Top50charts brings to you our Top 5 “indigenous rappers”!. The best of the best were chosen based on their body of work, delivery, consistency, and cadence. They are many but a few were chosen. This sounds so familiar, LOL.
After so much research, the top 5 Indigenous rappers have their own strengths and have built a strong career for themselves. Not one of them is alike. I am going to arrange this from the fifth to the first. What is the fun in arranging it from fave to least fave?. 🙂
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael popularly known as Zlatan Ibile. Zlatan is a singer, songwriter, dancer and most importantly a rapper. Zlatan at first did not have a flair for music as all he was doing was playing the drum in church. Zlatan’s’ music career started in his university days when he won the rap contest organized by Airtel in his school Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. Zlatan became a sensation when a Viral Video of Davido dancing to his single “My Body” where he featured Olamide. He rose further to fame after his collaboration with Chinco Ekun and Lil Kesh on the single “Able God”.
Zlatan is no doubt a fast-rising act. If the best indigenous rappers are slacking be sure that Zlatan will keep them on their toes. He won three major awards last year, during the “AFRIMMA” award show 2019. He has featured A list artist and has been featured by A list artist too. I am sure you all are aware that “Speedy Darlington” is his best friend, two clownish acts together what can go wrong. LOL. He has become one of the street favorites after he created the zanku dance step. Everyone has forgotten there was anything like skelewu, bobo, shaku shaku, and the likes of them. he is the latest member of the £0 billion gang.
Personally, asides from the beats and some catchy phrases in his songs I do not understand Zlatan. He has many hit singles but my all-time favorite is “Yeye Boyfriend”. Production credit goes to the one and only Rexxie.
Aboriomoh Femi Raymond known as Dremo. Dremo is a really talented rapper and songwriter. He has this unique blend of afro-beat, afro-pop, and urban tune. He has always been fond of music since childhood. Let me just say he was born with talent. He was first signed to A.P.P.E Music Entertainment, upon meeting the president of Davido Music Worldwide in 2016 “Banko” got him signed to the DMW group. His Fela “Panda” cover he recorded on Davidos laptop gave him the platform to stardom.
He has won awards starting from the “Nigerian Teen Choice Award for Choice new Hip Hop Act 2016” to “City People Music Award for Rap Album of the Year 2018”. He is not done with the industry yet.
In my opinion, my favorite song from Dremo is “Bigger Meat” track 2 of his album “Codename, Vol. 1”.
Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru has made a strong footprint in the music industry as Reminisce also known as Alaga Ibile. He is an actor, singer, songwriter, and rapper. He has always had a flair for music. he listened to different genres of music and developed his rapping skills by mirroring rappers like Nas, Jayz and Snoop Dogg.
Reminisce was discovered by producer “ID Cabasa” in 2006, whom he recorded a rap album with but never released it. He went ahead and featured on 9ices’ album “Gongo Aso”. The songs that really crafted a brilliant career for Reminisce are “Ever Since” where he featured 9ice and “If Only” produced by Dtunez.
The versatile artist Reminisce has four albums and over twenty singles. He has won many awards and was the first Nigerian and African hip-pop artist to have two of his albums debut on the “Billboard World Album Charts”. Time Magazine named Reminisce one of the seven World Rappers You Should Meet in 2014. He is signed to Edge Records and is also the founder and creative director of LRR Records.
No favorite songs, I mean Reminisce is a boss in his game.
Olamide Adedeji widely known as baddosneh is a songwriter, singer, and rapper. Baddosneh has been hustling since 2010 and has made a legacy for himself and future generations. He is famous for rapping in his native language. The father of two said he ventured into music because he found out he was gifted in music and decided to explore it. The very first song that brought Olamide to limelight is “Eni Duro”. Then he was signed to Coded Tunes record label and managed by Toni Payne.
Our very own street king left Coded Tunes and started his own recorded label YBNL, where he has signed and managed amazing acts. After his first studio album “Rapsodi” he got the recognition he deserved and started having collaborations with major artists.
Olamide has over eight albums, one collaboration album with Phyno and has won over twenty awards. He has many endorsements and is presently concentrating on his OLIC shows. Olamide is a force to reckon with.
Chibuzo Nelson Azubike professionally known as Phyno and Phyno Fino. Phyno is a singer, songwriter, rapper and actor. He started his career in music in secondary school where he learned how to play the drums and piano. As talented as he is Phyno started producing his own songs in 2003. He is famous for his rapping skills in the Igbo language.
Amazingly, the stage name Phyno was given to him by one of his high school friends, and it was derived from Phenomenal. His rapping took off in 2010. In 2012, he released his first single “Ghost Mode” which he collaborated with Olamide. Ghost Mode won him his first two awards. The song was his debut album leading single.
Phyno rapping in Igbo, Nigerian Pidgin and English show how artistic he is. He told the Nigerian Tribune he raps in Igbo because he respects his culture and loves being himself.
Phyno is indeed phenomenal, he has given us Igbo vibes and has kept it real over the years. Phyno has three studio albums, one collaborative album with Olamide. He has won many awards, bagged endorsements and is still being recognized all over the world.
I remember back in secondary school when my class boys will always perform to ghost mode.
In conclusion, to the best of my knowledge, Olamide is the biggest street indigenous rapper. Reminisce is the best in the game and Phyno is definitely a force to reckon with.
Let me know what you think. Which artist made it on your list of Top 5 Indigenous Rappers?