From the start of 2017, there was no dull moment in hip hop. Everybody was looking to make a name for himself and stand out as a success. Nigerian music is steady gaining acceptance in many countries across Africa. And apart from the ones who are going international, many rappers have styled their music to get the attention of their targeted audiences.
However this list is dedicated to the rappers who under-performed in 2017 and need a comeback soon. These ones seriously need a revival in 2018 or else they might loose their relevance. On this list are rappers who sound either frustrated, confused or helpless.
10. Chinko Ekun
During his days at YBNL, the artistes under the label would make videos of them freestyling. And “Chinko Tigers” bars would impress me and make me wonder at my phone. The way he fuses Yoruba and English words to rhyme is just awesome.
However, he didn’t release much during his time at YBNL because he was still in school. At the moment, he is not with YBNL and he has signed with a more focused management company. But 2017 wasn’t a good year for him, his last real effort was “Shayo” featuring Falz and DJ Neptune.
Remember the girl who delivered these lines;
“How can I watch things fall apart, Chinua Achebe
Persin never beat the, Ha ne ebe”
Splash is a female rapper who shot up with “Church Agbasa”. She started really well but eventually joined the league of rapper-singers. I heard a song titled “Ayo”. Truth is, I can not recognize this soft Splash, she isn’t the same venomous Splash we all used to know.
8. Eva Alordiah
Eva Alordiah is a respected femcee and a notable figure in Nigerian Hip hop. She hails from southern Nigeria and has murdered some male rappers in the industry. Beside announcing her retirement from music, she also branched into motivational talking. A good example is “Take Charge” which was released after her break up with boyfriend Ceasar.
Here is my point; if as a hiphop music lover, you go to a music blog to download latest songs and on downloading from Eva Alordiah’s link, all you hear is motivational talk instead of the raw bars you’re used to her spitting; How would you feel?
Yeah, the motivational thingy is good and nice. But as a hip hop fan looking to grab something fresh, you will be disappointed. Obviously, 2017 was a bad year for her musically and she could really use a comeback.
To be honest with you, I was frightened when I heard this fella freestyling on Rap Kulture radio show. When he was signed by Olamide as a replacement to the departed Chinko Ekun, he dropped “Festival Bars” shortly. The track was wildly played across multiple media outlets.
He also got featured on Olamide’s “Pepper Dem Gang” and that was enough to give him proper media attention. But I don’t think it gave him enough hype. Right now, there are rumours that it was Davolee who wrote the lyrics for Olamide’s “Wo”.
Nevertheless, it seems he is currently nowhere to be found. He has gone missing and in a very short time, his two-year contract with YBNL will expire. What does the future hold for him after that?
For Viktoh, I’m not sure music is his calling. His only reasonable effort was “Skiibi that” featuring Lil Kesh. Also “Efejoku” made us anticipate a star in him but he hasn’t lived up to it.
Despite getting signed to YNBL a second time, he still has not lived up to the billing. His “Mad Jam” featuring Ycee got hype but failed to make a breakthrough. He definitely failed in 2017. And if he is serious about music, he should pull a comeback by dropping some hits in 2018.
5. Lil Kesh
Ololade Keshinro known by his stage name Lil kesh had a bright future which made him a threat to the reign of his boss, Olamide. All his songs were hits between 2015 and 2016 and it was he who caused the Olamide VS Don Jazzy face-off at the Headies Awards.
He went on to start his own label YAGI. And his album, with tracks like “Cause Trouble”, “Semilore”, “Problem Child”, “Lyrically”, “Yaya Yoyo”, “Life of a star”, “Efejoku”, “Is it because i love you”; made it look like he was going to have it easy independently. But he isn’t in the high spot we expected him to be. Cats like Ycee and Nasty C are rated above him in 2018 and a comeback move could be instrumental.
4. Vic O
This guy has done what so many more skillful and intelligent rappers couldn’t do. 2015 was a year of beef in the music industry worldwide, we heard of AKA vs Cassper, and the popular Drake vs Meek Mill spat.
Vic O had to record a diss track for both of them and even buried Drake and Meek Mill in a single grave. Believe it or not, Vic O is a star. Checkout his trends on social media and the number of views on his YouTube videos.
However, I expected him at least to drop covers to songs like “Who You Epp”, “Wo” and “You Rappers should Fix Up Your Lives”. At an MTV Base interview,Vic O declared that he is more talented than MI Abaga, Eedris Abdulkareem, Modenine and Ruggedman. But as at now, he needs a comeback to reign supreme at whatever he does best.
3.Ice Prince Zamani
Ice Prince is a rapper everyone would love to feature on his track. In the last few years, he has earned a couple of awards for himself and everything he touches turns into Gold. But since he left Chocolate City to Start his own imprint SuperCoolCats in 2016, all has not been well for him.
Yes, he has been making money by signing lucrative endorsements and working with international artiste. But what we know over here is that he is getting wack day after day. When he dropped “Jos To The World”, he trended online and offline. 2016’s J2TW was buzzing on social media and was played on almost every radio station in Lagos.
However since that time, both the artiste and the album haven’t done well. Checkout “Trillions” featuring Phyno; a wasted song with an expensive video. He also he featured Bre-Z (Empire’s Freda Gats) in “Stand Out” and it performed poorly on YouTube even 3 months after it’s release.
She was once first lady of Chocolate City. But after 4 years with no hit track, things went south. Despite that, she still delivered some good songs during her time with the label. And since she is no longer restricted by label or management, it could be time for her to control her music and spit fire and thunder over bars.
Her strategy of releasing covers didn’t have the desired effect. She had like 8 or more episodes of Pryseless freestyles which were covers of popular songs. Her only notable single till date is “Queen kong” featuring Eva Alordiah and 2017 was a blank.
Her brother who goes by the name Big H, is a producer and he is supporting her really well. The door is still wide open for Pryse to make it in 2018 with a comeback.
1. MI Abaga
Don’t be shocked that MI is on this list. I am not trying to say that he had a bad year or that he is wack. The only thing that brings him into this list is his silence throughout the year 2017. He was musically silent like the lions whose mouths were shut in the story of Daniel in the lions den.
But this lion only roared late in 2017 after the release of “You rappers should fix up your life“. He dropped another shortly featuring Dice Ailes titled “Your Father“. Now he might have his reasons for going on a leave (preparing for an album in 2018 and running Chocolate City) but a lot of fans have complained that his bars have gotten weak.
Other rappers who need a comeback:
Millli, Suranu, Sean Dennis, Saeon, Provabs.
What do you think?