Two Nigerian Artists to Support Before they Blow Up
It can be easy to acknowledge people when they have reached the top in their chosen profession. The road is steep for those who want get into the music game. The definition of success in the music
It can be easy to acknowledge people when they have reached the top in their chosen profession. The road is steep for those who want get into the music game. The definition of success in the music industry is gray at best and is usually very multi-layered. Emerging Nigerian American rappers know this reality all too well. Our generation may not be the best at supporting our own artists as they try and make their way up the ranks, many of us will support artists only after they have already blown up and the world has embraced them. The time has come for us to reverse that practice.
Here are two Nigerian American rappers making good music on the low.
Moruf dropped his first album, Shades of Moo in 2013. His sound is very smooth and relaxing and reminds me a lot of hip hop music from the early 90s. Think early Talib Kweli, young Q-Tip. My personal favorites from that album are Togetherness, Compromise, and Homie.Lover.Friend, which pays homage to the 1990 Spike Lee movie, Mo Better Blues. MoRuf recently dropped a new single called, Golden Lakes, listen on SoundCloud.
Roy’s first album, Hue, has a College Dropout (Kanye West) type of vibe. My favorite track is The Friday Song which is a fun party track about folks trying to get through the work week. His other single, Stay Tru, featuring hip hop legend, Scarface, is a socially conscious track highlighting issues plaguing the black community. Roy performed at SXSW 2016.
Listen below to Homie.Lover.Friend by MoRuf ft. Jesse Boykins III
For more music, follow them on Twitter @moruf88 (MoRuf) and @royoraps (Roy).