Becoming famous is not easy but staying famous is even harder.
This is the stark reality that a lot of artists around the world realize after hitting stardom with many struggling to remain in the spotlight. Nigeria is not excluded. The Nigerian Music scene has seen a lot of brilliant artistes come and go, with many dropping from the spotlight and putting the fans on an endless wait for another hit.
There are some artists who started out blazing hot, dropping hits after hits then abruptly become cold. They are still there but seem to find it hard to tap their “hit making” core anymore or as frequently as they used to. While we are still hoping to see a hit from them, we decide to compile a list of the top 6 Nigerian artists whose music careers have gone cold.
We kick off our list with this soft spoken multi talented singer and songwriter, Emmanuel “Bez” Idakula. Bez burst into the scene with his hit single “That Stupid Song” in 2011 and had a few good years headlining the music industry. He had several shows and features, his album super Sun released in 2011 was very successful with the video of “That Stupid Song” premiered on BET making him the first African Artist to world premier his music video on BET. However he quietly dropped off the scene a few years ago and we have not heard any hit song from him in a while.
- Eva Alordiah
Eva Alordiah is one of the few females we have in the Nigerian rap industry. She started out as a very promising act, even going as far as winning a few awards. However, her last real hit was way back in 2011 and since then she has released a few other songs but none have gotten to the level we expected. The only news worthy detail about her came back in 2016 when she dropped her ‘1960’ album. Unfortunately, the album release went largely unnoticed.
This former Project Fame West Africa contestant hit stardom immediately after the reality T.V show rounded up. He gave us hits after hits and became widely known for his soul and RnB music blend. However, since his last major hit song in 2014, he has struggled to hit the heights he was known for. He released an EP album called “2 Minutes EP” last year but none of the tracks made it into the major hit status. He is still quite active in the scene and we hope he drops a new hit soon.
Blessed with a powerful and unique voice, Waje broke out after a feature on P-square’s hit track “Do Me” in 2008. Since then, she has released several songs that have topped the Nigerian music charts. However, the last we heard from her was two years ago when she dropped “I’m Available” with yemi Alade and nothing else since then.
After winning the Project Fame West Africa, this talented artist dropped exciting dancehall singles for us. And the fans loved it. However, he decided to go back to singing RnB songs in 2015 and his career never looked the same since then. He has gradually been going down in the industry rankings and even his joining Mavin Records did nothing to help revive his career. He is no longer a member of the SMD and we really do not understand what is happening with him now.
Many have forgotten about this guy. A member of the now defunct Mo’Hits Records and now part of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty (SMD), D’Prince has practically disappeared from the Nigerian Music scene. Maybe we will still see something from him, only time will tell.
Now I know a lot of people might have expected Ice Prince to be on this list but the talented rapper was omitted because he had a good 2018, not at the standards we expect but an okay one nonetheless.
Ice Prince is the Most Streamed African Rapper on Spotify of 2018 with 19 million streams and 1 million hours listening. pic.twitter.com/V5ilJAmOif
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) December 12, 2018
After all, Ice Prince did rank highest on Spotify’s list of highest African rappers song streams in 2018 with 19million streams. That is not a feat achieved by artistes with cold careers don’t you think?