On this week’s BumpThis, our focus is on Nigerian Hip-Hop music in the mainstream, underground and diaspora.
Chocolate City Cypher
In the last five years, the Nigerian Hip-Hop community has gotten used to Blaqbonez, A-Q, M.I Abaga and Loose Kaynon uniting for collective cypher sessions. They began 2024 with their latest Chocolate City Cypher, with OGs, Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince. It’s a nine-minute-long display of lyricism and flow that’s attracted “CC Cypher Freestyle” entries from several budding MCs since.
Cecond Chronicles — Caleb Clay
Lagos rapper, Caleb Clay’s new EP, Cecond Chronicles, is a three-song pack that unwrapped his sober reflective side (Notes to Self) and his Afropop lover boy side on The Cycle. The last track, Maybach Dreams, is an aspirational song about living life like successful rappers do, featuring BKay!
Evil Twin — PsychoYP and Jeriq
In five tracks, Abuja and Enugu rappers, PsychoYP and Jeriq, share chemistry and flow similar to what we’ve heard on Trapping off Jeriq’s 2022 Billion Dollar Dream album. Evil Twin symbolises their synergy and fondness for each other’s craft. Important to note that this EP is executive-produced by Phyno — an applaud and co-sign for the youngins. If you like hearing rhymes about spending 100 racks in a sitting, looking fly without stylists and just being a cool youth, this one’s for you.
If They Are Real — Vector ft. Bella Shmurda
Vector bares his soul on If They Are Real, spitting lines like “God bless the people keeping it real with me / To the people who saw me do the ordeal with me, I’d have tapped into the realm of that which killed Whitney.” Bella Shmurda follows with an emotive performance that complements the song’s theme.
PALMWINE IN A BENZ — 02Morse
Morse left music for a year and returned with PALMWINE IN A BENZ. It’s bouncy, melodic and tailored for your weekend turnup.
For the first episode of our Valentine Special, we brought back three couples – one now with kids, one now married and the last, still best friends – to share how their relationships have evolved in the last five years. Watch below:
The Efeleme Pack — Alpha Ojini
Rapper-producer, Alpha Ojini, released a newly mixed and remastered version of the three-track project that initially came out during the cash scarcity in 2023. The title is a playful pun on Godwin Emefiele, featuring rappers, PDSTRN and PsychoYP.
Gas Me Up (Diligent) — Skepta
Gas Me Up is the second single off Nigerian-British rapper, Skepta’s forthcoming album. No holdbacks, just straight up bars, shots at his enemies and brags about his uncommon expensive wine. Skepta may be gangster, but he’s a flush one and he wants you to know it.