21 Best Nigerian Albums & EPs in 2021 I Notjustok

21 Best Nigerian Albums & EPs in 2021 I Notjustok

As we reel within the excessive of wrapping up 2021 and take within the new 12 months, recounting the times and moments inside the now dusted three hundred and sixty five days that made the second 12 months of the brand new decade, we’ve and proceed to go over all go over highs and lows, wins and losses that punctuated our days and made us really feel alive. There are additionally family members, prized acquisitions and cherished recollections to go over. And all by this rollercoaster journey of human existence, one fixed stays the music that soundtracked today and moments– new music from our favorite Nigerian musicians in addition to new sounds from recent acts who’ve now carved a mushy spot in our hearts and an area in our playlists. In actual fact, 2021 was much more so than ever earlier than, the 12 months of Nigerian music as our quest for world domination progressed additional with the concerted efforts of trade gamers and music-making frontmen and girls. 

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To underscore the work that Nigerian musicians have achieved over the course of the previous 12 months and spotlight the Nigerian tasks, each EPs and albums which have made the 12 months for Nigerians, members of Notjustok who inform a subset of Nigerians which might be music connoisseurs, got here collectively to attract out the 21 finest albums and EPs in Nigeria for 2021 utilizing parameters comparable to venture high quality, manufacturing, attain and all-round relevance. Goodbye 2021 and howdy the soundtracks that made them a 12 months to recollect;

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 21. Rexxie- A True Champion

Best Nigerian albums 2021

Not too way back, Nigerian music producers have been underappreciated heroes of the music sport, that narrative is now taking a flip for the higher, and Rexxie’s watermark is certainly one of such ringing on this change because it has turn out to be a family title. The producer cemented his many strides which have seen him work on a Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning album, by placing out his debut venture, A True Champion, in collaboration with an attention-grabbing vary of artistes to offer the Oxlade fan favorite, Frenemies, 40 BTC with Seyi Vibez, amongst a number of different stellar data.

20. Wondaland- Teni

Best Nigerian album 2021
Teni’s Wondaland cowl artwork

An arrestingly vibrant music trade sweetheart with much more irresistible vocals and a penchant to weave chart-topping melodies, Teni backed up the supply of her ‘Oba Orin’ (King of music) moniker along with her 17-track-long array of data achieved up in Highlife and Afropop. Concerning a variety of points from like to famous person life-style and struggles of on a regular basis life, Wondaland proved to be an aural theme park with songs like For You with Davido and Hustle, making their method to the charts. 

19. Rum & Boogie- Peruzzi

Best Nigerian album 2021
Peruzzi – Rum & Boogie (Album)

Doubly-loaded and twice the enjoyable to compensate for the lengthy break between his tasks, with Peruzzi’s Rum & Boogie, he gave his followers and music lovers a venture as intoxicating because the album portrayed. With Rum enjoying into Peruzzi’s loverboy facet with songs like Someone Child that includes Davido, and Boogie giving oodles of party-readiness with the Wande Coal-laden Out there and Southy Love that includes Fireboy DML, Peruzzi proved why he was self-titled Huncho, a maestro in dispensing good vibes. 

18. Golden- AQ

Best Nigerian album 2021
AQ-Golden album cowl artwork

A rap lover’s delight and a hip-hop vanguard in his personal proper, AQ’s Golden served to re-assert his deft rap sport and show that Nigerian hip-hop continues to be alive whereas flowing over a number of modern-day points like capitalism, the gender divide, the corrupt system, and extra. AQ’s Golden gave followers the standout observe with Chike, Breathe, and a golden venture that might stand by for his followers by his lately introduced hiatus from music. 

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 17. Eclipse- Oxlade and Troniq Music

Best album in Nigeria 2021

In accordance with Oxlade, members of the general public have been solely served with 4 songs from his long-term and melodiously symbiotic relationship with DJ Coublon, for concern of its reception as a result of distinction in sonic route. A window into Oxlade’s love-torn soul, Eclipse had superbly juxtaposed the lightness and darkness of affection on a mattress of Highlife and Afropop that has given music lovers the weak sleeper hit, Ojuju and the bare-back trustworthy lover’s tune that’s Pay Me, until like the primary observe, we realise we wish Extra

16. If Orange Was A Place- Tems

Best Album in Nigeria 2021
If Orange Was A Place EP Tracklist

Along with her vocals ringing within the refrain of one of many largest songs of the 12 months– Essence, 2021 was the 12 months of Tems. She nonetheless didn’t maintain down the fort with options alone however made positive to offer her followers, previous and new a heat summer-inspired auditory feast on If Orange Was A Place. With a Brent Faiyaz function on Discovered, and Guiltybeatz taking the motive force’s seat on manufacturing, Tems not solely delivered a venture as radiant because the title denotes, however a soundtrack for the billion and one absurdities we face day-after-day on Loopy Tings

15. Euphoria- PsychoYP

Best Album in Nigeria 2021
PsychoYP Euphoria EP

PsychoYP mentioned ‘Euphoria so wonderful’ and just like the Pied Piper’s flute name, listeners trooped out excitedly to expertise all the venture that got here after, and have been rewarded with a Entice-laced aural fantasyland that’s his 9-track album, Euphoria titled after the promotional single. With options from Alpha P, South Africa’s PatrickxxLee, and others, Euphoria served followers of the brand new age rap don with favourites like +234 (Every day Paper), Guapan$£, and the standout observe, Euphoria which was brilliantly tracklisted final. 

14. Water & Garri- Tiwa Savage

Best album in Nigeria 2021
Tiwa Savage – Water & Garri (EP)

Titled after the primary Nigerian staple that doubles as native cereal, Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP proved to be as refreshing and filling because the meal. A dreamy, love-themed mix of Afropop, Afrobeats, and RnB, it had been sonically completely different and recent with a function from Amaarae on Tales by Moonlight, a Tay Iwar help on Particular Kinda, and a Brandy function on Someone’s Son that has now culminated in successful document and a viral social media pattern. 

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 13. Again in Workplace- Mayorkun

Mayorkun Back in Office

Mayorkun himself reminded us on Again in Workplace, of his hit-making energy when he mentioned; ‘Held down the lockdown for a longtime.’ Ensconced amongst different scream-worthy quotables, that was one witty approach for the self-dubbed however duly recognised Mayor of Lagos to reinstate his supremacy with hits comparable to aforementioned, Again in Workplace, and the Victony-featured banger observe Holy Father, all off his Afropolyrhythmic and numerous sophomore album titled after the one.

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12. Windfall- LadiPoe

Providence Ladipoe

Breaking by to the mainstream in an period the place hip-hop’s heydays within the nation are lengthy gone, it makes excellent sense that LadiPoe is dubbed Chief of the Revival, as he continues to be one of the vital articulate MCs with irresistible hooks and punchlines that make you wish to scream each lyric line. Off Windfall, we have been hit with the Fireboy-assisted slow-burner hit, Working whereas tunes like Afro Jigga with Rema and Love Important with Amaarae stay undisputed fan favourites. 

11. Sorry I’m Late- Buju

Buju has through the years come to imply many issues to many music lovers, from melodiously entertaining to tremendous proficient to controversial. And the place a debut venture is worried, late even, with followers parched and thirsty in wait of a physique of labor. This venture drought was lastly delivered to an finish in 2021, but the melodies-weaving pure didn’t seem to dive into the creation of his much-anticipated debut with any similitude of stress, as a substitute delivering an OG stage venture that continues to unravel as a modern-day Afropop masterpiece, hinged on songs like Daniel Benson, Ogechukwu with The Cavemen., and others. 

10. Earlier than We Fall Asleep- Johnny Drille

Before We Fall Asleep Album Cover
Earlier than We Fall Asleep Album Cowl

After breaking out in 2017 and being signed into Mavin Information, Johnny Drille had maintained his various music sweetheart place amongst his loyal followers and on the airwaves, however he had by no means launched an album, a bane of his multi-hyphenate perfectionism. Johnny Drille nonetheless broke out of that mould this 12 months with an album that’s harking back to a pleasure journey on a carousel at sundown, when lovers are out to bask within the euphoria of their feelings with out forgetting the cruel realities of the world.  

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 9. Pandemic-  Ruger

Ruger Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic brutally familiarised all the world with medical vocabulary we by no means wished to know, and if not for the Jonzing World signee’s debut venture, Pandemic, the phrase would maintain nothing however unsavoury ideas. 

A viral an infection of the aural type, Ruger’s Pandemic EP has contaminated the airwaves with the last word sleeper hit, Bounce, at the same time as his second venture proves succinctly that the singer’s success is not any fluke. 

8. Intercourse Over Love- Blaqbonez

Blaqbonez Sex Over Love

It’s usually mentioned that for each human emotion and state of affairs, there’s a soundtrack and whereas some years again, it appeared that the Nigerian music pool was poor in that facet, the tastemakers of the brand new age of Nigerian sounds have taken nice care to make sure that the narrative has been flipped. Blaqbonez’s Intercourse Over Love is a quintessential instance laced over trap-doused cadences because the rapper and his impressively numerous roster of options, from Nasty C to Joeboy, Cheque, Amaarae, and others, churn out strains that depict the fashionable relationship faculty of thought that not solely locations intercourse and cash over love however the phrases and philosophies of the rapper from Bling to Okwaraji, high of the charts and this very checklist too. 

7. Ayra Starr EP- Ayra Starr

Ayra Starr EP
Ayra Starr EP

Ayra Starr’s entry into the music scene was one which had the trade agog– nobody foresaw a 19-year-girl getting signed to one of the vital highly effective document labels in Africa however a one-time pay attention of her 5-track debut EP which was launched on the heels of her unveiling quickly proved that she was very a lot definitely worth the buzz her arrival had stirred. The Ayra Starr EP, an appetite-whetting bite-size, Afropop-hinged affair had given the airwaves Away and Sare and with it, she’d made a document then because the youngest most commercially profitable feminine Nigerian musician, and he or she makes yet one more document by having a double entry on our high 10 checklist of finest albums of the 12 months. 

6. UY Scuti- Olamide

A wiseman as soon as mentioned ‘OG no be odd particular person.’ That wiseman was Olamide Adedeji himself who has since his breakout a decade in the past relentlessly earned his GOAT standing even until his ninth and most up-to-date studio album, UY Scuti. A sonically completely different physique of labor from what Olamide has ever put out, UY Scuti’s heavy Afropop cadence gave the airwaves Rock, Jailer and a number of other different fan favourites to make it an authorized high album of the 12 months 2021

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 5. LV & ATTN EP- Lojay & Sarz

Lojay and Sarz’s joint output on LV & ATTN had at first gotten all the excitement as a result of heavyweight co-signs from the inimitable Sarz who produced the 5-track EP in addition to the Wizkid function on the equally titled promotional single, however Lojay’s piercing vocals and cocksure supply throughout the EP had immediately drawn listeners in. And just like the case of coming for the fireworks however staying for the present, fan favourites had quickly been unearthed from Tonongo to LV & ATTN until quickly sufficient, the closing observe, Monalisa had erupted from being a sleeper hit to a smashing one. 

4. Barnabas- Kizz Daniel

Kizz Daniel Barnabas

Very similar to the celebrities within the skies, the human ones that illuminate our music world are as completely different as they’re quite a few, but Kizz Daniel stays a star as reclusive as no different, holding a lot to himself that the discharge of his newest venture, Barnabas almost flew underneath the radar. However because the saying goes, good music wants no commercial as a result of it sells itself and that’s exactly the case of Kizz Daniel’s 7-track EP, Barnabas, a refreshing musical output that cohesively wraps up highlife and Afropop to spotlight the various sides of affection as seen on Oshe, famous person life in addition to self-appreciation, on Pores and skin.

3. Esan- Brymo

Personally touted and echoed by his followers as essentially the most highly effective artiste on this planet, Brymo had displayed his genius with the titling of the album, Esan, which implies vengeance in Yoruba and likewise ninth; a major pun because the venture is certainly his ninth and got here with 9 tracks and a second half, Harmattan and Winter, with 9 songs as properly. 

On Esan, Brymo’s levelly romanticised themes of affection, a nation on its head, and his artistry achieved up in his modernised iteration of Yoruba various and folkloric music, builds into a gradual pressure that not solely wraps itself snuggly around the listener’s consciousness, however wormed its approach as much as be the sq. root of the quantity 9 and be our third finest Nigerian album out in 2021. 

2. 19 & Harmful- Ayra Starr

Ayra Starr - 19 & Dangerous (Album)
Ayra Starr – 19 & Harmful (Album)

We have been duly warned from the soar with the title however that also proved to be an insufficient precursor for the stellar physique of labor Ayra Starr offered as her debut album and sophomore venture in lower than a 12 months since she broke out unto the scene. 

On 19 & Harmful, we see Ayra embody the audaciously self-aware zen of the Gen Z whereas concurrently taking care to encapsulate us in a bubbly and melodic world the place boy issues and style statements are the second and her album, a ten out 10 physique of labor. 

Greatest Albums in Nigeria, 2021; 1. Someplace Between Magnificence and Magic- Joeboy

21  Best albums in Nigeria

A glowing debut from the brand new faculty African pop star that touches on coming of age, his superstardom, love, and relationships amongst a variety of different matters that spotlight youth and crystal clear self-awareness, Joeboy began off the album with an assertion that he was to not be counted out on Rely Me Out. And together with his poppy manufacturing, catchy choruses, and soothing harmonisation on hits and fan favourites like Focus, Door, Present Me, and Lonely, it comes as no shock that Someplace Between Magnificence and Magic has been counted in because the primary album of the 12 months.

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