Until 2018, rap in Nigeria was all but dead. Lamba or party afropop blew up and became way more lucrative. There weren’t too many rappers who were able to make commercial-yet-indigenous Nigerian rap music since the likes of MI Abaga and Ice Prince. More and more rappers were singing at the same time “Alte Cruise” was growing in Nigeria, trap was big in the US, grime was rediscovering itself in the UK and South Africa was at its most vital yet.
Fast track down to 2020 and we see the music genre begin to gain yet more attention in the Nigerian music scene.What then is the fate of the genre in the fast rising PH Music Industry?
In no particular order this 5 artistes are our Editor’s pick for groundbreaking artistes changing the fate of rap music in Port harcourt.
- Rich Bamson
The Music crooner Rich Bamson also known as “Babariga” has been in the music scene for quite some time now, the Electrical/Electronic Engineering graduate of the Rivers State University is a promising talent who is known for dishing out lyrical genius content.Follow Rich Bamson on twitter @Mr_babariga
- Rich Bamson
— Richie_rich (@Mr_babariga) May 7, 2020
The 2017 Nominee for Rivers Yellowpage RSU Music Awards in the Best Official Single and Next Rated Act Categories Bekiswag,
The #Akpor4Akpor movement facilitator has been on the waves recently with new single “Pitakwa Bwoyz“, where he shows of his promising talent in lyrical play and rhyme scheme.
Download Pitakwa Bowyz here
Follow Bekiswag on twitter @Bekiwereloo
— Bekiwereloo Ea Naa Wee Sereloo (@Bekiwereloo) December 20, 2019
3. Sammie SoftRSU No. 1 Marlian Sammie Soft is one of the most enteprising and fast Rising rappers, the Lagos born rapper is known for his indegenious Yoruba/PH language matchup in Zanku vibes, he’s one rapper sure to keep you on your dancing shoes.
His recent work Time by Sammie Soft also proved that the rapper has a lot more to offer than just Zanku musics but can also be as commercial as the word commercial.
Follow Sammie Soft on twitter @iam_sammiesoft
— Sammie Soft (@iam_sammiesoft) August 24, 2019
4. FlowtainFlowtain, popularly known for his instagram viral skits in which he speaks flows in top notch lyrical content.
The rapper is talented with great word play and rhyming schemes.Follow Flowtain on twitter @itzflowtainbaby
— Flowtain (@itzflowtainbaby) May 15, 2020