Creating an album requires and an incredible amount of work, effort, focus, and vision to see it through and produce a through masterpiece and work of art. To pick 10 biggest albums In Nigeria for 2019 was arduous as your wild guess could be.
As difficult as the task might be to pick, there are few artists in the country who are masters of their craft and there albums would pick themselves on this list a million time over and would still get plenty of accolades and critical acclaim.
2019 has been an incredible year in Nigerian music. Albums have become a cliche and ‘unimportant’ part of artistry in Nigerian music. Davido, one of Nigeria’s flagship acts only released his second album in 10 years. Yet, he’s been one of the best Nigerian artists of the decade.
Albums are still the prime platforms to showcase musicianship and artistry. Whether one likes it or not, albums are also an important part of an artist’s career.
In 2019, Nigerian music has seen a ridiculous amount of good albums (including EPs) but quite a lot fell below standard or just falter to disappoint. To pick just 10 was hard work and quite easy too based on quality.
The albums picked are those released between December 1, 2018 and November 31, 2019. Criteria include and is limited to; Critical acclaim, reception, impact (if any) and commercial success (added advantage).
Peruzzi- Huncho Vibes: After his big break in 2018 with his features on Amaka, Aza and Run Am. He finally gave us more of his own singles and later in the year he dropped his first album Huncho Vibes, it had a huge promotion and some good singles on it but was still not good enough. A decent try.
10. Mr. Boombastic – Blaqbones: This was probably one of the loudest rap album of the year, yeah! loud.
It was just loud, cocky some really good rhymes and flows on the beat but won’t pass to be more than 10th on the list despite ridding of the beef between his M.I and Vector we expected more but it fell short.
9. The Lost And Found (Alternate Ending)- Paybac and Boogey:
The only album stopping this album from being the top Nigerian rap album of 2019 is the impact Falz was able to conjure with Moral Instruction. Alternate Ending is a follow-up to Face Off by The Lost and Found (Paybac and Boogey).
Both rappers had released one album and one EP each over the 18 months preceding Alternate Ending. When the album dropped, it was a masterful concept album about power and utilization. On it, Paybac and Boogey did rappity-rap, found introspect, made music and had great features. Shout-out to Majesty Lyn for ‘Memories.’
8. Enjoy Your Life – Lady Donli:
Before this album dropped, Lady Donli was undergoing a necessary evolution from an act who made good, but inaccessible music to someone who gets it. From the first single titled, ‘Cash,’ the roll-out commenced. Donli created a money-based campaign for an album titled, Enjoy Your Life. How do you enjoy your life? Money.
The album traveled through different sonic eras to give us an experience. At one time, she’s the Northern Girl. At another point, she is an R&B artist from the early 2000s. Some other time, she becomes a Nigerian folk singer with the incredible ‘Corner Corner.’ At will, she also becomes a Galala artist from the mid-2000s.
7. Lucid- Asa: After a five-year hiatus, Nigeria’s songstress extraordinaire returned with her 4th studio album titled, LUCID.
Asa will never release an average album – LUCID was a good listen. However, it marked no significant evolution in Asa’s artistry. But the strength of Asa’s fan base carried the music. Not to take anything away from this work of art, it is probably the best listen of all the album on this list
6. I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz And WurlD:
For a long time, the criticism that dogged Sarz was that he hadn’t produced an album. Earlier in the year, he released the beat tape, Sarz Is Not Your Mate. Before then, Wurld had released Love Is Contagious in March 2019.
As they said during their listening party for I Like Girls With Trobul, they were so creatively compatible that they started making music from the first time they met. The result is an 8-track EP that again underlines Sarz’s versatility as a producer and marks Wurld’s continued effortless evolution into an afro-fusion act.
5. A Good Time- Davido: Well To some, they would say this album wasn’t that exceptional to be on this list or make it this high. But would love to remind you that some of the indices used to rate the albums on this list were Critical acclaim, impact, reception, and commercial success well it was A Good Time.
The Album had on it some of the biggest songs Davido as ever crafted so Like “Fall”, “If” and some really nice new ones too like Disturbance, Sweet In The Middle and Risky so yeah commercial success it pass, reception great too.
So it does deserve to be where it is no more nor less.
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4. Show Dem Camp – Clone Wars IV: These Buhari Times:
In 2016, Muhammadu Buhari had only been in office for one year as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when a comical skit went viral on the internet. Nigerians in the video blamed every negativity in their lives on Buhari. We laughed about it, but the Buhari administration has been that nonsensical.
In January, Nigeria’s premier rap group Show Dem Camp announced yet another project – the fourth installment of its Clone Wars franchise. Interestingly, it had a subtitle that Nigerians would resonate with. ‘These Buhari Times’ came in the thick of Nigerian frustrations with their president.
At times, that subtitle seemed like an afterthought on an album that primarily shines on personal issues and introspects, but it was a great album. It’s only real blemish was its length.
3. Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps – Fireboy Dml:
He along to his ex Music school classmate Joeboy are the 2 biggest things out of the Nigerian music industry this year. This was definitely their breakout year and Fireboy most definitely did a great job with his album Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps.
He named the genre of this album “Afro-Life” and maybe sometimes it faltered with a scatterbrained approach and songs seem repetitive, but it was still an incredible experience of love, lust, and attraction.
2. Moral Instruction- Falz:
Before this album dropped, Falz had rebranded himself as a socio-politically conscious person who makes music. When he dropped ‘Talk,’ the first single off the album, social media went mad with anger. ‘Feminists’ turned to Sango, spitting fire and brimstone with the thought of a five-year-old.
If one didn’t know better, he would think the album was made by Kendrick Lamar. Everyone had a take on Falz’s topical base for the album and the channeling of Fela.
Ordinarily, this album might not be better than others it has toppled, but its impact cannot be denied. More importantly, it was named Album of the Year at Headies 2019. Now you can’t argue with that, would you?
- African Giant – Burna Boy:
I want to write a lot about this album, but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to write the following;
African Giant is the flagship ‘Afrobeats to the world’ album. It was made by Nigeria’s best – and arguably, biggest – artist of 2019
That artist is also the poster boy for Afrobeats to the world, it is also the most-streamed album on the Billboard Chart across Africa. Most importantly, African Giant got a Grammy nomination. No need to say more argue with your keypads.The Top 10 Biggest Albums In Nigeria For 2019
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