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A special edition African hip hop radio show taking it back to 1980′s Nigeria.
Uchenna Ikonne who runs the popular old school Naija music blog with Nigerian music collector Comb & Razor look at Nigerian rap released on vinyl between 1981 and 1991.
The first hip-hop record to achieve widespread popularity in Nigeria was “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, in 1979. Thirty years later, hip-hop is the premier pop music of Nigeria, dominating radio play as well as the sales charts, feted in megabudget videos, glossy magazines and glitzy award shows. When the average Nigerian kid decides to get into the music biz, the first impulse is not to grab a guitar or a talking drum, but to pick up a microphone.
It was a long way from there to here, though. For years, the earliest attempts at homegrown rap were ridiculed, resisted or downright reviled by the mainstream. But they also laid the foundation for the 2Faces, the 9ices, the D’Banjes, Ruggedmans, Modenines and the rest of today’s Naija hip-hop superstars. So here’s a salute to some of the groundbreakers in the first decade of Nigerian hip-hop.
01. Ronnie – The Way I Feel Rap (1981)
02. Dizzy K. – Saturday Night Raps (1982)
03. Dili I. Jukson – Rapp and Checkout Music (c. 1985)
04. Mams & Hart – Pump (1982)
05. Oby Onyioha – Break It (1984)
06. Rapmaster Lexy Mella – On The Air Rap (1985)
07. Super Doeths – Super Doeths (1985)
08. Kingsley Bucknor – You Gotta Keep On Luvin’ Me (Extended Re-Mix Version) (1985)
09. I.C. Rock – Advice/Oge Chi Ka Nma (1985)
10. McDormett – Let’s Hear the Funk (1986)
11. Mike Umoh – Do It (c. 1985)
12. Timi Gawi “3” – Boxing Rapping Show (c. 1984)
13. Rick Asikpo – Beat Jam (1986)
14. Judy Nackix – If I Have the Time (c. 1986)
15. Gee Tagbas – Rap Dazz (1986)
16. Mustapha Amego – Lagos (1990)
17. MC Skidd-O – Message (1992)
18. Emphasis – Which One You Dey (1991)
19. Sound on Sound – I’m African (1988)