These are not my opinions o. They are the personal opinions of the Beat FM OAP Toolz which she posted on her site recently. I agree with most of the listed artistes below and tell me if she’s right.
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Over the last few years, the Nigerian music scene has grown exponentially,Â and while some artists have managed to secure certain positions within the industry as accomplished superstar artists, there are those who in our eyes are extremely talented and should have the superstar status, but are unfortunately not receiving as much props as they deserve. The list should be a lot longer, but here are ourÂ top 8 Underrated Nigerian artists– in no particular order:
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Ghost and Tec, stepped into the music scene in 2009, andÂ dropped their first projectÂ TheÂ Clone WarsÂ mix-tape in 2010 which gotÂ them a lot of respect.Â Their debut albumÂ â€˜The Dreamer Projectâ€™Â released in September 2011,Â featured collabos with M.I, 2FaceÂ and MayD, and got props from theÂ official â€˜rap-headsâ€™ in Nigeria.Â This duoâ€™s lyrical prowess is top notch, and theÂ fact that they make African rap sound soo goodÂ should put them amongst the top 5 hip-hop acts in Africa, but unfortunately they arenâ€™t as widely known asÂ they should be.
She is no-doubt one of the best female vocalists in the country with a vocal range that is out of this world. Ever since she came onto the scene when she featured on P-Squareâ€™s â€˜Do Meâ€™ track, she has managed to prove that her voice is no hoax. She is recognized locally and internationally with a couple of awards to show for it andÂ her album titled â€ Words Arenâ€™t Just Enoughâ€ (WAJE) is definitely one to anticipate this year. Hopefully, people will understand and recognize the vocal powerhouse that is Waje.
Blackmagicâ€™s blend of afrobeatÂ and classic hiphop in his first single titled â€œTomorrowâ€ which was released in 2010 did capture our attention and held on. His sound is different, its modern and eclectic yet classic â€“ Blackmagic is one of the new-age African artists that everyone young and old can relate to. The Blackmagic movement Â has steadily been gathering strength undergroundâ€¦we are keeping our fingerâ€™s crossed and hope it doesnâ€™t lose momentum.
Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula also known as Bez is an alternative soul artiste who adds a bit of jazz, RnB and soul to his music. Born Nov 11,1983, gifted with two musical skills, his magical fingers and an awesome voice, both of which have been able to make a name for him in the industry. He was the 2nd runner up at the 2009Â Hennessy artistry competition Nigeria, his debut album titled â€ Super Sunâ€ was launched July 2011, it included fans favorites tracks such asÂ Super Sun,Â Zuciya Daya, More YouÂ andÂ That Stupid SongÂ to mention a few. Asides his talent, hard work and creativity, Bez gives a fantastic account of himself through his imaginative lyrics. But irrespective of these abilities and sincerity to his art and obvious talent, he isnâ€™t as patronized as he should be. As time goes by perhapsâ€¦
Chidinma, popularly known as Miss Kedike, first graced our TV screens as a contestant in the 2010 edition of MTN Project Fame season 3, which crowned her as the winner. Officially introduced herself to the music scene in 2010 with her smashing hit singleÂ â€˜Jankolikoâ€™, a track which turned out to be an anthem nationwide.â€˜Emi Ni Ballerâ€™Â showed just how versatile Chidinma is â€“ sheâ€™s quite like the industryâ€™s chameleon and can do very well in almost any genre. One would think her affiliation with big league artistes like Sound Sultan and Wizkid is enough but, it appears that she still has an audience to convince.
Topa Onimowo, popularly known as Phenom; the Knight House General, is said to be the only rapper, as far as history in the Nigerian music industry goes, to sign the dotted lines of a record deal without having Â released a record. His recent single â€˜Shukubambamâ€™ is still a record Â thatâ€™s heavy on playlists across the country. Phenom has being rated as one of the personalities that will represent Nigerian rap in the future, so keep your shades on Phenom cos your future is looking extremely bright indeed.
The â€˜Oga Bossâ€™ of Nigerian rap â€“ â€˜Ibo Boyâ€™ Ill Bliss is quite like the great white shark â€“ keeps a low profile, not seen often but when he does come out of â€˜hidingâ€™ boy does he make an impact! Although he has been quite busy working on his protÃ©gÃ©s like Chidinma the release of â€˜Oga Bossâ€™ shows that he is still very much in the game. Ill Bliss effortlessly spits some superb lyrics throughoutÂ â€˜Anam Achi Kwanuâ€™, and is the definition of laidback-cool (the best way to describe him).
Ikechukwu started with Storm, then went on to be part of the now defunct Mohits Records label and now heâ€™s doing his own thing with the World Famous Akademy. Though controversy has closely (and rather unfortunately) followed Ikechukwu, the fact that he is very talented is something that cannot be disputed. He is a demon of a rapper and he can sing â€“ no not the auto-tune singing, he can really really sing. Hopefully the controversy can be a thing of the past and the focus will be back on his awesome talent.