Celebrifacts’ “TOP 10 MOST GIFTED NIGERIAN RAPPERS” Based On Facts & Figures

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RAP means Rhythmically Applied Poetry, it is not just a genre, it’s an art, therefore there are certain rules, laws and basic factors that guide and determine how good at the art you are.

Based on this, we at CELEBRIFACTS have gathered the most popular factors that make a good rapper and graded some of the best rappers out of Nigeria against these factors on a scale of 1-5.

Hence our “TOP 10 MOST GIFTED NIGERIAN RAPPERS” list! Find the factors and how your favorite rappers score below, then finally the list itself based on their individual cumulative scores. Enjoy!

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1. Lyrical Content: Figures Of Speech

It’s a lot of words filling up each 16 bars. The content in there and construction of these words are a half of what makes up a rapper’s style. Messages in a song’s content could be best expressed artistically through figures of speech like similes, metaphors, word plays, hyperboles, etc. In hip-hop, these are referred to as “Punchlines”.

A rapper don’t necessarily have to master all figures of speech, but being highly skilled in at least two puts you on a higher pedestal than rappers who drop lame lines (straight sentences).

Modenine – 5

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4.5

Olamide – 3

Sauce Kid – 4

Ice Prince – 3

Phyno – 3.5

Ikechukwu – 3.5

Jesse Jagz – 3.5

Naeto C – 2.5

2. Content/Subject Matter: Staying In Context On Songs

Some rappers you’ll rate as “wack” are actually good, problem they have is they stray on songs too much! The ability to pick a topic for your song and perfectly deliver on it without straying to other topics just to beef up your content makes you a master of the art.

Modenine – 5

MI – 5

Vector – 3.5

Olamide – 3.5

Sauce Kid – 3.5

Ice Prince – 3

Phyno – 4

Ikechukwu – 3.5

Jesse Jagz – 3.5

Naeto C – 3

3. Delivery: Flow/Clarity/Diction

This is what makes up the second half of a rapper’s style. Having a rap delivery that is unique to you is what gives you your own niche and identity. If your flow is top-notch, diction is exemplary and you’re clear enough for your audience to hear? That’s a good rapper!

Modenine – 4

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4

Olamide – 5

Sauce Kid – 3.5

Ice Prince – 4

Phyno – 4.5

Ikechukwu – 3.5

Jesse Jagz – 3.5

Naeto C – 4

 

4. Versatility

A rapper that can bend in numerous directions and still be original is bound to hold your attention a lot longer than one who is rigidly facing just one direction, because the possibility of him boring you is slim when he’s able to switch from for example, story-telling to battling, to flossing, to love-rap, to party-rap, etc.

A versatile rapper can be featured a hundred times, on different songs from different genres, by any kind of artistes, and still deliver without sounding like he was struggling or sounding too rigid on the song.

Modenine – 1.5

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4.5

Olamide – 4

Sauce Kid – 4.5

Ice Prince – 4

Phyno – 3

Ikechukwu – 4

Jesse Jagz – 4

Naeto C – 4

 

5. Commerciality

In business-environments/record-label-offices, this comes before anything else. It’s not so respected in hip-hop but at the end of the day, it’s a rule we all have to obey. In business, you don’t put money on a product that won’t yield returns, so why should anyone put money on an artiste who isn’t connecting with his own market?

The ability to keep it real and still be able to sell your music is what cements your status as a successful rapper.

Modenine – 2.5

MI – 5

Vector – 4.5

Olamide – 5

Sauce Kid – 4

Ice Prince – 4.5

Phyno – 4

Ikechukwu – 4

Jesse Jagz – 3

Naeto C – 5

6. Sound

Some really gifted rappers have come and gone without having so much to show for it. This isn’t because they’re not good, but because they kept spitting on the wrong beats! The beat is the foundation on which the song lays. It’s mostly the first thing that catches your ear/attention so if it not the right one for the song, it can neither connect the way it should nor stand the test of time.

Selecting the right beats for songs is a step in the right direction but the big picture itself is not just selecting the right beats but selecting the right beats all the time! That’s how you create your own sound.

Modenine – 3.5

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4

Olamide – 4.5

Sauce Kid – 3.5

Ice Prince – 4.5

Phyno – 4

Ikechukwu – 3

Jesse Jagz – 4.5

Naeto C – 4.5

7. Originality

Rap music is a conscious genre which relates directly to people and what they go through, therefore most times the kind of songs you make are a reflection of who you really are. How much of yourself do you put in the music? Or perhaps how much of things you feel the people want to hear do you put in the music?

Yes, you should be able to make money by finding a way to commercialize your sh*t but then when you’re all about what the people want to hear rather than what you feel within you, you don’t stand for yourself therefore don’t deserve to have a following.

Modenine – 5

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4

Olamide – 5

Sauce Kid – 4

Ice Prince – 4

Phyno – 5

Ikechukwu – 3.5

Jesse Jagz – 4.5

Naeto C – 3.5

8. Longevity

One hit single don’t make you a good rapper, neither does one good album/mixtape. The ability to go from one album or mixtape to the other and still maintain or even surpass the standards you’ve set for yourself on all the elements of being a good rapper as listed above, is what makes you a rap LEGEND.

Modenine – 5

MI – 4.5

Vector – 4

Olamide – 3.5

Sauce Kid – 4

Ice Prince – 4

Phyno – 1.5

Ikechukwu – 4

Jesse Jagz – 3.5

Naeto C – 4

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CELEBRIFACTS’ TOP 10 MOST GIFTED NIGERIAN RAPPERS”

  1. MI – 4 and a half mics (37 points)

  2. Olamide – 4 mics (33.5 points)

  3. Vector – 4 mics (33 points)

  4. Modenine – 4 mics (31.5 points)

  5. Iceprince/Sinzu (Sauce Kid) – 4 mics (31 points)

  6. Naeto C – 4 mics (30.5 points)

  7. Jesse Jagz – 4 mics (30 points)

  8. Phyno – 3 and a half mics (29.5 points)

  9. Ikechukwu – 3 and a half mics (29 points)

 

 

This list was compiled by www.celebrifacts.com. You can follow on twitter @celebrifacts for more fun discussion.

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36 comments

  1. When you don’t listen to real rap, SDC (Real Recognise Real) won’t be on the list. I don’t want to use cuss words but I eventually will. Where’s Poe? Where’s Boogey?? Where in the world is Godwon??? Where the fuck is Beazy???? Cos they don’t have as much fame as they’re meant to yeah? You must be kidding me. Who cares if they’re famous or not? If they deserve it, you put ’em on it. Olamide will come with club song, repeat the same thing in more than 3 songs & you will open your mouth & say: Oh God! That boy can rap. Trying to play Wizkid. After all, he wishes he’s Wizkid . You only want to listen to songs you can dance to. You only want to listen to songs you can understand, You only want to listen to Kindergarten Nursery Rhymes related songs where you’ll easily get the words & not try to get to the root of their lines. You only want to listen to what you want to listen to & also base your stuffs on popularity. Fucking biased creeps. Mode9 till date is fucking overrated. I don’t give a flying fuck if you put Mode9 on No.4 cos that shit is an average of your rating. You wished he was No.1 definitely. Jeez!! You retarded fucktards need to make researches before you post stuffs on here. Brainless bitches!!!!

  2. This in my own opinion is the best list ever.very analytical and precise even though I still feel sinzu aint all that. But with the analysis I accept.

  3. Its a shame! Nigerians are blinded. If Boogey is not on your list, then you are sleeping. you listen to tempo and beats. i listen to rap because of the concept. the message the rapper passes across. Whats your definition of Gifted?? Olamide says some crap only yoruba’s can relate to. I have no problem with M.I, MODO And sinzu. But please go check the meaning of Rap and also the meaning of Gifted. Ice prince is just death ways. Quest for money has brainwashed him. Your rating is based on NJO’s stupid list. I think if you take your time to listen to mix tapes and study the words, you would just get it. I believe the person that wrote this, doesnt listen to rap Music.

    Its Nigeria Anyway, Anything is possible.

    @Clintonspel

    1. Ogbeni, they didn’t rate the rappers based on just the “concept of their message” they pass across. They were rated based on so many factors if you actually took your time to read the article. So grab a seat! By the way, who tha hell is Boogey? Doesn’t ring a bell at all! Nice move, trying to promote him!

  4. please how do you prepare a Top 10 Gifted rappers list in Nigeria without BOOGEY and KAHLI ABDU even GODWON. Do you really know RAP? Go listen to BOOGEY Sanctum and tell me any song thats better than that, listen to Damage Control, listen to ARTificial mixtape album

  5. @clintonspel…gistville is absolutely right, the rating is not base on just the concept or whatever, And talkng aboout Boogey, the guy is yet to proof himmself.The only time hav heard about him is when modo feature him in DEAD PREZ in the album OCCUPY THE THRONE.But He try sha for that particular rap
    song.

  6. The list is better than the first nonsense one by NJO.although I feel jesse jags is underrated he is a good.and for those of you calling all those other guys please we are talking about guys that the industry has recognized not just any rapper!

  7. I think this list is makes more sense than the first NJO’s list buh still lack so sincere and accurate facts. no doubt MI should be number1 Olamide should not be number2 iceprince should be number 6 or even 7 Sinzu number4 ikechukwu9 and phyno10 rearrange the list anyway una try.

  8. Rap is not a science, it is an art. No one (including notjustok, celebrifacts, MTV, Source etc.) can authoritatively say one rapper is better than another. It is just one person’s or a group of peoples opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.

  9. well the list is cool but where is ruggedman and terry tha rapman, naeto.c is suposed to be the number 3 hater pls go listen to his songs I dnt mean commercial songs like 5&6

  10. pls this list needs to be rearranged. SDC,XO senavo, yung6ix pls go listen to six ‘oclock. boogey,abdul khali & loose kaynon. shud be there. rap is not meant for clubbing . rap is all about poetry. modo is being overrated. ruggedman and terry tha rapman were supposed to mentioned as far as modo is there. ICEPRINCE IS AN ABOKI WACK just listen to watery fire of zamani

  11. Nice going, but where did you guys leave Eldee the don? If you ask me,even guys like Joe Spasm shd be on this list instead of say olamide. Again, I honestly think some, particularly Jagz and phyno belong much higher up on this list.

  12. i prefer jessejagz rap to iceprince…bt due to other requirement iceprince scored higher therefore making higher up than jessy.

    the list made sense
    olamide baddo

  13. Quite the annoying list… Your analysis is watery; go n look at how reviews or analysis are written on jesusfreakhideout.com for instance. Then come back n write something with more substance

  14. where is terry d rapman abi him name 2 long? wea is pherrow if u wanna put a yoruba rap artist reminice is far beta dan olamide

  15. jesse jagx jago is the best….if yu want to argue, bring songs dat u think can compete with the ff. tracks; pedal to the floor, bed of roses,louis,supply$demand,how we do and The case. mode9 is overrated and jago is highly underrated by the 9ja industry. I dont know why

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