2014 has been an interesting year in Nigeria Music. Every year, we have new-comers, new game changers, someone with a different sound.
Let’s look at the Top List of freshers mixtapes we downloaded, talked about, and enjoyed this year. We usually do not pay attention to new-comers mix-tapes, but if you don’t I think you have been missing out on good music. This year showed how nigerian music listeners pay attention to music depth, content and body of Work.
1. Mojeed | Westernized West African – The super talented rapper and Aristokrat record artiste who was introduced to the scene a year ago with “Bosibi (Come Here), has been relentless in his pursuit of taking over the hip-hop scene. He dropped couple of singles like, No time, Elevator, Well Well then….. Westernized African the Mixtape.
When You Listen To Mojeed, you get this different feeling… Like when M.I dropped Illegal Music five years ago.
Mojeed tried not to bore his listeners with his ability to sample Fela differently from what other rappers have done in recent times, very creative. You would think this is a legit album.
Great Body of work mojeed, salute.
2. Tay | The Passport – Austin Tay, popularly known as “Tay” might be the youngest “talented” Nigerian artiste I have ever listened to . His mixtape puts a smile on my face, his sound is unique. It’s something you haven’t heard before from a Nigerian.
Tay makes matured music, his ability to produce all his songs makes him an all-round artiste. He’s currently working on his next mixtape.
Watch out for that in 2015…
3. Kamar |The Audition – Simon Tachio, popularly known as Kamar, yet another aristokrat artiste who was introduced this year made his mark releasing one of the best fresher mixtapes of 2014. The super-talented kaduna born and bred artiste and MTN project fame alumni is said to be one of the biggest artiste from the North.
His debut, “It’s friday”, a song which channeled both old-school Do Wop mixed with classical Nigerian R& B celebrating the weekend got good reviews from critical listeners.
Kamar uses his unique style of music to create a flavorful body of work. You don’t have to be Hausa to enjoy his music. Kamar’s music draws you into a rarely sub-genre of nigerian music.
4. Omari | Rap is Deep, Poetry is Deeper – Heard Omari for the first time nine months ago, releasing his debut mixtape “Rap is deep, poetry is deeper”
Real name, Abiodun Teslim Alabi, he has been around for quite some time. He released a couple of singles like ‘Bow Down’ and ‘Zion’s Daughter’ which got massive air-play on the radio. His mixtape depicts his love, passion for this genre, hip-hop. Rap is deep, poetry is deeper shows Omari is standing his ground, and he is here to stay; good poet.
We hope to get more from Omari next year, consistency is key i believe.
5. Sute | Jeli – He was featured on Tay’s Mixtape, “Bounce” and “Gabriel” one of my favorites on the mixtape.
Being part of Bantu collection, Sute dropped his debut “Badagry” an ode to the popular area in Lagos. Sute narrated how beautiful badagry is, my favorite song from him.
His second tune, Enwonwu”, gives us an insight on his type of music. He narrates his personal tale of growth through exposure and experience. An ode for something he loves.
One thing you should know about Sute, he is good story teller. His mixtape projects a short peek into his life and his musical experience.
He’s also a producer (a good one at it), you should keep tabs on Sute and the whole Bantu collection.
6. Ozone | Superiority Complex – Five months ago, the aristokrat rapper Ozone was introduced to the scene with his debut ” All Night”. He was crowned as the winner of Beat 99.9fm’s night of a Living DJs battle back in 2012.
His 15-track Superiority Complex mixtape depicts ozone’s penchant for his intricate word play; great features from Wizkid, BOJ, Yung L, Mojeed. Superiority complex is a complete body of work. Waddup Ozone
7. Chyn | The Graduate – After a Long Hiatus from the scene, Cheyenne Labesa Popularly known as “Chyn” returned early last year with “Aiye Oloba” off his Mixtape, the graduate. The Avante-garde rapper who gave us singles like “N.A.H(No Autographs or Hugs) and the gripping visuals for his song Dita Von Teese returned with a bang.
Aiye Oloba, the first single off his mixtape explains how the king of Afro-Rap (Chyn), as he claims returned,”Breath of fresh air”.
The Graduate depicts new age of hip-hop in Nigeria. i love his energetic flow,his ability not to bore his listeners, great.
8. Pucado | Pukie The Great – A year ago, the Imposter – pucado was introduced to the scene, with his un-orthodox flow he captured so many fans. However, Pukie the great (the Ep) is a unique brand of indigenous rap. He released couple of singles off the Ep before its release; songs like “Ukwu Nka” featuring Phyno, Imposter featuring label-mate, kamar.
With the release of this EP, pucado already carved a niche for himself in the nigeruian hiphop scene, Every-one wants to sound like “M.I, Iceprince, Yung6ix” and the likes; no one wants to create their own sound. I think that’s what pucado did, and he does it well.
Another Mixtape before the album should it….. Like Illbliss said..”Pucado Your confidence is Presidential”
9. KidaKudz | 1995 – – So far, Kida has portrayed the definition of an hustler. Last year, he dropped his first EP, “Pharaoh of the New School” one of the best mix-tapes of 2013. This year has been really busy for kida, he kept churning out music contents accompanied with good videos.
1995 the EP, commemorates with the year of his birth; a good body of work with good features from Ice prince, Reminisce, and Boj. I feel like the mixtape should have been longer, but anyways the five track Ep is dope.
10. Phenom | The B.R.A Ep – Topa Onimowo popularly known as Phenom, who is due for a debut album by now released his B.R.A EP few months ago. The Knight house rapper is currently putting finishing touches to his acclaimed “Star-studded” album. With production and features from Sammy, Dammy krane, Iceprince, Capital Femi, Olamide, DJ Klem , Maleek berry and Legendury Beatz. We should be expecting it in 2015 (hopefully)
His music year started with a remix of his previous single from 2013, Murder dem. The track featured Super-star wizkid. The remix got good reviews better than the original version. Phenom rarely disappoints, but his EP didn’t cut it at all.
B.R.A has no lyrical content, and lacks depth. Knowing Phenom being a very good Em’cee; I think he rushed this EP. I know his fans have been clamoring for an album release and B.R.A made a lot of folks cynical about it.
Waddup Phenom, you can do better…….
It’s a new era, a proof that the under-dogs are truly the fame changers. Let’s get that competition started. This is a new era so get familiar.
I’m a Fan.
See you Next Year.