Check Out 5 Nigerian Celebrities Who Used to Be Rappers (Photos)
There are a lot of paths people take before finally ending up where they’re meant to be. This is true for many facets of life and is especially true when it comes to finding your passion and career path.
In today’s list, we’ll be counting down 5 Nigerian celebrities who you may not know actually tried their hand at rapping. Are you ready to see who they are? Then let’s go!
Nigerian comedian Basketmouth has been very open about his experience as a failed rapper. Before going into comedy, Basketmouth’s plan was to actually make it as a rapper, but unfortunately that dream didn’t pan out. Speaking about being a failed rapper, Basketmouth said:
I’m a failed rapper. Yes, I failed as a rapper. But I didn’t fail because it was a case of [not delivering]. On stage, I was funny, but all my friends were funny so I didn’t know it was a gift. I thought it was a normal thing. I was pushing rap; trying to make music but what I was doing then was blending Afrobeat with a hip hop vibe. It was a bit too ahead of my time. People didn’t get it. We struggled, so I’ll say we failed at doing something new
2. Lasisi Elenu
Another popular name who you may not know started out as a rapper is comedian and skit maker, Lasisi Elenu. Speaking about his time as a rapper, Lasisi said:
Before this, I used to do music and I put out songs but what I did then was I’d sit down in my car and I’d record myself rapping to instrumental. I’d just download any form of instrumental and I’d rap to it. I got comments, maybe 4, 5, 6 as the case may be. I was also consistent in doing that but it took me nowhere.
During the now infamous time when a number of Nollywood actors and actresses were blacklisted from acting, one actress Genevieve Nnaji famously took up music. What many don’t know because they only know her famous “No More” song is that Genevieve also released an album during that time called “One Logo logo Line” which has on it track 5, a song called “Bump It Up” that showcases Genevieve’s rapper side. Genevieve rapped on that track and it is till today one of the standout tracks from the record.
4. Jim Iyke
We all bore witness to the time when Nollywood actor Jim Iyke decided to go into music as a rapper. It was met with heavy backlash and a lot of laughter at the actor, but don’t worry, Jim is laughing about it today too. Speaking about his time as a rapper, Jim Iyke said:
I jumped into music and you know what? That was a humbling experience. Cuz at the end of the day I discovered that I was probably the worst rapper ever. But I enjoyed the experience.
5. Frank Edoho
The most surprising person, at least to me, on this list is the one and only Frank Edoho. Frank Edoho is popular today for being the host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? but many do not know that before getting into the career he has today, he started as a rapper. Speaking about his time as a rapper and why he left it, Frank Edoho said:
Back then, I was well-known as MC Frank during my years at the University of Calabar. I’m a hip-hop head because I used to listen to a lot of rap music. One day, in school, I did a rap to an instrument that was playing during a show I was anchoring on campus. I was like ‘Hey, I can flow on the beat’ and the audience said, ‘I can’t’. So, the DJ hit the instrument and I started freestyling until the crowd started shouting. I thought the shouting was to tell me that I was doing badly – I didn’t know it was an ovation. So after the show, I felt I should maximize the skill but there was no money in rap back then, and that was how I abandoned it.
Who, if any, on this list surprised you the most to see? Let me know by leaving a comment either below or on my Jide Okonjo Facebook post.