Seriously, if you’ve never listened to any of these albums, then you definitely should - they are worth it, I promise.
There are albums and there are albums. Some come and go, while others stand the test of time and remain timeless. These timeless ones are celebrated across decades and generations. They represent the possibilities of time and human genius. They help us connect to greatness, if you will.
This is partly why I have curated this list of classic Nigerian albums you should need to listen to. These albums are definitely worthy of the Nigerian music hall of fame. Check them out:
Grass 2 Grace – 2Face Idibia: I remember being in secondary and a barber shop close to the school fence would constantly blast this album. It was 2Baba’s first solo project post-Plantashun Boiz and his first under Kennis Music, the most powerful label in the country at the time. OJB Jezreel produced it and the album effectively kicked off 2Baba’s solo career. Back to back hits on this one.
Mushin 2 Mo’Hits – Wande Coal: From appearing in D’banj’s videos to contributing background vocals to various Mo’hits songs of the time, nobody could have predicted how good this album would be. The arrangement of the songs, Don Jazzy’s next level production and Wande Coal’s vocal performance on the album all came together to make it one of the best Nigerian albums of all time. Till today, every song on that album still slaps.
Superstar – Wizkid: Released less than a year into Wizkid’s EME contract, Superstar was the crowning glory of Wizkid’s years as a studio rat. The 17-track album featured production from the likes of OJB and featured the likes of Wande Coal in his prime. The 17-track album is easily a classic debut record with its superb production, arrangement and repertoire of hits.
Talk About It – M.I: With production from Jesse Jagz and (in my opinion) M.I’s finest delivery till date, this album changed the rap/hip-hop game in Nigeria. Not only did it kickstart M.I’s rise to icon status, it also helped to jumpstart the careers of some of Nigeria’s most talented acts (including Wizkid). Sublime production, fantastic songwriting and excellent delivery make this one of the best Nigerian rap albums ever.
Gongo Aso – 9ice: He’s not won the grammy yet and this is not his debut album, but 9ice’s sophomore album deserves a place in the Nigerian album hall of fame. The OG, ID Cabasa, aced the production on this project while 9ice’s songwriting was unparalleled. It was new, fresh and took the entire country by storm and propelled 9ice into stardom. Undoubtedly a classic.
Seriously, if you’ve never listened to any of these albums, then you definitely should – they are worth it, I promise. Critically and sonically, these projects have withstood the test of time and till date, they still bang. You can thank me later.
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