There are lot of Nigerian artists who puts in a lot of work and still get little credits, they have been in the industry for a while but they are hardly given the applaud they deserve. These artists are not currently topping charts but they always give us quality songs anytime they put out a record. I have taken time to present to you the 5 most underrated artists in the Nigerian Music Industry.
1. Barry Jay:
Oluwakayode Junior Balogun popularly known as Barry Jay is a Nigerian Afro-pop singer and song writer born in Ibadan, NIgeria. He was born on the 13th of February, 1993 and is the son of the late top Fuji artist, Ayinde Barrister.
He won the Best New Act of the Year at City People Music Awards in 2018 and was also nominated for the most promising act of the year at City People's Music Awards.
Currently signed to Cash Nation Entertainment, Barry is no doubt one of the best male vocalist in Nigeria, the talented artist have released songs like "Olodo, Go Down, DIA, Normal Level, Don Pablo and his hit song Aiye which receive massive love on the streets of Nigeria in 2018.
Despite all his efforts the sensational singer is been underrated by many in the Nigerian music scene.
2. Jesse Jagz:
Jesse Garba Abaga was born on the 10th of August, 1984 to his parents Chris and Lydia Abaga, known professionally as Jesse Jagz is a Nigerian Rapper, Producer and a song writer. He signed a record deal with Chocolate City which he released his debut album Jag of All Tradez that same year.
Jesse Jagz is the brother of the legendary rapper MI abaga who was the chairman of the record label (Chocolate CIty). Jesse Jagz voluntarily exited Chocolate City record label deal in 2013 and announced the launch of his Independent Record Label Jagz Nation. He released another album "Jagz Nation, Vol I" Thy Nation Come which include singles such as "Bad Girl, God on the Mic, Sex and Scotch, and Redemption. He later released three other albums, "Jagz Nation Vol. 2: Royal Niger Company which was released in 2014, Odysseus was released in 2017 when he went back to Chocolate City. This was his fourth album. In May 2020, Jesse Jagz blessed the lovers of music with his fifth studio album, a 5-track EP title Garba.
What amazes me most is how some Nigerian rappers get the guts to involve Jesse in their diss tracks, over a long period of time, Jesse Jags has been underrated in the Nigerian Music world. Nigerians refer to MI Abaga as the god of rap music in Nigeria, and a couple of times, MI has referred to Jesse Jags as his mentor when it comes to rap. His hit songs such as 'wetin dey' is just a reminder of how lyrically talented the Jos born act is.
3. Wande Coal:
Oluwatobi Wander Ojosipe, popularly refered to as Wande Coal. He was born on the18th of October, 1985 in Lagos Nigeria to Chief Ibukun Olufunto and Omolara Oluwayemisi. He is the first of two children. Wande Coal started singing in the teenage choir at his church. He later got signed to Don Jazzy's Mo' Hits Records in 2006. His first single on the record label was "Olorufe" which was discribed as one of the greatest love song ever written in Nigeria. He later released his album "From Mushin to Mo' HIts" which was widely received across Nigeria, UK and USA. Cole has many awards to his name, to mention but few are;
- African Artiste of the Year (Ghana Music Awards 2010)
- Artiste of the year (Hip Hop World Awards, 2010)
- Best R & B/Pop Single (Hip Hop World Awards, 2010)
Coal has given so much hit songs to the industry, the likes of Bumper to Bumper, Ballerz, Who born the Maga, Tur-key Nla, Ashimapeyin has been street anthems for a very long time. His recent song "Again" is making waves and lovers of good music are enjoying the great sound.
Despite all the achievements and efforts made by Wande Coal he seems to be underrated by many in the Nigerian Music scene. He deserves more credit and respect more than what he gets in the industry. This is a singer that his voice can wake the dead, his vocals are so charming that you fall in love with it each time to listen to his sounds.
4. Mode 9:
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale, born on the 14th of June 1975 in London, an origin of Osun State, is popularly known by his stage name Modenine. He is a Nigerian born English rapper. He attended Agboju Secondary School where he earned a degree in Building and Technology at Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State, Nigeria. Modenine has been a blessing to the Nigerian Music Scene for a very long time. He once worked with Rhythm 84.7fm in Abuja, Nigeria as a broadcaster which he later quit and signed a deal with Paybacktyme Records which is when he recorded an album called "IX Files". Mode nine has several works to his credit. In 2004 he released his debut project, Malxolm IX. His next album Pentium IX was later released in 2006. In 2007 this legendary rapper released yet another heart melting album "E Pluribus Unum". He has a total of 8 studio albums.
To lovers of Rap music Modenine is refered to as the definition of real rap music in Nigeria. Mode9 has performed alonngside some of the finest emcees like Guru Gangstarr, Akon in Port Harcourt, Wyclef Jean etc.
Modenine later moved to London in 2017 after he announced that he won't be releasing albums in Nigeria again.
Modenine is been underrated in Nigeria, he deservetthe mind of accolades the likes of MI Abaga and Vector are getting. Mode 9 should be seen as a legend and one of the definition of Rap in Nigeria.
Ejeba Efe Michael popularly known as "Efe" (born 25th February, 1993) is a Nigerian song writer, actor, television star and a rapper. A graduate of Economics who hail from Delta State but based in Lagos was one of the housemates in the Nigerian Television show "Big Brother Nigeria" in 2017.
After wining the second edition of the Big Brother Nigeria, Efe have battled with rapping and singing, he has endured the rejection and several abuses from fans and haters in Nigerian. Despite the hate, the singer has dropped several juicy tunes like "far away" which never buzzed up, he had a feature with Olamide "Warri" which would have been received massively if it were coming from another artist. One tend to ask the question "why is Efe hated so much"? Even with his struggles switching from hip hop to afro pop, Efe is still underrated even as he tries so hard to prove his worth to doubters.
Efe has however blessed the streets with many songs ranging from "Bases on Logistics, Warri ft Olamide, Scammer ft Tulenkey, and Sho Mo" which is his latest single in 2020.
Despite all his tireless efforts Efe seems to be highly underrated in the Nigerian music industry. Several comments have been seen on social media platforms about the artist, some say he has no talent and should find another hustle.
I do believe that every artist deserves love and respect in the industry, every artist should be given the opportunity to showcase his/her talent.
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