The Best of Nigerian Hip Hop Music in 2015

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A look at the best Nigerian hip hop music of 2015. From established artists to up-and-comers, this is the year in Nigerian hip hop.

The Rise of Nigerian Hip Hop

Nigerian hip hop is currently enjoying a renaissance. New artists are emerging and pushing the boundaries of what hip hop can be. The music is becoming more experimental, incorporating elements of afrobeat, R&B, and even traditional Nigerian music. At the same time, it is retaining its core ingredients of great beats and spit-fire lyrics. If you’re looking for some good Nigerian hip hop to start your year off right, here are ten tracks that you need to check out.

The Best Nigerian Hip Hop Songs of 2015

Here are what I consider the best Nigerian hip hop songs of 2015. I know some people will disagree with me, but that’s okay. This is just my opinion. I’ve based my selections on a combination of factors including beats, lyrics, and overall catchiness.

Olamide – “Bobo”

“Bobo” is a song by Nigerian hip hop recording artist Olamide. It was released on November 23, 2015, through YBNL Nation. The song was produced by Pheelz. It peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart.

Wizkid – “Ojuelegba”

Wizkid – “Ojuelegba”

Produced by Sarz, Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba” is a smooth Afrobeat track that samples Fela Kuti’s “Cinderella.” The song was released in 2014, but it became an underground hit in 2015 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. It’s a great representation of the current state of Nigerian hip hop music.

P-Square – “Shekini”

As the year comes to an end, we’ve decided to look back at the best Nigerian hip hop songs of 2015. From P-Square to Ghana’s Sarkodie, there were many great songs that came out of Nigeria this year.

One of the best Nigerian hip hop songs of 2015 was P-Square’s “Shekini”. The song was a huge hit in Nigeria, and it’s no surprise why. The track is catchy, upbeat, and features some great rap verses from both P-Square members. If you’re looking for a great Nigerian hip hop song to add to your playlist, “Shekini” is a great choice.

M.I – “King”

M.I’s “King” was one of the best Nigerian hip hop songs of 2015. The song is about M.I’s confidence in himself and his music. He is unafraid to take risks and strives to be the best in everything he does. The song is also a diss track towards those who doubt his skills or think he is not good enough.

Phyno – “Connect”

Released in September 2015, “Connect” is a single by Nigerian hip hop artist Phyno. The song was produced by Pheelz and features vocals from Olamide. “Connect” peaked at number 2 on the Nigerian iTunes Hip-Hop/R&B chart and number 5 on the all-genre Nigerian iTunes chart.

Lil Kesh – “Gbese”

Lil Kesh’s “Gbese” was one of the biggest songs in Nigeria in 2015. The track, which was produced by YBNL in-house producer Young John, is a party anthem that features a catchy hook and some very impressive flows from Lil Kesh. The song was so popular that it even spawned a few remixes, with features from international artist Wizkid and Nigerian rapper Olamide.

Falz – “Soft Work”

“Soft Work” is the lead single by Nigerian hip hop artist Falz, released on October 9, 2015. The song peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time charts and was met with positive reviews from music critics.

The Future of Nigerian Hip Hop

In 2015, Nigerian hip hop music made significant strides. With artistes like Olamide, Lil Kesh, Phyno, Falz and Vector leading the way, the future of Nigerian hip hop music looks very bright. These artistes have brought a new sound and style to the genre, and have taken Nigerian hip hop music to new levels.

The Growth of the Nigerian Hip Hop Scene

The Nigerian hip hop scene has been growing rapidly in recent years. Many artists are now able to make a living from their music, and the genre is becoming more popular with young people across the country.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian hip hop scene. The first is the increasing availability of technology, which has made it easier for people to access music. In the past, people would only be able to hear music if they went to a concert or bought a CD, but now they can listen to it on their phones or computers.

Secondly, there has been an increase in the number of platforms that support Nigerian music. In the past, only a handful of radio stations would play Nigerian music, but now there are many more stations and websites that feature it. This has made it easier for people to find and listen to the music they love.

Thirdly, the quality of Nigerian hip hop has improved greatly in recent years. In the past, many artists were not able to produce high-quality music because they didn’t have access to proper studios or equipment. However, as more and more artists have begun to invest in better equipment and production values, the quality of Nigerian hip hop has increased significantly.

Finally, the popularity of Nigerian culture has been on the rise in recent years. Thanks to movies like ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘The Wedding Party’, Nigerians are becoming more familiar with their culture and are beginning to appreciate its beauty. This increased appreciation for Nigerian culture has also led to an increase in interest in Nigeria’s music scene.

All of these factors have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian hip hop scene and have helped make it one of the most exciting and vibrant music scenes in Africa.

The International Appeal of Nigerian Hip Hop

Nigerian hip hop is currently enjoying a period of intense popularity, both at home and abroad. In fact, the appeal of Nigerian hip hop is now truly global, with fans in every continent. This level of international interest has not been seen since the days of Tupac and Biggie, and it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

So what is it about Nigerian hip hop that has captured the imagination of music lovers around the world? Part of the answer lies in the unique fusion of traditional African sounds with modern hip hop stylings. This mix has produced a fresh and vibrant sound that is unlike anything else currently on the music scene.

Another key factor is the lyrical prowess of Nigerian rappers. In a country where English is not the first language, Nigerian rappers have developed an uncanny ability to use words to paint vivid pictures and tell compelling stories. This gift for storytelling has helped to make Nigerian hip hop some of the most thought-provoking and thought-provoking music currently being made.

With its mix of innovation, artistry and social commentary, Nigerian hip hop is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting and important genres in music today. It is only a matter of time before we see Nigerian rappers topping charts around the world.

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