The year 2020 has not been a favourite year of the century but the nigerian afrobeats scene has witnessed a surge worldwide with the continuous released of danc hits, but today we are going to talk about the best Nigeria hip hop songs released in 2020.
The year 2020 follows in the footsteps of 2019, a remarkable year for Afrobeats not only in Nigeria but also in the entire West African region, and has already seen incredible tracks released by some of Nigeria’s best-known musicians.
The below songs are not in any particular order and the criteria used in their selection include airplay frequency and number of streams and downloads. Without wasting any time, let’s look out the best Nigeria hip hop songs released in 2020.
Best Nigeria hip hop song released in 2020
D&G by Davido ft. Summer Walker
D & G is off Davido’s A Good Time album which was released in 2019. He features American singer Summer Walker while American producer London On Da Track makes an appearance in the video. The trio is seen wearing the luxurious Italian brand, Dolce & Gabbana. In efforts to support the Dolce & Gabbana and Humanitas Together for Coronavirus Research Fund, Davido has pledged that the proceeds from the music video will be used to support the initiative.
Bop Daddy by Falz ft. Ms Banks
After releasing Moral Instruction, an album recorded in Nigerian pidgin in 2019, the award-winning rapper has released his first music release of the year. He features British-Nigerian rapper Ms Banks who has previously collaborated with Naira Marley, Geng and Kisa Kudz.
Again by Wande Coal
Wande Coal started the new year and decade with the release of this new single. The talented singer goes back to his good old days of love jams. On this mid-tempo, Afropop tune, the artist showcases his loving side to celebrate the month of love. Wande Coal has always been a top feature in the Nigerian music scene, through a career spanning over a decade.
Geng by Mayorkun
Although this track sounds more like a freestyle hip hop composition, it’s become an anthem with Nigerian Afrobeats fans.
Jaho by Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel premiered this video in mid-January and has since gained impressive numbers on streaming services. Kizz Daniel has mastered the art of writing catchy songs that fans fall in love with immediately.
Jore by Adekunle Gold ft. Kizz Daniel
Adekunle Gold’s ‘Jore’ enjoys vocal assistance from Flyboy Inc leader Kizz Daniel, who delivers a ditty verse on this tune. ‘Jore’ follows the remix of ‘Kelegbe Megbe’ by Wizkid’s official disc jockey, DJ Tunez.
Fantasy by Niniola ft. Femi Kuti
Niniola’s fusion of Femi Kuti’s Afrobeat and her style of electro-inspired music looks is a smashing success. The track has been well received by fans and has enjoyed constant airplay in Nigeria.
Beamer (Bad Boys) by Rema ft. Rvssian
This is a sequel to Rema’s ‘Dumebi (Remix)’ featuring American act Becky G. Rema is on a musical spree this year and he raises his game a notch higher on this bouncy tune.
Odogwu by Burna Boy
Odogwo is Burna boy’s second single of the year and one of the latest 2020 Nigerian music hits. The song is simply mind-blowing. It is an afro-fusion that incorporates original sounds.
Blow by Wizkid ft. Blaq Jerzee
Wizkid stealthily released his EP at the end of last year. Surprise releases of this nature show an understanding of the contemporary media attention space, which is overflowing with competing stimuli.
Wonma! by Olamide
Shortly after he announced his forthcoming ninth studio project 999 EP, Olamide dropped this impressive track. 999 EP comprises nine tracks with guest appearances from Phyno, Snow, Cheque, Rhatti, Nilly, Sosa-E, Jackmillz and Jayboi.
Caro by Zinoleesky ft. Naira Marley
Zinoleesky taps Naira Marley’s talent to deliver an impressive record. ‘Caro’ serves as Zinoleesky’s debut song under his new imprint.
Marry by Teni
Teni is debating an important subject for many: the issue of love and marriage. The award-winning artist seems to be unstoppable in her usual style of sonorous rhythms, and ‘Marry’ is another great track from this impressive artist.
Unripe Pawpaw by Zlatan ft. Papisnoop, Jamopyper and Oberz
Naija Afrobeats and zanku star Zlatan hits fans with a fresh single titled ‘Unripe Pawpaw’, licensed to Empire on behalf of Zanku Records. The single serves as a follow-up to ‘Quilox’. As expected, the video is a splash of colours, theatrics and eye-catching dance moves. Zlatan and crew offer a zanku dance manual here.
We Must Groove by 2Baba ft. Burna Boy
This can be described as the ultimate combo, long-awaited by fans who have wanted to see 2Baba and Burna Boy working together. The two superstars have not disappointed with this collaboration. The title says it all and the sound delivers a feel-good vibe with its flow and call for gyration.
Take It by Rudeboy
Former P-Square member and Fire Department Inc boss Rudeboy presents this banger, produced by Chrisstringz. Rudeboy delivers yet again with his ever-blazing sound.
Arizona by Blaq Jerzee and Wizkid
Serial hitmaker Blaq Jerzee teams up with Wizkid on ‘Arizona’, an elegant display of addictive sounds defined by flowing beats.
Shekere by Yemi Alade and Angélique Kidjo
An Angélique Kidjo-Yemi Alade collaboration can only be magic. The Nigerian sensation doing ‘Shekere’ with the Beninese Grammy winner shows the willingness of Kidjo to give young African artists the required support. The song is a reminder of Kidjo’s 1996 hit ‘Wombo Lombo’.
Nobody by DJ Neptune ft. Mr Eazi and JoeBoy
DJ Neptune is pleading with a certain love interest to give him a chance. He teams up with emPawa Africa creator Mr Eazi and his prodigy JoeBoy to deliver this jam tagged ‘Nobody’.
Aye by Naira Marley
Human beings are not designed to be happy, or even content. Naira Marley implies that life is not hard at all, it’s the humans who make it difficult due to envy, hatred, and jealousy. The song comes after the release of ‘Anywhere’ in January 2020.
Away by Oxlade
Oxlade is heartbroken after the girl he loved chose another man under the family’s influence. So he released ‘Oxygene’, his first independent project. Ironically, he doesn’t sound bitter in the lyrics, but almost grateful for the experience. Oxlade’s break out into the music scene was with a feature on rapper Blaqbonez’s ‘Mamiwota’.
Juicy by Darkoo ft. Hardy Caprio
UK based singer returns with yet another mind-blowing tune titled ‘Juicy’ featuring British rapper Hardy Caprio. This comes after the success of ‘Gangsta’ in 2019. She had two remixes after the released one featured Davido and British rappers Tion Wayne and SL while the other was with British rappers Ms Banks & Br3nya.
Call by Joeboy
There is no doubt that Joeboy is conquering the African music market. After the continental success of ‘Baby’, ‘Beginning’ and ‘Don’t Call Me’, all released in 2019, the singer has dropped ‘Call’, which is off his upcoming album titled TBA. The video was
Of Lala by Rahman Jago, Jamo Pyper, Zlatan Ibile
The catchy repetition of the word ‘Of Lala’ over the groovy Afro-house instrumental with polyrhythmic drum patterns and monotonous synth melodies make the song a party banger. The song was produced by Mansa Jabulani whilst Burna Boy made an appearance in the video.
Mabel by Dremo ft. Davido
Dremo recruits Davido for the laid-back and romantic music video ‘Mabel’. Director Q directed the video, which captures the two singing about a love interest called Mabel. Dremo signed to Davido Music Worldwide record label back in 2016 and ‘Mabel’ is off his recent music project titled Codename, Vol. 2, which features the likes of Peruzzi, The Flowolf, Naira Marley, Falz, among other artists.
Fem by Davido
Davido continues his commanding 2020 run as Afrobeats’ golden boy with ‘Fem’, which arrives as a razor-sharp message to his detractors. The song’s title draws from local street slang and loosely translates as “be quiet.” Its combative theme notwithstanding, ‘Fem’ is just as suitable for dancefloors across the world. It is taken off the singer’s impending album, A Better Time. ‘Fem’ was released on 10 September, with accompanying visuals by Dammy Twitch. So far, it has accrued over 7m views on YouTube alone.
No Stress by Wizkid
‘No Stress’ is the second single taken off Wizkid’s forthcoming new album Made in Lagos. Released on 17 September, the song finds Wizkid both celebrating a female lover and bragging about his own expertise in the bedroom.
Barawo Remix by Ajebo Hustlers feat. Davido
Shortly after meeting Nigeria’s inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu in October to discuss police brutality in the country, Davido updates Ajebo Hustlers’ heartwrenching record on mob justice, which accrued added prominence in the wake of the #EndSARS campaign condemning police brutality, with a verse questioning when his home country would witness true social change.
AG Baby by Adekunle Gold and Nailah Blackman
Adekunle Gold returns with another smashing bop sound titled “AG Baby” featuring Trinidadian young music diva Nailah Blackman.
“AG Baby” here is another banger that would strike you at first listening and turn into an Instant hit. It shows Adekunle Gold is a full talent that good with experiment. This another Bop Jam, the chorus and beat alone would make you click the Repeat button without thinking twice…
Mr Eazi & Simi – Doyin
Don Eazi himself – Mr Eazi, teams up once again with highly rated singer, Simi on this monster track titled “Doyin“.
We already know what to expect when Don Eazi links up with Simisola.
Late last year, they did a track together titled “Surrender” which became a fan favourite and a smash hit. Already, they’re on it again with release of this brand new masterpiece tagged “Doyin“.
Tiwa Savage, Kizz Daniel, Young John – Ello Baby
“Ello Baby“, Tiwa Savage x Kizz Daniel and Young John the Wicked producer teams up for this new Banger! This new single tagged “Ello Baby” was actually inspired by music producer and serial hitmaker, Young John. He made a monster beat and linked with Tiwa Savage and Kizz Daniel for a superb combination.
Yemi Alade – ‘True Love’
Yemi Alade’s new video for “True Love” is all shades of inventiveness, captivating cinematography, dazzling costumes, energetic choreography and a complementary mix of African cultures, from Lagos streetlife to Ghanaian kente dresses. This music video, directed by Nigerian music video director Paul Gambit, sees Yemi Alade, one of Nigeria’s most vibrant performers, direct her stage performance energy into a delightful visual experience.
Olamide – ‘Eru’
Nigerian heavyweight act Olamide returns with the new single “Eru,” which will feature on this upcoming new album. The energetic and addictive new track was made. by 18-year-old Nigerian producer P-Priime and comes paired with a new msuic video directed by Clarence Peters. “Eru is something priceless, that money can’t buy,”Olamide mentions of the song’s Yoruba title, “like a rare gem, or ajewel. If I call myself Omo Eru, that means no one can buy me—I am priceless.”
Mr Eazi & Major Lazer feat. Nicki Minaj & K4mo – ‘Oh My Gawd’
Nigerian singer-songwriter Mr Eazihas teamed up with production trio Major Lazer for their collective new single “Oh My Gawd.” The single only gets stronger with features, with Nicki Minaj and fellow Nigerian artist K4mo also lending their voices. Taking lyrical inspiration from Black Uhuru and Baby Charm and their legendary contributions to reggae and dancehall classic hits, “Oh My Gawd” acts as Mr Eazi’s first single off of his highly anticipated EP Something Else. The song features production from Fred Again, Diplo and co-production courtesy of Alex Gibson, Toddla T and Siba.
Ladipoe ft. Joeboy – ‘Yoruba Samurai
Riding on the success of both singles Ladipoe follows up with this new single “Yoruba Samurai“. The record is a perfect blend of Rap and catchy R’n’B pop delivered by Joeboy. On it Poe raps about going to War for his lady and making her his priority. Shares what makes A Man A Yourba Samurai and not a demon, saying A Yoruba? Samurai believes in emotional intelligence, has just one chick by his side and stays Loyal.
Emiboy & Teni – ‘I Go Pay’
“I Go Pay” is a lovely record which builds on the bouncy instrumental by ace producer Killertunes. Teni and Emiboy sing about being lovers, the lady such a bundle of joy that the boyfriend would do everything and pay anything to match Teni’s “this love is not for free” energy.
Ice Prince – ‘Make Up Your Mind’ feat. Tekno
Super Cat Boss, Ice Prince comes through with this catchy tune tagged, “Make Up Your Mind“. On this new single ‘Make Up Your Mind’ Ice Prince collaborates with Cartel Boss, Tekno who delivered as usual.
Wizkid – ‘Smile’ ft. H.E.R.
The Nigerian star dedicated this new Meji Alabi-directed music video to his three sons: Bolu, Ayo and Zion Balogun. The song features Grammy award winning US singer/songwriter H.E.R. The track coos sounds of unconditional love and the things we do for it. It features Wizkid and H.E.R. going in over an infectious beat.
Olamide – Triumphant (feat. Bella Shmurda)
YBNL Boss, Olamide and EMPIRE Premieres ‘Triumphant Video’, This is the official music video for Baddo’s joint with Bella Shmurda, Shot by Clarence Peters. On ‘Triumphant Video‘ Olamide paints his emotions Black & White, Goes Spiritual with the help of Bella Shmurda vocals. Off Baddo’s newly released ‘Carpe Diem‘ album is this touching track titled “Triumphant” featuring Bella Shmurda which Olamide used to share his emotions.
Olamide – Infinity (feat. Omah Lay)
Highly talented Award-winning Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and YBNL Boss Olamide unlocks a new song which is titled “Infinity” which scored the featuring credit of Nigerian talented act Omah LayThe song Infinity by Olamide ft Omah Lay is the 3rd track from his second album debut of the year, dubbed “Carpe Diem” which has 12 tracklists following his previous album debut “999” that was premiered in February.