Rapping for women can be challenging especially in a men dominated Hip Hop field. But that not withstanding, female Rappers have existed as long as Hip Hop itself. Rapping has to do with speaking or chanting of rhyming lyrics, often set to a beat. These rhymes often address provocative subjects such as sex, violence and sociopolitical issues. However, the rhyme created by rappers is considered one of the most sophisticated styles of poetry. Days are gone when we used to have Hip Hop artists come from the Western world with in the likes of Da Brat, Brown and Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah and even Nicki Minaj. Today we have “Made in Nigeria” Hip Hop Artists who are females. Though we still have an insignificant number of them compared to what we have for the male counterparts, we cannot deny the fact that we still have some who keep coming up on the Nigerian music scene adding swags to the world of Hip Hop. Here we present to you these 10 Outstanding Female Rappers Nigeria is Proud of.
Genevieve Ogbuewu, popularly known as Splash is the newest rapper that arrived in the Nigerian rap scene from Ebonyi State of South-East Nigeria. She holds a degree in English Language from Ebonyi State University. The young rapper began her music career when she relocated to Lagos a few years back working with top music labels before finding home in a fresh and enterprising label August Pee Entertainment. The pretty faced rapper who raps mostly in Igbo language grew up listening to the likes of Bone thugs and Harmony, later Jay Z and Mode 9 and her debut single tagged “Church Agbasa” is produced by Sahara and Sainty and was mixed and mastered by Ace music producer VC Perez. Her young and promising talent speaks well about her possibility to become one of the best rappers the country will crave for in future. Phyno confirmed it after their collaboration in Onye Ije. Some of Splashe’s released tracks include: ‘Iheoma’, ‘Na God’, ‘Ogologo’, ‘I Pray Oh’ among others. She is has also featured in 2Fame’s ‘Derico Nwamama’, BabyBoy’s ‘Obimo’ and Slowdog’s ‘Nwa Nkita’among several others.
9. Tesh Carter
Though not much is known about her, Tesh took a short break from the music scene to round up her education and has recently been signed to Illnostro Records. She released new astonishing promo photos with her rumored boyfriend Jesse Jagz. The petit rapper who was once signed to Capital Hill Music has released a bunch of new photos heralding her return to the music game. Her list of released tracks include: “Drop it Low”, Baddo (Drug Baron), ‘Money’, ‘Money in the Air’, ‘The Bounce’, ‘Nigerian Hair’ among others. She has also featured in several other songs like Phenomenon’s ‘Omo Naija’ and Femi Knite’s ‘Porairo’ among others. This year(2015), she released ‘Kilofe’.
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Funke Martin-Lurther popularly known as Blaise is another outstanding rap artist who hails from Isheri Olofin Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. After graduating form Ibadan polythecnic as an Architect, the poet and writer found herself in the music industry dishing out her natural gift of rapping. She was introduced to Eden de Don of Tribesmen who gave her the opportunity to showcase her talent on a song entitled ‘Too Much’ which she sang with Sasha, kemistry and Bouqui. Though Blaise has been missing in the music world, her unique rap ability and rhymes still lingers in the hearts of many hip hop lovers.
Bukola Flayan popularly known as Bouqui is a gospel rap artist who preaches the gospel through her lyrics. Haven started with an all-girls group called (Gospel Vibes) also known as G-Vibes, Bukola continued with her passion for rap song. According to her, rapping comes in easy and less stressful for putting words together. As expected, doing rap songs was not accepted by her father and other relatives of hers, but she still stood her ground doing what makes her happy. “Despite the negative public perception of Rap as a ghetto stuff, I don’t care about what people think is wrong with the kind of music I do so long as I am happy doing it. I am fulfilled and pleasing God with my music” she said. Though she was born on a musical family, Bukola still chose to see herself as a role model to many who look up to her. Her list of released albums include: ‘Celebrate’, ‘Good and Bad’, ‘Emileyi’, ‘Sokutuyoyo’ and ‘Siting on the top’ among others.
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6. Kel Ohia
Though she has been absent from the music industry for some time, Kelechi Ohia popularly known as Kel Ohia is a Hip Hop rap artist whose rhymes are so pleasing to the ears. Kelechi is the third born in the family of four, she hails from Umuhia in Abia State. Although she still finds the time to relate with music fans on social media, Kel has not recorded a new song in a long time. Her songs earned a place in the hearts of a growing population of Nigerians especially those who loved her vibes, her lyrics, her musical attitude and or course, to them, her brand represented “originality and style”. Kel has featured in so many songs with prominent Nigerian artistes. One of which is Danny Young.
The 25 year old Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi also known as Mo’cheddah is a rapper and singer you can’t afford to do away with. The fourth of five children, was born in Lagos with her family roots are in Osun State. She is a graduate of Creative Arts from the University of Lagos. In 2010, she released an album to her name titled ‘Franchise Celebrity’. Moçheddah has won for herself several awards ranging from MTV African Music Award in 2010 where she won the “Best New Artist” and Channel O’s ‘Best Female Video’ Award in the same year. Her list of released albums include- ‘Franchise Celebrity’, ‘Destinambari’, ‘Tori Olorun’ and ‘Comming for You’ among others. She’s been off the scene for a while, she might probably spending time with her lovely fiance Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi.
Dzakeh Maria Ekpong also known as Zee is a French graduate from the University of Lagos who started her journey as a rap artist in 2006 under a talent management called XXL Entertainment alongside other artistes like General Pype and Vector. She made her debut early 2010 when she appeared in a 2 minute video titled ‘Come get with me’ by Tha Suspect, a famous Producer and artiste under Capital HillMusic. ZEE distinguishes herself from the rest of the female rap artists with her Lyrical depth and her ability to flip. Her albums include – ‘Standing’ and ‘Mo ti Mo’ among others, she has appeared in other songs like – Tha Suspect’s ‘I No Send U’ and Capital Hill Viral video series I ‘Higher’ among others.
3. Weird MC
Adesola Adesimbo Idowu, known by the stage name Weird MC is no doubt one of the most accomplished rap artists Nigeria got. She is indeed one female rapper in Nigeria who dazzles on stage. She is someone whose talent gives no room for musical rules. Her masculinity and strength on stage is such you’ve never seen before. “Any time I hit the international stage or perform anywhere in Nigeria, the first thing people always talk about is the energy I display on stage. They always wonder where I derive my energy from. I thank God for the gift” she said. In fact, at the time when Nigerians were not receptive to Hip-hop music. Weird MC came up with ‘Allen Avenue’ in the 1990s, she won the very first Hip-hop music award in this country called the EME awards and so started her career in the music world. She appeared in the year’s edition of the annual musical concert, tagged “Felabration” which held penultimate Sunday at the New African Shrine.The released albums of the rapper, songwriter, and producer include – ‘Fiesta’, ‘ijoya’, ‘Iwaju Iwaju’, ‘Oya Eh’, ‘Jehovah’, ‘Don’t stop’ and ‘Ijoya remix’.
2. Sasha P
Anthonia Yetunde Alabi Sasha P, also known as the First Lady of Nigerian Hip Hop, is a Nigerian female rapper, musician, fashion designer, lawyer and motivational speaker. Her great lyrical content; heavy tush lines and her sassy delivery of skills will indeed marvel you. She began her musical career as a child in Ibadan where she made her first outing as a budding rapper in 2001 at a Girls night out talent hunt show where she came first runner up after competing with other girls. Her success has helped pave the way for other female rappers and musicians in Nigerian hip hop. She was the first female Nigerian artist to perform at the 20th anniversary of the World Music Awards in October 2008 and also the first Nigerian female artiste to win the Best Female Award at MTV Africa Music Awards. She remains one of the most visible and consistent female artist in Nigeria having rapped for over 7 years. Her released albums include – ‘Oya’, ‘Work it’, ‘Emi le Gan’, ‘Gidi babe’ and ‘First Lady’ among others.
1. Eva Alordia
Have you heard her rap? You will surely be taken up to the moon by the soothing rhythmic sound of her rap songs. Eva is a rapper, entertainer, make-up artist, fashion designer and an entrepreneur who is considered one of the best female rappers in Nigeria. She was born on August 13, 1989 to Nigerian parents from Delta State and is a graduate of Computer Science from Bowen University. She started rapping at the age of 13 and decided to make it professional at the age of 16 and released her first ever studio recording titled ‘I dey Play’ with the help of Tha Suspect early 2009.
Since her breakthrough into the Music Industry, Eva has garnered several awards including one Nigeria Entertainment Award from 4 nominations, one Eloy Award, and one YEM award from 2 nominations. Her Music career could be said to have gathered momentum when she hopped on the Lil Wayne ‘a millie’ instrumental in 2009 and since then has been bubbling on stages and streets releasing great numbers of albums ranging from about 11 singles and 5 featured albums. Interestingly, Eva writes all her lyrics, very eloquent and delivers her bars beautifully. Some of her albums include – ‘Relentless’, ‘High’, ‘Mercy’, ‘Deaf’ and the latest ‘Shuga’.