At just 21 years old, Canadian-born artiste and producer Odie is transforming the contemporary sound of hip-hop. Odie’s is not into the traditional ‘boom –bap’ hip-hop. He experiments a lot with jazz, soul, alternative rock and afrobeat. Growing up in a Nigerian household and being raised by Nigerian parents, ODIE was influenced by the sounds of Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, and Michael Jackson during his childhood
ODIE and his group, Unité, have loads of hidden music gems on Soundcloud you should totally check out
Look under the definition of good vibes, and Daramola’s name is next to it. With his signature falsetto voice, the Miami-based singer/songwriter Daramola has been putting in major work.
He is the son of Gbemi Olaleye, one of Nigeria’s foremost gospel musicians, if you’re a gospel music fan, you’ve surely heard “Leta Ayo” so the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Daramola developed a love for music from a very young age, the same love led him to work with the likes of Colombia Records Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Capitol Records Social Club.
If feel good music is your thing, Daramola’s music should be added to your playlist
3 Tunji Ige
Raised by Nigerian parents in Philadelphia, Nigerian-born Philadelphia rapper/producer Tunji Ige is one rapper that has been slept on, and we are not here to tolerate it. Tunji self-produced and recorded his debut mixtape, The Love Project, in his college dorm room. FUN FACT: He was one the producers on Khalid’s Grammy nominated breakout hit Location. Another FUN FACT, one of his singles was featured on The Rock’s HBO hit series Ballers
Born in Nigeria and raised in California, Nigerian-American sisters Ivana and Jessica, collectively known as VanJess have been racking up YouTube numbers like no man’s business. They’ve covered some of the hit songs from your favourite artists like Rihanna’s Work Drake & Wizkid’s One Dance, however, their cover of Drake’s Headlines is what gained everyone’s attention. In 2015, they released their debut EP, 00 Till Escape which was a five-song project. And most recently they let out their debut album Addicted to stellar reviews.
Ikey is originally from New York City, but he was also raised in Lagos. His music is so relatable that it paints a vivid Nigerian picture through the proverbial rags to riches story. According to him, he connected with music at a very early age. The diverse palette of his father’s music collection painted a musical canvas that pays homage to everything from Elton John and Journey to the Neville Brothers and Igbo Nigerian highlife singer Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe. Ikey is totally one to watch.