Top Five (5) Igbo Indigenous Rappers 2021

3 weeks ago

In Nigeria today, there are three kinds of rappers. Those who rap in pidgin English, native language (Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Efik, etc) or those who rap in English.

For English rappers, we have people like MI Abaga who has been doing his thing for years now. Blaqbonez, Dremo, etc all include both English and Nigerian Pidgin English.

Native rap or indigenous rap arguable came into Nigerian music just when English rappers couldn't dominate the game as consumers were after a sound that is relatable and record labels looking for something commercial to guarantee profit.

The likes of Nigga Raw, Dagrin, MC Loph, etc were able to penetrate the music market with rap songs performed in their local dialect.

Today, Indigenous rappers remain the highest-earning rappers in the Nigerian music ecosystem.

Here are the top 5 Igbo indigenous rapers.

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1. Phyno

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Nigerian hip hop artist, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike is the first on our list. Phyno who started his music career as a producer in 2003 dished out his debut studio album No Guts No Glory in 2014. He raps in English and Igbo and has been able to give us so many hit songs these years.

2. Zoro

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Nigerian-born rapper and singer, Owoh Chimaobi Chrismathner, who is better known by his stage name Zoro, is another popular Igbo Indigenous rapper. The award-winning singer is best known for his debut song Ogene released in 2016.

3. Ill Bliss

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Award-winning Nigeria rapper, and entrepreneur, Ill Bliss is the next rapper on our list. Ill Bliss whose company was responsible for launching the careers of Phyno and CHidinma is one of the legends in Igbo rap game.

4. Tidinz

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Nigerian hip-hop recording artist, Richard Dilichukwu Okonkwo, who is best known as Tidinz is one of the Igbo rap artists who is mostly known for trapping. He works mostly with his producer friend, Benjamz.

5. Jeriq

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Last but not least is Ani Jeremiah who is best known as Jeriq. The rapper who recently unlocked a new body of wor 'East & West' with Dremo is another Igbo rap artist making waves in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE: This list is not hierarchical!

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