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Naija Hip Hop: The Freshman Class of African Hip-Hop Artists

See the newest African hip-hop artists, including music videos. Check out Nigerian naija Hip Hop artists.

Within the world of African hip-hop artists, Nigerian hip-hop has become quite the phenomenon in the last few years, with Nigerian acts like P-Square, D'Banj and M.I successfully crossing over into Western mainstream and making loads of cash while touring all over Africa and internationally to spread African hip-hop music to the world. They have also managed to gain quite a bit of respect for a genre of music that has yet to fulfill its ultimate destiny of preparing a credible platform for cultural exchange and unification through music throughout the Diaspora.


This year the baton has been handed to a new crop of Nigerian Naija hip-hop artists pushing the boundaries in their own ways, while taking cues from their predecessors and representing hard for African hip-hop music, Nigerians on the continent, and those scattered all over the world.

With that, here is the freshman class of Nigerian musicians, Nigerian Hip-Hop and the record labels they represent:

1. AJEBUTTER22

Born Kings Records

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His name alone explains a lot about his music but we assure you even 'ajepakos' can get down to these Studio Magic produced beats. The heavy dub-step beats and catchy Yoruba and English rhymes make him a favorite with clubbers from Lagos to London. Check out this hit “Omo Pastor".

2. BLACKMAGIC AND THREEWISEMEN

Syndik8 Records

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While many rappers struggle to hold a tune, Blackmagic does so effortlessly and delivers some very Warren G-esque sounds whether singing an auto-tune hook or rapping over a complex Fuji or Juju beat. As part of the Syndik8 Records team, industry veteran Ikon, who also teams up with him to form the alternative hip-hop duo called the “ThreeWiseMen", produces his tracks. For lovers of all things Fela inspired, We highly recommend their modern Afrobeat infused single “Bastard".

3. BRYMO

Chocolate City Records

Chocolate City Record's newest addition first sparked our interest singing the chorus on his label mate IcePrince's hit single “Oleku" back in the day. Brymo is now out on his own with a brand new album “Son of A Kapenta" which has given us heartwarming singles like “Good Morning" and his 'azonto' friendly club banger “Go Hard".

4.BURNA BOY

Aristokrat Records

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He is the new king of the Afro, Reggae, Hip-Hop, House fusion, doing it all while crooning or rhyming in a mix of Ibo or Yoruba with hints of a South London dialect of Jamaican Patois and English. Working with producer LeriQ, he delivers memorable feel good hits like “Like To Party" (above). And another single “Tonight" from his anticipated debut album L.I.F.E.

5.DAMMY KRANE

Hypertek Records

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TuFace was quick to snatch up this frenetic ball of energy, his delivery is fast and youthful and all the beats are just as urgent, in a very Terry G sort of way. His singles are big in clubs and local hang out spots all over Nigeria so check out the video for “My Dear" directed by Clarence Peters (above).

6. D'PRINCE

MAVIN Records

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The family talent was not lost on famed producer Don Jazzy's baby brother, as he has come into his own…finally…with the release of his debut album “Frenzy" on the newly reshuffled MAVIN Records, formerly MoHits Records and home to D'Banj in happier days. Post reshuffle MAVIN acquired pop favorite Tiwa Savage while retaining Wande Cole and Dr. Sid. So check out his trippy new video “Take Banana Remix" (above), naughty new single “Goody Bag" and our personal favorite “Call Police".

7. L.O.S

Storm Records

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As one of the first Nigerian hip-hop male groups out there, L.O.S has generated a lot of buzz with an amazing video for their single, “Bad Guy P, which was shot in Lagos by Clarence Peters with cameo appearances by Show Dem Camp, Dammy Krane and Yemi Alade. Storm Records is also home to veteran rap heavyweights Naeto C and Sasha P, and as an impeccably styled quartet L.O.S appears ready to take the industry by storm…pun intended- yes boss.

8. PRAIZ

X3m Records

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Praiz's singing voice is hands down the best in the industry, his infectious melodies and soulful delivery charms the ladies and could definitely soothe the heart of any savage beast. He teamed up with acoustic soul musician Bez earlier in the year for “That Stupid Song" which premiered on BET's 106 and Park. He has just wrapped shooting the video for his new single “Rich and Famous".

9. YEMI ALADE

Effyzy Records

With no album out and slew of guest appearances on other records, the only female on the countdown is just as hardworking as her male counterparts as she's worked with producers from eLDee, E. Kelly, IBK, Bigfoot, Sizzle Pro, DJ Klem and Flip Tyce. Yemi Alade delivers bombastic flows over heavy club/house inspired beats, blending bits of pop culture with local idiomatic expressions. Check out our favorite clubbing/birthday song of the year, “Uche Face" featuring fellow newcomers L.O.S.

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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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