The Nigerian music industry is a place where friendships and Beefs exist on the same plane. Artists in the industry are not shy to speak their mind against who they don’t like.
Beefs are born from Ego and the competitive natures of human. Whether it’s a battle of supremacy or superiority over wealth and riches, quality of music or other factors, there is always going to be the existence of bad-blood among two or more music artistes in the Nigerian music scene.
Some of these ‘beefs’ always shake the whole industry and even cause fans to go against each other both on the internet and outside of it. That’s how serious ‘beefs’ can go in the Nigerian music Industry.
The Nigeria Music Industry has enetered another era with everything about it evolving from sound to the players (Artists, Producers, Labels), which is why we are taking a look into the iconic beefs that rocked the industry in the past decade.
Reminisce vs Vector
Reminisce and Vector are very good at their game but back in the days, they had a disagreement both Lyrically and in Personality, resulting in tracks which geared up the beefs.
In January,2012, Reminisce released two tracks titled IF ONLY and 2much off his failed debut album “Books of Rap Stories”. In the intro of 2much, he said, Reminisce in the building, O Ta Lenu (It’s spicy), Legendury beat.
In February, 2012, Sauce Kid who would be later known as Sinzu featured Vector in a track titled kitchen street, it was produced by Legendury beat too.
Vector used the opportunity to throw some jabs at Reminisce who in return went to Sossick’s studio at Isolo,and did a one minute reply to him.
Vector initially didn’t reply him,he only threw sublimes at Reminisce via the micro blogging site Twitter.
In June, 2012, AQ featured Vector on a track called distraction, a track which was motivated by Don Jazzy interview with Hip Hop world Magazine where he (Don Jazzy) urged Rappers to sing in other to appeal to a larger audience. Vector dedicated his whole 16 bars into dissing Reminisce
Though a few years back, they both settled their differences, and Reminisce was on the Remix of “King Kong” and likewise Vector featured on the Baba Hafusa Album. It is all good with these two artistes.
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Tiwa Savage Vs Yemi Alade
This could probably pass for the biggest female beef the music industry has ever experienced.
Both Yemi Alade and Tiwa have been slotting it out for the position of the number one female musician in the nation and the continent in general.
Yemi Alade has tagged her self “Mama Africa” while Tiwa has tagged herself “Number 1 African Badgal” which has further fulled their rivalry and their battle for supremacy.
The feud between them properly started after Yemi wrote on her Instagram page saying Tiwa’s body shape is not as she portrays it to be. She said she even wears something to make her ass look attractive.
Seeing her post, Tiwa reacted by posting some of her pictures showing her shapes and curves to downplay Yemi Alade’s claims, this resulted to exchange of words between the two songstresses’ fans.
The two reportedly reconciled their differences when Tiwa Savage headlined 2019 Flytime Music Festival and brought Yemi Alade to perform with her on stage.
However, till date, fans of the two still clash on Twitter with Yemi Alade’s fans accusing Tiwa of blocking them whenever they post something about Yemi.
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Olamide vs. Don Jazzy
The epic rivalry between the biggest label giants in the industry, YBNL and Mavin Records is one of biggest beefs to happen in the music industry.
The beef began when Mavin Records artiste, Reekado Banks, was announced winner of the 2016 Headies next rated award.
For some reason, this didn’t go down well with YBNL boss, Olamide. When he came up on stage with his crew, he expressed his frustration about the issue, dropped the microphone on stage, and disposed of his signature red cup.
Later, Don Jazzy also went up the stage and made his own comments referring directly to Olamide,
” Erm…Egbon Olamide, erm….if you want the car, come and collect it.”
This speech prompted Olamide to declare war on Don Jazzy on Twitter.
Apart from heralding 2016 Nigerian celebrity fights, the fight was remarkable for obvious reasons. This includes the fact that former President Olusegun Obasanjo also tweeted about the matter.
The beef also gave rise to the #LEAVETRASHFORLAWMA, hashtag which trended that year.
Billionaire business magnate, Dangote, had to intervene in the matter.
The two have since reconciled their differences with Olamide earlier in 2020 proclaiming Mo’hits records, a label which Don Jazzy headed as the best thing to happen to Nigerian Music Industry.
P-Square Family Feud
One of Nigeria’s biggest music exports, Peter and Paul Okoye aka PSquare went from being an almost unbeatable music group to being solo artists.
Drama started when Peter, who is the most outspoken of the duo, called out his elder brother and manager Jude, on Twitter over alleged poor managerial skills, especially in the last four years. After a series of tweets and altercations, Peter fired Jude on Twitter. However, this decision didn’t go down too well with Paul who had obviously taken sides with Jude and this led to the temporary breakup of the duo.
Peter took on a new identity as MR. P and similarly, Paul, who by now preferred to be called ‘Rudeboy’. The two are said to have reconciled their differences.
However, their elder brother Jude made it known in an interview that there is no hope of P-square ever reconciling.
Davido VS Wizkid
Arguably the most popular beef in the history of Nigerian music. Wizkdi and Davido have been at loggerheads since they both established themselves as the biggest music exports of Nigerian music some years back.
Even their fans have not been left out in their beefs as they always like to create arguments to establish who is superior between the two.
One of the issue they had in the past is when Davido expressed his anxiety on social network as the world famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo followed him on Instagram network app, Wizkid on the other hand hung out with ace American rapper “Future’ in an event thereby tweeted a direct attack on Davido saying ‘The ‘Future’ you see is better than the ‘Footballer (Ronaldo) you don’t see’ making a direct swipe at Davido for celebrating Ronaldo’s IG follow despite not seen him yet.
Davido however replied him with an epic clap back tweeting that ‘The footballer you don’t see is better than the Drake that never came closer’ making reference to the absence of Drake in Wizkid Come closer music Video.
Although there have been moves to always bury the hatchet by the two superstars like they did when both artistes performed at eachother’s concert in Lagos in December of 2017, the beef still finds away to resurrect.
The two have since resolved their problems but comparisons still exists big time.
M.I Abaga and Vector
This is still the freshest beef and one of the most interesting beef to happen to the music industry.
In 2019, M.I and Vector set the Nigerian rap scene on fire as they went at each other in with a series of diss tracks which led to social media arguments on who the better rapper is.
The M.I vs Vector beef dates back to 2018 when Vector responded to M.I Abaga on Cool FM’s ‘Midday Oasis.’ He thought M.I was wrong for recording ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives.’ Before then, they’d appeared on songs together but never featured each other.
Both rappers are ambassadors for two competing brands that have sponsored rap cyphers which both rappers have used as a platform to throw jabs at each other.
On January 10, 2019, M.I made his biggest claim yet to the rap throne. He orchestrated the highly pleasing and enjoyable Martell Cypher and called on his 100 Crowns brethren, AQ and Loose Kaynon to send messages to Vector. Loose Kaynon was the first. He rapped, “Washed up rappers turned pop want to son Hip-Hop artists…”
This led to subsequent diss tracks from the two with the main ones being Viper and Judas The Rat.
The two still haven’t reconciled but earlier in 2020, Mayorkun released an extended playlist that features three remixes of his smash hit-song, Geng and in the Nigerian version, M.I Abaga and Vector both featured on the track.