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The best Afro-Rap songs of 2020
13 November 2020, 17:15 | Updated: 16 December 2020, 16:35
The freshest tracks in the world of Afro-Bashment, Afrobeats and more.
Let the good vibes flow with this flaming hot playlist - Africa to the world!
With huge tracks from the likes of J Hus, Burna Boy, Darkoo and more, we've got your turn up jams on lock.
Check out the best Afro-Rap songs of 2020 below.
Headie One ft. Young T & Bugsey - 'Princess Cuts'
Nines ft. NSG - 'Airplane Mode'
Jorja Smith - Come Over
WizKid - 'No Stress'
Manny Norté, 6LACK, Rema, Tion Wayne feat. Love Renaissance (LVRN) - '4AM'
Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – 'ALREADY'
Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One - 'Don't Rush'
Tiana Major9 - 'Think About You' (Notion Mix)
J Hus feat. Burna Boy - 'Play Play'
WizKid ft. Burna Boy - 'Ginger'
B Young feat. Tion Wayne - 'Last Night'
Nafe Smallz feat. Wretch 32 - 'Ocean Deep'
Khalid, Disclosure feat. Davido, Tems - 'Know Your Worth'
Darkoo feat. Davido, Tion Wayne & SL - Gangsta (Remix)
Burna Boy feat. Jeremih & Serani - 'Secret'
Young T & Bugsey feat. Fredo - 'Bully Beef'
Burna Boy - 'Money Play'
Darkoo feat. Hardy Caprio - 'Juicy (Brown Skin like Eva)'
Stefflon Don - 'Can't Let You Go'
Kida Kudz feat. Jaykae - 1am
Koffee feat. Gunna- 'W'
Young T & Bugsey - 'More Than Me'
Mr Eazi - 'Kpalanga'
J Hus ft. Koffee - 'Repeat'
Burna Boy - 'Odogwu'
WizKid ft. Skepta - 'Longtime'
Burna Boy ft. Stormzy - 'Real Life'
'NSG - 'MCM
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This year didn’t allow us to experience music the way it’s intended, but the internet is infinite and has changed how we consume, categorize, and obsess over music forever. Pulling out my phone to Shazam a track in a different country was an experience, watching everyone sing along as I frantically tried to capture the sound so I could add the track to my Apple Music is now a pastime.
In 2020, the soundtrack of global catastrophe was borderless, genre-bending, and fluid. And Afrobeats crossed over to the anglosphere.
Although we didn’t get to enjoy music at our favorite clubs, bars, music festivals, and parties, isolation demanded that we enjoy music for ourselves. As a result, we individually determined what music would help us survive this unbearable year.
Here are the nine best Afrobeats albums of 2020.
Burna Boy - Twice As Tall
Burna Boy’s fifth album is multifaceted. In Twice As Tall, the Nigerian artist still sounds hungry, providing another masterpiece after African Giant, a Herculean album that cemented his place in wider pop culture. His follow up, or follow through, was concise and electric, weaving together afro-fusion, dancehall and R&B. A standout track, “Way Too Big” is groovy, braggadocios with its drums and suave chords. In “Level Up,” he sings, “I was trying but I couldn’t level up, it was rough, you see/ Start feeling like I had enough, then I contemplate giving up.” It’s a clairvoyant look at what his music is capable of and how it’s being interpreted. Burna Boy is here to dominate with the Black diaspora in mind.
Tiwa Savage - Celia
Celia, dedicated and in tribute to Tiwa Savage’s mother, is a beautifully designed architecture of sound from beginning to end. It is smooth and delicate with passageways into deep melodic transitions and subtle holes of pure euphoria. Savage clearly has something to prove with each release. Fusing R&B, Afrobeat and pop, she conquers with a bass-line and a message. With moving tracks such as “Koroba” and “Glory,” Savage’s talent is raw, evolving, and sharp. Her voice glides weightlessly on all of the tracks. She’s aware that you have expectations, and she delivers with your anticipation in mind.
Wizkid - Made In Lagos
Made in Lagos is steamy — grown and sexy if you will. Wizkid turned 30 this year and his music shows that. The album is slowed down in comparison to his other releases, and its sultry — the instrumentation reflects that. The production allows you to escape in the same way that a night of pacing and mixing red wine with rum does. Wizkid always comes with that material you can feel deep within you, catering to you whether you want to twerk or whine. He is all grown up and this album is his homecoming. Featuring Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, Ella Mai and Tems, Wizkid delivers his best album to date.
Adekunle Gold - Afro Pop, Vol. 1
Adekunle Gold shines on his third album. He’s experimental and clutching to the mic. “Sabina” sounds intricate with a punchy bass, and an arsenal of drums. On “Pretty Girl,” he schools everyone on an overly confident fleeting interaction with a girl, reminding men that “almighty create you.” There are only a few slow spots, but the album allows you to rest the doubts you may have on the polished beats and quirky lyrics. Gold reiterates his sonic flair and artistry masterfully.
Davido - A Better Time
“FEM” became an unlikely protest anthem during the End SARS movement, a movement calling to end the police brutality in Nigeria. Davido didn’t anticipate this, but his music allows for the kind of escapism. “The Best” featuring Mayorkun encompasses that escapism. The track is filled with joy and fun. This album soothes your eardrums. It’s appetizing and proves that Davido can still hold his own with or without the mainstream co-signs.
Maleek Berry - Isolation Room
Maleek Berry is alluring on Isolation Room. In this short offering consisting of seven songs, Berry doesn’t surprise anyone. Seeping throughout the album is a need for more polished beats and lyrics, but the album is sloppy fun. Here there is sympathy for the careless, the hopeless romantics, the people who don’t care for perfection, the people who don’t need the story. The continuity throughout will hold your attention and demand you to dance, to have fun, and to allow yourself to be imperfect.
Fireboy DML - Apollo
Fireboy is transcendent, tender, and luminous in his second release, cutting across afro-pop, afro-house and R&B. In Pitchfork, Ivie Ani best describes Apollo as “not grand or abstract enough to qualify as escapism. Instead, Fireboy stays grounded, shooting the breeze, limning the simplicities of romance and life.” In “Wait and See,” Fireboy wants you to stick around and see what he has in store for you. After a short nine months since his debut, “Apollo’s” release is bold and ultimately, he delivered.
Cuppy - Original Copy
Born to the billionaire Femi Otedola, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, known as DJ Cuppy is one of the artists who has a lot to live up to. Her debut album is erratic, traditional and at times, predictable. Featuring Fireboy, Teni and Rema, Original Copy embraces contemporary artists and heavyweights like Wyclef Jean. The production quality on the album is sleek with contributions from Killertunes, Pheelz, Krizbeatz and 2Kriss. It features musicians from Nigeria, Ghana, United Kingdom, Jamaica and the United States. DJ Cuppy is refreshing and triumphant in her debut.
Kida Kudz - Nasty
Kida Kudz is on the rise. He dubs his take on Afrobeat as “afroswank.” A British-Nigerian, his sound blends and borrows from the diaspora, while staying true to his British influences to create a genre of his own. Kida Kudz has an impressive resume, as he’s worked with the likes of Ms. Banks, Cuppy and Burna Boy already. Nasty is an infectious offering, a concise project consisting of 10 tracks. In a Trench feature, Kida Kudz described his music as “too jiggy: I make the jiggiest sound right now.”
Top Naija Afrobeats songs of 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.
Most songs on this playlist were released in 2020, but we decided to also include some tracks from late 2019, as they were strategically released to gain traction in the coming year. One such track is Wizkid's 'Starboy', which was released quietly as part of the seven-track Soundman Vol. 1 EP shortly before the end of 2019.
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. This playlist will be updated throughout the year, so make sure to bookmark it for your continuous listening pleasure.
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.
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.
Odogwu by Burna Boy
Burna Boy's second single of the year is blowing minds. In Igbo, 'Odogwu' is used for a great or accomplished man. The Afro-fusion superstar is relentless in delivering an original sound. In 'Odogwu', highlife is presented with a new twist loved by contemporary audiences.
Duduke by Simi
Produced by longtime collaborator Oscar, Simi's ‘Duduke’ celebrates the unique love a mother shares with her child. Since its release in April, it has remained wildly popular in Nigeria and around the continent, enjoying millions of streams across digital streaming platforms and becoming the subject of dozens of covers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Somebody by Skiibii ft. Kizz Daniel
This is a song for lovers. The colourful display and video quality of this fresh track have taken fans by storm. The two artists coming together can be described as a rhythm fest, as both are accomplished crooners in their own right.
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'.
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.
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'.
D&G by Davido ft. Summer Walker
The track 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.
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 shot and directed by TG Omori.
Of Lala by Rahman Jago, Jamo Pyper, Zlatan Ibile
The catchy repetition of the words '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.
Geng by Mayorkun
Mayorkun continues to effortlessly add hit singles to his already impressive discography. 'Geng' follows the success of his previous hits 'Up to Something' and 'Che Che'. In May, he released a 4-track Geng EP featuring Nigeria's Ycee, M.I Abaga, Vector, Kwesi Arthur (Ghana), Riky Rick (South Africa), Rayvanny (Tanzania) and Innoss'B (DRC).
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 ft. 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.
Oh My Gawd by Mr Eazi and Major Lazer ft. Nicki Minaj & K4mo
Mr Eazi and electronic dance music trio Major Lazer join forces with US rapper Nicki Minaj and UK-based K4mo for this dancehall record. A vibrant dance tune, the song draws from that draws from Black Uhuru and Baby Cham’s reggae songs and is a happy combination of dancehall, Afrobeats and electronic influences.
Damn by Omah Lay
R&B singer Omah Lay is regarded widely as the bringer of the new wave. A sublime vocal performance on his releases, particularly on his EP Get Layd, secured him that title. ‘Damn’, which celebrates unconditional love, is pivotal to his outstanding 2020. In October, the song was treated to an impressive remix with Atlanta rapper 6lack as the guest artist.
Abule by Patoranking
Taken off dancehall singer Patoranking’s latest album Three. ‘Abule’, constructed around witty storytelling, exciting highlife and community, is among highlights of the collection. Having racked up nearly 10 million YouTube views since its release in August, ‘Abule’ not only proves Patoranking's artistic versatility but also continues to cement his commercial viability.
2020 list afrobeats
Yes, he will return tomorrow, or rather today, and you will see him in the morning at your brother's wedding. -And all the same, I love you, and I will always love you, you are an ideal for me, and for the rest of my. Life you will remain the most desirable.
I want you Lera, I want you to be mine forever, and only mine. She felt sorry for the boy, it was pointless to continue.🔥TOP AFROBEAT VIDEO MIX - NAIJA 2021 - AMAPIANO - FEB 2021 - DJ PEREZ(Patoranking,Omah Lay,Davido)
And then to the cinema, to one chair in the last row, and swear to the usher that we will continue to occupy one. Place for the whole session. and in the whole hall there are still several such couples like us, they do not care, what to watch, though, Bambi ", all the same all the receptors at. This moment are concentrated in one place, when I sit on his lap and he penetrates into me so easily, because his sperm is still there from the cafe.
and completely move a little, but in the whole hall you can hear the same sounds, a seat creak or a.
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