Hip-hop they say is a universal language for hip hop lovers we have been inspired by Talib Kweli, Jay Z, Nas to mention a few. In Nigeria we have also had Modenine, MI and Eldee and a couple of others.In no particular order, here are my biggest 15 hip-hop collaborations that rocked Nigeria.
Nobody Test Me- Jesse Jagz ft Ice Prince & MI
This was a dope hip hop collaboration unifying the 3 Choc Boys to form hip hop alliance the song which was on Jesse Jagz’s debut album Jagz of all trades witnessed this 3 wordsmiths who were at the peak of their powers bringing their A-Game to this track and the truth is really nobody could test them at this time.
Ghost Mode – Phyno ft Olamide
When this two hip hop giants from both the East and West collaborated nobody was sure what will come out of it and whether they will strike gold but the truth is they didn’t strike gold but they hit platinum as this was the beginning of a partnership from the East and the West which led to more collaborations and this song was also on Phyno’s debut album No Guts No Glory.
Local Rappers- Reminisce ft Olamide, Phyno & Chigurl
This was a street anthem as this collaboration between kings of both the East and the West which also had Chigurl lacing the hook saw this 3 MC’s spitting and taking shots at punchline and English rappers stating that they are here to stay The song also won best collaboration at the Headies award earlier this year and was the lead single on Reminisce 3rd studio album Baba Hafusa.
Super sun (Remix) – Bez ft Eva, Eldee Da Don, Ice Prince.
After his supersun single he follows it up with a remix as the alternative singer took an unfamiliar route and put 3 rappers on the remix where all the rappers brought another dimension to make it a hip hop classic and this song was also a lead single on his debut album Supersun.
Marry Me- Falz ft Poe & Yemi Alade
This was a smash hit single off his debut album Wazup Guy as Falz and Poe doing their thing while Yemi Alade played a supporting role with the hook.This was a humorous rap song centred around a girl who is frustrated with her man for not proposing to her after dating for a long time and instead opts for another woman the lyrics in this song make it a memorable rap classic.
Trybal Mark – Trybesemen
Trybesmen were the pioneers of hip hop in Nigeria (The others being SWAT ROOT and Remedies) with Eldee Da Don, Kaboom and freestyle who were the first members of this group and they came through with their smash hit single Trybal Mark which was the song that brought them into the limelight.
This was another group which comprised of Eedris Abdulkareem, Tony Tetuila and Eddie Montana and they came together to do this groovy rap tune titled shakomo the track which earned rave reviews from critics and they also got a mention from Hip Hop World Magazine at that time for this track.
Spazmodic- Mode 9 & Terry the Rapman
This song according to hip hop critics is regarded as the best hip hop collaboration of all time in Nigeria based on just lyrics as both MC’s tried to outdo each other with their timeless bars and punchlines this song was on Mode 9’s mixtape Pentium IX and Terry Tha Rapman’s sophomore album The Rapman begins and a fun fact for you in the video of this song there was an unknown MI Abaga, Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince so you could say this was the making of stars.
Stylee – DJ Jimmy Jatt ft Tuface, Mode 9 & Elajoe
This was a jam for the streets especially in Lagos as DJ Jimmy Jatt enlists Mode 9 and Elajoe to do justice to this classic not forgetting 2Baba himself who had a solid verse and hook to follow up.This song later became the lead single on Jimmy Jatt’s debut album The Definition.
1,2,3 Remix- DJ Neptune ft MI, Naeto C & Dagrin
Another DJ again comes up with another hip hop classic as he recruits MI Abaga, Naeto C and Dagrin (of blessed memory) for this classic rap tune as this 3 MC’s all brought their best display of wordplay,metaphor and punchlines.
Government – Reminisce ft Olamide and Endia
A song off his 2nd studio album Alaga Ibile came this socially conscious rap tune called Government. This was a track speaking of the ills in the society and he had the Baddo himself and Endia on this track to make it a memorable tune and again it’s well worth noting that this song got Reminisce a mention on TIME magazine.
Eziokwu – Lynxx ft Ikechukwu, Phyno & Ill bliss
This was hip hop made in the east as Lynxx sought the help of his fellow Eastern brothers Phyno , Ikechukwu and Oga boss himself ill Bliss to make a street anthem which not only went viral in the east but all over the country.
U know my P – Naeto C ft Ikechukwu
Big boy rap hasn’t felt so good like this 2 MC’s doing it off Naeto C’s debut album which was also titled U know my P Naeto C and Ikechukwu just flowed seamlessly on this song and produced a feel good rap tune.
King Kong Remix -Vector ft Phyno, Reminisce, Classic & Uzi
After a well received original version of King Kong. Vector decided to go one better and do the remix bringing on Penthauze heavyweight Phyno, Babahafusa himself Reminisce, Classiq the Hausa rapper and the last but not the least the fastest rapper in Nigeria Uzi.All of them joined forces to bring forth a dope hip hop joint.
Sample Remix- Terry tha Rapman & Pherowshuwz ft Stereoman
This was a remake of the original sample track by Stereoman. Terry tha Rapman and Pherowshuwz combined to make a dope hip song which was on Terry tha Rapman’s 3rd studio album Boys Are not smiling and the song also got Pherowshuwz an award for the best rap single at the Headies.