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.
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.
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.
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
PLEASE NOTE: This list is not hierarchical!
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