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Not every artiste in the industry can boast about being in the game for over a decade. Well I guess Duncan Daniels can.

Duncan Daniels is going to be putting out a new single every Friday to celebrate being in the game for over a decade.

He dishes out new single titled To The Top featuring Modenine off his “More Than A Decade of Music” series.



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New heat from T.R formerly known as Terry Tha Rapman.

T.R (formerly known as Terry Tha Rapman) drops the video to his latest single ‘G.O.D’ featuring Veedee and a surprise guest verse from Nigerian rap legend Modenine.

The video was directed by Sadiq A. Oluwo. The director went for a retro Hip Hop video look of the 90’s. ‘G.O.D’ was produced by the emerging J-Town producer Butta.

Expect more from T.R in the next couple of weeks. Till then enjoy the video.



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The Area Paleh of rap in Nigeria, Modenine releases the visuals to the previously-released single “Dobale” (featuring Gentle) off his latest album “Above Ground Level”.

As stated when the song was initially posted, it’s the first track Modo has done with pidgin English bars in over 15 years. Little wonder he’s still regarded by many as Nigeria’s best rapper of all time.

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Over the years, our own brand of unique hip hop has witnessed tremendous change and improvement. Hiphop in Nigeria has grown from a small movement to a huge industry, which is tremendous because before hip hop, highlife and afro pop held sway. But what songs shaped hip hop in Nigeria?

Well, here are 8 of them, in no particular order:

1. Eedris – Jaga-Jaga

Eedris shot into major prominence with this song, and the masses liked this one because in his lyrics he spoke about the corruption that was happening then. This song was big, even to the point that the president at that time, had to reply him(Not a diss reply track, but Obasanjo did take some shots). This song is one of the greatest hip hop songs a Nigerian has made about Nigeria.


2. Oti Ya – Lord of Ajasa

This was one of the songs that proved that yoruba rap could flourish in Nigeria, and could stand alone as a genre within the hip hop scene in Nigeria. This song will go down as one of the major inspirations for indigenous rap, and a major inspiration for Yoruba speaking rappers.


3. Ehen – Ruggedman

Ruggedman popularized “beefing” in the industry when he took shots at people he thought were “wack” at that time. Lots of rappers were not sparedby Ruggedman. The likes of eedris and maintain were called out. He didn’t like what he saw , and he wasn’t afraid to let people know what he thought, even putting his career on the line in the process.


4. Obodo – Nigga Raw

Nigga Raw could be credited for paving the way for eastern rappers. The perfect infusion of English and the Igbo language made Obodo an instant hit in the east and all around the country. This song opened the door for eastern rappers and made Igbo boys believe they could do rap and make it in Igbo language.


5. Emi Le Gan – Sasha

Sasha came into the hip hop scene in the country at a time when it was heavily dominated by male artistes, with this song. Although she was quite an unknown by the time she dropped this song, this song shaped Nigerian hip hop by showing other female rappers that they could make it in Nigerian Hip hop. Her later singles solidified her place as Nigeria’s hip hop queen, or first lady as she’s popularly called.


6. Cry – Modenine

This song is one of the songs that established Modenine’s place as a major hip hop heavy weight. Although Modo had done other notable songs, this song is notably one of Modo’s biggest songs, if not his biggest. This song was number one on Channel O’s top ten countdown for weeks, and won 3 channel O awards.


7. Safe – MI

This song is very important to the way hip hop in Nigeria is being done, because this song showed that as a Nigerian rapper, you drop had hitting lyrics, and still make it commercially. This song brought about a new dimension to hip hop in Nigeria, and to me it is one of the songs that brought about a rebirth to the Nigerian hip hop scene. One of MI’s greatest hits, and indeed one of Nigeria’s greatest rap song.


8. Oleku – IcePrince

This song is the biggest rap song ever made in Nigeria, and you can take this to the bank, literally. You cannot begin to imagine how big this song was, and this song really established commercial Nigerian Hip hop. This song was big, from the song itself, to the countless remixes it got, to the massive airplay it got, in Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world, No rap song from Nigeria has come close to the bar set by this song. This song is the most remixed Nigerian rap song ever, and some of the remixes went big too! Remember that it was the remix of Oleku that brought out Yungsix?
Well..that says it all.

What songs do you guys think are missing from this list? Let’s here from you in the comments section

Written By Sifon B. (@sifon_b)


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By all accounts it’s been a relatively quiet year for a lot of hip-hop acts in Nigeria. The likes of SDC, MI, Kahli Abdu, Terry Tha Rapman haven’t put out much of material this past year, and it’s left room for some of the new comers to really do their. Whether it’s a sign of things to come we’ll have to wait and see, but without too much long story let’s get into the top 10 hottest rappers in Nigeria based on released material in late 2013 into 2014.

This is not a status ranking, but rather based on material put out in the past year; the quality (wordplay, skill, flow, delivery), the impact, and the overall reception across the board. Remember it’s hottest right now not best overall.

10. Yung6ix


After what seemed like an eternity, Yung6ix finally released his highly anticipated album, 6 O Clock, and from all accounts the album is a good project with a sizable number of hit tracks. Along with the hot album cuts Lights, Kpansh, Before I Go Broke and Kings, Yung6ix also released the single, Amen a little later to keep his hot buzz going.

It’s been a commercially successful year for Yung6ix with the album release and many collabos, and you can only expect that it’ll get better from here. He’s still got some work to do lyrically but no doubt when it comes to hip-hop in Nigeria for 2014, he’s been one of the brighter spots overall.

*** Amen


9. Sinzu


Sinzu has been in the news this past year for other reasons besides his music. From his beef with Godwon to his alleged problems with the law, it’s easy to think Sinzu didn’t do much on the music side of the things. But when you go back and sample the tunes he’s dropped over the past year (Make I Tell You, Lord Knows, Fashi, OG Bobby Johnson) you’ll be quickly reminded that Sinzu is still indeed Sinzu.

The most refreshing thing about Sinzu’s music recently is the realness of it. You get the feeling this is a guy doing his thing without the inhibitions of commercialism or record label  restrictions. Dude is just doing his thing and it’s coming out pretty dope.

*** Lord Knows


8. Ice Prince


Say what you will about Ice Prince but he’s been arguably one of the most consistent rap acts out of Nigeria for the past couple of years. He rarely shies away from features, and is consistently putting out new material for his fans. He might not be the best lyricist out there but he more than makes up for it with his hard work, and good musical sense.

Along with the hit singles from his last year album release (Fire Of Zamani) which he put out videos for, Ice Prince has done well with singles, Can I Talk (ft. MI and Joel Ortiz), Tears For Naija, N-Word Remix and Freestyle. Not to count the numerous features he’s had. Simply put Ice Prince is stamping his name as one of the hip-hop cats from Nigeria we wont be forgetting soon.

*** Can I Talk


7. Vector


Vector went into somewhat of a hiatus for most of 2014, but when he came back he came back with a serious bang! Dropping his #A7 mixtape, he pretty much told us that while he was a bit quiet in the past months he wasn’t sleeping. The mixtape has gotten mostly positive reviews from fans and hip-hop heads alike. You have to wonder that if Vector was consistently putting out stuff all year he might be higher up this list cos we all know he’s hot on the MIC.

The tunes from him bound to make some noise from his tape into 2015 are Shiga, Undefined. Tupac Bass and Celestial Body are tunes that will definitely creep into a lot of playlists based purely on the lyrical work on it. All in all Vector is pretty much a stable name in Nigerian Hip-Hop and this year he didn’t do anything to change that.

*** Redefined



6. Reminisce


Earlier this year Reminisce was featured in TIME magazine’s “rappers around the world” video special, and for very good reason. He’s been on the hottest MCs in Nigeria over the past year, and his stock has been rising steadily since he first hit the scene almost 6-7 years ago.

Reminisce’ sophomore album Alaga Ibele release late last year has carried him into 2014 with some serious momentum. Singles Daddy’, Eleniyan, Government gave fans a taste of how good Reminisce can be. But it didn’t stop with his album cuts; Reminisce put out a remix to Fela, a new single Tesojue, numerous videos, and one of favorite, a hot collabo with Sarz (Ise Yen). All in all, anyway you slice it, you can’t call any of the hottest names in hip-hop for this past year without mentioning Reminisce in it.



5. Boogey


When you go on any Nigerian hip-hop forum or blog comments discussing the best rapper in Nigeria, and Boogey’s name will come up more times than you think. For good reason. He’s right up there with the best of them, and gives the big hip-hop names a serious run for their money. When you listen well to his words it jumps out at you, and you soak every bit of it. His lyrical word play, and delivery is as good as any other out there.

He might be flying under the radar this year in terms of commercial popularity, but his fans and hip-hop heads salivate anytime. His tunes Ask For It, 1am, and Salute Me give you everything you need to hear from this MC. Add that to his fan favorite, Sanctum, it’s easy to see why everyone is super excited about the prospect of this kid.

*** 1am


4. Jesse Jagz

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Often times Jesse Jagz gets tagged with being a producer before the rapper, but that has somewhat changed with the release of the sequel to his 2013 Jagz Nation Vol 1 – Vol 2 – The Royal Niger Company. With joints Aint Nobody, Sunshine, The Case amongst others, that project is arguably one of the best released this year, complete with Jesse Jagz spitting solid bars, good music, solid productions, and giving us all something to think about while listening. I did the due diligence to read various reviews, and really I couldn’t find a bad review. As expected.

Coupled with the heat his 2013 project was still carrying, it’s easy to see how Jesse Jagz is one of the hotter MCs in 2014. He might have shied away from all the showbiz lifestyle but make no mistake, Jesse is still bringing a lot of ammo in his music.

***Aint Nobody Remix


3. ModeNine


King Modo! No doubt when we speak about ModeNine, we’re speaking about the best lyricist in Nigeria, and there’s barely any competition. A legend when it comes hip-hop in Nigeria and that’s hardly an argument. That being said he’s feature here at #3 is not intended to be a slight at him at all.

ModeNine dropped a whopping 40 track album, Above Ground Level, with everything you’ll need in a hip-hop album, solid joint, playful tunes, solid features including Don Jazzy, Ice Prince, Gentle, Reminisce, Praize, Ruby Gyang, Amaka, Zeus, Proverb, and the hot American MC Canibus, and overall good music. Critics have rated the album as very solid. Even if it’s not his best, it’s a good album that can only add to his great musical legacy. Tunes that stand out are Some More ft. Don Jazzy, Upside Down, SuperHuman featuring Canibus, and NTBB.

*** Upside Down


2. Phyno

Phyno Alobam

Phyno said in 2013 that he was the Man Of The Year, but really we can say he’s been the Man of the Year for both 2013 and 2014. Since he burst on the scene with his unique ‘new generation igbo swag’, it’s been no slowing down this kid holding it down for the east. His pre-album singles Man Of The Year, Parcel, Ghost Mode were already putting him in a league of his own, and his album No Guts, No Glory further cemented his name as argubly the hottest rapper in Nigeria for 2014.  Additional singles Alobam, Authe, and numerous features only add to the ammo for that argument. It’s hard to argue with that fact.

Phyno’s unique way of flowing in Igbo while blending in English makes his tunes very appealing even to non-igbo speaking fans, and to those who actually understand Igbo it’s simply the best thing since sliced yam. He’s taken what cats like Nigga Raw, Slowdogg, and MC Loph were doing and elevated it to continental wide appeal levels.

*** Parcel


1. Olamide


Over the past 3 years, no other rapper in Nigeria has had as much of an impact as Olamide has consistently. When you look at his body of work it’s simply outstanding how much material Olamide has put out, and in that hot material. His work ethic is unrivaled right now. His hot singles are too numerous to list but those in the past year include the likes of Yemi My Lover, Story For The Gods, Awon Goons Mi, Make Us Proud (ft. Wale), and Eleda Mi to along with his album, Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. Features? Way too much to list on here.

Olamide’s street styled, gutter, and sometimes playful delivery in both Yoruba and English gives him that unique ability to appeal to fans across the spectrum. From the guys in the streets of Ibadan, to the Lagos big boys, to the Abuja babes there’s something in Olamide’s catalog for you. It’s no surprise that he’s as hot and well received as he is in Nigeria. Lyrically he might not as great as the best we’ve seen, but he more than makes up for it with solid word play, strong metaphors. A lot of which you have to understand Yoruba to really get.

All in all it’s easy to see why Olamide is the hottest rapper in Nigeria for the past year.

*** Yemi My Lover


Notable Mentions:

IllBliss – Hard to argue he hasn’t been solid this year. His latest track Bank Alert is all sorts of blazing.

Naeto C – Solid singles released but we await the album.

Falz – Falz’s album got solid reviews from critics and fans alike.


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Phyno was a guest on the third Season of the Lyricist Lounge, hosted by Mode9. The rave of the moment and Penthauze’s poster boy Phyno got down to discuss a sundry of issues with Modenine, just before he goes into the Pressure Room with Modenine (and survives) then gets a beat by the show sidekick – KUE BOUNCE which he promised and did ‘finish’.
Watch Part 1 (Interview Part)
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Watch Part 2 (Pressure Room x Freestyle)
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Legendary rapper Modenine is back commercially with this new rap album titled AGL(Above Ground Level) which has about 40 tracks split in two, about 21 on a physical CD and 19 bonus tracks which is available digitally. Also, the album features countless acts in the music industry. From the album I bring you I See Ft. Ice Prince and Some More Ft. Ace producer Don Jazzy. Listen Up and Share your thoughts.
The Track List is listed below.

To Purchase a copy of AGL(ABOVE GROUND LEVEL) Visit your local store and Purchase the digital version on SPINLET.

I See Ft. Ice Prince

Some More Ft. Don Jazzy

CD 1

1. In The Sky (Above Ground Level) Prod. by A1

2. Dobale Intro – Mikko Kapanen (Planet Earth Planet Rap) Prod. by Mikko Kapanen

3. Dobale Featuring Gentle Prod. by Freelance

4. I See Featuring Ice Prince Prod. by Chordless & Doc Def

5. Some More Featuring Don Jazzy Prod. by Don Jazzy

6. No be Ashewo prod by Nightblaze

7. Mr Babatunde Featuring Gentle Prod. by Chordless

8. Best Shape Of My Life Featuring Jamie Prod. by BayozMuzik (UK)

9. Where Una Dey Featuring XY Prod. by Dslavemaster

10. Oyea Rappers Featuring Reminisce Prod. by Chordless

11. King Kong Prod. by Prometh

12. One Two Featuring Zaina Prod. by Doc Def

13. Which Kind Love Featuring Praiz Prod. by Chordless

14. Gaskia Featuring Ruby Gyang Prod. by Ill god

15. Last Man Standing Featuring Amaka Prod. by RazOne (Berlin)

16. Not My Famalam Prod. by Dslavemaster

17. Touring Featuring Zeus & Chub Heigthz (Botswana) DJ Raiko(South Africa) Prod. by Chopstix

18. Kere Si Numba Featuring 9ice Prod. by Dominant1 (Malawi)

19. Hip-Hop is me Featuring Proverb (South Africa) Prod. by Tibo (France)

20. SuperHuman Featuring Canibus (USA) Prod. by Teckzilla ( Nigeria/Canada)

21. Goodbye Prod. by Tibo (France)

ModeNine AGL (ABOVE GROUND LEVEL) CD 2 (Bonus) (Digital only)

1. Number One Prod. by Kraftmatiks

2. Chingaba Featuring Msmooth & Lil B Prod. by Q-Beats

3. Journey in Reverse Prod. by Tibo (France)

4. Big Boy Rap Part 2 Prod. by Bigfoot

5. Carry Me Play Featuring Gentle Prod. by Sossick

6. Flashy Prod. by Chordless

7. Enemies Featuring XY Prod. by Dslavemaster

8. Bottles Featuring Morell Prod. by Dhecade

9. Juju Featuring Gentle Prod. by Don Seth

10. Run Dem Featuring Aina More Prod. by Eclipse

11. Trust Featuring Gentle Prod. by Classic

12. Upside Down Featuring Nnena Omali Prod. by Tiodi

13. Taking A Selfie Prod. by Mills The Producer (UK)

14. Take My Hands Featuring Dr Finess Prod. by Dr Finess

15. Wanna Dance Prod. by Dslavemaster

16. Super Human RMX Featuring Canibus (USA) Prod. by Tibo (France)

17. NTBB (Not To Be Broadcast) Prod. by Tibo (France)

18. Bigger Than This Prod. by Chordless

19. Emotional Featuring Sojay Prod. by KueBounce

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With Modenine‘s latest album “AboveGround Level” set to drop by the end of this month or sometime in August, the Hip-Hop poet, who currently holds the “Most Gifted Rapper in Nigeria” tag releases a fresh cut titled “Upside Down“. This one features Nnena Omali; the same voice on the Award-Winning single “Cry”.

“Upside Down” is a conscious tune which currently reflects the present situation in Nigeria. You can tell Modenine put a lot of thought and effort into penning this emotional piece which will resonate in the minds of listeners who truly care about our beloved nation. This is what real Hip-Hop is all about.

“AboveGround Level” is a 20-track compilation featuring the likes of Ice Prince, Reminisce, ProVerb (South Africa), Chub Heightz (Botswana), Zeus (Botswana), Dj Raiko (South Africa), Canibus (U.S.A), Don Jazzy, Nnenna Omali, Ruby Gyang, Amaka, 9ice, Zaina, Gentle, XY, Morell, Msmooth and a few others. We’ll bring you guys more info in the coming weeks. But before then, take time out to listen to “Upside Down”With Modenine‘s latest album “AboveGround Level” set to drop by the end of this month or sometime in August, the Hip-Hop poet, who currently holds the “Most Gifted Rapper in Nigeria” tag releases a fresh cut titled “Upside Down“. This one features Nnena Omali; the same voice on the Award-Winning single “Cry”.

“Upside Down” is a conscious tune which currently reflects the present situation in Nigeria. You can tell Modenine put a lot of thought and effort into penning this emotional piece which will resonate in the minds of listeners who truly care about our beloved nation. This is what real Hip-Hop is all about.

“AboveGround Level” is a 20-track compilation featuring the likes of Ice Prince, Reminisce, ProVerb (South Africa), Chub Heightz (Botswana), Zeus (Botswana), Dj Raiko (South Africa), Canibus (U.S.A), Don Jazzy, Nnenna Omali, Ruby Gyang, Amaka, 9ice, Zaina, Gentle, XY, Morell, Msmooth and a few others. We’ll bring you guys more info in the coming weeks. But before then, take time out to listen to “Upside Down”


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Modenine Drops another dope joint off the highly anticipated Album “Above Ground Level” ” Bigger than this ” mixed by Doc Def and Produced by young producer Chordless who is responsible for quite a few of the tracks on the Album.
“Bigger than this” is a mellow hiphop cross over joint with Gentle ( of the Dobale Fame) harmonizing the hook.

The Album will drop after the 1st leg of the AGL Tour, Which will be Starting May 23rd 2014 . 1st port of Call Owerri



Veteran rapper, Modenine, Olamide, Phyno and Yung L joined Ice Prince to deliver a show stopping performance of the track Gimme Dat at the Fire Of Zamani concert. Ice Prince started with a solo performance and even invited Dele Momodu’s son, Enikorewafunmi to join him on stage when he noticed the young boy singing excitedly.

They were later joined on stage by Phyno who delivered some sick flows in Igbo, Yung L made a grand entrance with his reggae style rap while Olamide added a touch of fuji to the performance.

Ice Prince introduced Modenine as an inspiration to Nigerian rappers and he finished the song with some freestyle rap.

Enikorewafunmi, who is quite popular on his father’s Instagram page, had his 15 minutes of fame performing with Nigerian superstars.

Watch the explosive performance here:

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ModeNine has been the model of consistency in the Nigerian Hip-Hop scene, and he just keeps doing his thing, when others are fading or watering down their lyrics to sell more.

ModeNine teams up with Gentle on this new track, Dobale (bow down/prostrate in yoruba). Interestingly, ModeNine flows in pidgin, which he rarely does, but he still kills it though.

Check on it.

Produced by Freelance


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Trace Cypher

Modenine no doubt is legendary in the art of rapping in Nigeria; he always shows why he remains tops.
Vector The Viper aka VEC never let’s his guard down as he proves his worth, why he is one to respect in the game with his smooth punch lines and crazy word play, you have to listen attentively.

More appearance by Jimmie of Beat FM anchoring the show down, Timix, Morell of Bento Record, Blink of Syndik8 Records, Vien of City FM and M.I’s official DJ – DJ Lambogini [She’s funny i tell you]. Be on the look out for Part 2 as it will feature Nigeria’s A List rappers.

Watch the Cypher – Part 1.

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The two come through again on yet another collabo. Vector & ModeNine actually do pretty well together… They should possible put a mixtape out together.

And to think just a few weeks ago there was talk of beef between the 2. LOL.

Check it out. V9 Cypha – Vector ModeNine. Enjoy.

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You can say they are 2 of Nigeria’s hottest at the moment, ModeNine & Vector team up for this heavy joint, Zoning Out.

A few weeks ago there was a joint that hit the net where it seems that Vector was dissing Modo, but now we can confirm for sure that all that was just wash. Aint no beef. Mode & Vector do well together… why beef yea?

Check on this joint. Leads up to the much anticipated ‘commercial’ album from ModeNine. Check it out.

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