There are hundreds of record labels in Nigeria today. However, some stand out because of the good music their artistes and producers dish out- the songs of their artistes are all over the airwaves, parties and clubs. You see the names of these artistes and producers on the tracklists of top Nigerian albums and also appear in many collaborations. I present you with seven hottest record labels in Nigeria right now.
Don Jazzy’s record label Mavin Records is arguably the hottest label in Nigeria. The top label parades super talented artistes, producers and disc jockeys who keep filling the airwaves with mind-blowing jams. Tiwa Savage who went on a break after the release of R.E.D in December 2015, came through last month with hot All Over which is currently topping charts. The other artistes on the label are also doing incredibly well. For instance, Reekado Banks’s Spotlight album few weeks after release climbed up to No 8 on Billboard World Albums Chart and Korede Bello’s new album Belloved and Iyanya’s Signature are huge successes.
Wizkid’s Starboy Worldwide Entertainment is another top record label. Though relatively new, the label has achieved a lot within a short space of time. Its signee Mr Eazi was everywhere last year, he was on the tracklist of almost every album released last year and his singles as Leg Over, Rotate and Anointing are songs you would still listen to and enjoy ten years from now. Wizkid himself ended last year with many awards and the release of a dancehall banger titled Daddy Yo, a song that has gotten more than six million views on YouTube. His latest release Come Closer ft. Drake is the talk of the town.
Olamide’s influence is enough to make YBNL Nation a hot record label. I dare say the talented rapper is the most sought after artiste and it is true that he’s always being featured by at least 25 artistes every year. His label mate and fellow indigenous rapper Lil Kesh has been consistently hot since he rose to prominence with Shoki and Gbese. Also, YBNL Nation’s in-house producer Young John keeps promoting the name of his label with the power of his magical sounds. It is undeniable he is one of the most sought after producers right now. The young but super brilliant producer has worked with all categories of artistes from upcoming to shining and veterans. He was on the production team of Kiss Daniel’s New Era album and also produced Living Things which has brought 9ice back to relevance. And anytime, he teams up with his boss, they get everyone all happy and grooving. They made Shakiti Bobo, Pepper Dem Gang and trending Love No Go Die. Alternative/ Urban Highlife singer,Adekunle Gold, is another factor that keeps the YBNL at the top.
DMW which is headed by Davido Adeleke who is popularly known as Davido, is apparently one of the hottest labels right now. The talented singer earlier in the year came through with If which recorded two million views in just one week. You hear the chart-topping jam everywhere you go- clubs, parties and on the street. Asides the success of single, the afropop superstar is now a ‘beautiful bride’ that is being sought after by all. He is on Kriz Beatz’s new hit Erima, on the remix of 9ice’s Living Things and the latest is his collaboration with CDQ for Ko Funny. His label mates and signees Dremo, Mayorkun and Yonda are doing greatly well too. All of these have placed the relatively new record label on a very hot spot.
The president of Chocolate City MI has not been doing music lately but his label mates are doing well especially Koker and Dice Alies. Koker was a good choice and a diversification strategy that worked well. Since he joined the team, it’s been hit upon hit. Do Something was a hit as well as the popular banger Kolewerk. Dice Alies is also currently doing the label proud. The talented youngster who collaborated with Lil Kesh for hit single Miracle, dropped a smash hit titled Ella few weeks ago- a dope joint that attracted five hundred thousand views on YouTube in one week of release.
The profile of G-Worldwide Entertainment never stopped rising for once since Kiss Daniel heralded it. The talented singer is being supported by another talented act and label mate Sugarboy, who dropped a very hot album about a week ago. Remember DJ Shabsy who is the first Nigerian disc jockey to attract one million views on YouTube with his song Raba, is also a member of this team.
Made Men Music Group makes the list with its signee Tekno who has been giving us back to back hit jams. The label also has DJ Coublon who is one of the hottest and most sought after producers in the country.
I bet not many knew the record label called Baseline Music Group until the signing of dance song specialist, Skales. The super talented singer has in the last couple of years single-handedly brought Baseline to the Nigerian music forefront with the bangers he continually serves us.
Though it recently lost two top artistes, indigenous rap star Phyno and Chidinma, Capital Hill Music is still a record label that cannot be pushed aside. Label boss and Afro-Hip-Hop act Illbliss, keeps the label hot with his dope lyrics and tunes. The talented lyricist still dropped a nice Hip-Hop album titled Illygati in the end of 2016. It has received so much acceptance since its release. Illy is being assisted by talented female rapper Ms Kizz and Tha Suspect who is one of the best sound engineers in Nigeria.
When Harrysong left Five Star Music last year, many thought the five year-old record label had started dying a gradual death. But no. The label’s front-liner, Kcee, pulled through and came through with a dancehall tune tagged Romatic Call which is banging in every club now. The fresh record was produced by a magically fingered producer Dr Amir who also happens to be the label’s in-house producer. He has birthed several hits for them which include Bureau de Changer and Baba For The Girls. The record label was saved and it remains a hot record label.
Shina Peller’s Aquila Records makes the list of the hottest record labels in Nigeria because of how well his signee Airboy, has been doing since he joined the fast-rising label. The young talented singer has dropped a few hot singles from the time he joined last year to now which include dope Afrobeat-fused joint Nawa Nawo. The new tune which was released barely a month ago, has attracted over five hundred thousand views on YouTube. That is hot. Isn’t it? And on the same label is super talented indigenous rap artiste, Base One and Ori Owo singer Tillaman.