One of the most controversial conversations in Nigeria’s Hip-Hop circles is the debate over the lyricism and achievements of Naeto C as compared to other rappers currently making waves in the rap scene. Back in the day, when streaming music in Nigeria was not as popular, Naeto C was a strong force to reckon with, and he made a name for himself, becoming one of the top-listed acts of his time.
During the latest instalment of the Zero Conditions podcast, Motolani Alake, a respected music journalist and media personality, dropped a bombshell that has sent ripples through the Nigerian hip-hop community. With conviction in his tone, he declared that AQ, the enigmatic rap sensation, has been the foremost figure in Nigerian hip-hop for the last three years. This daring assertion ignited a fiery debate amongst the participants.
Motolani Alake firmly stated AQ’s exceptional lyrical skills, claiming they surpass those of the experienced veteran Naeto C. He argued that AQ’s impact on Nigerian hip-hop is even more significant than Naeto C’s and thus deserves a higher ranking on his list of influential artists.
Meanwhile, co-hosts Excel Joab and Melody offered their perspective on the subject, emphasizing that AQ’s cultural influence can be likened to the impact of Blaqbonez and the annual cyphers hosted by renowned alcohol brands such as Martell.
Nevertheless, this exchange has faced criticism from hip-hop enthusiasts on X, formerly referred to as Twitter.
“When it comes to cultural impact, Naeto C will take a seat behind SDC and AQ in the list of top Nigerian rappers…”
— Nigerian Barz Association (@NigerianBarz) September 11, 2023
The conversation generated a lot of reactions from social media users who have also shared light and their points of view.
— O.A (@AgwuObinna_) September 11, 2023
It’s the year 2023… pic.twitter.com/DotMwUPjAR
— Dolapo Amusat (@theGeekyMidget) September 11, 2023
Naeto C > SDC & AQ. What they’ve contributed to HipHop / as rapper’s is extremely commendable, but pls we have to relax. I wish Naeto had more albums & stayed longer in the game so these things aren’t even up for debate!! That’s the truth. Y’all gotta put extra respect on a 🐐 https://t.co/xM21IbaF6Zpic.twitter.com/vhWpfu63Vh
— Fresh L (@freshldrb) September 11, 2023