Though Nigerian hip hop music started small, today it has gone far and wide. Nigerian hip hop songs are not only enjoyed in Nigeria but are also enjoyed by several Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike in the diaspora. A lot of people have this conception that it is being played even more in foreign countries than it is played in Nigeria. If you go to clubs in Europe and America, you get to hear Nigerian hip-hop songs being played and enjoyed by both Nigerians and foreigners all the time. Most of these artists have also won awards both in the international and local levels. All these are as a result of hard work and dedication on the part of these artists as well as heavy investments we’ve seen in Nigerian music industry lately.
In this article, we’ve decided to bring you the top 10 Nigerian hip-hop songs that are currently making waves. While our editors have taken their time to compile this list, we also believe lists like this can be subjective and you might not agree with everything we’ve posted here. Please, feel free to add your recommendation in the comments section below, also feel free to share this post with your friends.
Top 10 Nigerian Hip-Hop Songs
10. Vector – King Kong Remix ft. Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq, Uzi
Unarguably, Vector is one of the best rappers in Nigeria. King Kong which he released alongside other big rappers like Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq, and Uzi in 2015, is definitely a great one most especially among rap disciples in the country.
9. Reminisce ft. Olamide Phyno – Local Rapper
This hip-hop song is almost different from all others because of how much the rappers tried to make it local and still very entertaining. It was released in 2015 on Reminisce’s album, Babahafusa. The song won The Headies Award for Best Collabo.
8. Olamide – Who U Epp ft. Wande Coal, Phyno
Who u Epp became a slang in Nigeria thanks to this classic street rap that featured Wande Coal and Phyno. The song was released in 2016 on Olamide’s The Glory album. Apart from enjoying massive airplay, the song was nominated for a number of awards and it ended helping him to win the Headies Award for Best Street-Hop Artist for 2016.
7. ICE PRINCE – I SWEAR ft FRENCH MONTANA
This was released in 2013 on the Fire of Zamani album of Ice Prince. Even though it is not one of Ice’s most popular songs, it is still one of the classic Nigerian Hip Hop songs.
6. MI Abaga – Bullion Van ft. Runtown, Phyno and Stormrex
After staying away for some time, MI Abaga returned with The Chairman album in 2014. It was that album that came with this song that made it as one of the biggest that year, and it still sustains years later. During the 2015 Headies Awards, the album won the Best Rap Album.
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5. Falz – Bahd Baddo Baddest ft. Davido and Olamide
Having Falz, Davido, and Olamide, it isn’t out of place for one to expect what will pass as one of the most classic Nigerian hip-hop songs. The song is a part of Falz’s 27 album which was released in 2017. The song has become a sort of national anthem among hip-hop fans in Nigeria.
4. Falz – Karishika ft. Phyno, Chigurl
This is one of the strongest Classic Nigerian Hip-Hop Songs. It was released in 2015 as the 4th song on Falz Stories That Touch album. The song won the Best Afro Hip-Hop Video at the 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards.
3. Falz – Soft Work
It is now official that Falz has been one of the most significant rappers in Nigeria, even though he hasn’t been there for a long time. Soft Work has come with the same great flavours of the man’s songs. It is also part of his Stories That Touch album that was released in 2015.The album won awards including 2016 City People Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year.
2. WizKid ft Drake – Come Closer
WizKid has done a good number of works with international acts like Akon and Rihanna. With Drake, however, he has done a lot more, including this song that was released as a part of the Nigerian star’s Sounds from the Other Side album.
1. Phyno – Link Up ft MI and Burna Boy
Released towards the end of 2016, this song was a massive hit through to 2017. The song came as a part of Phyno’s The Playmaker Album which was nominated for Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Album of the Year.