Emeka Akumefule, known professionally as Blaqbonez, is a Nigerian rapper signed to 100 Crowns, an imprint of Chocolate City
Blaqbonez was 13 years old when he discovered he could rap, and his journey into music was a result of happenstance. He self-discovered his talent while listening to the radio with his cousin when the song of a 12-year-old rapper was played.
His cousin liked the song and challenged Blaqbonez to come up with his own lyrics since he liked criticizing rappers. A few minutes later, he had enough bars for a verse, and that was where it all began.
Though his parents were not in support of his newfound hobby he secretly pursued his passion. While in school, he dropped his first project, Hip-Hop in Blaq, and participated in competitions.
Blaqbonez grew up with his mother and obtained a degree in Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University.
Blaqbonez started exploring his rap skills very early, and at 16, came 1st out of over 3000 rappers in Nigeria, who participated in Terry tha Rapman’s Zombie competition.
He was featured on Terry’s album World Domination alongside Olamide, Vector (rapper), Mode9, Spellz which was released in 2012. Five years later, he featured terry that Rapman on one of his projects.
He emerged 1st runner-up in Nigerian rapper, Vector’s king kong competition, won the Rhythm FM Freestyle Fury and became RhythmFm’s artiste of the month, became the Hennessy Vs class captain, part of the Soundcity blast Cypher.
He also released his much talked about mixtape CTAT “Cssette Tapes and Tvs” grossing over 60,000 engagements in streams and downloads, which is his third mixtape, following “hip-hop in blaq” and the “unfinished EP”.
In 2019, he was profiled by The New York Times as one of the new guards of Nigerian music. He is widely known for his controversial self-proclaimed status as the “Best Rapper In Africa” (abbreviated as “BRIA”), which became the most talked about topic in the Nigerian hip hop space between July and September 2019.
In an interview, he said his “Best Rapper In Africa” proclamation was a response to a diss track and need to wake up other rappers in Nigeria.
Blaqbonez has a total of EPs and one Mixtape to his credit.
In 2018, Blaqbonez released his eighth EP, “Bad Boy Blaq”, It was released as part of the L.A.M.B project, a series of three hip hop albums that attempt to reawaken Nigerian hip hop.
The EP was executively produced by M.I Abaga and released through 100 Crowns, a label imprint of Chocolate City. The EP was the last of three releases and was preceded by M.I Abaga’s A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl (2018).
The in 2019, he released “Mr. Bombastic” his ninth EP. A day before the release of the EP, Blaqbonez released the promotional single “Jesus Is Black (Letter to Kanye West)”.
In it, he tells Kanye West to postponed the release of his ninth studio album Jesus Is King, which had the same release date as Mr. Boombastic.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is Blaqbonez from?
Blaqbonez is from the South East region of Nigeria. Though he bears an Igbo name, grew up listening to Yoruba and Urboho.
- How old is Blaqbonez?
Blaqbonez is 24 years as of 2020. He was born in 1996.
- What is Blaqbonez’s net worth?
Blaqbonez Net worth is yet to be estimated.