25 Most Promising Upcoming Acts Out Of Nigeria [Part 3 of 5]


Intro & Part 1

Part 2


Representing Houston, TX this guy right here is another serious ball of energy. There’s no mistaking why he’s listed as one of the most promising acts to watch at the NEA awards this year. As an artist HoodBilli brings a lot of energy and creativity to the scene. His Enigma entry was one of the most creative, and one to remember.

His new tunes “Odi Dan Dan” & “Oluwa Is Involved” should stay hot through the year and with some improvement all around as an artist, HoodBilli will be with the big leagues soon enough.



First time I heard of this Maryland based MC was his “Coming To America” mixtape – more especially his tune, “Ghana Must Go”. The tune still remains steady on my playlist and Ike Da Kid has remained impressive ever since with every new tune.

His flow is smooth, and the word play is so crisp it’s ridiculous. With his base in the US, he flies a bit under the radar with respects to Naija rappers, but don’t get it twisted he’s just a hot as anyone else. His mixtape Coming To America is proof of that. Plus tracks Dear Summer, Fast Life, & 6th Sense are other tunes to check out.



First time I heard this girl sing, I was completely hooked. She appeared on DJ Klem’s AfroFunkyDiscoSoul album (Klem has an eye for talent by the way) on a song Footprints with Teeto, and up until then many really didn’t know who this little girl with a high range voice was. Safe to say if you heard that song, you definitely had to ask “na who dey sing so?

I’m no expert but I’m willing to bet that one of the things that make a successful music career is being able to define yourself in a space that no one else resides in. Iye even though she sings like everyone else, has a special element to her sound that differentiates her from the others. Her songs, Hello & Nothing have been received well and we have a feeling it’s all forward motion for her from here. Plus she’s a killer on hooks.



When it comes to acoustic and alternative sounds in Nigeria Lindsey is right there in the mix. Her voice is unconventional but in many ways that’s what makes her unique, and on every song she’s on she brings a new dynamic to it.

Lindsey ever since her stint at MTN Project Fame West Afric Season 3 has been shoring up her fan base with covers, a few singles, and features that have gone a long way to get her some buzz. Her song Drift Away still gets airplay till date, and her cover of Asa’s Jailer got a lot of solid reviews. Add her features on MI’s album and Jesse Jagz’ also and this J-town act is definitely on the way to success.



Maytronomy is one act that has a great chance of going big time commercial and mainstream pretty soon. Even though he is traditionally a rapper, he is able switch up a bit to give his songs a more commercial vibe which will in turn make him more marketable. He labels himself as a rapper/singer and his tunes, It’s Going Down, & Must To Get It can attest to his diversity.

On the flip side he’s pretty nice on the mic as we heard on MI’s Beg For It (IM2) & Wetin You Dey Feel Like, and on some other joints where he gets on his hip-hop ish, so you can’t look over him when it comes to blessing the mic. This combination (along with his grind) is what will make Maytronomy a household name very very soon. Some might even say he’s already there.

To be continued


Written by Aribaba. Additional edits – 9jaSoula, Neefemi. Thanks to all the contributors who shall remain anonymous 🙂


  1. Aribaba! It’s like you must put j-town person for this list if not it’s not complete abi. lol

    nice series though. Iye is def talented

  2. Iye Y̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̅̊и̣̣̣̣̥ ar mouthed,lv Y̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̅̊и̣̣̣̣̥ plenty,Y̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̅̊и̣̣̣̣̥ a simply Ǥõõϑ

  3. Maytronomy is one of da best rap artist I have met…he is going to be a force to reckon with…Lindsey is a wonderful singer watch out for her…and to da rest da sky is just ur starting point…#believethat

  4. hello?! Where is kida kudz? Anyways, ur list wnt detrmine who makes it or not, new upcomng acts go 4rm cmplete obscurity to d top so na persom wey God say go blow go succeed