I m tempted to start this blog post with “We the best!!!!! who?!!! we!!!!” but that’s not what this post is about. As a child of the 90s, born in the late 80s and came to adulthood in the 2000s I grew up mostly loving foreign/american music. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Michael Jackson, had a few VCRs recordings of his music videos and concerts. I used to practice the moves and would bust a move at parties I was invited to as a kid. Then at some point in the 90s I think it was 94’ I fell in love with hip-hop and my younger self really really was a fan of Tupac. I believed in the West Coast part of that beef, finger signs and all. At some point after Tupac and Biggie were killed I moved on to being a Nas and then a Jay-Z fan. Sided with Nas in that beef but that doesn’t matter now. Basically my point is that, although there was Nigerian music being made around this time I don’t think it was as popular. From the top of my head, I remember Ras Kimono, Daniel Wilson, Blacky, Junior and Pretty, Oliver De Coque, Eddy Remedy, Maintain, Plantashun boiz, Tony Tetuila eventually ( Trivia: What Nigerian musicians do you remember from the 90s and early 2000s?). Of course there were outliers like Fela who were popular even then.
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MI – Undisputed
To start it off, I must go with MI, Mr Incredible himself. My favorite Nigerian Rapper hands down and he delivers on his sophomore album MI2, Which in my opinion is on its way to becoming the Nigerian Album of 2011. With tracks like One Naira, Number One, Beef, Undisputed and Epic. The track below is Undisputed. Definitely one of my favorite on the album. Enjoy
Darey – Ba ni Kidi
Another strong contender for Album of 2011 is Darey’s Double Dare Album. This 2 cd combo, comes with “Heart” which is Soulful and takes you back to what beautiful R&B is supposed to be and then you have “Beat” which gives you tracks to nod your head to and get a lil hype. On Beat, He has two tracks that make so much sense, Ba ni kidi which mixes hausa and pidgin in a comical way. And yes I like it probably cos I speak hausa and there arent many hausa jams out there.
Also for good measure, since I m on Darey, here is the the way you are
Darey – The way you are
The beat on this song is so sick. I would have sworn Timbaland made this beat but nah, its our very own Soul Muzik. Ideal for some high speed movements sha,
Wizkid – Dont Dull
I love this song and I like that Wizkid is just 21. Thats like 14 in naija years cos its so hard to make it early. His second hit single. Enjoy
Timaya – Watta Bam Bam
Good Jam. A bit old but I love it.
Naeto-C ft Asa – Share my blessings
Another strong album if you ask me is Naeto-C’s. The only MC with an MSc. Love that line. Enjoy this song with my girl, Asa.
D’Prince Ft D’banj – Give it to me
No top naija jams list will ever be complete in contemporary Nigeria without a Mohits song. This tune makes sense jo.
Over the moon – Dr Sid
My Mohits parade continues with Over the moon by Dr Sid, catchy as hell. Don Jazzy definitely knows his beats.
Danjuana – Allha ya kawo ballai
Arewa stand up! This song is old but I loves it anytime. It makes to play this if u be “malo” boy driving Honda in Abj. lol. Enjoy.
Waconzy – I celebrate
Cool jam. Relaxing.
Asa – Be my man
Love the video. The song is so chill. Love her style.
Duncan Mighty – I dont give a shot
Last but not least, Portharcourt’s first son, aka Wene Mighty aka Mr Scatta your dada with I dont give a shot,