Top Nigerian Street Anthems that dominated the last decade
Top Nigerian Street Anthems that dominated the last decade.
In this edition of Throwbacks, Mp3bullet.ng compiles a list of addictive Nigerian Street anthems that dominated the airwaves and got people dancing.
Years ago, the street hop movement was birthed as a result of the merging of Afropop and indigenous rap.
Faster beats characterized this sound, which was faster than conventional uptempo Nigerian pop tunes.
The tempo can fluctuate today, but the gritty, witty, spot-on lyrics that defined the music back then are still present.
Street hop songs with trap infusions, Amapiano components, Dancehall, and even RnB with the vivid storytelling that is typical of Nigerian music continue to remain popular on Nigerian streets.
It is obvious that Nigerian street music has had some of its brightest days in the last decade, thanks to the experimental and fluid nature of new-age performers.
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Here are a few of the best Nigerian street anthems from the last decade.
Bobo – Olamide
Olamide released Bobo in 2015, which was one of the songs that helped to birth street pop. Bobo held the streets under lock and key for a long time with its signature dance step, shakiti bobo.
Efejoku – Lil Kesh ft Viktoh
Efejoku was known for being a party starter and was one of the most groovy music to come out of the last decade. Efejoku, which was released in 2016, is one of the most authentic song delivery, with both performers displaying an astounding degree of flexibility.
Fada Fada – Phyno ft. Olamide
Fada Fada, which was released in 2016, is one of Nigeria’s finest street anthem collaborations.
Fada Fada was a hit for many obvious reasons, with an Igbo and Yoruba rapper delivering bars in two separate Nigerian languages, appealing lyrics, and an up-tempo music.
Penalty – Small Doctor
Small Doctor’s funky hit single Penalty, released in 2016, is about making money and spending it excessively. Penalty won The Headies for “Best Street Hop” in 2018 with the catchphrase “if you no get money, hide your face.”
Able God – Chinko Ekun Ft. Lil Kesh x Zlatan Ibile
Able God was released in 2018, and the phrase “no more insufficient funds” became a catchphrase throughout the year. It was also behind the Able God challenge, which went viral on Twitter and Instagram and catapulted artist Zlatan into the spotlight.
Wetin We Gain – Victor AD
Victor AD released Wetin We Gain in 2018 after appearing on Erigga’s 2017 smash song Motivation. In the song, AD has a conversation with God, asking him to remember him and bless his labour.
Legbegbe – Mr Real
With its characteristic beat and accompanying dance step, Legbegbe is arguably one of the songs that influenced the Shaku Shaku sound.
Legbegbe, which means “side by side” in street slang meaning being pickpocketed, was released in 2018 and sparked a lot of debate, with some camps alleging it was inspired by Seun Egbegbe, a Nollywood actor accused of attempting to steal nine iPhones from Computer Village.
Tesojue – Reminisce
Tesojue, Reminisce’s 2014 hit, was an instant street favourite the moment it dropped. Despite criticism for its filthy lyrics, Tesojue became even more popular thanks to its catchy hook “wa fe ku laleyi” and steamy video.
Soapy- Naira Marley
Naira Marley released Soapy, his sixth song of the year, only days after being freed from prison in 2019.
The song drew a lot of criticism, with many people questioning the meaning of the lyrics and labelling it as “dirty.” Soapy was a slang term for jerking off, and it was followed by the soapy dance move, which sparked controversy and was labelled obscene.
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KPK – Rexxie ft. Mohbad
KPK was one of the most prominent slang terms in 2021, as well as one of the most popular tunes. KPK, with its Amapiano undertones and addictive road bounce sound, was one of the hottest street songs of 2021.