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Naija Hip Hop

Since arriving in Nigeria I have hardly listened to any music in my extensive music collection except for a few new Nigerian songs. Two of them, featured below, are stuck in my head all the time. It didn’t help much that when we went to Lagos, the hotel we stayed at for one night had a late night pool party where they switched off playing “Implication” and a terrible house mix of “Put Your Hands Up in the Air” for an hour straight.


Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face has been writing and singing since 1996. He is from Jos, Nigeria. A good friend in the States introduced this song to me this summer and I’m glad he did because when I tell my Yoruba peers I love ‘Implication,’ I get a little street cred. Believe it or not, most of this song is in English. I had to look up the lyrics to decipher most of it though.

28-year-old identical twins, Peter and Paul Okeye, also known as P-Square were born in Jos, Nigeria and have been moving up on the African hip-hop scene since 2004.

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