Hip hop in Nigeria almost died in 2017.

Rappers have been shifting gears into singing, just to adapt to the commercial trends in the music industry.

While some took that route and still made no impact, others succeeded and still found a way to keep their hip hop boots on.

The list below, in no particular order, contains a list of 5  rappers who were successful within the year in review, whether they were rapping or singing.

1. M.I Abaga

The rapper became the conscience of rappers.

MI Abaga started a conversation about the revival of Nigeria’s Hip-hop with the controversial single  ‘You rappers should fix up your life.’

Even though the song led to ‘beef’ between the Chocolate city boss and some other rappers, it made rappers more aware of their relevance in the Hip Hop culture.



In 2017, ‘Beast From The East’ filled up a 23,000 capacity stadium in Enugu with fans, for the third consecutive year.What more needs to be said.

In the year Phyno continued to promote his Playmaker album,  and scored hits with songs like,  ‘Zamo’, featuring Wande Coal,  ‘Augment’ with his frequent collaborator Olamide.

He also had a strong verse in Timaya’s ‘Telli person’.



First he drew his fans in with songs like ‘Jeje’, ‘Something light’, and ‘La fete’.

Then he dropped a shocking surprise, in the form of an album titled ‘27’

His best songs were a fusion of rap and various sounds, like  Highlife and Afropop.

The release of his album was the best way to wrap up the year, as it packed a musical punch that will keep fans engaged for many months to come.


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Olamide’s WO is the most searched song on Google in 2017, a good summary for the YBNL boss.

Even Olamide has been accused of slipping deep into the sphere of singing, he has remained a constant force in the music industry.

In 2017, he’s scored several hits, including ‘Wavy level’, and ‘Wo’

5. Show Dem Camp

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The one group who have stuck to the rap game, and given hip hop in Nigeria a new lease of life by  practically re-inventing the line between rap and pop.

This can be seen on their buzzing EP, “Palmwine Music.”

 The EP produced by Spax, came a few months after they began the year hot, by releasing their EP, “Clone Wars 3.”

In 2018, music fan will expect more from this rap duo made up of Tec and Ghost.