Top 10 hottest Nigerian rappers of 2020 (so far)

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In Nigeria, hip-hop is fighting for its dear life. Once a huge part of the local music industry, Nigerian rappers dominated the continent, with rap music produced all over the country’s creative capital, Lagos, and beyond. Today, it is a relegated culture, currently playing second fiddle in the mainstream market as a less desirable cousin of Afrobeats and local dance music, genres that continue to squeeze the life out of it as they ascend.


Young rappers who have been influenced by the greats of the US, and their earlier local counterparts, are staying true to the art and mining new ways to generate value far away from the glare of pop spaces. Using self-built platforms, via independent guerilla-style campaigns and releases, they are leveraging off social media to build audience bases and power back the genre.

Here are Top 10 hottest Nigerian rappers of 2020 (so far)

  1. OLAMIDE

Olamide Adedeji, known professionally as Olamide, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation.

Olamide financial net worth is estimated to be around $14 million.

2. M.I Abaga

Jude Abaga, better known as M.I Abaga, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and record producer. He was CEO of Chocolate City from June 2015 to 2019. He won Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and was nominated in the Best International Act category at the BET Awards 2010. M.I’s work extends to the backend of the business. He has held executive positions at his record label, Chocolate City, providing a launch pad for new artists. In 2019, Chocolate City sealed a partnership deal with Warner Music Group to expand their work in Africa to seek, groom, and export talent from the country. M.I plays a pivotal part in this arrangement; he is both artist and artist enabler.

M.I Abaga Net Worth and Endorsementcompany Glo Nigeria. M.I Abaga net worth is estimated at $3.9million, making him one of the richest rapper in Africa

3. Phyno

Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, better known as Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He started his music career as a producer in 2003, and is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language. His debut studio album No Guts No Glory was released in 2014.

4, Reminisce

Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, known by his stage names Reminisce and ALAGA IBILE, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter from Ogun State. He performs in both English and his native language, Yoruba.

eminisce Net Worth $7 million

5. Illbliss

Illbliss, stylized as iLLBLISS, is a Nigerian rapper/ hip-hop recording artist, stage performer, businessman and owner of the talent managing outfit known as ‘The Goretti Company’, company responsible for launching the careers of Chidinma and Phyno, among others.

6. Falz

Illbliss, stylized as iLLBLISS, is a Nigerian rapper/ hip-hop recording artist, stage performer, businessman and owner of the talent managing outfit known as ‘The Goretti Company’, company responsible for launching the careers of Chidinma and Phyno, among others.

Falz is currently one of the richest and most influential artiste in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $500,000

Born and raised in Lagos, Vector worked his way out of the hood on Lagos Island. His formative neighborhood, Lafiaji, is a place he loves to romanticize as the birthplace of all his talent. You can experience this sentiment on his 2016 album, Lafiaji, an ode to home, spinning a rich tale of everyday life. Signed to Universal Music Group Nigeria, subtle activism is embedded in Vector’s lyrics. You can find his campaign against local police brutality in SARS Is Around.

7. Ice Prince

Panshak Henry Zamani, better known as Ice Prince, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He rose to fame after releasing “Oleku”, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time. He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. His debut studio album Everybody Loves Ice Prince was released in 2011.

Ice Prince is currently one of the richest and most influential artist and hip hop rapper in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.

8. Mode 9

Babatunde Olusegun Adewale, popularly known by his stage name Modenine, is an English-born Nigerian rapper. In 2014, he released a song titled “Super Human” with Jamaican-American rapper Canibus.

9. Jesse Jagz

jesse Garba Abaga, known professionally as Jesse Jagz, is a Nigerian rapper, record producer and songwriter. He signed a record deal with Chocolate City in 2010 and released his debut studio album Jag of All Tradez that same year. 

10. Vector

Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter. He has released three studio albums, including State of Surprise and The Second Coming. In anticipation of his second studio album, he released a mixtape titled Bar Racks. “Lafiaji” which was released in December, 2016.

Born and raised in Lagos, Vector worked his way out of the hood on Lagos Island. His formative neighborhood, Lafiaji, is a place he loves to romanticize as the birthplace of all his talent. You can experience this sentiment on his 2016 album, Lafiaji, an ode to home, spinning a rich tale of everyday life. Signed to Universal Music Group Nigeria, subtle activism is embedded in Vector’s lyrics. You can find his campaign against local police brutality in SARS Is Around.

Vector is currently one of the richest and most influential artist and hip hop rapper in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.

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