By Obinna Ifechi-Fred
Nigeria is the most populous Black Nation on Earth, and accounts for one in every 5 Black people in the World, so it is only right that Black American Musical Artforms like Hip-Hop Music,Soul, Jazz (Technically all American Music is Black Music except Country Music, but that’s another Article ) and the likes, would have Nigerian-Americans performing and recording those genres of Music.Since the early 70’s Artistes like Sade Adu, Shirley Bassey, Shola Ama and Seal are notable Britons of Nigerian Origin who were critically acclaimed in different Genres of Black Music.Fast forward to the present day, one of the most famous American Rappers today is Wale, someone lovers of Nigerian Urban Music would be well familiar with , not only because of his collaborations with Artistes like Wizkid, Ice Prince and Don Jazzy, but also because he wears his “Nigerianess” on his sleeve, and sometimes Raps over Nigerian Instrumentals as he did with No One Like You ( when he Rapped over the Beat of a song by Nigerian Pop Acts P.Square ).However Wale is not the only Nigerian-American Thriving in the States, and this Article serves to Unearth these Talented individuals who have managed to emerge in a very competitive Market, and make themselves known, as well as to make them familiar to Fans of Nigerian Music who visit this Website frequently.Some of you may be well familiar with Tyler the Creator as an American of Nigerian heritage, but some of you may not know the other 10, so check out the full list below and get Hip.
OG Maco ( Real name Unknown ) is one of the Newest Rappers to break out of Atlanta Georgia with his Viral Hit U Guessed it ( which is currently at 28 Million Views on Youtube ) .He is signed to Quality Control Music, The Same label that houses the Atlanta Trio Migos, and is owned by legendary Atlanta Music Mogul Coach K Who is responsible for the discovery of Artistes like Young Jeezy And Gucci Mane.He has been compared to Mystikal and is making a Name for himself in the Atlanta Trap Scene.He is of Nigerian Origin, and confirmed that in an Interview with American Hip-Hop Magazine XXL.He Credited his Nigerian Father for his diverse scope of Music in his Rolling Stones Interview.He is also a Member of OGG ( Originality Gains Greatness ) Crew, A Rap collective which he formed in 2014.
OG Maco – U Guessed It Video
To Listen To More OG Maco, Check out
- OG Maco (2014)
- Breathe (2014)
2) Phil Ade
Phil Ade, Born Phillip Adetumbi is a Hip-Hop Artiste born to a Nigerian Father and a Grenadian Mother, in Washington DC United States, and has been making a name for himself in the DMV Area of the United States as a Seasoned Hip-Hop Artiste.His talents caught the attention of Renowned Singer Raheem DeVaughn, who signed Phil as the first Artiste on his Label 368 Music Group in 2010.Though he hasn’t scored a Major hit Track yet, the 26 year old Rapper is respected among core Hip-Hop heads, and heralded as one of the new Acts to watch from Washington DC Alongside Fat Trel, Yung Gleesh,Shy Glizzy And Goldlink.
Phil Ade – Outskirts Video
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- The Letterman Mixtape
Sonny Digital born Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke who is the CEO Of Sonny Music Group, and is signed as a Producer to Universal Records is Currently one of the hottest Producers in The United States Of America.Some of his high profile production credits are Birthday Song by 2 Chainz and Kanye West , as well as Same Damn Time By Future.He is currently one of the Younge Hip-Hop producers in the states who has contributed to creating a renaissance of young beat makers, along with the likes of Metro Boomin, Jhalil Beats, Hit Boy And Young Chop.The 24 Year old Producer, whose big break was the 2011 hit single Racks by YC And Future has worked with Major Hip-Hop Artistes in The United States, Like Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Wale, Rick Ross And Gucci Mane.His latest hit is the Grammy Nominated Track by Atlanta Artiste Makonnen Tuesday which features Drake.
Sonny Digital Interview on American Radio Hot 97
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- 2011 – Digital History, hosted by DJ 1Hunnit
- 2011 – Behind the Muzik (with Will A Fool), hosted by DJ Iceberg & DJ Pretty Boy Tank
- 2012 – Gorilla Zoe World (with Gorilla Zoe), hosted by Trap-A-Holics, DJ Smallz & DJ Nando
- 2013 – Forbes Atlanta (with Que), hosted by DJ Scream & DJ Spinz
4) Tyler The Creator
Tyler Gregory Okonma better Known as Tyler The Creator is an American Rapper and Producer of Nigerian Heritage, born and raised in Ladera Heights California.He is one of the Founders, and leader of the Odd-Future Collective an Alternative Punk Rap Collective, which includes Rappers and Producers, such as Earl Sweatshirt, Mellow Hype, Domo Genesis and Singer Frank Ocean.Though he stated that he has never met his Father, and Considers himself a “Bastard” ( which was the name of his first Album ) he still relates with his Nigerian Heritage, and Rapped about his Dad on IFHY ( I Fucking Hate You ) off his Sophomore Album WOLF.
Tyler The Creator – Tamale Video
To Listen To More Tyler The Creator, Check Out
- Bastard (2009)
- Goblin (2011)
- The OF Tape Vol. 2 (2012) (with Odd Future)
- Wolf (2013)
Jidenna Mobisson who is known by his Mononymous Stage name Jidenna is an American Musical Artiste and Performer who is signed to Wondaland Records, which is owned by American Soul Singer Janelle Monae and distributed by Epic Records.He is the Son of Nigerian Scientist, Professor and Activist Oliver Mobisson, who is credited as the first Black African to design, build and produce indigenous personal computers. He was also a founding Professor of the Anambra State University of Technology.His new single Classic Man Featuring Roman GianArthur is currently making waves in the United States of America, and he just released Yoga, A Track where he performed alongside his Label Boss Janelle Monae.
Jidenna – Classic Man Featuring Roman GianAuthur Video
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6) Kami De Chukwu
Kami De Chukwu is one of the Young Underground MC’s in Chicagos Vibrant Hip-Hop Scene, A Member of SAVEMONEY Crew, which is led by one of Americas hottest Rappers Chance The Rapper, and is also home to Vic Mensa who collaborated with Kanye West On Wolves.He is known for his Gritty, Heavy , Aggressive and Grimy Hip-Hop Lyrics, and doesn’t toe the more popular “Drill Music” route heralded by the likes of Chief Keef, and Lil Durk.He has been touted as the most Lyrical in the crew, and his Light Mixtape is a Favourite amongst lovers of Underground Hip-Hop.He is also a Member of the Duo Leather Corduroys with SAVEMONEY Crew Member Joey Purp.
Kami De Chukwu – I’gnant Video
To Listen To More Kami De Chukwu, Check Out
- Light Mixtape
7 ) Fat Tony
Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu known to his Fans as Fat Tony is an American Rapper of Nigerian origin based in Houston Texas.Though He is a Four time winner of The Houston Press Best Hip-Hop Artiste Award , an accolade which he won consecutively from 2008-2010, and in 2013,.He was introduced to huge fanbase of Rap Heads, following the Release of ASAP Rockys Breakout Mixtape Live.Love.ASAP, As he was featured on The Track Get Lit,He has also Worked with Underground Rappers like Kool A.D Of Das Racist , Murs,Despot as well as Respected Rapper Bun B From UGK .He was compared to Andre 3000 of Outkast, following the release of his 2013 Album Smart Ass Black Boy , which was written in 2 Days, and produced in 4 days, and is respected in the Houston Hip-Hop Scene.
Fat Tony – No More Video
To Listen To More Fat Tony, Check Out
- RABDARGAB (2010)
- Double Dragon (2012) with Tom Cruz
- Smart Ass Black Boy (2013)
8) Michael Uzowuru
24-Year Old Michael Uzowuru aka Uzi is a Nigerian-American Producer,who was born in Southern California.He is affiliated to The Odd Future collective, and made his name as a Producer by working with some of the Hot Young Up and Coming Rappers in his City, most notably Vince Staples.Following the release of his 2012 Mixtape Winter In Prague, a Collaboration with the aforementioned Vince, his stock rose throughout the independent Music world.He also produced The Track PRE Off Earl Sweatshirts Critically acclaimed Album Doris.He has released several beat Tapes, and is close friends with Vince and Earl.
Michael Uzowuru Interview
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- Space is the Place (2010)
- The Mellowest Trip (2010)
- No Need For Sense (2010)
9) Lil O
Ore Magnus Lawson aka Lil O aka Da Fat Rat With Da Cheeze is a well respected Nigerian-American Rapper born in Lagos Nigeria and raised in Southwest Houston Texas.He is an Original Member of The Legendary Houston Collective Screwed Up Click which was heralded by DJ Screw the Originator of Screwed And Chopped Music Alongside Artistes like Trae Tha Truth, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Lil Flip And ESG. Though he was neck deep in the street life as a Youth, selling Cocaine in the streets of Houston, he managed to Graduate with a Bachelors in Business from Xavier University Houston, and went on to forge a successful Rap career.In 1997, he was so Popular in the Houston Underground Rap Scene, that he featured A Young Beyonce , and her group Destinys Child on his Local Hit Can’t Stop in order to help their Popularity at the time.Though he has not been able to top the success of his 2001 Album Da Fat Rat With Da Cheeze which sold over 100,000 Copies independently, he has still been releasing Mixtapes, And Singles, while continuing to collaborate with Houston Artistes like Z-Ro And Bun B.
Lil O – Can’t Stop Featuring Destinys Child Video
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- 1999: Blood Money
- 2001: Da Fat Rat wit da Cheeze
- 2003: Food On Tha Table
10 ) Illacoin
Josiah Coker aka Ilacoin is an American Rapper/Producer of Nigerian Descent.He is the Grandson of Royalty and the Son of Nigerian Immigrants who Migrated to New York City in the Late Sixties.He is a Cousin to Actress Fatima Faloye of New York Undercover Fame, and God Brother to Shaka Zulu the Founder of DTP Records who is responsible for Making Ludacris a Worldwide Hip-Hop Superstar.As a Youth, he was friends with A Young Puff Daddy, Mike Tyson And Doug E.Fresh , and was respected and recognized as someone with an Ear for Music, which would lead to him sharing studio sessions with Jay-Z While he was recording his debut Album, and lending his Opinion to Tracks such as Dead Presidents and Can’t Knock The Hustle.He has worked with Respected Hip-Hop Artistes like Sadat X, And Lord Jamar ( Both of Brand Nubian ).He is currently affiliated with Damon Dash’s DD172 and is currently working with Artistes like Shabaam Sahdeeq, Smoke Dza And Ron Browz.He produces under the Moniker “Mint God“.
Illacoin Featuring Sadat X – Keep It Street
22 Year Old Cozy Osagie aka Cozz is the latest Artiste signed to American Rapper J.Cole’s Dreamville Records.Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles in the United States of America, he is poised to follow the blueprint set by new left coast Rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, YG, Schoolboy Q and Ab Soul.His Gritty , Honest and Reflective brand of Hip-Hop Music is fuelled by his talent of poetry and clever style of dropping punchlines and metaphors as well as weaving intricate street tales, as was evident on his debut release Dreams. Which was the song that persuaded J Cole to sign him to his label which already houses MC Bas.Having been featured in the famed Show and Prove segment of American Hip-Hop Magazine XXL, Its clear Cozz is on his way to the top, and should be supported by the Nigerian Hip-Hop community, not because he is Nigerian, but because he is one hell of an MC.His debut Album Cozz and Effect is in Stores right now.
Cozz – Knock Tha Hustle Featuring J.Cole Video
To Listen To More Cozz, Check out
- Cozz And Effect