Everything has a past. The industry has a past. There was a time when there was no Olamide, no Davido, no Tiwa Savage, no Burna Boy. But, still, there were many other talented chaps who served us hits, and made us exclaim “what a time to be alive!”
Well, today, we’re throwing back ten hits from the back in the days. And we’re sure you’re gonn’ bang ’em all, and it’s gonn’ bring back some nostalgia. So, quickly, in no particular order.
Paul Play Dairo – Angel Of My Life
Paul is the son of highlife legend, IK Dairo, and his venture into music, was quite successful, too.
“Angel Of My Life” remains his biggest hit, ever, and one of the classic RnB songs Nigeria will ever get.
PSquare – Gimme Dat
The defunct P-Square, were a sensational duo, in the industry, back then. They were steady dropping hits, shutting down concerts, and re-shaping the culture. They did Afro-pop, RnB, dancehall, and just about any genre you could think of.
The track, “Gimme Dat” was off their “Double Trouble” album, and it was a big hit, nationwide. The video which was posted in October 2010, currently has 7M+ views on YouTube.
“She’s on fire, eh eh, oh oh oh oh, she no dey tire…”
M.I’s “Talk About It” was a revolutionary piece, in many ways. Apart from the fact that it schooled rappers on what a hip hop album should look like, it also towed the unconventional collabo path (M.I knows how to choose who he collaborates with).
Far back as 2008, see how Wizkid could deliver on a hook!
D’banj – Why Me
D’banj was the Wizkid of his time. He was comfortable with the music, and he made hits effortlessly.
“Why Me” is off his 2006 sophomore album, “RunDown Funk U Up,” and it was a big banger. With a relatable storyliner, and catchy hook, D’banj captured the whole scene with this!
Wande Coal – Bumper to Bumper
Wande Coal is super-talented, and he’s a great musician. He signed to Mo’ hits in 2006, and dropped the love song “Ololufe” one of the hottest classics, ever.
And, then, there was the club anthem of 2009 “Bumper To Bumper,” everybody was banging it at that time. You just had to follow Wande spend his money!
Eedris Abdulkareem – Jaga Jaga
Eedris, though considered by many as a whack rapper, was one of the pioneers of what would now become “hip-hop” in Nigeria. He was signed to Kennis.
He’s even more notorious for his 2004 hit, “Jaga Jaga,” a song that aptly criticized the way things were going under the Obasanjo-led government. The song was banned, and consequently Eedris’ career dwindled.
But, you know “Jaga Jaga” was already a hit. Everyone could sing it!
Banky W – Ebute Metta
Banky W has been doing his music lowkey for years, before the smash hit “Ebute Metta” came, in ’08.
“Ebute Metta” was a remix of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,”and it preceded the now-classic “Mr Capable” album.
RuggedMan – Ehen
Yes, we know Mode9 is the most lyrical and M.I changed the rap game, but long before that, Ruggedy Baba came. With “Ehen,” he scattered the rap throne that was chaired by whack rappers, like Eedris Abdulkareem.
At a time when Keke Ogungbe’s Kennis held a monopoly on the industry, RuggedMan came and changed everything. He dissed ’em all on “Ehen,” before people like SauceKid, M.I and Mode9 came and breathe fresh air into rap. Respect!
Shank – Julie
The only thing that is left of a once promising artist, called Shank are throwbacks.
“Julie” was one of the hits the dancehall art gave us, and it rocked the airwaves in ’11. Everytime we ask this, and we’ll still keep asking, where is Shank?
General Pype’s “Champion” was a big hit, too. And it was an ode to Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, who broke his record in the 100m race, that year.
The remix was loaded. A verse from the late Dagrin, “Kini Big Deal” rapper, Naeto C, Vector tha Viper, and Nigeria’s foremost femcee, Sasha P. Champion thing!
Which of these throwback hits are you in love with, right now?