It is unfortunate that most upcoming artistes in Nigeria are isolated and disenfranchised within the industry. Furthermore, the usually nonchalant behavior from bloggers, OAPs and media heads prohibits the expression and practice of hip hop culture. In this article, I will be pointing out some challenges that upcoming rappers have
e-Sam "DaTownCrier" is not new name in the underground hip hop scene in Nigeria. The Ilorin based eMCee, formerly known as "Dablacceinstein" is out this year to stamp a mark on Nigerian music with his first release "Stand Up" from the upcoming mix tape "DaTownCrier" Mix tape. The track is a
The Nigerian music industry has always been forefront in entertainment across Africa, especially in the area of music. Despite the interesting competition in the industry, there is still enough room and love to go round. It is also remarkable that despite the nation's bad economy which can be summed up
This has been a question for quite some time due to it's nature and characteristics. Unlike other genres in hip hop, there are clear distinctions between Trap and traditional Hip Hop in general. What is Trap Music? Trap music is a genre that is gaining quite a bit of momentum among the
Assuming we don't factor in Mode9ine and M.I, Olamide would be the greatest hip hop artiste in Nigeria. The 28 year old is a veteran who has excelled in every ramification. He has rapped, sang and launched the careers of many artists. And more impressively he has been very consistent,
Hip hop in Nigeria has has evolved over the years just as it has everywhere else. We are no longer in the days of boom bap songs like "Cry" and "Ehen". Neither are we in the days of SWAT Roots and Remedies. Now breaking into the mainstream as a rapper should
Piracy has been left to plunder the earnings of major creative content developers for so long. You might wonder why? One of the major concern of a regular artiste or entertainer lies with the protection and the effective distribution of his work. This is why musicians seek record contracts, its why
Hip hop surpassed Rock to be the most popular genre in U.S four and half decades after it started. It is still one of the hottest on the planet right now. We're not sure about aliens, but if they listen to music in Crypton, hip-hop is probably going be the
This is a story of three kings with three microphones, each ruling over their own people in three different domains. Cassper Nyovest sold out the +60, 000 capacity FnB stadium in South Africa. Phyno took up the challenge and sold out the +50, 000 capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in his hometown.
Top Arewa rapper, BOC Madaki, is definitely cruising into 2018 on a high note. By now you should already know that Arewa rap is reaching nauseating heights in the North. And the Rasta haired rapper who released the “No English” mixtape is back yet with another concrete project. One thing that
Within the last two weeks, my colleague and brother, Zara, has written two articles about Jesse Jagz and his new material; "Odysseus" which I bet you've not heard. In one of the articles, Zara said something like "For a B-list artiste like Jagz". Wait a minute? you said what? B-boying?
2017 is gone already and we're all looking up to the next year, 2018. Although rappers weren't on fleek this year, I believe 2018 is going to be a big year for hip hop across Africa. Hopefully, Olamide and other gone-commercial guys will get back to rap. M.I and Vector
Welcome back to the second part of the trap series. On this particular post, we are going to focus on characteristics of Trap music which is not normally present in other basic genres of rap music that qualifies a rapper for a GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) title. This is not
Hello DJBooth, I'm Tylz, a 16-year-old Nigerian artiste and a dedicated follower of hip hop. I also write for one of the most followed hip hop outlets in Africa. I'm usually impressed by DJBooth, and if nobody else does, I believe your platform is a leading authority in Hip Hop culture.
As an Emcee myself, I always wondered if Trap music was a hip hop music sub genre we could take seriously. Because generally I see its rise as the cause of this present day decline of lyricism in hip hop. Especially with the sudden popularity of Mumble rap; a spin-off
Since hip hop arrived the shores of Senegal in the 80's, African music has never remained the same. It took over straight up, and by the 90's, it was all over the place. Nigeria had always been the "Giant of Africa" and it was no surprise that we soon came
Although it's a cypher and a freestyle arena, you can't make it out of the VS Class without constant practice. Unless you're Vector tha Viper. He's probably done ten times more practice than your average rapper. When you're upcoming and still at the point of climbing, and you passed the auditions;
Hip hop is dying in Nigeria, but we don't want it to, at least some of us. We don't want Afro-pop singers to to start winning "best hip hop act in Africa". Nah, we have hope in the culture, and that's why M.I's "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life"
It is an indisputable fact that Nigeria is Africa's hub of entertainment. She has produced, and is still producing world class artistes who are basking in international euphoria. These stars are gradually pushing the Nation into the global spotlight. With a youth population over 40%, the entertainment industry is manufacturing
Sometimes in 2016, I posted on my Facebook timeline that M.I Abaga is the Nigeria hip hop's greatest of all time. I got over 20 something comments. Out of the 23 comments, 10 affirmed, 4 blatantly refused (one of them even ask "how old are you?") and 9 proposed other
After leaving the "major" game for so long, veteran J town emcee, MI Abaga, stormed back with a new outrageously long-titled single called "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life". There is a singularity blunder in "Life". Notwithstanding, this is already a...well, I'll save the "classic" label for years to come.
One of my biggest discoveries was realizing that there are effective ways to express ourselves without words. You can express yourself by channeling your energy into something productive and meaningful. Most likely into something physical and artistic. I have Hip Hop to thank for this realization. READ: Hip hop music possesses
What comes to mind when you think of hip hop music? Most people think of money, drugs and fast women. Ask me what comes to my mind and I’d say politics, passion and poetry. Admittedly, today’s hip-hop has lost some of its original appeal. Turn to 102.3 The Beat and you
Born on the 12th of December in 1994; SIQ whose real names are Iheagwam Samuel Onyebuchi is an indigene of Eziobodo, in Owerri west local government area of Imo State. He was born to a clergy family of six, excluding the parents. He is the second son and fouth child
Adewuyi Olalekan Labulo also known as Elektrik was born in Lagos on 1st of October 1994. On Nigeria's 34th Birthday. He is the first of two children with a younger sister. He spent his childhood in the loving presence of his maternal Grandmother. No matter what he was up to, she