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Ycee, Koker, Humblesmith… Who Is The Next Rated Artiste In 2016?

Posted by Jim Donnett on October 10, 2016 in Editorial, Social Views · 125 Comments

Every year, this subject of ‘Next Rated’ has continued to spark controversies in affairs that concern the Nigerian music industry. Recall that as the 2016 year dawned upon us, we witnessed a most dramatic falling out from two most respected labels in an act of folly that was perpetrated by both their leading executives. We didn’t need to be told that matters like such are taken very personally by these thespians in music especially going by the dastardly effects of that new year happenstance, which was met with very harsh results.

Moving on… as the year progressed, newer artistes have stormed the industry (as was, still is and should be the case). Some of them have stayed buzzing on the radar, honing their spotlight to very incredibly cataclysmic and impressive relish. While awards season is finally come on us, the big trick question strumming the lips of pretty much everyone concerned is… who will be crowned with the titled of next rated for the 2016 year? So we’ve taken the pleasure of putting together a shortlist.


Mayorkun burst onto the music scene Bond-style. It was in such unusual fashion and with no warning whatsoever to the shooting star prowess his simple person wields. Quite the rubble-causing entrance it was that saw him break past the threshold limits set for rookie artistes. First, he was signed to a highly revered music label in the industry, Davido Music Worldwide, which is owned by Nigeria’s top afro pop music sensation, Davido. Next, his official music debut left so much to be desired when he topped charts, garnered multiple scores later equating to millions of downloads and then the accompanying visual for the single had hit the million-views mark barely a week to release. Of course, there are the questions, there are the doubts, there are even fears but what’s certain is that we haven’t looked back since.


Humblesmith has experienced total growth since his emancipation, being a typically vivid representation of the expression ‘from nothing to something’. Only moments after the hustle finally paid off, he was having some of Africa’s biggest musicians in the revered likes of Phyno, Davido and Flavour bless his music singles with serious sauce, grace and pure swag in their voices. Just like he admitted, it never crossed his mind that any of his songs will have such firm grip on the industrial populace, and this further verified it’s gospel – a doing that could have only come from God! Humblesmith seems like an artful performer whose penchant lies in the desire to keep us dancing. So we recommend that he sticks to the script because we’re still watching out for him, and quite very keenly too.


Niniola crossed over from making the top finalists on revered music talent hunt show, Project Fame, to holding the music industry spell-bound with her vocals like that of a quintessential canary. In the 3-year period of having broken forth, she has managed successfully, a string of cellular music hits that have ultimately formed her grand discography. With a reputation that precedes her actual person, she has tailored her music to represent soul, gyration and a sense of pan-africanness yet still without losing the condiments that make up truly good music and from an impeccably skilled musician like herself. Little wonder she comes in doses of high demand.


They call him Mr Koker… Mr Do Something! Slowly warming his way into the hearts of music lovers from one of the records housed on MI’s 2014 album was perhaps the best and sweetest maniacal attempt pulled off. Before we knew it, he got us totally reeled in with his official debut right after music label, Choc Boi Nation, had confirmed his signing. The intriguing thing about Koker is how much his creative person resonates with super star prospects that are hard to miss. It’s why we’ve had him pressed for more despite the fact that he’s gradually living it up. And so with trendy singles, a national dance anthem and that pretty boy face, his is obviously the sound of a victory in lurking.


Ycee is like the candidate of best fit for this crown, considering the fact that he was certified in the preceding title for rookie of the year. Since his coming out that had too much grandiose styled in it, he hasn’t rested half a bit on his oars. His efforts can be identified in a variety of banging hot singles and features, which he has slayed with skillful precision to the relish of music fans generally and especially, patriots of the hip-hop and rap movement. Ycee has become a model for diehard and success thirsty young dreamers who aspire to conquer their turfs and terrain just like he has. And as the nominations continue to pour in, it attests to his inputs as well as achievements here and there in music and the industry. Who better deserving, I ask again?


Terry Apala is one heckuva star indeed, and without any doubts whatsoever. His artistry, although always deeply-rooted in the Nigerian south-western culture, still is damn too impressive with his funkified reinvention of western hip-hop embellished heavily with elements from the apala music genre. At a time when the industry has become too stereotype and basic in pretty much everything, Terry is living up to his desire of contributing his quota by bringing something new to the table. His stellar highlights in doing music include an utterly pulsating voice that soaks up all your attention and a sass of local originality being the bedrock of his success, post-millennial era.

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  1. Ycee all the way!!

  2. Ycee

  3. where dremo

  4. Koker

  5. where dremo gzee

  6. Koker all the way

  7. Ycee all de way

  8. Adekunle Gold name is nt there,so correct urself..

    • You dey mad..who is adekunle Gold? Is he a musician?

      • Dats a stupid question fucker!….a bastard calling himself boss

    • Next rated is for upcoming artistes without an ALBUM. Adekunle now has an album so he can’t be on the list

      • Actually he dropped d album afta June, which z where headies categorise to

    • ode is adekunle a nxt rated artist

      • Some people foolish ooooo ,why you go the call adekunle when hin don drop album…… Some dude just listen to song they don’t know about awards ….#very annoying #

  9. Humble Smith ooO

  10. Sugarboy

  11. Tekno

  12. Ycee, Koker, Humblesmith… Who Is The Next Rated Artiste In 2016?

    • ycee ain’t on all this guys level
      which one of them has international collabo??
      he’s a boss

  13. Ycee of course

  14. Where’s Adekunle Gold? Simi? Mr Eazi? And what’s Meyokun doing there? He should wait till next Yr.

  15. We have new cool cats hungry and burning with desire to be heard. Some others who are already on the platform are messing up. Music and song are two different things keenly tied together. Music speaks to your soul, makes the mind pace and help you become better, while song moves only your feet. I think the next rated should be given to an artist with a music and not a song so as to inspire the coming musicians.. To me, Dremo should be the next rated. I have love for ycee tho but truth needs to be told

  16. If ycee is nominated as one of the Next Rated, he z winning..but if not…it goes to koker or Dremo

  17. Ycee mehn

  18. mayorkun…..

  19. Ycee should have this
    Dremo nd mayorkun should be shortlisted for “Rookie of the year”
    Mayorkun isn’t yet up to that stage

  20. Where is Adekunle Gold haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa who blow pass Adekunle Gold here haba politics started rule music industry. Omo O pain me

  21. Nigeria and Ojoro where is Tekno the guy that blessed our speaker all through this year he realy needs to be there. Stop saying AdekunleG he already hav an album an so not upcoming Koker try shaa but tekno is d man

    • Them say next rated… Mahn Tekno has been around for too long. Or maybe you just heard him this year

      • Wen skales was nominated he had been dere 4 centuries

        • confam

      • Humblesmith has been around for long,,,,,remember chiamoo.boogatti,so tekno must be nominated he will emerge the winner,so if you are not a fan of music keep shot

    • Dats exactly what am abt to say…..tekno got it all,he is a superduper producer,songwritter,singer,and also a backtoback hitmaker……..he is the man…

    • People this is next rated oo. Dremo, mayorkun, Mr eazi and whoever this zoro u guys are shouting is, can only be nominated for rookie of the year. Tekno has been so amazing through the year… I’ll nominate him for artiste of the year, along with the bad guy himself Falz. 😀

  22. Thunder fire una………where Zoro

    • Zoro ko Zobo ni

    • Guys who told you that mayorkun or dremo cant win next rated have you forgotten 2013 sean tizzle won the next rated with just a track sho le ..,so anything fit happen but as for me it is ycee

  23. Koker

  24. Tekno, And adekunle Gold is bigger than the award, its for new discovery

    • That’s not true remember how wizkid, Davido and patoranking won it so far u dont av an album out yet and this year happened to be Technos big year

  25. Mr eazie or ycee

  26. Fanzy papaya lovely songs his got just released his album #Gold&Silver, humblesmith & tekno coming up with Diana dtz Boi z goooooooddddd

  27. Are you people seriously sleeping on ZORO right now? smh.

    • ZORO ko, Zobo ni! Arrant nonsense! Mstchewww..?

      • People lyk u hate good thing

  28. Ycee or mayorkun

  29. www
    appeara first

  30. If Tekno is nominated for Next Rated, Tekno won already but if not Ycee is d best…

  31. Stupid write-up. the award belongs to Tekno. Dumb-ass!!!

  32. Base on this ur list I think Ycee but Wat of the likes of Dremo, sugarboy and ultimate Techno?

  33. Even if tekno for nw gat no album he is bigger dan d award. D music is everywhere booming d club speaker. but he deserve it. Ycee Or mayokun also deserves it .Dey r both good

  34. very stupid and babaric set off organizaz so dis list seems ok? i dnt knw y der is always cheating in all naija stuffs…so u guys are telling dat terry apkalla and koker even niniola is beta dan zoro last year even dis year…let d truth b told zoro is beta off this usless niggaz..

  35. so mayourkun made the list even terry niniola and koker still beta dan zoro? naija with sentiment..fuck people..the industries is full of hate..i go for zoro

  36. This list aint complete jhor.
    Were Is MrEazi, Demo mmmmmmmm??????
    Mtchwww go and update this list jhor..

  37. This list aint complete jhor.
    Were Is MrEazi, Dremo
    Mtchwww go and update this list jhor..

  38. fuck!!!!!!!!!!…..where’s Mr.eazi,dremo…..what’s mayokun doing there and terry

  39. Those of y’all not mentioning Ycee.. y’all just dumb!!
    Really?? Koker?

  40. Is tecno,humble smith or zoro,any tyn apart from dat is bulshit!!

  41. notin lyk dt..its meant to b falz adekunle gold simi tekno nd patoranking

  42. Seriously?patoranking,falz,simi and tecno these guys are already competing for bigger award,the rated award should go to either ycee,dremo or mr eazi

  43. Ycee all the way

  44. Haba wat is mayorkun doing on d list,he surpose 2 b among best rookie n d holo hola master is nt der d list is nt yet complete bt base on does pple der nw ycee kil dem al.

  45. Is meant to be humblesmith and besides where is zoro?

  46. Ycee

  47. Rubbish full nigeria were our gold dey zoro,mr eazi,dremo na shit be dis ojoro too much bt I prefer adekunle gold instead oF mayorkun.

  48. tekno….is next rated…mayorkun rookie of d year

  49. Mayourkun babby oo!!

  50. ycee ov course…… ycee u d boss

  51. I need zoro,humble smith & alhaji tecno….all other should try again in 2017

  52. Industry politics. Zoro should make the list too. Mr eazi as well, mayorkun is good but should wait till next year. Techno for artiste of d year.

  53. Mayorkun cant be selected for next rated this year tho!
    when we have FALZ d Bad guy, SIMI, Adekunle Gold, Tekno, even Mr. Eazi sef. Abeg that’s my own opinion sha. Bless

  54. Mayorkun

  55. ycee…….. mayorkun belongs to rookie now… and where is Mr Eazi.

    i hope this is not HEADIES nomination bcos those pple don lose focus

  56. If am to nominate them, my list will look like this: tekno,tekno miles, alhaji tekno, tekno baby and my favourite boy tekno.

  57. If mr eazi is on the list of rookies of the year with mayorkun and dremo…i’m hundred percent sure the award is for mr eazi and as for next rated ycee or falz

  58. Call me Mr koker….. Koker all the way…. Shu…. Shuperu

  59. Call me Mr koker….. Koker all the way…. Shu…. Shuperu

  60. Where DREMO

  61. And the winner is Alhaji Tekno

  62. My guys ar missing here,na wh do dis list,ycee all d way bt my man zoro is nt here so I think u guys shuld luk well or rather think wel,coz ifu ife I furu iburu bible

  63. Where is mr eazi….. after all d dope songs…. diaris god ooooo #LifeIsEazi

  64. Yceee all the way….Where is mr eazzy?

  65. Yceeeee!,anytime,anyday.

  66. Yceeeeee!,anytime,anyday.

  67. jagaban…. anybody badder than

  68. WTF!! I just can’t believe some people don’t have an understanding about this award. Next rated award is only for REGISTERED Rookies candidates(Which was won by YCEE) . If Terry Apalla and Mayorkun is in this list then I think THIER both manager have paid THIER way IN…. Cause this NIGERIA MUSIC INDUSTRY have started having a POLITICAL BEHAVIOR. Next rated awards are only for participants of the last year ROOKIES AWARD. AND OF course #YCEE has been TRENDING VERY WELL SINCE HE GOT THAT AWARD SO I THINK HE DESERVES IT. For you all those Talking about MAYORKUN AND DREMO, ADEKUNLE, TEKNO…. THEY’RE AIN’T REGISTERED FOR THE NEXT RATED AWARD!!

  69. Mayourkun??? Where’s Simi and Sugarboy….

  70. Mr eazi is nt reping 9ja,so get him out of the list dear.

  71. Where is Mr Eazi? Tooxclusive is sleeping

  72. Humblesmith

  73. Mr Eazi deh rep GH industry.

  74. Mr Eazi, Tekno, Niniola
    Those re best nd too big but One of them on my list must win it!

  75. Zoro and Humble smith are favourite to win it


  77. @ #

  78. Ycee nd Mayorkun all d way…..

  79. Oh! I 4got koker z also trendin #MR Koker

  80. is ycee

  81. ycee

  82. ycee all the…………… jagaban for all voters. thanks

  83. Some people busy voting out of the option…we all av fav artists bt fr now Vote from these options….#ycee

  84. you people are mad where tekno

  85. dremo..Fela Ti padawa

  86. ycee

  87. I go 4 zoro aka swag bag

  88. ycee all the way he is da bozzz

  89. People this is next rated oo. Dremo, mayorkun, Mr eazi and whoever this zoro u guys are shouting is, can only be nominated for rookie of the year. Tekno has been so amazing through the year… I’ll nominate him for artiste of the year, along with the bad guy himself Falz. 😀

  90. People this is next rated oo. Dremo, mayorkun, Mr eazi and whoever this zoro u guys are shouting is, can only be nominated for rookie of the year. Tekno has been so amazing through the year… I’ll nominate him for artiste of the year, along with the bad guy himself Falz. 😀

  91. Tekno all the way tekno

  92. Where dremo where Mr eazi

    the list is nt complete

  93. ycee gat it all, but where is mr eazi??? please you guys shouldn’t tried
    the same thing you did last award by manipulating the list o, ycee all the way!!

  94. Ycee, Tekno, Aramide, Mr eazi, Dremo, Falz where nominated for headies nxt rated nt dis here.

  95. Where is mr eazi ehn, tekno! Awon oloshi..

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