Best Rappers In Nigeria And Their Number Of Awards

Best Rapper In Nigeria is Olamide (Badoo)

In Nigeria today there have been many Hip Hop artists who chose Rap as their style of music, many are Doing it but only a few are good at it, we led to the question of who are the best rappers in Nigeria?

Before mentioning a few I will like to state the criteria for ranking the top rappers in Nigeria.

  1. Awards Won
  2. Street Credibility/ Street O.T
  3. Rhymes and Flows
  4. Popularity or General Public Acceptance

But they will be listed majorly by the total awards won.

In line with the above criteria, these are the list of the best rappers in Nigeria.


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1)  Olamide

  • Total Awards won: 22

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Number one on the best rappers in Nigeria is Olamide (Badoo), who was born on the 5th of March 1989 in Bariga, Lagos, Nigeria.

Olamide is an indigenous rapper, he kills the rap game with his Yoruba style of rap, giving him the street credibility.

He started his musical career in 2011 and has since then stayed on top of his game with more than 100 songs released.

He has been nominated for multiple awards and has won most of them. Some of the awards he has won are Channel O Awards, Nigerian entertainment awards, the Headies, City people entertainment, MTV Africa music awards.
He is the rapper with the highest awards in Nigeria.

Olamide is well known to be the street king with his badass street music and guess what? he is also among the richest musicians in Nigeria.


2) Mr. Incredible (M.I Abaga)

  • Total Awards won: 18



You can’t mention rap or rap artists in Nigeria without M. I got involved, he brought Hip Hop into Nigeria, M.I is my favourite rapper though, he brought hardcore rap music in Nigeria and till know he is known as the rap face-off king, freestyle king.

Rumour has it that M.I took his style from Kanye West due to his rap style,  he will know for punch lines and wordplay kind of rap, and he is also considered the fastest rapper in Nigeria.

Due to some step-back in his music career, he is the second best rappers in Nigeria, nevertheless, he is still a great rapper.

He started his music career in 2004 and he released his debut album on 11th of December 2008 which he named Talk about it, which went viral and earned him most rap awards.

He is currently the chairman of  Chocolate City and has so far worked with a lot of artists; the likes of Eldee, Banky W, Jesse Jags, Ice Prince, Waje, and many others.


3) Ice Prince Zamani

  • Total Awards won: 18

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Here is another hardcore rapper, he is the third on the best rappers in Nigeria which he earned from his hit track “Oleku” ft Brymo.

Iceprince has been nominated for multiple awards and has most of them like, BET awards, Ghana music awards, the Headies, Nigerian entertainment awards, Chanel O music video awards, and lots more.

He started his music career in 2004 and has since then rapped his way up, he has featured a lot of top Nigerian musicians such as M.I, Jesse jags, Brymo,  Wizkid, and 2face Idibia.

Ice Prince was appointed the vice president of Chocolate city in 2015 and is currently signed to the record label, though he has his record label.


4) Vector The Viper

  • Total Awards won: 8

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Number five on the best rappers in Nigeria is Vector whose real name is Olanrewaju Ogunmefun.

Vector is also a hardcore rapper and also a freestyle king, people always say Vector is the only rapper that can challenge M.I on a rap battle, maybe that is why they don’t get along as they were both involved in a music fight.

He is signed to GRAP and he started his musical career in 2008. Since then he has worked with a lot of artists such as 2face Idibia, Movado, 9ice, Iyanya, Sarkodie.

He came to limelight with the song “Kilode” in 2010.  I love that his song “KING-KONG”


5) Falz The Badh Guy

  • Total Awards won: 8

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Number five on the best rappers in Nigeria is Falz

In Nigeria music industry you rarely see a musician who is both good in acting and singing, here comes Falz, he is not just a rapper, he is also a comedian and he also featured in some comedy movie like “Jenifa’s Diary”, he also won an award for that movie as the best actor in comedy movies.

Falz sometimes takes comedy into rap making him a special artist, combining both comedies, Yoruba, and English.


6) Phyno

  • Total Awards won: 5

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Phyno is a good rapper just like Olamide he is an indigenous rapper who used Igbo language to spill bars.

Phyno Obago was a producer who divorced he has rap in his genes so he decided to jump into it and it turns out he is good it.

His real name is Chibuzor Nelson, he is signed to Penthouse music and has worked with artists such as Olamide and illbliss.


7) Illbliss

  • Total Awards won: 3

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Illbliss “That Igbo boy” is a hip hop recording artist and great stage performer.

He is the owner of a talent managing company known as The Goretti Company which was responsible for launching the careers of Chidinma and Phyno.

His punch lines are thrilling whenever he raps. There is no doubt that Illbliss is the big boss in rapping while some might frown at his flows. Anyways, he contributed to Hip pop in Africa at large.


8) Jesse Jagz

  • Total Awards won: 3

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Jesse Jagz is another dope talented rapper he is also a producer and he won the “Music Producer of the Year” award.

Jesse Jagz is M.I’s younger brother, they both started at Chocolate city, just like M.I, Jesse as also a fast rapper with dope punch lines and rhythm, it was said Jesse Jagz has more lyrics on his music than he elder brother M.I.

Jesse Jagz has some cool tracks and he has done some collabo with his label mates like M.I and Ice Prince. The reggae sensation singer has stayed low key recently, it is no surprise that he is among the hottest rappers in Nigeria currently.


9) Reminisce


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Just like Olamide Reminisce is also an Indigenous rapper, he is also a hardcore rapper, street king, he also he a badass street O.T, that is why he is called “Ibile”.

Reminisce has also been featured in some movies like the popular “King Of Boys” which he had a major role in it.

He is one of the best Nigerian rappers who started his musical career in 2008, he is signed to EDGE records. He is also the creative director and founder of LRR records. Reminisce has so far released three albums since the start of his music career.

He has worked with the likes of Olamide, 9ice, Wizkid, Lil kesh, and more. And Also, he is the only hip hop artist in Africa to have an album debut on billboard charts world music category at number 12.


10) Ycee

  • Total Awards won: 2

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The “Omo Alhaji” crooner is also among the best rappers in Nigeria, he was won some awards and reputable nominations. he is also a drop punch line rapper just like vector, he was once compared to Vector.

Ycee started his music career in 2012 as an underground rapper before signing a music contract with Tinny Entertainment But due to his educational engagements, he took time off music after gaining admission to study Marine Biology at the University of Lagos.


So here are the top 10 best rappers in Nigeria, below are other top rappers in Nigeria

  • EL Dee
  • Skales
  • Eva Alordiah
  • Eedris Abdukareem
  • Brymo
  • Sasha P
  • Jidenna
  • Muna (fastest female rapper in Nigeria currently)
  • Lil-Kesh (Lyrikal)
  • Da emperor
  • Erigga
  • Naeto C
  • Yung6ix
  • Rugged Man
  • Dremo
  • Lil Kesh
  • Chinko Ekun
  • CdQ