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Rapper Nasty C from South Africa lists his favorite five Nigerian rappers.
Rapper Nasty C from South Africa lists his favorite five Nigerian rappers.

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Rapper Nasty C from South Africa lists his favorite five Nigerian rappers.

Over the course of the last decade, Nigerian hip-hop has undergone significant changes, and a number of performers have been instrumental in both its financial success and domestication.

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In an interview with Glitch Africa, South African rapper Nasty C—a well-known presence in the continent’s music scene—shared his list of the top five Nigerian rappers.

The renowned hip-hop icon M.I. Abaga holds the coveted top spot on Nasty C’s list. Over the course of a more than ten-year career, M.I. Abaga has won numerous accolades for his exceptional work in addition to making a substantial contribution to the genre.

Olamide Baddo, a trailblazer whose impact has been crucial in popularizing rap in Nigeria, comes in second. Accolades, financial success, and irrefutable impact have cemented his place among the nation’s most renowned musicians.

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Rapper Phyno, who speaks Igbo and is well-known for his significant influence on the continent, takes third place. In the industry, he has gained respect and acclaim for his role in the rise of local rap acts.

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In the fourth and fifth spots, Nasty C gives recognition to up-and-coming talents Blaqbonez and ODUMODUBLVCK. The 2023 breakout artist ODUMODUBLVCK is recognized for having sparked a commercial hip-hop revival in Nigeria. His most recent release, the deluxe version of EZIOKWU, showcases the expanding popularity of Nigerian hip-hop outside with a collaboration with Nasty C.

The fifth place goes to Blaqbonez, the new frontline star of the school. His genre-bending music, which combines modern components and creative marketing strategies, puts him at the forefront of Nigerian hip-hop’s advancement.

When thinking back on his career, Nasty C has said that Nigerian musicians like Phyno and Wande Coal had a big influence on his taste in music.

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