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TOP 10 NEXT RATED ARTISTES IN NIGERIA

Posted by Jim Donnett on August 11, 2014 in Editorial · 160 Comments


The music industry is fast growing to become one of the biggest in the world… it actually is! Every soul on planet Earth has associated with a talent whose penchant is housed by the entertainment media. You guessed right! It’s music, majorly. So in Nigeria where we have more artistes than the industry has a capacity to effectively handle/cater for, some have broken boundaries and crossed over to tailoring an art that have gained them recognition. They’ve done this by not resting on their oars, not settling for less… with determination, sheer hardwork, relentlessness and zeal.

TooXclusive presents it’s Next Rated (otherwise known as the next-to-blow) artistes whose celebrity status and career prominence were used as a measure to determine the allotted positions.

1. PATORANKING

Patoranking

Nigerian reggae-dancehall sensation, Patoranking finally made a really big vocal statement the year 2013 with his hit single Alubarika. Since crossing over mainstream into the music industry with Alubarika while as a protege under Timaya’s Dem Mama Records, he got signed on officially to Foston Musik and has released well received singles including the popular Girlie O whose remix featured Mavin firstlady, Tiwa Savage. His most sought-after status earned him features with prominent acts like Seyi Shay on her Murda track as well as a studio freestyle with street-hop act, Olamide titled Bora. Patoranking has also appeared in cameo roles for the videos of other music acts; there’s Shoki by Lil Kesh and Runtown’s Gallardo – all too popular songs with critical acclaim. Indeed, the sky is his starting point!

2. SEYI SHAY

Seyi Shay

This London-born and raised singer has a record of international gigs that are worth her bragging right. Seyi Shay began her commercial career when she became part of a best-selling UK girl group in 2006, then in 2010, she toured with Beyonce in UK for her I Am… World Tour and later got her own MTV reality show with impressive screen ratings. After some location back and forths, she returned to Nigeria in 2011 following a personal conviction from Sound Sultan. Her debut Loving Your Way began her steady projectile course to the top. Since then, she has released singles that have been embraced with open arms by the music media and it’s fans. Irawo won her the hearts of more fans and while we were still reeling from her Ragga Ragga frenzy, she hit us in quick succession with Murda. Ms Shay will be here a very long long time.

3. RUNTOWN

runtown

Runtown’s career success is like a whoosh in time. With a self-titled debut in 2007 and a brief moment of exile, Runtown returned in 2010 with Party Like 1980. Still, no one really was giving him a fighter’s chance till we heard Gallardo in 2014. Gallardo featured HKN lead, Davido and those two hit the correct notes and pressed the right buttons on melodies that have kept him endeared to music lovers and fans. In a short time frame of what now seems like a 5-month comeback, Runtown has paced to the top with a velocity not common to newcomers. His other singles All Eyes On Me, Successful and Domot were received with critical acclaim. Runtown has collaborated with other industry acts like Phyno, CDQ, Timaya, Patoranking, Skales and more as well as a fine selection of producers including T-Spize, Masterkraft and Wizzypro.

4. TEKNO MILES

Tekno

Triple MG’s starlet Tekno is now living the star dream. Since his official signing to Iyanya’s music management company, he’s used the platform to show himself in ways some of us thought impossible. He gathered plenty buzz with his song Holiday which featured O.B.O crooner, Davido and while we began paying him some attention, he raised the stakes with Dance, a track that showed how well he’s honed in the music and dance section. He further showed even more prospect in his features on the label’s compilation album, The Evolution. The budding act has refused to be boxed in or tailored to one art as he’s determined to keep pushing limits by striking a balance in his singer/rapper talent. That aside, he’s a song writer, a producer and a dancer.

5. CYNTHIA MORGAN

Cynthia Morgan

Adding to the shortlist of Nigeria’s new school acts in the reggaeton/dancehall category is the pretty-faced Cynthia Morgan. Cynthia succeeded in clinching a record/management deal from Jude ‘Engees’ Okoye’s Northside Entertainment in 2013 after the success of her Kuchi Kuchi single which was released in 2012. Under this new platform she has released Don’t Break My Heart, Lead Me On and I’m Taken – songs that have not only created and secured her place in the newcomer category but have also enjoyed rotational play on radio and TV frequencies since they hit the media space. Cynthia also shows her versatility in freestyling when she jumps on beats. No doubt, she is talented and must be watched out for.

6. SHAYDEE

Shaydee

Shaydee boi is one very vocally talented artiste. His nightingale-ish vocals can literally strike melodious chords deep down in your heart. His stint with Empire Mates Entertainment though brief, was very well enjoyed. He blessed us with gyration songs from the label’s compilation album such that when the gist about severing ties with the label company filtered in, we soliloquized about what would become of his career. But as expected, Shaydee bounced back from the topsy-turvy affair. He resurfaced with Won Gbo Mi featuring Starboy Wizkid and then gave an early Valentine gift Ti E Nikan. The most talked about of his vocal features will be Seyi Shay’s celebrated track Murda where he lent his vocals alongside Patoranking. Shaydee is also exceptionally skilled in the song-writing art, having penned down the lyrics to chart-topping songs by many a-list acts. Overall, this guy so good… he bad like that!

7. BOJ

BOJ-tooXclusive

BOJ first attained fame from the popular music group DRBLasGidi. Having connected with his musical prospects, he decided to flag off a solo music career. BOJ possesses a [articular uniqueness to his vocal and music styling. His husky tone gives him a different edge over colleagues in the field who combat with tenors of varying ranges. BOJ’s breaking point would be the release of his mixtape BOTM – BOJ On The Microphone where he showed a variety of creative sounds with features from Ajebutter22, Lola Rae, Lynxxx, Efya and more. He’s also worked on collaborations with Dammy Krane, Ozone, ODH and Naeto C as well as some cameo features in music videos. He is currently signed to Asa Asika’s music management company.

8. L.A.X

LAX

L.A.X kick started his professional career in 2011 when he got signed to M2 Records far away in the UK while juggling it with academics at the same time. He had done songs like Pamurege and Ja Ye featuring Ice Prince whose glories failed to live up to expectation but by 2013, he became Wizkid’s first signee to Starboy Entertainment and Caro – his debut feature under the label alongside Wizkid, shot him into beaming limelight. The upbeat track gathered generous buzz and stayed on music/video charts for a long while. The frenzy lingered up till when he released Ginger – another sure club banger tailored after Caro’s success and featuring Wizkid. While it seems L.A.X is comfortable with taking all the time in the world to push his career (and with a platform like Starboy), he intends to keep releasing singles with the sole aim of easing himself gradually into the music world. Most definitely, he’ll be a force to reckon with both locally and internationally especially with his unique style of music. Afterall, it is said that slow and steady wins the race.

9. AYO JAY

Ayo Jay.

Boy wonder, Ayo Jay is one lucky chap to be blessed with a face and a voice like his ‘cos he sure got our attention since he surfaced in the music industry. Ayo Jay joins his other (senior) colleagues who returned from an educational stint abroad to frontline a music career after grueling conviction. His most recent release Available didn’t take long before it found it’s way to the hearts of many young music fanatics, and because he’s had to juggle schooling alongside a budding music career (to which he gave school credence), he may not have an exhaustive roll call of singles and music features but he’s been working tirelessly, doing take after take in the studio just to give the fans what they deserve. He’s also under Asa Asika’s music management company.

10. KOREDE BELLO

Korede-Bello

Baby-faced Korede Bello can be described as a long-time newcomer to the industry. He gained some popularity for his patriotic number, I Love My Country which took him on various performing rounds in and around Nigeria. Korede is especially skilled in the vocal and stringing art (he plays the acoustic guitar). Motherluck smiled on him when he met music maestro and production genius, Don Jazzy who in turn recognized his starboy prospects and activated his Mavin status. Since his new era fame, Korede first released African Princess to the glee of his female fans and then featured on the all too popular Dorobucci (not forgetting his “mega superstar” verse becoming fans’ favourite) as well as Adaobi with mates Reekado Banks and Di’Ja. We certainly got our eyes on this one and even his Twitter profile can attest to that.

DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS LIST???





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  1. Fair list .. Nice

  2. no what of lil_kesh

  3. I haven’t read the post at all but I just Hope patoranking is number one, or Else…

  4. Gud1…TnkGod Dy RecOrganized SHAYDEE & CYNTHIA MORGAN

  5. Hmm, but I personally think Mrs Johnny should be there, Regardless she has been in the industry for a little wile, Cuz even patoranking has be there since 2010/2011, but he just blew up and the same thing impless with Mrs Johnny, so I think she should be dere…

  6. What abt Reekado Banks??? Who is Ayo Jay?

  7. CHARASS is Missing..! I need him on that list…!

  8. CHARASS is Missing..! I need him on that list…!MMM number one Star.

  9. stupid list wat of lil kesh wat of yemi alade rekado banks nko ajebutter 22 nko

  10. Where is lil kesh…. This list try small buh I tink ayo jay is nt supposed 2 be there… Lil kesh shld hav been berra… Onli dat his shoki song dey scatter pple heads now

  11. Lil kesh? Yemi Alade? Were dem?

  12. The list is wack. u dnt knw gud musik man.

  13. The list is wack. u dnt knw gud musik man. At all.

  14. Wat about kida kudz,ayoola,yemi rush and A.K.A

    • A.K.A frm south africa?

  15. Wha ya say# Patoranking is d number one.

  16. what of my kesh.. alade nko.. king of the south (yung6ix) nko

    • Yung6ix kor. That one that has been upcoming for 4-5years now. He’s stale news. The list is a cool one.reekado n lilkesh could be there but it’s a top ten list not top 20

  17. The list is #dope… cos u’ve gat ma favorites on it… the likes of patoranking, runtown, KB… Me love ’em…

  18. Someone missing!dats# ReekadoBanks

  19. Reekado banks is missing..I dnt agree

  20. Nice list, but Yemi Alade should have been better than that Ayo Kay

  21. who d fuck is ayo jay.abeg na lil kesh jorh

  22. what of swaggstar the gay shuld be in that list with his hot bang track’s every body like party,shampee ur rozar and club is on fire featuring harry d? I do not agree swaggstar is no one.

  23. Lil kesh is beta than ayo jay or wats his name

  24. Nice list but di’ja is not there too bad….

  25. Y would lil kesh not b der…Ayo jay ko

  26. I agree wit the list but I think pucado should be here too..

    • Nawa o

  27. Agreeded

  28. 1. Runtown 2. Patoranking 3. Seyi shay 4. Tekno….nd odas lil kesh suppose 2be dere fucking list patoranking z not beta dan runtown howmany of his singles z out but runtown has 5new hot singles frosh smellos shit list.

  29. Yemi Alade is no1…Take seyi Shay off d list biko… Shaydee does not belong there. Who is Ayo jayyu? We don’t know him.

  30. shii upon shii..where is lil kesh nd wat is ayo jay lookin 4 dere?

  31. whr is reekado bankz?…mchew

  32. Nice list buh I think. DRE-STICKS should av merited a place on the list

  33. Mtcheeew so far lil kesh is nt on d list den is nt making sense niyen o

  34. Runtown is beter than every body in this list

  35. Runtown supposed to be no “One” in this list datz y i disagree#Runtown#

  36. Where. Is DIJA

  37. Where did u put DIJA

  38. I think dija is the best

  39. where is Timix?

  40. The singer of Linda-Ikeji nkor? AMAPETT should be on the list jare….

  41. I don’t see Olamide here and oritsefemi I think dis rating is not complete

    • Wetin olamide dy find for next rated…wise UP

  42. fuck you guys

  43. LoL, this not here , that’s not here tho!!! Y are u all not here??? L.W.K.M.D the list is ok tho.

  44. where is effjay

  45. Nice list LIL KESH and BANKS should be part of the list or tooxclusive rate them as the present top artists

  46. lil’ Kesh ought to be on the list..and probably Emma Nyra..

  47. lil’ Kesh ought to be on the list..and probably Emma Nyra..whr is ajebutter22??

  48. Honestly the list is not complete without Reekado Banks……. This guys verse on “dorobucci” and on “adaobi” and his recently released jam “chop am” should have earned him the spot where that ayo jay is……. seriously Reeky Banks is the next big thing…….. He is the future Wizkid we all want!!

  49. Pls re arrange this list…where’s lil kesh!!!

  50. where is orezi

  51. Whr’s Orezi, Yemi Alade and Tyro….fuck d list

    • U be fool …. Na yesterday u start to day listen 2 song abii … Who tell u say orezi na new act

  52. Una papa….what happened to YungL and Endia…God punish d owner of tooxclusive #GRIPMUZIK till i die

  53. Una papa….what happened to YungL and Endia…God punish d owner of tooxclusive #GRIPMUZIK till i die

    • This z d first n last time ama comment here.. im a big fan of tooxclusive buh im always disappointed when dey come up with anytin rating.. where is yung l, oritse femi.. this z bulsht abeg

  54. 100% correct jare

  55. Lil kesh shuld av bin dere

  56. Cool

  57. Pls watsapp me for my debut single 08130179925 tanks!

  58. what happened to lilkesh

  59. evrione has es opinion dix is tooxclusives own form urs rather Dan insulting 75f43fd1

  60. Here is my own list, Patoranking, Runtown, Cynthia morgan, Sheyi shey, Shadee boi, Yemi Alade, Recador banks, lil kesh, L.A.X n finaly Techno……

    • Tekno shoulnt be the last.after patoranking it should be tekno

  61. I no see reekado bangz

  62. were is Falz

  63. jumar? ??

  64. Y is everyone shuting lil keck, tell me what’s good in his song… We talking abt good music, artiste wey we tink dey gat tight tone, lyrics…..
    Good List!!!

  65. Here is my list: Lil kesh, patoranking, Lax, runtown, korede bello, shaydee, boj, teckno, seyi shay and emma nyra

  66. 100% in support

  67. Were iS mr banana slyde omo e no complete @all

    • LIL KESH!!!!!!!!!!! Haven’t u guyz heard #lyrically???

    • To b sincer lilkesh shud b on d list lyrically locozad

  68. Wer z my lil kesh? Lil kesh z suppose 2 b at d top of d list

  69. We’re orezi dae

  70. Wher z lil_kesh nd sheliroy

  71. #patoranking @ d top I agree….buh runtown z supposed 2 be d numba 2…….seyi shay z not an upcoming naw…..#the shoki crooner lil kesh is supposed to be on the list…..LYRICALLY!!!!!!!!

  72. #patoranking @ d top I agree….buh runtown z supposed 2 be d numba 2…….seyi shay z not an upcoming naw…..#the shoki crooner lil kesh is supposed to be on the list…..LYRICALLY!!!!!!!!

  73. Wah abt skales and morell

  74. where d hell did you u put my fellow #Bariga boi #Lil Kesh. fuck this list… #Team Y.B.N.L……

  75. where d hell did you u put my fellow #Bariga boi #Lil Kesh. fuck this list… #Team Y.B.N.L…… and where is my guy#Blink of life

  76. Ayoola, Rikado banks, Ajebutter, yemi alade are all missing.. Who the fuck is Ayo Jay self? Has he got any music video? Give us better things abeg.

  77. where is lil kesh and blink?

  78. no, korede has sang nothing

    • exactly my point

  79. Who da hell are doz 2last guyz? No known song to dia names,are dey Nigerians? Never heard of dem plz remove dem and add kech my sexy Yemiiiii Aaaaladeeeeee hohaa

  80. This list is not genuine………..hw can cynthia morgan be top L.A.X upon his hit song ginger and he was even featured in caro sef…………nooo i disagree with the list

  81. i fink d lyrical master shud b followin pato…wia u put am…lyrically lucozade…lil kesh

  82. Who d fuck is lil kesh,its fans like you guys dats pushing our music industry to the bin….shoki is all bullsh!t,y’all shud agree with the list cus if u were to come up with urs iont tink anyone who knows good music will agree to urs….endia,yung l,mojeed,bamz and other reasonable artists should be on this list,shaydee shudnt be on it cos he lacks content n skills with a great voice….

  83. Stupid people were de hell is Mc galaxy, orezi, were is juel even yemi alade

  84. list is ok

  85. Yu guyz should listen 2 songs abeg b4 yu comment…Download Available …Ayo jay iz a good artist….bhu Lil kesh shuld be featured in thr too.

  86. LAX shud cum frst before patoranking den tekno

  87. love diz

  88. Accordin 2 Lil Kesh dis my Top 12 is lyrically I DON DIE!My top12 not 10.All dese guyz are real gud.Listening 2deir singles dey suit d list.1-PATORANKING 2-RUNTOWN 3-TEKNO 4-YEMI ALADE 4-OREZI 5-YUNG L 6-LIL KESH 7-SHAYDEE 8-LAX 9-BOJ 10-CYNTHIA MORGAN 11-AYO JAY 12-SEYI SHEY

  89. I was expecting yemi alade’s name on the list

  90. Mak una die it,d list gud but smal fuck up dey,patoranking1,runtown2,tekno3 nd cynthia…..fuck d rest RUNTOWN successful swt die abeg mak una listen to runtown sung e dey mak sense

  91. Yung6ix shud be in the list, remove LAX or Ayo

  92. Go tell everybody say that,me say that…..Patoraking he dey there,he dey there…All other artist repeat after patoraking say like in a school.Thumbs up PATO…………BOMBER!!!

  93. orezi can not b in dis category nw
    Hez Nt next rated
    Ayo jay has got talent if u dnt like him maybe u’ve Nt heard Hez songs
    Bt Lil kesh deserves to make dis list
    Hez got wat it takes
    oda Dan dat d list is coool
    Big ups TX

  94. orezi can not b in dis category nw
    Hez Nt next rated
    Ayo jay has got talent if u dnt like him maybe u’ve Nt heard Hez songs
    Bt Lil kesh deserves to make dis list
    Hez got wat it takes
    oda Dan dat d list is coool
    Big ups TX

  95. Where the fuk is scope D the feature ice prince u guys pls go nd listeen to dis guy..dis list is. Scrap am the man mistape beat yg.. scraphttp://www.datafilehost.com/d/94c47f0c dis guy is on point..

  96. Wah abt ma lil_kesh mi….dis list z not correct at all jare

  97. wat d fuck,,good list wat of d king of d south erigga nd perigizy der are suppose to be dere
    ….erigga no mind dem dey no want make we blow but how current still dey flow like wen i dey blow ibo…escay

  98. let encourage them they are all doing good guys keep it up

  99. Hahaha dis one is not good oooo, wat about lil kesh and yemi alade, ojoro don enter.

  100. Dis is ojoro wht about my guy lil kesh

  101. Lil kesh gotta be in this list over like 4 guys here….when last did i hear a thing from BOJ?

  102. pls just change that list.coz dere are error in the list

  103. lil kesh is wack i agree shoki go well…nd itz actually d remix cuz of davido nd ola …lyrically is the worst shit of life…buh his hustling instinct is real though if it was top eleven den he would be eleven

    • Go release Lyrically and Shoki Cover Na…. If lil kesh is wack, what about viktoh and others….. Bulls##t

  104. where z lil kesh….mtchew…

  105. Runtown is my number with 5 hits 1980,gallardo,succesful,domot and now baby answer, 2 patoranking 3 sheyi shay then who so ever.

  106. Where is @INKedwards

  107. Were is my G mr cocobutter @charass_mmm

  108. I think its a good 1 but SKALES should b on dat list don’t u think so? He is part of d futureeeeee. Patoranking is sure d future

  109. I think its a good 1 but SKALES should b on dat list don’t u think so? He is part of d futureeeeee. Patoranking is sure d future.

  110. Thank God der is patoranking, runtown n cynthia morgan!

  111. o boy u dix Pple sha patoranking no beta dan runtown who b BOJ in front of lil kesh

  112. I dunno whether yemi alade should b here or not

  113. Incoreted list someone is missing. Lil keshi and u way dey rate artiste u no sabi rate atall na rubish u dey do if u want do am is according. To dere song maybbe he blow or not and u dey put some artiste way we no know. Eg ayo , and dis guy lax and korede wich song dem do way hit. D. Town mak na dey go to street and hear song wey dey trending in town

  114. Who is Ayo Jay? He is African michael Jackson, chris breezy, usher, trey songs all rolled up in one. Sheeeeeet!

    • @Gbazmaster, seems u r not in Nigeria abi… .u no know Ayo jay, u r a learner

  115. 1) Ayo jay

    10) Ayo jay

    • watch out For Benzino A.K.A Agba Awo

    • watch out For Benzino A.K.A Agba Awo….fully signed to cpay records.

  116. watch out for Benzino A.K.A Agba Awo…..dis guy dope die,just keep ur eyes open.

  117. Agreed bt y lil-kesh nd victor are nt included

  118. Y is dija nt included………mtchewwww

  119. I thk LIL KESH…shuld be on dah list…abi no be so???

  120. Whre is REEKADO BANKS na??????????

    May GOD help yhu sha

  121. Plz post my comment if na money I go pay since reekado is nt dere were u cum see does idiots wey u put 4 dere?

  122. Reekado banks is better of korede bello

  123. From no 6 down to 10 is rubish

  124. Nice list buh keshi wz misn

  125. where d hell is Lil kesh,Chinko ekun,Adekunle Gold

  126. The rating is so ingenue without my man REEKADO BANKZ… He has more hit songs than the 2nd and 3rd on the list…….. I’m sure this list was published by a body who has a beef with ma nicc, Reekado…

  127. what of kiss Daniel?

  128. where is kiss daniel and lik.kesh

  129. Where the fucK on EarTH is lIl kEsh

  130. wat about Lil kesh and rekado banks
    yemi alade

  131. Wat of Lil Keshi and rekadobanks

  132. Dis nt list its jst a writing note fuck d typist

  133. No rekado and u guyz are putting Morgan dat is rubbish

  134. Dats a gud on

  135. Wacht out for d boi ajah A k A yaro mai lokaci

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