These are the top 10 best street songs of this decade in the Nigerian music industry
Even though there is difficulty in organizing any proper street show this year, some street songs still got massively accepted and became an anthem, and here are the top 10 best street songs of this decade in the Nigerian music industry.
Some of these songs birthed some street slangs while others were inspired by what is trending on the street as well as on the mind of the artiste.
Talking of street music, it’s about songs that penetrated into the core street such that if played by DJ at any street music show, everywhere will scatter.
Therefore, we present to you our top 10 street songs of the year 2020.
Bella Shmurda – CashApp
This is the biggest jam of 2020 No one can argue this.
Released barely 2 months ago (October 2020), this jam went from the level of newly released songs to become a National anthem and ever since it’s release, this jam sat permanently at the top of every playlist and Top songs list.
Bella Shmurda surely knows what the street wants and he delivered excellently alongside World President Zlatan and Lincoln.
The penetration of the song is purely organic (I mean they didn’t force it on us) maybe because everyone can relate to the concept of the song. At least almost every household now has at least one Yahoo boy or more (Shame).
The beat and lyrics delivery is top-notch. If not for Covid and the whole lockdown ish, Bella Shmurda would have set many shows ablaze this December but still, we move. 2021 is gonna be a dope year.
“Cash App” is currently the biggest song on the street right now. No song comes close
Rahman Jago Ft. Zlatan & Jamo Pyper – Of Lala
“Of LaLa” which was released on the 14th April 2020 has remained one of the hit street single so far this year.
Instagram socialite Rahman Jago teams up with fast rising act Jamo Pyper to deliver a club banging hit which has helped Jamo Pyper in his musical career with the way he delivered the chorus and verses.
The song got so much acceptance from audience both home and abroad, even despite the lockdown of clubs and social venues all over the country but the song still reached the desired audience.
Mohbad – Ponmo
Marlian act, Mohbad got inspired by his boss, Naira Marley, and YAGI boss, Lil Kesh on this song.
Marlians and other lovers of street music were quick to catch the “Ponmo” vibe because the lyrics are what street guys want to hear about girls who use “Kayanmata” and Pu$$y sweetener.
Normal normal Ponmo sweet sweet (4x)
o dun, o dun. To ba tu wa yi’lata
Shey your Puna bitter ni
Why using sweetener.
Obviously, this track is a big hit on the street.
Even the girls who are real kanyanmata and Pu$$y sweetner users are rocking the song on Snapchat and IG stories.
Naira Marley – Idi Oremi
“Idi Oremi” is one of those tracks that give you a clear picture of what Naira Marley loves to do in this industry.
He’s going to stand alone, he’s going to sing what he wants and how he perceives it- It will be accepted and be a hit.
These are the first lyrics from the song; “Aiye le aiye akamara, Won fe so mi da kin shey da” which translates to; “this life, This unbelievable world
They want to turn me to what they want”
Released in October 2020 which is a sequel of the vibrant “Opotoyi”, this song is surely a hot one for this year.
In this track, Naira Marley, in his usual cocky antics, talks about everything 21st-century culture – from his own perspective of what “friends with benefits” stand for, to his sexual fantasies and many more.
It’s no surprise despite the limitations of social gatherings due to coronavirus, this track has got so much buzz from audiences both home and worldwide.
Everyone is playing this jam!
Jamopyper Ft. Mayorkun – If No Be You
Zanku Record act, Jamo Pyper sought to create a long-lasting imprint in the minds of music lovers with this impressive love song featuring Mayorkun.
The song which hit the industry on August, 25th 2020 became an instant on the street where just because the lyrics were so relatable.
Truth be told, Mansa Jabulani actually murdered the beat thereby making it easier for Jamo Pyper and Mayorkun to deliver their best.
Zlatan Ft. Papisnoop – The Matter
It will be said that “The Matter” by Zlatan was released just when we had a whole lot of matters going on in different sectors; politics, entertainment, social media, the nation’s economy, the judiciary system, COVID-19, and even in real life.
It was a timely release that served as comic relief for all the chaos going on at the time. One would give it up for Zlatan for coming up with conscious songs that grow into big trending anthems.
If there are any other singers who jump on trends to make it meaningful as much as Zlatan does, then it’s going to be a big competition.
“The Matter” is a self-explanatory song right from the title to every word spilt in the lyrics.
This answers the question of quality that the song might be challenged with. Just as every typical street song, the Papisnoop featured track succeeded in passing some messages across apart from being energetically danceable.
The same reason as to why it is a quality street song makes it one of the most acceptable songs in 2020.
This will draw our minds back to almost all the hugely accepted street songs and wonder why we went crazy about them.
It is something about the lyrics that come off as crude, unprocessed, and very realistic. They say it all and we dance it the most.
Finally, for the record, any song that finds its way to penetrate the street and even diffuse into the elite settings as “The Matter” by Zlatan did, is marked as a timeless anthem.
It could go down for a while, but whenever it comes back on – it will always bang!!!
Small Baddo Ft. Idowest – For My Arena (Remix)
Fast-rising street act, Small Baddo teamed up with DMW street act, Idowest for the remix of his song, “For My Arena” in March this year.
Even though the song contains some raw dirty lyrics, it’s still capable of scattering any street party place.
What makes the song enticing to the street is the beat laced with Ah!! vocals at the end of each line.
No doubt, this song is one of the banging songs on the street this year.
Rexxie x Mohbad – KPK (Ko Por Ke)
The street song is based on the acceptability and penetration within a short period, Ko Por Ke (KPK) by hitmaker producer Rexxie and rising star Mohbad is a testimony to this fact.
The instant hit was officially released on December 4th 2020 with massive acceptance. Rexxie jumped on the Amapiano vibes to give us a December banger.
The penetration is huge as it gained a big number of downloads and streams in a short period of time on music platforms.
Fun Fact:- The most used slang in Nigeria currently is KPK.
Qdot – Ah!
When you talk about street Jamz, there is no way you will not mention Q-Dot and his consistent releases.
Off his Alagbe album Q-dot was able to give us another street banger titled Ah!, which was released in the month of September 2020
The song ‘Ah!’ is a freestyle with dope relative rap verses and banging beat produced by Street hitmakers 2TBoyz.
It also talks about daily circumstances that will make you wonder ‘Ah! how do people even do this?’
The wordplay and flow of this Hip-pop freestyle are top-notch and the street has no choice but to accept it.
Ah! has a 100% street vibe as Q-dot was kind enough to shoot the video in the south-western part of Nigeria, Lagos Ikorodu.
The natural vibing of random people to the song further proves this.
Mr Real – Baba Fela
2020 started off serenely well for Mr Real who proved to be the real “General of Lamba”. A name which he adopted and used to name the E.P he released earlier this year.
Consequently, the January released song “Baba Fela” was lifted from the just-released EP titled “General Of All Lamba” which housed 4 tracks. with “Baba Fela”, he really gave us a soundtrack for some funny video clips.
On this track Real talks about smokers that engage themselves with various types of weed and how people explore when it comes to getting high on smoke.
He shares to everyone that no matter how hard of a smoker you are, you can’t break the record of the great Afrobeat master, Fela.
“Kosi be se fagbo Ele fa’gbo to baba fela, gbess”.
The song did not only go beyond a danceable street song, it fits into all comical skits and it’s well relatable.
There is no doubt, Mr Real is a General when it comes to dropping Lamba!