The biblical phrase ‘how are the mighty fallen’ seems like the only appropriate way to label a certain group of Nigerian artistes who have fallen off the path of greatness that they once towed. In the Entertainment industry, blowing up famous is one thing while remaining consistent and staying up there is another.
In a country like Nigeria where there are so many aspiring talents in the music industry waiting for a time of their to also blow, one could say once an artiste starts becoming irrelevant to the industry it will be very difficult before he/she bounces back to his/her former stardom.
At some point these guys were up there in their glory days, in fact they were even tipped to become the standard for the industry in some years to come. But contrary to all the good ratings they were accorded, and serious good will, the reality is that they were not as good as they seemed this year and has hence fallen back to the primary stages of their careers.
This is the list of artistes who didn’t impress at all this year and looks likely to start from the upcoming stages in 2019.
1. Eva Alordiah
When last did the once very promising female rapper Eva Alordiah make headlines? One time it was her proposal at the 2015 ‘Headies Awards’ next was her breakup from her fiance.
That has been her highlight in the past 2 – 3 years. Her overly postponed debut album ‘1960’ when finally released went unnoticed. She has finally found a way to stay irrelevant in the industry.
2. Lil Kesh
Born Keshniro Ololade, Nigerian music star Lil Kesh would be another artiste who has suffered a steep decline in star power. The former YBNL rapper was a street sensation with some of the biggest street hits 2 – 3 years ago.
A ‘Next Rated’ nominee and another young star full of prospects who the street thought would be the next Olamide, recently Lil Kesh has disappointed his core fans as his growth has stagnated.
Since his departure from YBNL, the rapper has been struggling to stay relevant in the industry, though he was featured alongside with Zlatan Ibile on Chinko Ekun’s hit song ‘Able God’ and also had a nice collaboration with PH first son Duncan Mighty on ‘Flenjo’ the rapper still stayed irrelevant this year.
One of Nigeria’s finest gems when it comes to rap used to be Vector. Since his official debut his music efforts have always been greeted with wide acceptance. Post-YSG Vector has disappointed the rap faithful in Nigeria and all those who thought big things for him.
Trouble started for him when his highly anticipated third studio album ‘Lafiaji’ became a flop as the project did not fly, neither did it change the rap game a bit. These days nobody really looks up to VEC as a role model as it concerns rap.
The rapper even released an EP this year titled ‘The Rap Dialogue’ ft El Rigo and also some singles like Mad,Be Happy,This is mad and so on but surprisingly most of his fans weren’t aware about any of this.
What happened to our own Chidinma. the MTN Project Fame stand-out? Chidinma was full of promises from her first taste of limelight with MTN project fame.
She had grown in leaps and bounds albeit organically with her music while winning fans over, the singer had formerly topped charts and won numerous top awards across Africa like the Kora Awards etc.
She was almost the S.I unit for how successful a female artist should be. This year has really been more awful for her as she did not have any good song to her name and is awfully fading out in the industry.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo aka Ycee wasn’t in form at all this year for someone who was thought to revolutionize the rap game with his new flavor. The Tinny Entertainment act has had one of the fastest growth as a rapper in recent times no doubt.
The rapper had a good 2016 but turned out that 2018 would be his most awful, he released some few tracks at the start of the year but since kept mute with even few or no collaborations as he kept his fans wondering. He later released a new track titled ‘My Side’ just to wrap up the year but it seemed to have gotten no attention. The young talented rapped is also slowing fading away in the industry.