Top Ten Irrelevant Diss Tracks in the History of Nigerian Hip-Hop Music.
By Obinna “Fazillion” Ifechi-Fred
Hip-Hop is a Contact Sport like Ice Hockey – Modenine
Since the inception of Hip-Hop Music in the South Bronx New York City, it started off as a survival of the fittest activity. The best MC in the crowd was the person who could make the next MC look as weak as possible just by dissing him, and at the same time Exalting himself in the process. In simple terms, Battling an MC has always been a way to prove a point in Hip-Hop Music as well as step up to the plate as someone who is ready for anybody, anywhere and anytime.
As time went on,Rappers started getting paid off Hip-Hop and establishing themselves in the annals of Mainstream Music, the art of battling metamorphosized into a much more violent, insulting, and sometimes life taking artform known as Beef. Rapper take shots at other Rappers, and the other Rapper reply, creating a to and fro exchange of words till one of them is deemed the Winner by the fans, and since then Hip-Hop has witnessed “Beefs” of different kinds, between rival Rappers ( LL Cool J Vs Kool Moe Dee , Jay Z Versus Nas ) and crews ( Def Squad Versus Hit Squad, Bad Boys Versus Deathrown ) which in some cases has spilled off Wax and gotten to the streets resulting in some fatalities ( Tupac and Biggie Anyone ? ).
When 50 Cent dropped How To Rob, he out rightly made it cool for Rappers to diss other Artistes just for the heck of it, victims on the track included Big Punisher, Jay Z (who both replied), Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, and Even Kirk Franklin, and though it was just Comic Relief as Fifty cent explained later, from that point on, it became cool to call out Rappers in Hip-Hop just for the fun of it.( His Boss Eminem dissed a lot of Pop acts while he was coming up, but it was mostly pop culture slaying and Rappers like Insane Clown Posse and Canibus with whom he had personal problems )
Nigerian Hip-Hop Music since its inception has had its own little share of this Diss/Beef aspect of a Culture which has trickled down into our Country over the years and created Hip-Hop acts who can survive in any Rap Industry in the world. The only FULL BLOWN BACK AND FORTH BATTLE in my opinion is the Modenine Versus Ruggedman Battle and the current Reminisce Versus Vector Battles which saw all mentioned MC’s go at their mentioned rivals on records back and forth, however we have a host of Diss tracks which have been released, most of them going unanswered ,and lately I noticed that a lot of these Diss Tracks which I would term Irrelevant have been dropping, hence I was moved to write this Article to compile 10 Diss tracks in the History of Nigerian Hip-Hop Music which were uncalled for, irrelevant and totally unbeneficial to the Artiste who Performed it, and the list is below as follows
10 – MC Skill Tha Preacha – The Funeral Part 1 ( Vector Diss ) 2012
MC Skill Tha Preacha – The Funeral Part 1
Underground Hip-Hop act MC Skill the Preacha put out a scathing diss track to Vector for no reason,and till today we do not know why. This track is irrelevant, because though many people listened to it, Vector didn’t reply him, which makes it dud, and to add to the irrelevancy of this track, the diss is unprovoked. Vector is at an all time high at his career now, and MC Skill Tha Preacha is on the come up, this situation makes me wonder why you should diss a Made MC while you’re trying to be where he is and if your problem with him is that he is “Wack” you’re gonna spend your whole career dissing Wack Mc’s, because they abound in Nigeria.
A) You did a Joint with Tuface and Didn’t Blow / if you was a Suicide Bomber you still wouldn’t Blow / still stuck to the same spot like light poles / even Ice Prince wey feature Brymo went Global”
B) Lanre Your Career is Over Period
A) NO Vector Blew Up, Hes not stuck in the same Spot he was before he did the track with Tuface, as a Matter of Fact, his new Album features Mavado, so what’s the real definition of going Global?
B) His career is actually at the best it has ever been.
Selected Vector bar for This Track – Why you Tryna hate me son / you can’t shake me if I put my palm in your palm – Vector – Don’t Envy Me
9 – Ollydave – Kick against Indiscipline [Choc Boys Diss and Skales] 2012 and Elenu Lo Lenu [Ruggedman Diss] 2010
Ollydave – Kick Against InDISSipline
Ollydave – Elenu Lo Lenu
I don’t know this guy, but it seems he just likes dissing established Artistes for fame, because his two songs I know are diss tracks, One to Choc Boiz and Skales while the other is directed to Ruggedman, let’s start with the Choc Boiz Diss, Honestly that’s the weakest diss track I ever heard, and I’m quite sure he hasn’t met any of the Choc Boiz or Skales before nor does he know them personally, and to make matters worse, the track is just trash, and if someone released this track for me, I would do exactly what the Choc Boiz did, as a matter of fact, I doubt if anyone dissed on this song has ever heard it.
A) Even Skales can’t weigh My Bars
B) Something like the clouds, My Rain (Reign) is gonna stay High / They said ice Prince Album was Hip-Hop, That was A Lie ( ELI )
A) Skales Raps way better than Ollydave
B) What reign exactly are you talking about? And you agreed with them by saying that was ELI, yes, Ice-Prince ELI Album Remains a Hip-Hop Album.
Selected Choc Boyz Bar for the song:- I Got Advice for the Up and Coming Coming Up Quick / Don’t Test Me, Even If You Got Testes I’m A Prick – M.I – Nobody Test Me
Part 2 (Rugged man Diss )
When Ruggedman and 9ice were having a Misunderstanding instead of watching from the sidelines like every other person, Olly decided to initiate a Rofo-Rofo Fight and possibly milk the situation to his favour when he put out Elenu Lo Lenu, another horrible attempt to diss Ruggedman which I felt would end up getting Ollydave more haters and less Fans.
A) Feeling your flows like they on Novacane / I was Ashamed when I heard the shit about Toni Payne / you didn’t have to call 9ice with all your fame / and even your Zain credit finished too what a shame.
A) I’m more ashamed about you that you would indulge in a Gossip that you weren’t invited to
Selected Ruggedman Bar for the song:- Your Dissing Attempts Need Crutches Cuz They Lame – Ruggedman – Banging
8 ) C-Drill – Air You Out (Sauce Kid And Ruggedman Diss ) 2009
C-Drill – Air You Out
Africanhiphop.com Alumni and underground MC dropped this track sometime in 2010 going against Ruggedman and Saucekid, in my opinion if you’re relatively unknown and you want to diss a Known Rapper, call them out by Name, Throwing subliminals at them is like pouring water on a Rock, though he tagged it a Diss track, I saw it as more or less someone who was just a bit sad and frustrated and decided to diss anybody, no personal grievances, just going at what he called “Fake Rappers and Imaginary Gangsters”, and if you want to do that in Nigeria ,you would spend your whole career calling them out, maybe that explains why Drill has faded to oblivion in 2013,and nowhere near reckoning on the Nigerian Hip-Hop scene.
A) Looking for Recognition, Leave Mode Alone
A) Ruggedman and Modenine was the two biggest rap Artistes when their Beef was on
Selected Ruggedman Bar for the song:- Some try to diss me to tempt me / you aint even nowhere near me to match me / but if you ever make it to where I am / I’ll let you see why I’m The Man – Ruggedman – Banging
7 – Chinaydu – 9ice The Ingrate ( Dissing 9ice ) 2010
Chinaydu – 9ice The Ingrate ( The Beef Goes On )
First off, 9ice is not a Hip-Hop Artiste, and Chinaydu made a grave mistake by allowing Ruggedman use him as a Pawn in this Game between him and 9ice, after 9ice introduced Seriki to diss Ruggedman (For Obvious reasons, 9ice cant rap, but did his Yoruba bit “Basssstard” on the track then allowed his RAP ACT Diss another Rapper). Chinaydus Boss can rap and had already put out one track addressing 9ice, because 9ice introduced Seriki, Rugged thought he should introduce his own foot soldier, and Chinaydu agreed. This track is irrelevant, because the beef stopped after this track dropped, 9ice had already Ethered Ruggedman, and nothing anyone said could take the mind of the people off “Bassssstard”. Suffice to say Rugged Records did nothing for Chinaydu and fired him unceremoniously, while Seriki is still on Alapomeji Records preparing to drop his Debut Album, Now tell me who won.
A) yo 9ice You must be out of your mind to think Ruggedybaba The Man that brought you up in this industry would stoop low to exchange childish words with you / stop being a Coward , say what your problem is or shut up, Face your Music and try to fix your broken Marriage”
A) This is the funniest part of this song to me, first off, 9ice worked his way up in the Game by making Good music, Ruggedman featured enough people on that same Album that brought 9ice into the game and they are nowhere to be found today.the irony of Chinaydu telling 9ice to face his Music… This life.
Selected 9ice Bar for the song:- Basssstarrrrdddd – 9ice
6 – Lyrikal – I See Blood ( Dissing M-Trill ) 2010
Lyrikal – I See Blood
Port Harcourt City Hip-Hop Veteran, Tuck Tight Alumni Lyrikal decided to lash out at his former Label-Mate M-Trill from what I understand to be M-Trill acting too proud.This was right after Trill had just won the Award for Best West African Act at the Channel O Music Video awards defeating big names like D’Banj and Tuface Idibia in the process and shouting out Port Harcourt city on the World Stage briging his city to the forefront. The song reeks of frustration, Bitterness and Anger; it did absolutely nothing for the career of Lyrikal, while Trill stays breaking new grounds in the game, Lyrikal is looking for a foothold in 2013 despite his high Lyrical skill, which makes this track definitely irrelevant.
A) I Don’t Like M-Trill / that’s just me being real / let me get my point across you know let the Beans Spill / we was at the ceremony, I just came through with my hommies / we just wanted to have fun you know kick it with the Hommies / I was like Congratulations on that Album on The CD / you was acting high and mighty fronting like you couldn’t see me
A) C’mon Lyrikal, You a Grown Man Dogg, Pissed Off you weren’t Noticed at a Party? Get Serious
Selected M-Trill Bar for the song: – A free Ride Osho free is What the Haters Want / You spit a Verse with my name huh Later on / I see My people Itching, They Hoping I Reply / You see my Money getting better now, Why Should I / As Time Changes Men Turn To Drag Queens – M-Trill – Blackout
5 –Eedris Abdulkareem – Topic of Discussion Featuring KC (Possibly of KC Presh) ( Dissing Modenine and Trybesmen ) 2002
Eedris Abdulkareem – Topic Of Discussion
My opinion is that Eedris Abdulkareem has one of the best Diss tracks in Nigerian Hip-Hop History ( Wackawickee MC’s ) as well as one of the worst. Though this song always gets me laughing, I cannot help but think of how irrelevant this Track is. The story goes that Modenine and Trybesmen were being interviewed by Emma Ugolee on MBI Afternoon Show, And They mentioned something to the tone of “we are Graduates and just make music for fun they added that they would return to their Professions of Study if Rapping dont work” ( Being that the Rap Game was at its earliest Stage then ) and Eedris saw this as a slight at him ( The biggest Rapper then and obviously a College Drop-Out ) then released this track where he dissed them, though he didn’t call their names, Then it was obvious for followers of the Game then who he was getting at, and I bet if Eedris sees the number of MC’s with BSC’s and MSC’s Rapping today, he would admit that this track was not necessary at all.
A) I’m A Lawyer, A Doctor, An Engineer / who gives a damn about what you are? / If you are, what you looking in the Music line / try to get back to making mother proud / you graduated from the University / you can’t even speak English Fluently / Please Mr Engineer, let me employ Ya / So you can fix My Studio Amplifier
A) All I can say is that I’m glad Trybesmen and Modenine Opened the way for what I would call “Smart Rap” and Eedris Couldn’t have grasped the Cultural Impact of what they were doing then, I Guess now he does.
Selected Eldee Bar for the song: – in 1994 you coulda Killed it Men / Its 2012 and its just different – Eldee – Where U Dey
4- Mack Gee – King Of The Jungle Featuring Kokormikor ( Dissing Modenine ) 2007
Mack Gee – King Of The Jungle Featuring Korkormikor
Just like his Compatriot Lyrikal at number 6, Mack Gee, another disgruntled Tuck Tight MC Decided to diss Modenine in 2007.The song was only heard by a few Rap heads and after that Tuck Tight Disbanded and Mack Gee is currently trying to break into the American Music scène. Infuriated by Modenines “King Of the Jungle” which he felt Mode was dissing his crew ( Feeding on your whole crew till I need a Tummy Tuck ), Mack took Modes Beat recruited Kokormikor and rhymed on it not to say he didn’t kill the beat as much as Mode did ( My Opinion ) ,he managed to put himself in the Bad Books of most Underground Rap listening Populace whose Market he and his crew shared with Modenine, and most of whom saw Mode as a Hero, That probably explains the decline of the crew Tuck Tight well as its eventual break up despite the early Momentum the Crew Generated.
A) You dissing Tuck Tight but you don’t spit better Raw / Hardcore, Hip-Hop, Whatever; you’re not just that at all
A) C’mon Mack, Modenine is as Hip-Hop as it can get, I mean he gets a lot of Stick for not compromising his Boom Bap Sound.
Selected Modenine Bar for the song:- Your Beef Track was Nothing But A Missed Call, No Reply / You aint tryna Spit this Raw / Pray That I Diss Y’all, You might just blow / But NO, Imma Keep it wise, you can keep it Gangster – Modenine – the Warning
3 – Kelly Hansome – Finish You Boy [ Dissing M.I ]
Kelly Hansome – Finish You Boy
After M.I dropped his highly successful Album M.I2 in 2010, Kelly Hansome heard the track “Beef” and quickly rushed to the Studio to reply ONE LINE which M.I Directed Towards him on the song as well as add Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz to the line of fire. I Feel that Line ended the Beef and Kelly shouldn’t have released this song which sounds good, but is utterly Irrelevant and unnecessary, considering the Fact that not too long after that he squashed the beef and said he’s cool with M.I While Choc Boys keep making moves and getting bigger, Kelly is still trying to Untangle himself from Keke Ogungbes Tentacles.
A) MI 2 So Dumb, soo many features on the album / Wack tracks the outcome, How come?
A) MI2 Was actually a Very good Album, and the features on the Album complimented it and apart from the Chocolate City Crew, only Tuface, Waje, Flavour and Timaya Featured on the Album, I don’t see how that is “Soo Many”
Selected M.I Bar for the song:- Kelechukwu clap for yourself , Well Done – M.I – Beef
2 – Kay Jay – Reminisce Diss 2012
Kay Jay – Reminisce Diss
In the Rap game, it is never a Good move to enter into a Beef where you have nothing with, in other words, it’s not good to “Buy Market” especially in Nigeria. Even when someone in your crew is dissed, you gotta move wisely, because it could end up derailing, delaying or silencing you. Kay Jay is an upcoming MC affiliated with Vector, and after Reminisce released Ata in reply to the shots Vector sent his way on Kitchen Street, Kay Jay released this song in a way of paying Homage to Vector and defending his “Boss”, but to me he only succeeded in making a Nuisance of himself, and didn’t achieve anything with it as Reminisce didn’t reply him making the situation even more embarrassing. He even shouted Jahbless out when Jahbless isn’t involved in the whole thing,and knowing how close Remi and Bless are, that to me is a Foul move and that’s why it’s the second most irrelevant song in the History of Nigerian Hip-Hop Music
A) Shoutout to Jahbless, This Nigga is a Hype Man / Reminisce what, Hes all Hype Man / Dissing Vector, That was a Wrong Move / My Grandmothers Sister Raps better than You
A) Reminisce had one of the biggest songs of 2011 in Nigeria, I guess that doesn’t qualify him as Jahblesses Hype Man, and Reminisce has never made a Secret of the fact that Jahbless helped him get on So Kay jay What’s the Point ?
Selected Reminisce Bar for the song:- O Ye Rappers, I have Moved On To Greater Things, I Will See Y’all in A Jiffy – Reminisce – Kako Bii Chicken
1- Ghetto P – Big Baby ( Dissing Modenine ) 2008
Ghetto P – Big Baby
Ghetto P didn’t have to work too hard to win the Not-So-Coveted Number one spot on our list of Most Irrelevant diss tracks in Nigerian Hip-Hop History, The Totally unprovoked attack at Modenine Calling him a “Bitch” on the Chorus was simply because Gino Brought Ghetto P to battle Modenine ,and Modenine as an Artiste 3 Albums deep at the point refused to battle and said “Battling Ghetto-P Would be a waste of his time” and Ghetto P took that as disrespect ( Listen to Verse 2 ) then decided to hit back, I’m now going to tell you why this Track is the most irrelevant Diss Track in Nigerian Hip-Hop History.
When Sauce Kid dropped his Classic Money Long Mixtape 1n 2007, off the Strength of his appearances on that Project and his “Product of My Environment” Mixtape advertised at the back of Sauce Kids Mixtape , Ghetto P was undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most promising Young Rappers, but ONE Song messed it all up. Modenine was the biggest Rapper in Nigeria then,and all the doors in the industry were automatically shut to Ghetto P. His Manager Tee Billz ( Tiwa Savages Manager and Fiancée ) who did a little interlude on the song no longer manages him, and to crown it, Ghetto P hasn’t put out any body of work in 6 years.
A I’m the reason why Nigerian Rap all changed / see Ghetto P is more like a Household Name
B you been in the game but you cold and stuck / and you better leave now cuz you old as fuck
C Hip-Hop wasn’t Dead, You’re the one that killed it / It’s nothing, I’m here now, and Imma help rebuild it
A) Modenine is ACTUALLY the reason people like Sauce Kid and Ghetto P received the kind of reception they did when they came into the Rap game , and right now in 2013, Ghetto P still isn’t a Household Name
B) The irony of Ghetto P Telling Modenine to leave the Rap game in 2007, When P Hasn’t dropped a Project till today.
C ) Modenine didn’t kill Hip-Hop, he did the Opposite, and Ghetto P saying he is going to help rebuild Nigerian Hip-Hop is the highest form of blasphemy considering the fact that he is a Dance-Hall Artiste now ( Check HERE and HERE ).
Selected Modenine Bar for the song: – My guy Bone dissing me will only bring you trouble / and seven years of Bad luck or maybe double / under the Rubble is where you feel the Bomb blast / you get a 21 Bazooka salute and a Match past / Now your peeps fly their Flag at half mast / You get Marched like a Harmless Needle / For being dumb enough to dive in a crowd of Armless people / Your Flow is Feeble Whenever you cross the Line / A Stitch in time / Will never save you from Modenine – Modenine – Sounds Of Blackness
In conclusion, American Rapper Consequence said “Diss Tracks Don’t Make No Money” .take a critical look at the list and ask yourself what’s up with some Artistes on this list,where are they today ?In not suggesting that Diss Tracks shouldnt be done, I love them,however I feel Diss tracks are necessary only when you’re called out, and it’s not advisable to jump into another Mans beef without provocation, at least history has proven so.
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