Even though women have functioned as integral to the growth of Hip-Hop, rap has always been a male-dominated genre. In Nigeria where hip-hop struggles to avoid succumbing to the mainstream, up-beat genre of Afrobeats, the ratio of female rappers thins out more. However, in recent days, women are demanding inclusion through hard work and their brilliant skills. Check out these rappers who are working hard to construe female representation in the Nigerian music industry.
This 24-year-old Lagos-based rapper is fierce with her rap game and she makes it unequivocally clear that she is around to spice things up in the hip-hop scene. Also known as Seddy, SWaWD (pronounced S-God) is contributing to the redefinition of music in Nigeria, not just as a female representative but as an all-round artist. She ditched her law career to focus on music full time. Her first single, “Like Me” featuring howdidjesse, properly announced her entry into the music industry. Since then, she has dropped other jams and an EP titled Savage Bitch Juice. In her music, she is assertive and confident, boldly discussing issues surrounding female empowerment, sex, money, and love.
Candy is a quintessential figure in the blokeish genre of street-pop. Only 22 years old and she has amassed a number of hits, accolades and worked with big shots in the industry like Naira Marley. Born Akiode Blessing, Candy Bleakz has been around for quite a while as she released her first single, “Blessing Sky”, in 2013. Juggling both school and music, this Chocolate City Music signee continues to thrive. She calls herself a dragon and expresses this persona in her music. Her debut EP, Fire, recently released in June, 2022, features many great songs and “Tikuku” leads with its catchy lyrics and frenzied beats. Her style is one that is distinct for its rich concoction of Yoruba, street slang, and Pidgin.
Favour Ugochi Anosike, known professionally as Ugoccie, is one of the young acts redirecting the efficiency of TikTok towards the trajectory of her career. She became really visible after the release of her viral song, “Do You Really Like Me”, which was a cover to Rotimi‘s “In My Bed”. After gaining nationwide attention, she went ahead to release a remix of the song, this time, featuring Nigerian indigenous rapper, Kolaboy. She weaves the Igbo language as a predominant motif in her music and that’s what gives her music peculiarity. Packed in her discography are singles such as “No Wahala”, “Obi Cubana”, “Breakfast” featuring Phyno, “Close For The Day”, and others.
Famed for rapping in a mix of Igbo and Pidgin, Daisy is as fiery as the firecracker which she is mostly associated with. Christened Anurika Happiness Mgbodim, the Dreamspace Entertainment signee, Daisy, is a certified rapper, but she does not limit herself to just one genre. She glides from Hip-Hop to R&B and Pop. Her debut EP, Firecracker, is a tangible expression of her versatility. She has appeared on DJ Jimmy Jatt’s freestyle show, Jimmy’s Jump Off, alongside another one convened by street-pop rapper, Slimcase and those appearances helped boost her visibility.
Bisola Olugbenga, popularly known as Aunty Rayzor, is a Lagos-based Nigerian rapper. Her music identifies mostly with the Afro Street-pop genre. Aunty Rayzor is regarded as one of the hottest fast-rising talents in Nigeria because of her adept ability to mix in sexually explicit lyrics with rhythmic street beats to produce bangers. She has collaborated with major artists like CDQ and worked with other contemporaries like Debby Sugar, Candy Bleakz, and Kabex. She has dropped great singles like “Kidnap”, “Awake”, “Alright”, etc.