Ever wondered who the Best Nigerian rappers in 2019 are? Search no more as we give you the perfect top 10 list. The rap industry in Nigeria suffered a setback last year as there was silence from heavy weights in the industry. Even after MI Abaga had previously asked rappers to fix up, things remained the same.
He switched up and dropped the Yung Denzel album, as a sign of “practice what you preach”. Did that move pan out? I am certain a few would be indifferent. However, I feel the impact of all of that culminated in the heat brought forward this year 2019.
This year saw a lot of rappers stay woke. A good number dropped albums, some dropped singles, while a handful engaged in supremacy battles. You can call it “resurrection 2019”.
To this end, we have made a list comprising the Best Nigerian Rappers in 2019. This list doesn’t say the best Nigerian rappers of all time however. It only seeks to recognize the rappers who put in effort this year 2019.
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Top 10 Best Nigerian Rappers 2019.
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#12 Show Dem Camp (SDC)
Riding on the back of the “Palm wine Music” series, SDC didn’t come to play. They dropped the second edition of the album last quarter of 2018 and the successes rode into 2019. The album featured quite a number of regular faces in Burna Boy, Ajebutter, BOJ, Ladipoe, and a host of others.
This year, Ghost and Tec (members of SDC) dropped the third edition of the Palm wine Music series titled “Palm Wine Express“. This was sometime in December 2019. Are you ready to kick it into the new year? I bet you are. SDC makes the list of Best Nigerian Rapper 2019.
Ladipo Eso better known as Ladipoe is a Mavin Records artist signed in February 2017. The track titled “Feel Alright” where he was featured by rap group SDC “Show Dem Camp” was Poe’s starting point to success. He released a track this 2019 titled “Jaiye”.
Ladipoe released “Talk About Poe” (TAP) late last year and has been having a swell time. Effects of the album came to the fore this year, and it moves the rapper unto another level. Right now he is working on the “Revival Sunday” movement. For this project, he drops tracks on www.ladipoe.com every Sunday. You could check him out.
Some people would say Erigga New Money didn’t have a blast this year but they are mistaken. It’s the last month of the year and Erigga has been killing shows steady in all parts of the federation.
He dropped his latest EP “The Erigma II” in the last quarter of the year (October 4th) and it was a hit. It seemed like manner from above. The Warri born rapper had features with top rap acts in the industry.
Names like the legendary MI Abaga, Iceprince, Magnito, Vector, and Zlatan all laced bars on the EP. Talk about a Hip Hop album by Hip Hop artists. You got to give him credit this year. If Paperboy ain’t on this list of the Best Nigerian Rappers 2019, I bet the fans wouldn’t like this.
Folarin Falana is a rapper songwriter and actor. The lawyer turned rapper, also known as “Falz the Badt Guy” had a better 2019. He released his 4th studio album in January, titled “Moral Instruction“.
Some of you must have felt he slept on us in 2019 but his awards from the Headies says otherwise. Wining the Best Rap Album, Best Rap Single, and also Album of the year in Headies 2019, he has been sensational this year.
Subsequently, the rapper who featured in songs of Simi, Ice Prince, and Skiibi, is in the best form he would wish to be in. Although his accent sounds funny, Falz is seen by some as the best Nigerian rapper in 2019 so far.
If anyone made 2019 come alive for the Hip Hop faithfuls, you can’t help but mention Vector tha Viper. The Lafiaji soldier was all up in our faces for the wrong reasons which he channeled to a positive energy.
Vector who holds Africa’s record (official) for the longest live freestyle session, started the year off with the usual Hennessy Cypher. That ultimately led to a beef with MI Abaga’s camp, thus birthing the diss tracks “Tetracycling” and “Judas the Rat“.
Vector capped off the year with the release of his album titled “Vibes Before Teslim“. He definitely turned up this 2019 and deserves to be on this list.
Gilbert Bani known as A-Q started music fully in 2010 after he graduated from the University of Lagos. A-Q released two tracks in 2019 titled “God’s Work” and “L.A.M.B Cypher” where he featured M.I, Loose Kaynon, and Blaqbonez.
Also known as one of the illest rappers alive, he featured in M.I’s “The Purification (Martell Cypher 2)”. A-Q released a diss track “Distraction 2” aimed at Vector in support of his new FAM, MI Abaga’s camp. All of this work earned him the award for Lyricist on the roll at this year’s Headies.
#6 MI Abaga
You can’t talk about the hottest rappers in 2019 and skip the Hip Hop Legend. MI Abaga is one artiste that stays true to the game. This year sees him as one of the best rappers of 2019. Did he drop an album? No he didn’t but was instrumental in all the Hip Hop buzz we witnessed this year.
Jude Abaga started the year with his Martell Cypher “The Purification“, where he took shots at the rappers who are about Hennessy. To the Vector diss track “The Viper“, amidst various collaborations with Taliwhoah on “Sweet Sweet“, Zoro on “One on One Remix“, and Erigga on “The Erigma“.
Jude Abaga rounded off the year with a tour of the United States of America across several cities.
Blaqbonez is the self-acclaimed best rapper in Africa. Sometimes I tend to agree. He has been in the industry for 4 years and this year he turned up. He featured in the Martell Cypher “The purification” amidst some other tracks.
Blaqbonez released his 9th studio EP “Mr. Boombastic” in October 2019. “Shut Up“, “Magic“, “Promo” are some of the hottest tracks on the album. The rapper looks fired up and already headlined his first concert sometime in December. Let’s expect more for the smooth rapper next year 2020.
People try not to classify Olamide as a rapper but I think he still is. This year 2019 showed us that as he dropped hits upon hits in the Hip Hop genre. Tracks such as “Pawon“, “Woske“, “Oil and Gas” are quite popular in the industry. He definitely makes the list.
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike better known by his stage name Phyno is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. There’s no list showing recognition to Hip Hop with Phyno conspicuously missing.
People thought Phyno was quiet in 2019, till he hit us with the 21 track album, “Deal with it“. This is his third studio album and features A-list artistes such as Davido, Olamide, Falz, Flavour and a lot more. He makes this list no doubt.
#2 Zlatan Ibile
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael popularly known as Zlatan has also entertained us with good dancing skills. Zlatan already a household name carried on his form from last year into the new year. His collaboration with Burna Boy “Killing Dem Sha” is still the biggest track of the year.
He has gone on to feature with A-list artistes on countless songs this year. Zlatan capped off the year with his “Zanku” album release. There are hit tracks on it such as “Gbeku“, “Yeye Boyfriend“, and more.
#1 Naira Marley
Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley is a rapper and singer. Since the start of the year, he has been on fire. Since his ordeal with the EFCC, Naira Marley has been on a steady rise.
Tracks such as “Am i a yahoo Boy”, “Opotoyi“, “Mafo“, and “Soapy” have earned the rapper a massive following. His presentation of the “Zanku” dance step also adds flavor to his music and person.
His street following now have an acronym “Marlians” who support the rapper against all odds. He has featured in shows in and out of the country and ended the year with his EP. “Lord of Lamba” dropped on the 9th of December and received massive support from fans across the globe. “Tesumole” is currently bursting speakers nationwide.
The list above ain’t exhaustive as there are several rappers capable of staking a claim for one of the spots on the best Nigerian rappers in 2019 list.
Dremo was on fire with singles such as “Ringer” and “The Chairman“.
Sinzu dropped an album “Better Late Than Never” with tracks like “O por” and “Zanku Zu” becoming street rated.
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