The 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria

Post by Demola OG, August 23rd, 2013

Within the time span of Summer 2012 and Summer 2013, several new artists have made their entrance into the music scene. Some have made a lot of noise with their music, but only a handful of artists really had us putting their songs on repeat, making noise when a song came on and made serious impact between the aforementioned time period.

The list below is a True, undiluted run down of the Artists that shaped, defined and led music among Nigerian consumers in the past year.


10. Burna Boy

Like To Party is a testament that you can catch a hit record without following the typical music format that rules the airwaves in Nigeria. Burna Boy appeared to have come from nowhere after “Like To Party” became an overwhelming hit all over Lagos and most parts of Nigeria, but the reality is that he has been dropping music since 2011 and finally caught his biggest hit in 2012. Burna then went on to deliver a quality video for not just his first single off the L.I.F.E album but for his other strong and widely accepted singles such as Tonight and Run My Race which were produced by Aristokrat in-house producer LeriQ.

9. Timaya

The Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa is still very relevant in the grand scheme of things. After replacing his in-house producer K-Solo with Young D, his sound became more full of youthful energy and translated seamlessly among the more modern audience consuming Nigerian music today. After releasing what most of us call a banger in his “Shake your Bum Bum” single in 2012, it was a required song that had to play at least twice at any given night. Then he went drop other extra catchy singles titled “Sexy Ladies”., “Club on Fire”, “Malonogede” and solid party album UPGRADE.

8. Ice Prince

After the huge success of Oleku, and the launch of Ice Prince‘s debut album in 2011; the critics felt like it was a fluke. However, Ice silenced them with Aboki and a number of fierce freestyles. When it comes to most sought after rappers in Nigeria or Nigerian music around the world, Ice Prince definitely leads the pack and has been able to package his flow and hooks properly for commercial success. He also confirms that he is the ‘best rapper singer surely’ on TRUTH; a recent freestyle he released earlier in 2013.

7. Olamide

Truth be told, Olamide has been putting in quality work since Young Erikina. However, it appears that he started flooding the streets with music in 2012 even before his album dropped and after the success of Ilefo ILLuminati and First Of All, Olamide continues to drop heat until this day from Rayban Abacha to the more popular , Durosoke and Baddo Love.

6. Iyanya

Although Iyanya was all over the gossip sites due to his many unsuccessful relationships, Iyanya definitely dominated Nigerian music for a good period in 2012. His Kukere single took him to a level he had never been before so he and his MMM group team took full advantage by dropping another overwhelming single, “Ur Waist” ft Emma Nyra which kept him up there with both feet rooted deep. In addition, he recently added more fans to his base after touring the USA and UK during the Spring of 2013. It is agreed among many top promoters and DJs in the States that Iyanya’s USA tour has been the most successful among most Nigerian contemporary artist tours in the past 5 years.

 5. 2face Idibia

The most loved and respected artist in the Nigerian music industry, 2face Idibia did his rounds last year and killed the airwaves with his hit single Ihe Neme off his most recent studio album Away and Beyond. He then went quiet in the beginning of 2013 to prepare and participate in his wedding and honeymoon. Happy Married Life, Sir!

4. Wizkid

The StarBoy himself who has a well of talent and unnatural work ethic when it comes to things of music, stayed very relevant all through 2012 with the massive single Azonto and a plethora of good songs he has dropped with his new Starboy producers Legendury Beats and Maleek Berry. Although his name was mixed up among rumored conflict with EME, the label he is still signed to, he has managed to continue to drop hits and stay very relevant even on the international scene after dropping notable tracks like Drop It ft Wale and Blown Away with Angel.

3. Davido

If you ask most club and party goers what the hit of 2013 is so far, majority of them will probably say Gobe. Davido blew everyone away with the 1st single off his 2nd studio album and continues to drop strong singles such ask Kalo Konnect and One of A Kind. His most recent single Skelewu which dropped barely over a week ago is already on its way to claiming National Hit status. Davido has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in the industry and continues to disappoint the naysayers.

2. D’banj

Who God has blessed, no man can curse; that is D’banj‘s story. Although he has not dropped any overwhelmingly engaging track in 2013; he killed everything with Oliver Twist in 2012 from going mainstream in the UK, to getting a Malibu worldwide placement deal for Oliver Twist song. D’banj continues to be one of the most relevant and distinct artists in the continent of Africa. D’banj is a true entertainer and anything he says, drops or headlines (in terms of shows/concerts) usually attracts a huge amount of people because we know that we will be entertained.

1. P Square

The Twin Kings of Africa!!! The Okoye twins are in a league all by themselves and continue to maintain their winning position. They brought us the massive Beautiful Onye and Chop My Money remix both last year and destabilized every huge plan any artist in the continent had of dominating the music scene. P-Square then went on to drop the killer visuals for Alingo and in 2013 delivered another widely accepted single and video Personally.

P-Square Personally occupies the #1 Spot on the “10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria” list as carefully and objectively selected by the notjustOk Team.

Worthy Mentions

1. Banky W

The EME boss decided to go back into the studio after playing executive role in grooming Wizkid and Skales as solo artists. Mr W blessed us with 2 strong singles Yes/No and Good Good Loving and displayed to us the true essence of R&B with his 3rd studio album, R&BW.

2. May D

After the P Square and May D separation, May D  dropped the visuals for another solid single, Gat Me High after which he released So Many Tinz produced by Fliptyce before releasing his debut album on his newly formed Confam Records in 2013.


KCEE, who had dropped 2 singles Okpekete and Give it to Me ft Flavour which were attempts at scoring a hit single, pleasantly surprised us all after Limpopo was released in 2013. He successfully gave fans what will probably end up being one of the top 3 songs of 2013, and followed it up with his new single Okoso.

4. Tiwa Savage

Ms. Tiwa Savage who recently got engaged and scored a well deserved Pepsi endorsement deal in 2012, remains relevant in the music scene and finally released her highly anticipated debut album, Once Upon A Time in 2013. “Eminado” (featuring Don Jazzy) is quickly becoming a fan favourite.

5. Flavour

Flavour is like the Rock Star of Nigeria who has been touring the world for majority of 2013 from his concerts in Australia, sold out show in Burkina Faso, USA Tour and a Cameroon tour coming soon. He also dropped some powerful singles like Ada Ada, Shake and Chinny Baby.

Well, there you have it. Do you agree with our list? Have your say below.

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118 Responses to “The 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria”

  1. papalz says:

    Sincerely, I think the list were fair, but I feel wizkid is beter nd bigger nd davido,most of the comment below shows that most of you guys didn’t read what was written, they selected hit songs from 2012, oliver twist honest was a huge success both locally nd internationally, don jazzy nd dbanj did a job weLl done. Tiwa hasn’t seen her period, she living on past glory, uur broda banky is more of a business man than a muscian, he sings just to stay relevent

  2. ff@damson says:

    ℓ̊ Don’t even knw ђãt 2 say abt dis motherfucker list…… 1st pages…….#just passin by…

  3. I believe notjustok actually meant "10 Richest Artists not Hottest". Na hyping jare…well,dem gats chop too sha. Wetin d'banj &iyanya dey sing…rubbish.

  4. kyeee says:

    This is crap,how can flavour not be in the first 3 of the list.

  5. Yinkus says:

    WANDE COAL must be listed among the 10 hottest artist, so this list is falsch.

  6. Ola says:

    My. 1 psquare, 2 tuface, 3 wizkid, 4 Davido, 5 olamide, 6 ice prince, 7 w cc, 8 burnaboy, 9 iyanya, 10 dbanj. Thank you.

  7. D Guy Wey Sabi says:

    Where is our Short able Nigerian Lyricist,M.I,Mr Incredible.

  8. starboi says:

    I think the list is ok,except 2 baba,of course he is a legend but he has been off for more than a year,he is just gettin d props he doesn’t deserve,I think olamide should have moved higher,mehn dat guy is a beast,then flavour should be on olamide’s position and of course reminience should get a mentinon,tiwa is just hype joor,I think she should av stayd with 323 ntertainment,I will definately pick davivo above wiz,its not abt d quantity but the quality of ur song besides that the list is very okay….

  9. Tolu Oduntan says:

    now i quite agree with this one

  10. Michael says:

    1 p square 2 wizkid 3 d bang 4 olamide 5 davido 6 inyaya/flavour 7 timaya 8 burna boy 9 2 face 10 ice prince. Most underated 1 Banky w 2 wande coal 3 mi 4 reminisce 5 jesse jagz 6 phyno 7 chidima 8 ikechuwku 9 skales 10 sauce kid

  11. john says:


    I put this up according to their perfomances in the last 12 months,hits and party jams

  12. kelly says:

    this is the best list u can ever think of in nigeria, right now!!

  13. thelast king says:

    d list are not bad but i believe pheno as not make a convincing statement so far why insisting on pheno, he is still an upcoming act so far, wande coal is one of d most talented act dat needs to wake up 4rm his slumber, to take his rightful place

  14. gnice says:

    Dbanj is like a music error without donjazzy and shud not make the list at all all his post donjazzy songs are total nonsense excpet for the one he did with timaya and dats becos timaya gave him a platform to ride on

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    • seun says:


    • seun says:

      do you even listen to yourself, nigga park well. what has don jazzy produced this year that is close to being ok. oga park well.

    • YQool says:

      Stop being an Idiot, making comment about peoples carrear based on ur tiny ignorant Mind. D'banj still one of the best Artiste Nigeria ever Produce and He's the most Sought After…. Learn to be more civil and Stop bringing the Kind of Discussion you have in Paraga Joints to a Platform like this

  15. Toksalove says:

    Nice try, but Nationally and Internationally, if you are talking HOTTEST artists in 2013,

    1. Wizkid (too many hits; his fans are so consistently loyal everywhere worldwide)
    2. P-Square (don't really send them, but I have to be fair with the list)
    3. Davido (consistent hits, focused, pretty hot)
    4. Olamide (that durosoke was baaaad, people are really feeling him this year)
    5. Iyanya (kukere just gets you on your feet)
    6. Flavor (has to be on the list na)
    7. Ice prince (Na my Aboki, congrats on BET Award)
    8. Banky W (YES/NO, for the ladies)
    9. Jesse Jagz (has the hottest album of the year)
    10. Tuface (Baby Mi da with Victor Olaiya video is one of the best videos this year)
    11. Chidinma (Emi ni baller video)
    12. Reminisce (creative, talented)
    14. Wande Coal
    15. D-Banj

  16. Lord Mel says:

    All of y'all making stupid lists, they said hottest artist not favorite!

  17. @DJKokoTesta says:

    My Only Opinion #TheList 1. @Iamdbanj , 2. @Wizkidayo, 3. @2faceidibia 4. @Psquare 5. @iam_Davido 6. @Iyanya and The List Follows the order from 7. Olamide etc..

  18. blinco says:

    Where ȋ̝̊̅ڪ mc sweetheart he should have been among the list his walangolo ȋ̝̊̅ڪ too hot

  19. rachealobini says:

    1 WIZKID ( caro and jaiye jaiye)
    2 DAVIDO (skelewu and gobe
    3 OLAMIDE ( durosoke turn up)
    4 PHYNO ( obago and ghost mode)
    5 CHIDINMA ( eminiballer)
    6 YUNG6IX ( first class and one tweet)
    7 DAMMY KRANE ( exteristics)
    8 NOBODY———————-
    9SKALES ( take care of me )
    10 TEKNO ( holiday )

  20. makula says:

    THIS ofe mmanu things is somehow ooo flavor should be first then u talk about others cos wen u meant hotest is both street and radio visual

  21. sapientia xb says:

    faze should be among the first five for follow your mind, aka chuwku etc

  22. D'Bank is my favourite!!!

  23. Ralph says:

    This is what happens when they ask for Nigerians opinion on an issue… Y’all should take a chill pill and have several seats… How are you benefiting from any of this musicians? Of all those bombing In the north which one of them have gone to help people displaced from their homes… Yet we all clamor their names like they’re God… Remember when there was an earthquake incident at Haiti any one of y’all wanna say you didn’t see what American musicians did to help… Abeg fuck all dis naija stingy mudafuckers. I don’t expect anyone to buy my opinion so don’t think of replying me…

    • fd62kola says:

      i usually hate insulting ppl on the net, but for u i make an exception. my brother are a big fool. r u seriously comparing what happened with Haiti, a nation-wrecking NATURAL disaster, to terrorist attacks? do you even have common sense? oya what should d'banj or psquare do? make a video cajoling Boko Haram to calm down and make the world a better place? or should they hold a free concert for the terrorists? or they should donate money to those deceased every single time a terrorist sets off a bomb? are they your government or are they just civilians trying their best to entertain you? bros go and fck yourself.

  24. j9ice says:

    i think is ll abt davido ooooooooooo.plz letit be jor oooo the guy is too much jor

  25. nehlydia says:

    some of them buy talents

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