Globally, Music especially the hip pop genre has really been one of the most lucrative profession in the world that every old and youngsters will ever want to engaged themselves in.
When we are talking about “Music” and “Hip Pop” in Nigeria, we have some people who have devoted their time, talents and passion to it. Some has even impacted their Influences on the upcoming artistes, through them, multitude of other young artists has also rose to fame.
What adjective or name can we give to this Artistes who their influences has brings out the best in others?
Alot of Nigerian musicians has also use their talent and quotas to win the international market for us in Nigeria, some has traveled across the globe to show the white-men the heritages of our cultures, talents and intelligence.
Here, We shall briefly discuss about Top 10 Highly Rated Nigerian Musician, we are not going to rate them according to the net worth or popularity but according to what they have done and what they have achieved so far as a musician.
Let start, below is how we stratified them:-
#1• D banj.
- D banj whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo was Born on June 9th, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State. He specially based On Afropop, R&B, pop and work as a Singer, songwriter, Entrepreneur, Actor, TV host. He make use of his Vocals, harmonica instrument.
He received an awards for best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007, also, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009, Best
International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.
D banj is the big man who is known to have conquered the foreign market for Nigerian Musicians.
#2• Don Jazzy
- Don Jazzy whose real name is Michael Collins Ajereh was born in Lagos. He started his music career right in the year 2002, two years before D’BANJ started his own career as a musician.
Don jazzy is one of the founding fathers of Mo’hits Record Label. In 2008, Ajereh was credited in the production of The Entertainer by D’Banj. He also contributed to the production of Wande Coal’s Mushin 2 MoHits, an album that was described as one of the best selling and most aired album in Nigeria.
Don jazzy has no song or album in his own credit as a singer, he usually performed background vocals for artists he produced. These performances include vocals for D’Banj, Sauce Kid, Dr SID, Ikechukwu, Kween, D’Prince, Jay-Z. Ajereh provided vocal performance for Kanye West’s song Lift Off with Beyoncé on the Watch The Throne album.
•Nigerian Music Awards (2006) – Producer of the Year.
• Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007) – Music Producer of the Year.
• The Headies 2011- Producer of the Year for over The Moon, Mr Endowed and pop Something
• The Headies 2014- Producer of the Year for Dorobucci
• City People Entertainment Award (2015) – special recognition award.
He is the backbone behind artistes like Korede bello, reekado banjo, D’ija, D’PRINCE and others.
#3• 2face Idibia
- 2face also known as “2BaBa” was born in Jos, Plateau State on September 18, 1975. He started his career as a singer back in 1994.
He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most reliable and highest artists in Africa.
Tu-face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and
one BET awardfor his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.
- P-SQUARE comprises of identical twins whose name are Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye, they were Born on 18th November, 1981 in Jos, Nigeria.
Although they were active on music in 2003 but In 2001, they won the “Grab Da Mic” competition, and hence Benson & Hedges sponsored their debut album, titled last Nite, which was released under Timbuk2 music label. P-Square was also nominated as “Most Promising African Group” in the Kora Awards three months after the release of their debut
album. They eventually won the 2003 Amen Award for “Best R&B Group”.
On 4th of April 2010, P-Square was named the Artist of the Year at the Kora Awards in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
while they were in London for a concert at the Troxy, and they will receive a sum of $1 Million Dollars as the award winners, in Ebebiyin City.
And, they have won alot of awards and recognition across the world. The duo are crowned “The King of African Music” In Ghana.
#5• Banky W
- Olubankole Wellington also known as Mr Capable, Mr W and King of Lagos Party was born on 27th of March, 1981 in United States of America.
Banky W and Sasha P Were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. He is also a band ambassador for Ciroc ultra-premium vodka.
According to reliable resources, he has received the following awards :
•John Lennon Song Writing Award 2006, R&B Category, for ‘My Regret’
•Best R&B Artiste, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
• Best Male R&B Artiste, Urban Independent Music Awards, USA, 2006
•Best International Album, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2007 for ‘Mr Capable’
•Best R&B Video, Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
•Best Male Vocal Performance, Hip hop World Awards 2009 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
•R&B Single of the year, 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for ‘Strong Ting’
•Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video 2010 City People Entertainment Awards.
- He is the one who brought Wizkid, Skales and Shaydee to the stardom in Music Industry.
#6• M.I Abaga
- Jude Abaga also known as Mr Incredible was born on October 4th, 1981.
He is the CEO of Chocolate City, his style is
describes as “easy going but packed full of punches”. Similarities in styles have also been drawn to renowned rappers such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. Those who know M.I. well have
also compared his ego with both that of Kanye Westand Jay-Z.
He has the following awards:-
•Best Rap Album ( The Chairman)- The Headies 2015
•Best Rap Album 2009 –Hip Hop world Awards
•Hip Hop Revelation 2009 – Hip Hop World Awards
•Best New Act of the Year 2009 – Nigerian Entertainment Awards
•Best Rap Single 2008 – Hip Hop World Awards
•Musician of the Year– Modemen Awards 2008
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•Best New Act- MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
•Best Use of Special Effects in a video-NMVA 2009
•Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video-NMVA 2009
•Musician of the Year-The Future Awards 2010
•Musician of the Year – City People 2010
•Artist of the Year – National Daily 2010
•Musician of the Year – Malaysian African Entertainments Awards 2010
•Most Amiable Brand – Orange Wall of Fame 2010
- He is the Most decorated “Rapper” in Nigeria and Africa.
- Olamide Adedeji(born 15 March 1989), known by his stage name Olamide but popularly Called Olamide Baddo, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist from Bariga, Lagos State. He records mostly in Yoruba.
He has been nominated for the total of 49 awards but won only 22.
He Is the backbone behind Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Viktoh, Chinko Ekun, and alot of artistes to mention few.
Currently, he is the “King of Nigeria Raps” and “The king of the street”.
- Ayodeji Balogun also known as “Lil prinz” was born on July 16, 1990. He has started recording music at the age of 11, he was signed in by Banky W into EME in 2009, he rose to fame in The year 2010.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Wizkid’s contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned him alot of achievements which includes a BET Award, a MOBO Award, five at The Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, and a Future Award. He has received three nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards. He has also been nominated four times at the World Music Awards.
- David Adeleke was born on 21st of November, 1992 in U.S.A.
His father is a Nigerian business tycoon and his late mother was a university lecturer. He attended the British International School in Lagos. Davido studied Business Administration at Oakwood University prior to relocating to Nigeria. Davido’s interest in music started during his time at Oakwood University.
Davido earned a music degree from Babcock after his father paid the university to erect a music department for an inaugural class of one.
From December 2014, Davido has received a total of 29 awards from 74 nominations. He is the recipient of a BET Award, a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award, a Ghana Music Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, 2 MTV Africa Music Awards, 2 African Muzik Magazine Awards, 5 The Headies Awards, 7 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and 2 Dynamix All Youth Awards.
Flavour whose real names are Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli was Born on 23th of November 1983 in Anambra .
At the age of 19, Flavour emerged unto Nigeria’s musical scene as a drummerand pianistfor a local Enuguband. After
learning to play drums professionally, Flavour received an offer to perform at City Centre, Enugu. The massive crowd at City Centre inspired him to gain new grounds and reach great heights. Flavour’s educational background in music enabled him to learn music productionfrom Dekumzy, Isi Charles and Nnachie.
He has been nominated for 35 awards but won 13 awards so far. He is known for publicizing igbo highlife across Nigeria and African countries.