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Audio: The First Decade of Nigerian Rap Mixtape (1981-1991)


Late-pass but this one was too good to pass up. We just came across this extensive African Hip Hop mix on the toddler years of Nigerian rap music, compiled by Uchenna Ikonne of Naija blog Comb & Razor. AHH explain it best:

The first hip-hop record to achieve widespread popularity in Nigeria was “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, in 1979... It was a long way from there to here, though. For years, the earliest attempts at homegrown rap were ridiculed, resisted or downright reviled by the mainstream. But they also laid the foundation for the 2Faces, the 9ices, the D’Banjs, Ruggedmans, Modenines and the rest of today’s Naija hip-hop superstars. So here’s a salute to some of the groundbreakers in the first decade of Nigerian hip-hop.

Stream and download Nigerian Rap: The First Decade (1981 – 1991) below!

(H/T African Hip Hop)

TRACKLIST

01. Ronnie – The Way I Feel Rap (1981)

02. Dizzy K. – Saturday Night Raps (1982)

03. Dili I. Jukson – Rapp and Checkout Music (c. 1985)

04. Mams & Hart – Pump (1982)

05. Oby Onyioha – Break It (1984)

06. Rapmaster Lexy Mella – On The Air Rap (1985)

07. Super Doeths – Super Doeths (1985)

08. Kingsley Bucknor – You Gotta Keep On Luvin’ Me (Extended Re-Mix Version) (1985)

09. I.C. Rock – Advice/Oge Chi Ka Nma (1985)

10. McDormett – Let’s Hear the Funk (1986)

11. Mike Umoh – Do It (c. 1985)

12. Timi Gawi “3” – Boxing Rapping Show (c. 1984)

13. Rick Asikpo – Beat Jam (1986)

14. Judy Nackix – If I Have the Time (c. 1986)

15. Gee Tagbas – Rap Dazz (1986)

16. Mustapha Amego – Lagos (1990)

17. MC Skidd-O – Message (1992)

18. Emphasis – Which One You Dey (1991)

19. Sound on Sound – I’m African (1988)

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Photo by Trevor Stuurman.

Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

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At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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