#TheList Season is back!
A couple of years ago, notjustOk.com kickstarted a “Top 10” trend which was eventually nicknamed “The List” by artists, fans, OAPs and Nigerian music listeners in general. The different lists compiled by the notjustOk Team – particularly the “Most Gifted Rappers” list – caused a stir across the industry and it was certainly an exciting period for artists and fans alike. For that reason, we decided to make it a yearly thing.
We’re fully into the final quarter of 2015, and in the last 12-15 months, we’ve witnessed the growth of several superstars with hit songs, tours, endorsements and more.
The 10 Hottest Artists in Nigeria 2015 list takes into account the hottest names in Nigerian music from the last quarter of 2014 till date. For the rest of the week, we’ll systematically reveal all 10 names on #TheList.
Be sure to continue refreshing your NJO homepage to see who’s next.
The Skales story is one of the most remarkable ones in the Naija music industry over the last few years. From being the “forgotten man” at E.M.E and allegedly getting dropped by the label, to becoming independent, and then signing with Baseline Records, it has been a story of perseverance, hard work and straight-up hustle. Skales didn’t walk into stardom; he bruised his way through, and ultimately earned it.
After releasing several singles (mostly misses), the hit finally came in 2014: “Shake Body“. That song did some major damage in the final quarter of 2014, and then got bigger and bigger both home and abroad in 2015, even going as far as being the intro song on the Snapchat Live Story/Event for Jamaica a few months ago. Not only that, American superstar Alicia Keys put up an Instagram post vibing to “Shake Body” with her husband Swizz Beatz. There’s way more evidence of international recognition for the lad, but I’ll save you guys the stress of reading a long epistle.
Throw in the fact that Skales‘ debut album – Man of the Year – was well-received, with at least 6 videos in rotation, and countless features, then you see why Skales deserves to be among The 10 Hottest Artists Nigeria 2015.
Je Kan Mo
Always ft. Davido
Ijo Ayo ft. Olamide
If you missed it earlier, Watch Skales‘ latest video for the song “Lo Le” off the Man of the Year album.