Editorials:- Nigerian Sounds End Of Year Awards

Editorials:- Nigerian Sounds End Of Year Awards [ 2012 ]

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This Awards was compiled by our team of Bloggers ( 3 In Number ) , and we have put this List together on behalf of Nigeriansounds.com to highlight some things which happened in Nigerian Urban Music in 2012,and this list is based STRICTLY Off the songs which were sent to us on Nigeriansounds,and if you don’t see your Favorite Artistes name on the list,then Next year please ask him to send us his songs ( Thats if they care ) With that said, Proceed.

Top 10 Nigerian Rappers 2012

Rappers that Made the most out of the Craft in 2012,while constantly supplying us with tracks,Projects, Videos And other things to keep Hip-Hop in Nigerian Mainstream Music

1 Vector

2) Ice Prince

3) Ill Bliss And Olamide [ Tie ]

4) M.I Abaga

5) Modenine

6) Reminisce

7) Skales

8 ) 2 Shotz And El Dee Tha Don [ Tie ]

9) Lynxxx And Ikechukwu Killz [ Tie ]

10) Naeto C And Mr Raw Nwanne [ Tie ]

Top 10 Independent/Underground Rappers 2012

Independent grind for Rappers is not easy in Nigeria,and is not even that Productive financially yet for many,but MC’s kept grinding underground regardless.These MC’s made sure their grind came to our attention ,and they are

1 Erigga New Money

2) Boogey

3) Phyno And Bosalin [ Tie ]

4) Cyrus Tha Virus And Show Dem Camp

5) Black Magic

6) Kahli Abdu

7) AQ And Fecko Tha Emcee [ Tie ]

8 ) Maytronomy And Psalmurai [ Tie ]

9) Slow Dog

10) Str8buttah

Top 10 Female Rappers 2012

Female Rappers in Nigeria are almost going Extinct,but these Women here refused to subscribe to that,Coming with Solid Singles,Guest Appearances And Projects,they remained in the Game and kept the Sisters alive in Hip-Hop in 2012

1 Nneka

2) Eva Alordiah

3) Ms Chief

4) Sasha P

5) Zee

6) Oluwa Tipsy

7) Mo Cheddah

8 ) Pryse

9) Bouqui

10) Aina More And Lil Miss Miss [ Tie ] ( NOT LIL MISS )

Top 10 Pop/Mainstream/Commercial  Acts 2012

Nigerian Musicians who dominated the Mainstream Music sector in different ways And Apart from Dammy Krane And Burna Boy ( Arguably ), All of them Performed at different Shows outside Africa in 2012

1 D’Banj

2) Wizkid And Davido [ Tie ]

3) Iyanya And P Square [ Tie ]

4) Tuface Idibia

5) Flavour Nabania

6) Chuddy K And Timaya [ Tie ]

7) Terry G

8 ) Brymo

9) May D And Burna Boy [ Tie ]

10) Dammy Krane

Independent Artistes Of 2012

Artistes that have not been Associated or Signed to any MAJOR Label,but managed to come to the collective consciousness of Nigerian Music Lovers who Browse the Internet Daily ,and Keep Up With blogs.

1 Burna Boy

2) Ajebutter 22

3) DRB

4) GRIP Boiz

5) Bez

6) Veecko Kyngz

7) Teeklef

8 ) Seyi Shay

9) Mateo Vic And DIS.Guise

10) Slim T

Top 10 Pop Albums Released In 2012 [ Strictly On Popularity Basis And Professional Sales Hypothesis ]

1 Davido – Omo Baba Olowo

2) Tuface Idibia – Away And Beyond

3) Timaya – Upgrade

4) Flavour Nabania – Blessed And Duncan Mighty – Footprints [ Tie ]

5) 9ice – Bashorun Gaa And Versus

6)  EME All Stars – Empire Mates State Of Mind

7) Faze – Refazed

8 ) Oritse Femi – Musical Taliban

9) D’Prince – Frenzy

10) Mavin All Stars – Solar Plexus

Top 10 Nigerian Hip-Hop Albums 2012

Real Hip-Hop Heads know that 2012 was not a really good year for Nigerian Hip-Hop,and not too many Albums were released,but Sone MC’s still managed to prevail,and these are the top 10 best Rap Albums dropped in 2012,based off Appeal, Quality And Cultural Impact.

1         Ill Bliss – Oga Boss

2         Vector – The Second Coming

3           Erigga New Money – The Erigma

4         Reminisce – Book Of Rap Stories

5         Mr Raw Nwanne – the Greatest

6         Olamide – Yahoo Boy No Laptop [ YBNL ]

7         Kahli Abdu – Band Of Rebels

8         Slow Dogg – The Return Of Slow Dog

9         Mateo Vic – The Rise Of The Phoenix

10     Ruggedman – Money Making Music

Top 10 Best Mixtapes/ EP’s And Free Projects 2012

1 M.I Abaga – Illegal Music 2

2 Modenine – Occupy the Throne

3) Boogey – Artificial Intelligence

4) Mister Rae – The Big Rae EP  

5) Ill Bliss And XYZ Of Str8buttah – Position Of Power

6) Kahli Abdu And Kid Konnect – Bandits

7) Show Dem Camp – Clone Wars 2  

8 ) Vector – Bar Racks And Dark Poet – the Unmixed Mixtape [ Tie ]

9) Godwon – No Days Off And Blink A.D.A.P [ American Dreams , African Principles ]

10) Beatbuxx Entertainment – Recognize Volume 1 And Splash Josh – School Boys , The First Chapter

Honorable Mention:- MHP And Rapsom – Ghost Of 94 , And Suranu – Lifes And Times Of Ervin Ejango

Top 10 Nigerian Divas/ Female Singers And Pop Acts 2012

Divas in Nigeria go through hell ( Dont ask who told me ) it is a very competitive industry,and hard to break,but in 2012,some  Strong Black Divas refused to lay down ( No Pun Intended ) for the Industry,and they are

1 Tiwa Savage

2) Goldie Harvey

3) Asa

4) Omawumi

5) Chidynma Ekile

6) Waje

7) Niyola And Christine Ben Ameh [ Tie ]

8 ) Yemi Alade

9) Storm Rex And Ruby [ Tie ]

10) Saeon, Ms Jaie , And Lami Phillips

Most Featured Nigerian Rappers 2012 ( On Collaborations With Other Artistes )

1)      Vector The Viper

2)      Reminisce

3)      Olamide

4)      Skales

5)      Maytronomy

6)      Boogey

7)      Ice Prince

8)      Jesse Jagz

9)      Seriki

10)   Yung 6ix

15 Producers Of 2012 [ In No Particular Order ]

Trust Me one of the songs you downloaded, Danced To, Like, or Appreciated in 2012 was produced by one of these producers.

1 Don Jazzy

2) Sarz

3) Young D

4) Fliptyce

5) D- Tunes

6) Spellz

7) Chopstix

8 ) E-Kelly

9) Masterkraft And Legendury Beatz

10) Leriq

11) Del B

12) Studio Magic

13) Phyno

14) Micworx, Gospel On Da Beats And Tha Suspect [ Tie ]

15) Cobhams Asuquo And TY Mix [ Tie ]

Honorable Mentions:- OJB Jezreel, Duncan Mighty, XYZ Of Str8buttah,Meka E, Popito, Kukbeats And Chimbalin.

25 Nigerian Artistes To Watch In 2013 ( Based STRICTLY off Performances, Buzz, Collaborations, Consistency And Fanbase Accumulation in 2012)

We are not God, and our say can never be final,but we believe that in 2013 the Artistes mentioned below will become more prominent on the Nigerian Music Scene.

1)      Burna Boy

2)      Dammy Krane

3)      Morell

4)      Tupengo

5)      L.O.S

6)      DRB

7)      Ajebutter 22

8 )      Black Magic

9)      Solid Star

10)   Glenn

11)   Dharsaw

12)   Hakym the Dream And Omo Akin

13)   Jarmeu

14)   K9

15)   Slim T

16)   Rayce

17)   Praiz

18)   Grip Boiz

19)   Henry Knight

20)   X.O Senavoe

21)   Mr Walz

22)   Phenom

23)   SYM 19

24)   K Switch

25)   Boogey

Artistes That Had A Slow Year ( ie Had Potenial In The Beginning Of The Year To Make AN IMPACT In 2012 But Fizzled Out )

This is a very controversial Section,because no matter how it comes out, some of the  Artistes mentioned would still take it personal but to clarify what we really mean and explain why in the case of each Artiste, All the 15 Artistes that were listed here all showed PROMISE in 2012,but didn’t quite seem to hack it.I know 2013 is going to be a better year for most of them,but these are the Artistes that “Let their Fans Down” After a Promising Start To the Year.

1)      Iceberg Slim

Released Two Good Singles “Ayanfe” And “Dance For Me” With Chuddy K As Well as Featured Alongside Other Nigerian MC’S on One Of the Biggest Rap Singles Of the Year “Meet Me At The top” By Laylow, But That was As Much as it went for him this year, Next I Spotted him was in the Video of “Your Waist” By Iyanya… Dancing

2)      Beazy

Beazy displayed some initial Promise at the beginning of the year,and dropped two solid singles “Counterfeit” With Chykay And “Go Down” With Jaywon. He Also Shot A Video For counterfeit,and those tracks had potential to do things for him ,but he didn’t do much more than that ( He Dropped “ I’m the Mood” And “Bonfire” freestyle ) And was quiet on the Collabo Front as Well.

3)      Baba Dee

Sound Sultans Older brother didn’t do much this year either, despite dropping quite a number of Singles right after he dropped the Video of his Hit Single Gum Body with Henry Knight, his next single “Go Down” was received with much less fanfare

4)      Muna

In April Ex Most beautiful girl In Nigeria dropped two singles,”Down Down Low” and Here To Stay which showed some promise , but three months later she was embroiled in a controversy with Modenine,which was well publicized and that was basically the highlight of her year, despite the fact that she featured on Djinees first single ( On Me ) Since Overkillin’.

5)      Durella

The King of the Zanga spent more time in the Zanga than the Studio this year,and that hurt me as a True fan.Despite dropping the potential hit track “Club Rock”,and shot a Steamy Video for it,nothing impactful was done by him musically this year, unlike previous years,where he dropped a slew of Hit singles,Videos and collaborations.He dropped “Ozo” with Slim brown last month and the song is more or less an Album filler.

6)      Orezi

Someone told me Orezi was the going to be the next D’banj,and that was in 2010, I was like OK. Fastforward to 2012,and Orezi dropped the Video to his “Freestyle” Booty Bounce which is quite big I must add,but nothing more after that came out of him in 2012,other than appearing on blogs for acquiring new Tattoos.( He Dropped “What Is the Need” in September, but honestly, What was the Need for that track ? )

7)      M-Trill

Trilla dropped one of the Top Rap singles of 2012 “Aboh”,and the song was well appreciated by his fans who expected a Video next,and another single after that, but sadly it didn’t happen as they envisaged,rather Trill dropped two more singles “Blackout And “Anything with Frank D Nero” ( Though Admittedly he appeeared on quite a number of Collaborations,but that was not enough for someone whi is regarded as the “King Of The South-South” in Many Hip-Hop Quarters

8)      W4

I Don’t know what to say about W4 Kuti,but all I have to say is that he did not live up to the Momentum which his Single “Kontrol” created for him,and his next two singles “Like Fada Like Son” And “La Tan” failed to move the general populace,and he spent most of 2012 dressing up like Fela Kuti and appearing on other Artistes records.

9)      YQ

Many music Industry critics/Watcher/Observers have told me that since Da Grin died YQ Has never been the same, Musically at least,and I somewhat agree. YQ Did not do much in 2012,and Chuddy K who was once touted to be a YQ/Wande Coal Imitation has Surpassed him already.He Dropped “Feel So Good” with Ghanaian Rapper D-Black “Sandalili” With terry G, Injection And “Oni Reason” Last Month ,and all Four songs failed to register in the hearts of the Majority Nigerian music lovers unlike his past songs,and the man who was once hailed to be the “King Of hooks” remained quiet in 2012

10)   Kel

Kel was once arguably Nigerias number one Female MC,but her fall from Peak position happened faster than you could spell her name ,and though she is very talented,on the musical side we haven’t heard much from her in a while,and 2012 was no different though she made a comeback via collaborations on “Wantin” Remix by Zee “Ojukan” Remix by Tupengo and dropped her single “Give it to you” with a Video, Kel had a relatively quiet 2012

11)   Yung Hanz

Once upon a time Warri based Rapper Yung hanz dropped one of the best Albums out of Nigeria in 2012 ,and he dropped “Ojuju Calabar” this year, a single which was pop influenced,and I really liked.He didn’t do any more than that unfortunately till the tail end of the year where he dropped the poorly received “Illuminati”.

12)   Blackface Naija

1/3 Of the Plantashun Boiz Blackface Naija who incidentally is a Fan Favorite amongst the 3 has been the least unproductive member of the trio in the last 3 years,and he started out this year by dropping a couple of songs which I really enjoyed,and a Video towards the tail end of the year,but he unfortunately didn’t make any Noteworthy impact in 2012

13)   Olu Maintain

Some of you may scream Blasphemy on his inclusion , but Olu dropped a Hit Track NAWTI in 2011, and dropped a well talked about Video for the song which featured American Supermodel Natalie Nunn, Can someone with a better memory tell us something else Olu Maintain did in 2012

14)   Dr Sid

Apart from being a member of the Mavin Crew on the Solar Plexus Album ( he had the Worst Song “YOLO” on there ) , and appearing on a handful of Tracks by other Artistes ( Most notable being “Catching Cold Remix” By Tunde Ednut ,and Dropping his Single “Afefe”, Dr Sid didn’t do much in 2012 off his own Strength as a solo Artiste.

15)   Jahbless

Jahbless has remarkable Success last year,and dropped one of the biggest songs “Jor Oh” as well as Brought Nationwide attention to his record Edge Records,and Paved the way for Reminisces Success This year( In Our Humble Opinion ).Jahbless dropped “Uku Uku” With Reminisce in September,and the Song trended in Lagos for the Whole day.That was the most Jahbless did musically this year ( And A Little more ) to our utter Chagrin.

Three Most Covered Nigerian Instrumentals 2012

1)       Oliver Twist By D’Banj

2)      Kukere By Iyanya

3)      Gaga Crazy By Chuddy K

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