Top 10 Hottest Nigerian Rappers For2014

By all accounts it’s been a relatively
quiet year for a lot of hip-hop acts in
Nigeria.
The likes of SDC, MI, Kahli Abdu,
Terry Tha Rapman haven’t put out
much of material this past year, and
it’s left room for some of the new
comers to really do their.
Whether it’s a sign of things to come
we’ll have to wait and see, but
without too much long story let’s get
into the top 10 hottest rappers in
Nigeria based on released material in
late 2013 into 2014.
This is not a status ranking, but
rather based on material put out in
the past year; the quality (wordplay,
skill, flow, delivery), the impact, and
the overall reception across the
board. Remember it’s hottest right
now not best overall.
10. Yung6ix
After what seemed like an eternity,
Yung6ix finally released his highly
anticipated album, 6 O Clock, and
from all accounts the album is a good
project with a sizable number of hit
tracks.
Along with the hot album cuts Lights,
Kpansh, Before I Go Broke and Kings,
Yung6ix also released the single,
Amen a little later to keep his hot
buzz going.
It’s been a commercially successful
year for Yung6ix with the album
release and many collabos, and you
can only expect that it’ll get better
from here.
He’s still got some work to do
lyrically but no doubt when it comes
to hip-hop in Nigeria for 2014, he’s
been one of the brighter spots overall.
9. Sinzu
Sinzu has been in the news this past
year for other reasons besides his
music. From his beef with Godwon to
his alleged problems with the law, it’s
easy to think Sinzu didn’t do much on
the music side of the things.
But when you go back and sample the
tunes he’s dropped over the past year
(Make I Tell You, Lord Knows, Fashi,
OG Bobby Johnson) you’ll be quickly
reminded that Sinzu is still indeed
Sinzu.
The most refreshing thing about
Sinzu’s music recently is the realness
of it.
You get the feeling this is a guy doing
his thing without the inhibitions of
commercialism or record label
restrictions.
Dude is just doing his thing and it’s
coming out pretty dope.
8. Ice Prince
Say what you will about Ice Prince
but he’s been arguably one of the
most consistent rap acts out of Nigeria
for the past couple of years.
He rarely shies away from features,
and is consistently putting out new
material for his fans.
He might not be the best lyricist out
there but he more than makes up for
it with his hard work, and good
musical sense.
Along with the hit singles from his
last year album release (Fire Of
Zamani) which he put out videos for,
Ice Prince has done well with singles,
Can I Talk (ft. MI and Joel Ortiz),
Tears For Naija, N-Word Remix and
Freestyle.
Not to count the numerous features
he’s had.
Simply put Ice Prince is stamping his
name as one of the hip-hop cats from
Nigeria we wont be forgetting soon.
7. Vector
Vector went into somewhat of a
hiatus for most of 2014, but when he
came back he came back with a
serious bang! Dropping his #A7
mixtape, he pretty much told us that
while he was a bit quiet in the past
months he wasn’t sleeping.
The mixtape has gotten mostly
positive reviews from fans and hip-
hop heads alike.
You have to wonder that if Vector
was consistently putting out stuff all
year he might be higher up this list
cos we all know he’s hot on the MIC.
The tunes from him bound to make
some noise from his tape into 2015
are Shiga, Undefined.
Tupac Bass and Celestial Body are
tunes that will definitely creep into a
lot of playlists based purely on the
lyrical work on it.
All in all Vector is pretty much a
stable name in Nigerian Hip-Hop and
this year he didn’t do anything to
change that.
6. Reminisce
Earlier this year Reminisce was
featured in TIME magazine’s “rappers
around the world” video special, and
for very good reason.
He’s been on the hottest MCs in
Nigeria over the past year, and his
stock has been rising steadily since he
first hit the scene almost 6-7 years
ago.
Reminisce’ sophomore album Alaga
Ibele release late last year has carried
him into 2014 with some serious
momentum.
Singles Daddy’, Eleniyan, Government
gave fans a taste of how good
Reminisce can be.
But it didn’t stop with his album cuts;
Reminisce put out a remix to Fela, a
new single Tesojue, numerous videos,
and one of favorite, a hot collabo
with Sarz (Ise Yen).
All in all, anyway you slice it, you
can’t call any of the hottest names in
hip-hop for this past year without
mentioning Reminisce in it.
5. Boogey
When you go on any Nigerian hip-hop
forum or blog comments discussing
the best rapper in Nigeria, and
Boogey’s name will come up more
times than you think.
For good reason. He’s right up there
with the best of them, and gives the
big hip-hop names a serious run for
their money.
When you listen well to his words it
jumps out at you, and you soak every
bit of it.
His lyrical word play, and delivery is
as good as any other out there.
He might be flying under the radar
this year in terms of commercial
popularity, but his fans and hip-hop
heads salivate anytime.
His tunes Ask For It, 1am, and Salute
Me give you everything you need to
hear from this MC.
Add that to his fan favorite, Sanctum,
it’s easy to see why everyone is super
excited about the prospect of this kid.
4. Jesse Jagz
Often times Jesse Jagz gets tagged with
being a producer before the rapper,
but that has somewhat changed with
the release of the sequel to his 2013
Jagz Nation Vol 1 – Vol 2 – The Royal
Niger Company.
With joints Aint Nobody, Sunshine,
The Case amongst others, that project
is arguably one of the best released
this year, complete with Jesse Jagz
spitting solid bars, good music, solid
productions, and giving us all
something to think about while
listening.
I did the due diligence to read various
reviews, and really I couldn’t find a
bad review. As expected.
Coupled with the heat his 2013
project was still carrying, it’s easy to
see how Jesse Jagz is one of the hotter
MCs in 2014.
He might have shied away from all
the showbiz lifestyle but make no
mistake, Jesse is still bringing a lot of
ammo in his music.
3. ModeNine
King Modo! No doubt when we speak
about ModeNine, we’re speaking about
the best lyricist in Nigeria, and there’s
barely any competition.
A legend when it comes hip-hop in
Nigeria and that’s hardly an
argument. That being said he’s feature
here at #3 is not intended to be a
slight at him at all.
ModeNine dropped a whopping 40
track album, Above Ground Level,
with everything you’ll need in a hip-
hop album, solid joint, playful tunes,
solid features including Don Jazzy, Ice
Prince, Gentle, Reminisce, Praize,
Ruby Gyang, Amaka, Zeus, Proverb,
and the hot American MC Canibus,
and overall good music.
Critics have rated the album as very
solid. Even if it’s not his best, it’s a
good album that can only add to his
great musical legacy. Tunes that stand
out are Some More ft. Don Jazzy,
Upside Down, SuperHuman featuring
Canibus, and NTBB.
2. Phyno
Phyno said in 2013 that he was the
Man Of The Year, but really we can
say he’s been the Man of the Year for
both 2013 and 2014.
Since he burst on the scene with his
unique ‘new generation igbo swag’,
it’s been no slowing down this kid
holding it down for the east.
His pre-album singles Man Of The
Year, Parcel, Ghost Mode were
already putting him in a league of his
own, and his album No Guts, No
Glory further cemented his name as
argubly the hottest rapper in Nigeria
for 2014.
Additional singles Alobam, Authe, and
numerous features only add to the
ammo for that argument. It’s hard to
argue with that fact.
Phyno’s unique way of flowing in
Igbo while blending in English makes
his tunes very appealing even to non-
igbo speaking fans, and to those who
actually understand Igbo it’s simply
the best thing since sliced yam.
He’s taken what cats like Nigga Raw,
Slowdogg, and MC Loph were doing
and elevated it to continental wide
appeal levels.
1. Olamide
Over the past 3 years, no other rapper
in Nigeria has had as much of an
impact as Olamide has consistently.
When you look at his body of work
it’s simply outstanding how much
material Olamide has put out, and in
that hot material.
His work ethic is unrivaled right now.
His hot singles are too numerous to
list but those in the past year include
the likes of Yemi My Lover, Story For
The Gods, Awon Goons Mi, Make Us
Proud (ft. Wale), and Eleda Mi to
along with his album, Baddest Guy
Ever Liveth. Features? Way too much
to list on here.
Olamide’s street styled, gutter, and
sometimes playful delivery in both
Yoruba and English gives him that
unique ability to appeal to fans across
the spectrum.
From the guys in the streets of
Ibadan, to the Lagos big boys, to the
Abuja babes there’s something in
Olamide’s catalog for you.
It’s no surprise that he’s as hot and
well received as he is in Nigeria.
Lyrically he might not as great as the
best we’ve seen, but he more than
makes up for it with solid word play,
strong metaphors.
A lot of which you have to
understand Yoruba to really get.
All in all it’s easy to see why Olamide
is the hottest rapper in Nigeria for the
past year.
Notable Mentions:
IllBliss – Hard to argue he hasn’t been
solid this year. His latest track Bank
Alert is all sorts of blazing.
Naeto C – Solid singles released but we
await the album.
Falz – Falz’s album got solid reviews
from critics and fans alike.

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