and they also made a remix for that song.
He also got signed to Tinny entertainment in 2016 and Sony music in October 2016 after they discovered the great talent buried deep down in this Nigerian rapper. However, he terminated his contract with his local record label(Tinny entertainment) in February 2018.
On the 8th position in this list, we have one of Nigeria’s fastest rappers – Vector. With real names as Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, Vector Tha Viper, is a Nigerian Hip hop artist, rapper and producer.
Vector released his first official single titled Kilode in the year 2009 and released his debut studio album titled State of Surprise in October 29th, 2010. This album featured many top Nigerian artistes like 2 face Idibia, General Pype, Chuddy K, Ade Piper, Emmsong and Sistah Soul.
Vector has so many hits and awards to his name and has been releasing some songs on a low key this year.
9. Ill Bliss
Ill Bliss AKA Oga boss is a Nigerian rapper/ hip-hop recording artist, rapper, stage performer, businessman and owner of the talent managing company – The Goretti Company, a company responsible for launching the careers of many successful Nigerian musicians like Chidinma and Phyno, amongst others.
He is a veteran rapper and has been around for a very long time in the Nigerian music industry. He also has many hit songs and music awards to his name in Nigeria and outside the shored of the country.
With real names as Erhiga Agarivbie, Erigga is a Warri born Nigerian hip hop recording artist, rapper and songwriter. He became a very popular musician after he released his debut album which was titled A Trip to The South in 2017.
Erigga is known for talking about the suffering and hustle of people of South-Southern Nigeria through his rap songs in Nigeria. He has also released a big number of singles and collabos with various Nigerian artistes like Victor AD, Orezi, Skales, Ducan Mighty and other notable musicians in Nigeria.
He is one of the best rappers in Nigeria and the last rapper on our list.
This post has been about the top 10 best rappers in Nigeria and we told you that this list is not based on the personal opinion of any writer here but results of polls we conducted on various social media platforms like Facebook Instagram, Twitter and even Nigeria’s biggest online forum – Nairaland.
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