1) 2FACE IDIBIA: The Benue-born artiste has proven to be talented. His lyrics are always filled with inspiration. ‘African Queen’ by Innocent Idibia remains one of the best contemporary love song Africans/Nigerians have heard. Even when he sings about love or women, he does not make it childish or vulgar. There are better ways to talk about women and their beauty or love without bothering us with silly analysis of the female anatomy.
3) BLACK MAGIC: I almost gave up the thought that Nigerian artistes springing up like mushrooms from all angles could make a song without discussing boobs and butts till I heard ‘Pass You By’ where he featured Oritsefemi. The Delta State-born rapper said some real stuffs on that track which only those who appreciate good music can understand. Comparing the sense in such lyrics with those of an artiste like Lil Kesh is like compaing Manchester United with Warri Wolves!!! At least, for once, we were spared the usual ‘butts and boobs stories’.
4) MODE 9: Moddie has been killing it with his inspirational lines for a long time. He might not be making waves like some commercial folks presently but his songs are what you can relate with as one who appreciates rap music. I can’t forget that track, ‘Elbow Room’.
5) MI: The plateau born rapper really changed the perception of rap music in Nigeria. He continued from where people like Mode 9, Overdose, Terry the Rapman, etc, paused. This is one Nigerian artiste whose music goes beyond butts and boobs…let’s appreciate truth when we see one.
6) DARE ART ALADE: I don’t know if Mr Alade has considered the fact that vulgar languages/words won’t fit into the rhythm of his songs but I know he does music that inspires the mind; one which does not centre on vulgar things.
Other notable artistes include:
1. Burna Boy
2. Banky W