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When hip hop meets an intelligent Hausa rapper, what you get is Arewa hip hop. This micro sub genre may not seem like much right now but there is an ever increasing awareness about their efforts.

Many hip hop heads believe northern Nigeria is the home of Nigerian hip hop. Its only natural for Hausa, the local language to become the next best rap language.

Olamide holds it down for the westerners, Phyno keeps it real for the Easterners. Now these Arewa musician are representing the northerners in the Nigerian music industry.

While many of the artistes on this list are not what you consider mainstream artistes, they possess all the qualities of international heavy weights.

READ: How to “blow” in Arewa hip hop – for upcoming Hausa rappers  

The rappers that made this list embody lyricism, vocal finesse, stage craft, wordplay and fluency.

So who is the king of Hausa rap? This list is ever changing as more dope cats join the industry. So search our top 10 list of Hausa rappers below and let us have your opinion. In no particular order:

Top 10 Hausa rapper’s 2018 list

1. DJ ABBA

His name is Abba. He is a multi talented musician and music producer. He can rap and sing in Hausa as well as in English. The Kaduna based Arewa hip hop artiste is a total entertainer.

He is a singed to YaranNorthSide Entertainment. DJ Abba Owns a multipurpose Studio called YNSStudios in Kaduna. He is one if the most promising rappers from the north.

His thug mixtape put him in a bright spot. However his best ever song is titled Babarsa, its on every Hausa boys lips these days. So do think DJ Abba is the best Hausa rapper?

Twitter: @dj_abba
Download “Barasa”

 2. BOC Madaki

BOC Born Luka Dinda Bulus Madaki, is a Nigerian rapper from Bauchi state. His name BOC is an abbreviation for Barde Ogan Chasu. He is a skilled bi-lingual rapper who can rap in both English and in Hausa. His fan base is growing wildly and he is still humble and always proud of his roots.

This Arewa rapper is doing good for himself. Born and raised in the Beehive city of Bauchi State, he has received a lot of positive reviews from Nigerian hip hop observers. Many believe him to be equal to, or even better than Classiq. This is a serious argument that always divides the Arewa rap fans into factions.

Is BOC Madaki your favorite Hausa rapper? Download his blazing single title “Zafi” from his No English Album.

READ: All you need to know about BOC Madaki’s life and Background

Twitter: @BOCMadaki. Mai zuga by BOC Madaki

 3. Hafeez

Hafeez is one of Arewa’s fast rising talents. He is very hard working and will eclipse the already known names in the Hausa rap genre if he continues at this level.

The Kaduna born rap artiste is heavily influenced by the predominantly Hausa speaking environment he grew up in. It reflects in his music and you will be nothing short of impressed by his fluency.

The self proclaimed “Sarikin sautin arewa” translated into English as “King of northern music” collaborated with major atistes like Davido on “Taka rawa” featuring. Cast a vote for Hafeez if he is your favorite Arewa hip hop artiste.

Twitter: @HighnessHafeez

Download “Waye Babanka” Featuring Morell. Its his best music track do far.

 4. Kheengz

Kheengz also known as YFK is a versatile Nigerian hip hop musician with the ability to communicate fluently with his Hausa rap style.

This Minna based Arewa rapper has a growing fan base throughout the whole of Niger state.

He is a graduate of civil engineering from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He is known for his raw vocal finesse and braggadocio themed verses.

His delivery is also crystal clear. Kheengz is putting the North on the map of Nigerian hip hop.

Twitter handle: @yungkheengz
Download his Saakodie’s “Illuminati” cover titled “Balling”

 5. V blaiz

Born Victor Elsha, Vblaiz is an impressive underground Nigerian rapper who prefers to deliver his English verses with a mix of the Hausa lingo.

He started getting a lot of attention when he dropped his soul upgrade mix tape which contained songs like “Gaya musu” and “koro koro eye”.

The Jos based rapper is signed to DPer records. He is a member of YWAP and thus strongly affiliated to christian rap group Soul Flame. He is an impressive and dynamic Arewa rap artiste.

Download “Karfi” by Vblaiz

 6. Al’chaddas

Al’chaddas Born Alfred Ogbonna, is a fresh Nigerian hop hop act doing justice to the arewa rap.

His stage name is a mish mash of two names; “Chaddas” a nickname from secondary school and “Al” from the first two letters of his birth name Alfred.

The rapper is of Igbo extraction. He was born in London on 1st of October 1990, the independence day. But his family moved bank to Nigeria in the early 90s so he spent most of his life in Jos.

Twitter: @alchaddas
Download “A’Bani kida” a pure Hausa rapper’s single from emcee Al’chaddas

 7. Morell

This versatile musician was born in Bauchi state. He rose to prominence after dropping “anti social” a single which featured Olamide.

We all thought he was just a singer until he revealed otherwise. He is probably the most mainstream contemporary Arewa artiste so far.

Morell is gifted with a stinging high pitched voice. He rapping is only rivaled by his singing. He anchored one of my favorite hooks, on Terry tha Rapmans “money all day” BANS group collaboration.

Morell was signed to NordanOrty entertainment. You really need to hear his “ganga da gariya”. He is able to switch from English ad-leaping to Hausa rap in a second. The Borno state indigene is a graduate from the University of Maiduguri. He is reaching fever high levels.

Twitter: @iMORELL
Download his blazing indigenous track now “Ganga da Gariya”

 8. IBN

Born Umar ibn ayya grew up in Jos the tin city of Nigeria. IBN was heavily influenced by the vibrant hip hop community in plateau state from an early age and took to rapping in his teens.

When he released his promotional single “ina maza suke” it gathered more than 50,000 downloads in its first month of release. As expected, this attention came radio air plays all over Nigeria.

This young Hausa rapper is really dynamic with his flow.

Twitter: @ibnofficial
Download “Ina maza suke”

 9. Dr. Smith

Simon Bulus is an indigene of Plateau State from Pankshin Local Government Area. His stage name Lyrical Dr. Smith, is a simple representation of his clinical rapping style.

He is a witty hip hop artist who has a fan base in Jos. Not only is he a Hausa rapper, he is also an On Air Personality with Unity FM 93.3 Jos.

According to gossip, he plans to diversify his art and stray into movie making also.

Download “Waye Shi”

 10. Classiq

Born Buba Barnabas Luka, Classiq hails from Bauchi State. Classiq is changing the Hausa rap game as his fan base continues to grow. He has been able to destroy the stereotypical view of Arewa hip hop.

Its not just confined yo the predominantly Hausa speaking northern audience anymore. This Hausa rapper has a lot of fans in Lagos. He was born on the 21 st of September 1991 and according to him, he started singing at the age of 16.

Classiq is a crafty rapper, armed with an eye for ear grabbing punchlines and alternating rhyme schemes.

Earlier this year, Rahama Sadau got banned from Kannywood. This was directly due to her participation in a music video for Classiq’s “I love you” track. Her dance with the rapper was deemed inappropriate. The queen of Kannywood has not made any popular appearance since then.

Twitter: @ClassiQ

READ: All you need to know about Classiq- His life and background

Watch “I love you” featuring Rahama Saadau on YouTube

Did we miss any name in the top 10 list of Hausa rappers? Drop a name in the comment box. So lets get the conversation going. Lets spread Arewa to the world, share this post and let other people see it.

Now go and represent your favorite rapper in the comment box, the battle is on!!!

OG Adoga
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122 thoughts on “Who Is The King Of Arewa Hip Hop? Vote TOP 10 Hausa Rappers 2018

  1. AB & Kheenz Babban Rapper No One Like Them So Far. I Salute Maxa,ur Tongue Is Lyk Weapon Irin Totally,looking Dope Irin Totally ,kheenx Breaking Record No Guiness For Sure Oga Na

    1. Comment *good my Guy what you are telling is true the Kings 👑 of rap is only DJ Ab and kheenz are different

  2. listen to the music of b.o.c it is meaningful,sweet,proverbs, and it is also encouraging guys to struggle, hustle,and stand on their own.
    as for me my best artist is b.o.c

    1. Comment *dj ab girma albulm nadau benz su dau mitsubishi kai wani burar uba masainazo awatan april
      keep it up
      succesor, talented , naturally ahead of all arewa rappers keep up going

  3. Comment *B.O.C nt only king bt god of rap. he can stand againts any body even in lagos nt only arewa cos he rap bt hausa & english and his word a very meaningful, i all lov arewa rappers

  4. I vote for Dj Ab bcos he deserve to be a best Hip Hop rapper 2017 Wit his talent song(TOTALLY,HAKAN TAKE & MY WOMAN)

  5. Comment * wow I like urs music style barde ogan chasu BOC ku tsaya guys and my DJ Abba suwaye subaba ne I no u are best @ dis lokaci

  6. Captain sama ai ni am a boller gashi nasa Polo nayi ko inkula guntun yaro but my money taller shiyassa inna wuce ‘yammata de holler yawwa bani hanya yaro classiq big boy babban yaro…………. Zauna

  7. Comment *To be sincere in this 2017 I think Kheengz a.k.a YFK has done better than the above mention names… I vote for Kheengz

  8. Comment *if were talking about the king of arewa rappers u will b shy of what u comment if not d real king b cuz his music is a meaningful music and talented “wato”barde ogan chasu.(b.o.c)secondly (mic) “wato”musa is coming

  9. hmmmmm some people are funny Classiq is the right to have this pose he is the killer , he know how to follow beats by beat and has flows, Arewa Mafia

  10. Comment *Habawa ai sai B O C Madaki kaji ana zubomaka flows malan kamar zaka diba amman wai yoo sai daji,Dama ace ni zanga BOC danaji dadi wlhi sabodani cikkenken Fans dinsane dama yazo KANO!!!

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  13. A Mature Mine Would Tell That B O C Is Far Beta Than Classiq And Any Order Arewa Rapper.
    B O C Rap Reasonable Taught Which Can Change And Individual From Negative To Positive.
    But What About Classiq? He Only Change From Positive To Negative.
    I Hereby Condull With You That B O C Is Far Beta That Classiq And Anyorder Arewa Rapper.

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  14. B O C {base on control} is d only high flying rapper.wat dj ab did of being him at the top? na lie,even classiq is beta dan him. tank u. ¤i vote b o c ¤ 100%

  15. Hmm we must vote 4 (B O C)
    HE IS very talent, smart gentle guy
    An he’s always used good grammatical English in his rap, (B O C) he don’t embraced anybody or 2 insult someone, I lyk him .

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