The Top 8 Underrated Nigerian Artists!!

Over the last few years, the Nigerian music scene has grown exponentially,  and while some artists have managed to secure certain positions within the industry as accomplished superstar artists, there are those who in our eyes are extremely talented and should have the superstar status, but are unfortunately not receiving as much props as they deserve. The list should be a lot longer, but here are our top 8 Underrated Nigerian artists- in no particular order:

SHOW DEM CAMP

Ghost and Tec, stepped into the music scene in 2009, and dropped their first project The Clone Wars mix-tape in 2010 which got them a lot of respect.  Their debut album ‘The Dreamer Project’ released in September 2011, featured collabos with M.I, 2Face and MayD, and got props from the official ‘rap-heads’ in Nigeria. This duo’s lyrical prowess is top notch, and the fact that they make African rap sound soo good should put them amongst the top 5 hip-hop acts in Africa, but unfortunately they aren’t as widely known as they should be.

WAJE

She is no-doubt one of the best female vocalists in the country with a vocal range that is out of this world. Ever since she came onto the scene when she featured on P-Square’s ‘Do Me’ track, she has managed to prove that her voice is no hoax. She is recognized locally and internationally with a couple of awards to show for it and  her album titled ” Words Aren’t Just Enough” (WAJE) is definitely one to anticipate this year. Hopefully, people will understand and recognize the vocal powerhouse that is Waje.

BLACKMAGIC

Blackmagic’s blend of afrobeat  and classic hiphop in his first single titled “Tomorrow” which was released in 2010 did capture our attention and held on. His sound is different, its modern and eclectic yet classic – Blackmagic is one of the new-age African artists that everyone young and old can relate to. The Blackmagic movement  has steadily been gathering strength underground…we are keeping our finger’s crossed and hope it doesn’t lose momentum.

BEZ

Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula also known as Bez is an alternative soul artiste who adds a bit of jazz, RnB and soul to his music. Born Nov 11,1983, gifted with two musical skills, his magical fingers and an awesome voice, both of which have been able to make a name for him in the industry. He was the 2nd runner up at the 2009 Hennessy artistry competition Nigeria, his debut album titled ” Super Sun” was launched July 2011, it included fans favorites tracks such as Super Sun, Zuciya Daya, More You and That Stupid Song to mention a few. Asides his talent, hard work and creativity, Bez gives a fantastic account of himself through his imaginative lyrics. But irrespective of these abilities and sincerity to his art and obvious talent, he isn’t as patronized as he should be. As time goes by perhaps…

CHIDINMA

Chidinma, popularly known as Miss Kedike, first graced our TV screens as a contestant in the 2010 edition of MTN Project Fame season 3, which crowned her as the winner. Officially introduced herself to the music scene in 2010 with her smashing hit single ‘Jankoliko’, a track which turned out to be an anthem nationwide.‘Emi Ni Baller’ showed just how versatile Chidinma is – she’s quite like the industry’s chameleon and can do very well in almost any genre. One would think her affiliation with big league artistes like Sound Sultan and Wizkid is enough but, it appears that she still has an audience to convince.

PHENOM

Topa Onimowo, popularly known as Phenom; the Knight House General, is said to be the only rapper, as far as history in the Nigerian music industry goes, to sign the dotted lines of a record deal without having  released a record. His recent single ‘Shukubambam’ is still a record  that’s heavy on playlists across the country. Phenom has being rated as one of the personalities that will represent Nigerian rap in the future, so keep your shades on Phenom cos your future is looking extremely bright indeed.

ILLBLISS

The ‘Oga Boss’ of Nigerian rap – ‘Ibo Boy’ Ill Bliss is quite like the great white shark – keeps a low profile, not seen often but when he does come out of ‘hiding’ boy does he make an impact! Although he has been quite busy working on his protégés like Chidinma the release of ‘Oga Boss’ shows that he is still very much in the game. Ill Bliss effortlessly spits some superb lyrics throughout ‘Anam Achi Kwanu’, and is the definition of laidback-cool (the best way to describe him).

IKECHUKWU

Ikechukwu started with Storm, then went on to be part of the now defunct Mohits Records label and now he’s doing his own thing with the World Famous Akademy. Though controversy has closely (and rather unfortunately) followed Ikechukwu, the fact that he is very talented is something that cannot be disputed. He is a demon of a rapper and he can sing – no not the auto-tune singing, he can really really sing. Hopefully the controversy can be a thing of the past and the focus will be back on his awesome talent.

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    12 Responses to “The Top 8 Underrated Nigerian Artists!!”

    1. @ayoprytz says:

      True

    2. hakeem says:

      hi, not bad but i only concur with that of bez, blackmagic,illblis,phenom….chidinma is not underrated she just won an award oo..cool sha..nice write up

      keep it up..
      toolz of life..oshey!

    3. Muyiwa says:

      “He is a demon of a rapper and he can sing – no not the auto-tune singing, he can really really sing”. Interesting. Not just the fact that Ikechukwu can really sing, but that we are aware that some of our favourite stars depend on auto-tune. I though I was the only one. Apparently I assumed wrong

    4. Anonymous says:

      Agree with this list ,most especially Phenom…..very good rapper!

    5. ama says:

      Hmmm i think Ikechukwwu deserves were he is right nw … @Boogeythat shudav been der. Nice in all tho :D

    6. Joanne says:

      Well written and well said, good job Tayo!

    7. ItsSparxx says:

      Still no one is talking ’bout Show Dem Camp. Anyways SHOOOOW DEEEM !!!! SHOW DEM CAMP IS THE FUTURE #SDCBangBang

    8. Obi says:

      I don’t believe ikechukwu should be on your list. He might be good in the background production of good music . In my opinion POPE should be on this list he had a hit a while ago called Enjoy. Hugely underrated. That guys got talent

    9. damilola says:

      May D should be on d list.

    10. Naijaboy10 says:

      Brymo needs to be on this list. Brymo has one of the best vocals i have ever heard out of a nigerian but his album didn’t even get much play. Worst part is that his album was one of the best album ever and I can honestly compare it to the greats such as R. Kelly, Usher, Ne-Yo etc.

    11. starboi says:

      i agree wif toolz especially phenom,that guy spits fire,i do not think chidinma is underrated,then as for waje,i dnt blame d fans,more than 4 yrs without an album is too long,lets wait till may 1st…. but killz should not b there…then i will like to add,brymo,gt da guiterman,shank,praise and most importantly SKALES… dis guy is a beast,he rap and sing

    12. Y says:

      I think Orezi is missing from that list. He’s definitely underrated!

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