The Igbo tribe is a race known for its persistent hustle and eminent success in all they dare delve into and rap music has really felt the impact of the race in all ramifications.
Today, Obindigbo.com.ng is recognizing the top 5 Igbo indigenous rappers that have really done a great job in putting the race on the map and are making waves in the Nigeria music industry.
This list is not just for rappers of Igbo Origin but rappers of Igbo Origin who are so proud of their mothers tongue that they Kill beats in the native language.
Yvonne Akuabata Ogbuogu Aka STORMREX is an amazing songstress that hails from Enugu state Nigeria.
That the group, Desperate Chicks is officially disbanded is no longer news. However, a member of the defunct group, Stormrex is leaving no stone unturned at dishing out delicacies to her numerous fans.
Signed on Phyno’s record label “Penthauz”, Stormrex has been regarded as the Queen of new school Igbo music by her fans.
4) Zoro SwagBag
Owoh Chimaobi Chrismathner aka Zoro SwagBag was born on the 20th of March 1990. He hails from Awgu in Enugu state. Without saying much, tracing back to the music archives he’s the rapper on the massive hits Owu sa gi, Safe journey and more recently.
He dropped a resounding joint that instantly became the Enugu state anthem: 042, followed by other unique singles like, OTU state of Mind and Usain Bolt. Zoro is not just good but he actually eats rap music with Igbo Language.
His flow is solid, and even better is his ‘slowed down’ flow that makes you hear and digest pretty much everything he’s saying… of course given you understand Igbo.
Tobechukwu Melvin Ejiofor, popularly known by his stage name Illbliss is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist, stage performer, business man and owner of the managing outfit The Gorretii Company, same company responsible for Chidinma and Phyno, among others.
Also known as Oga Boss, Ill Bliss was a member of the now defunct Hip Hop Group – Da Thorobreds. The group, consisting of other notable hip hop artistes like Elajoe, Obiwon , Amaka and B- Elect, copped the award for the Best HipHop song by a group/duo at the 2006 edition of Hip Hop World Awards for the massive radio hit “Streethop”.
2) Splash (Genevieve Nwadinma Ogbuewu)
Genevieve Ogbuewu a.k.a Splash is a young rapper from Ebonyi State, who – despite holding a degree in English Language from Ebonyi State University – has enormously represented the Igbo race via her music.
The young rapper began her music hustle when she relocated to Lagos a few years ago and worked with top music labels.
Splash made a huge “splash” literally when she dropped her single, “Church Agbasa”. Suddenty there was a female that could flow very well in Igbo.
Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson (born 9 October 1986), better known by his stage name Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper and record producer, who started his musical career as a producer in 2003. He is known worldwide for rapping in the Igbo language. His debut studio album, “No Guts No Glory”, was released in 2014. It produced the singles “Ghost Mode”, “Man of the Year”, “Parcel” and “O Set”.
Phyno is slowly becoming to the Igbo hip-hop movement. With a solid debut album, Phyno has shown that he can potentially stay consistently good for years to come.