Rapping is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates “rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular”, which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backing beat or musical accompaniment. The components of rap include “content”, “flow”, and “delivery”
Just like in any sport, there is a ranking to elevate the elite and present a snapshot of contemporary trends and stylings in a bid to document history for posterity sake.
Some would say Nigerian rap is in the early stages of a renaissance, a view that we see as elitist because it discounts the contribution of indigenous rap music when Nigerian pop music had a virtual monopoly.(this is according to pulse.com)
Today we look at the top 4 hottest rappers in Nigeria according to theboxshowafrica.com
Rema – boulevard (off his freestyle EP)
Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. He rose to prominence with the release of the song “Iron Man”, which appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist. 2019 was indeed an amazing year for Rema with hit songs like Boulevard, Dumebi, spiderman and a couple of others.
The song Boulevard is the first track of the “Freestyle EP” released in 2019.
Naira Marley – Soapy( won the Soundcity’s MVP award in 2020)
Azeez Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, is a Nigerian singer and Rapper. He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, “Marlians” He was born on the 9th of May, 1994. He first rose to prominence
With his song “Issa Goal” ft Olamide and Lil kesh in 2017 and slowly he went up the charts with other amazing songs like Japa, am I a yahoo boy, opotoyi, and many others.
At no 3 today we play soapy by Naira marley, the song won The Soundcity MVP awards for the viewer’s choice category.
Zlatan – “killin dem” with burnaboy
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, known professionally as Zlatan, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and dancer. In 2014, he won the Airtel-sponsored One Mic talent show held in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Towards the end of 2018, Zlatan released a single titled “Zanku”, with a new dance routine of the same name. His first major impact in the industry was his song with olamide “My Body”. He was nominated in 2018 as rookie of the year at the City people’s music award and also nominated in the next rated category of the headies award in the same year.
Bonus Track: Blaqbones – shut up
Falz – Talk
Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009.He was born in the Mushin area of Lagos 27 October 1990 (age 29 years), The Song “Talk” won best rap single at the 2019 headies award.