The Yoruba music world has some amazing Yoruba rappers who use their language and culture in their music.

Yoruba Rappers
Yoruba Rappers

These rappers are special because they mix traditional Yoruba sounds with modern rap to tell stories and share their thoughts.

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From singing about old tales to talking about what’s happening now, these rappers are popular and loved for their music.

Let’s take a closer look at these talented artists and why they stand out in the Yoruba rap scene.

In this list, we’ll talk about the top five best Yoruba indigenous rappers.

No. 5: Davolee

Davolee, born Shokoya David, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter recognized for his distinct fusion of indigenous rap and modern hip-hop.

He rose to prominence following his participation in the 2017 edition of the indigenous rap contest, “The YBNL Mafia Family,” organized by Nigerian rapper Olamide’s record label, YBNL Nation. Davolee’s musical style frequently incorporates elements from his Yoruba heritage and upbringing, endearing him to a growing audience within the Nigerian music scene.

Known for his unique blend of indigenous Yoruba rap and contemporary hip-hop, Davolee’s music often reflects his cultural background and upbringing.

Notable Songs: Among his notable tracks are “Festival Bar,” “Way,” “Crossing,” and “Pepper.”

Collaborations: Davolee has collaborated with various artists in the Nigerian music industry, including Olamide, Zlatan Ibile, and Masterkraft.

No. 4: Kabex

Kabex, born Kabiru Oladipupo Adewale, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter known for his unique blend of indigenous rap and contemporary hip-hop.

Raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Kabex developed a passion for rap music at a young age and gained attention in the music scene with his viral freestyle videos and impressive rap battles.

He is renowned for his sharp and witty punchlines and is recognized for his conscious and thought-provoking lyrics, often addressing social issues and political matters in his music.

Some of Kabex’s notable songs include “Destruction,” “Ilekun Ayo,” “Jalopi,” and “State and Capital.” He has collaborated with various artists within the Nigerian hip-hop scene, including Oladips, TROD, and Jaido P.

No. 3: Oladips

Oladips, whose real name is Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, is a Nigerian rapper and songwriter celebrated for his unique style and energetic delivery. He gained attention in the Nigerian music scene after winning the D’banj’s “Koko Mansion” competition in 2011 and rose to prominence with his cover of Reminisce’s “Local Rappers” in 2015. Notable songs by Oladips include “Chache,” “Lalakukulala” featuring Reminisce, “Maybe,” and “African Beauty.” Throughout his career, Oladips has collaborated with various artists within the Nigerian music industry, including Reminisce, Davolee, and Mayorkun.

No. 2: Reminisce

Reminisce, also known as Alaga Ibile, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter known for his distinctive style and contributions to the Nigerian music industry.

Born Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, Reminisce gained recognition in the music scene with his debut single, “Ever Since,” in 2008, and rose to prominence with his debut album, “Book of Rap Stories,” in 2012.

Notable songs by Reminisce include “Kako Bii Chicken” and “If Only.” Renowned for his versatile style, Reminisce blends elements of indigenous Yoruba rap with contemporary hip-hop and Afrobeat influences.

No. 1: Olamide

Olamide, also known as Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter who has made significant contributions to the Nigerian music industry.

Born Olamide Adedeji in Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria, Olamide gained recognition with his debut single, “Eni Duro,” in 2010, and has since become one of Nigeria’s most influential artists.

His versatile style encompasses various genres such as hip-hop, Afrobeats, and indigenous Yoruba rap, and he is celebrated for his clever wordplay, catchy hooks, and energetic delivery.

YBNL Nation: Olamide

Olamide is the founder and CEO of YBNL Nation (Yahoo Boy No Laptop Nation), a record label that has served as a platform for nurturing and promoting talented artists in Nigeria, including Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, and Fireboy DML.

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