Smash9ja Exclusive: Top 10 Artists To Watch In 2018

Each year we earmark some exciting artists that we feel will be impactful in the music industry and 2018 is not an exception.

We bring to you some artists we are excited about going into the year. Some of them are relatively new in the game, some made it on the list based on buzz garnered in 2017 while some made it based on their talent level alone.

Here are the 10 artists to watch out for in 2018

10. Cnik Ree

Cnik Ree is a super talented singer who has gained quite a popularity in diaspora Belgium with his craft, He returned back to Nigeria in 2015 and dropped a song titled ”Turn Around ” ft Skales, that song and the video endeared him to a lot of music lovers. Cnik Ree promised a take over in the Nigerian music industry when he returned, and I GET ABILITY is just that song that shows he isn’t playing around. Having graced the musical scene with Endless Vibes  Cnik Ree, he gifts us Udu late 2018, Cnik Ree is definitely one of the hot prospects of 2017 and he’s sure one to keep an eye on.

9. Science

Science aka the Enemies Master is an afro-pop and dancehall act. He garnered some buzz in eastern part of Nigeria during his Uni days when he recorded a few underground songs. His first professional single entitled “Only You” did decently well in Nigeria. Science has never done a love song but he came back last year with one in a different style and Geofficial really put him through, lets watch out for the Enemies Master this year.

DOWNLOAD MP3: Science – “Only You”

8. Jaytuin

Uber-talented British-Nigerian singer Jaytuin had a very successful outing in 2017 with the release of his acclaimed mouth watering singles Coming Home which came after his joint song with the egberi papa “Timaya” tagged Drive You Crazy.

Jaytuin is arguably the most exciting artiste coming out of Nigerian music scene in recent times. If 2017 is anything to go by, Jaytuin should have another successful outing in 2018  with all the moves he’s been making.

instagram and twitter @Jaytuindmk

DOWNLOAD MP3: Jaytuin ft. Timaya – Drive Me Crazy

DOWNLOAD MP3: Jaytuin – Coming Home

7. Sutec

Indigenous rap act Sutec has been grinding hard for a while now, he gains more popularity with each of his releases. With singles like “Covered” with assistance from Chocdee doing well on the street, Sutec decided to follow it up with “Extra Luv” which ended up being his biggest single till date.

Sutec makes street-tailored music, we know he has some more music in store for the streets in 2018.

instagram and twitter @Iam_Sutec

DOWNLOAD: Sutec Ft. Chocdee – Covered (Prod. LeomiBeats)


White is no newbie in the Nigerian music industry, the reggae/dancehall and afro-pop act has been around for a while now but her music career kicked off about 2Years ago. After being featured on several music that Rock the airway, in and across Nigeria..

With her singles “No One Knows” and “Happy dance” sitting amongst the biggest Nigerian songs of 2017 and the way she has started the year, one can only imagine 2018 will be bigger and better for the singer. What is worth doing is worth doing well.

Download Audio White – No One Knows

Download Audio White – Happy Dance

5. Peevibes

Peevibes aka Lyrical Zaddy is a rap/afro-pop artist unsigned and grinding since in 2015.

Peevibes has gotten better with each of his releases and he’s diverse in his sound. His latest effort titled “Tackle” is a dance-ready number jam. The single has been doing quite well in terms of airplay and downloads.

Instagram and twitter @Peevibes

DOWNLOAD: Peevibes – Tackle

4. Jibby

Nigerian raving rapper and hit maker Jibby who is also a producer has been in the game for a while now but drew the attention of folks when he released his trending hit song in 2015 which had standout remarks and gave him that buzz. In the Fall of 2017 he released another single titled “Jedi Jedi” which put the spotlight on him and had everyone asking “who is Jibby?”. The track has gone on to be his biggest single till date.

In November of 2017 Jibby teamed up with fast rising Producer – Teevybez on his new track “Adesua”. Adesua is a love song which is laced on melodious percussion which will leave you with no option than to sing and dance along. It has a blend of pop, Hi-life and Fuji feel, and also has Jibby dropping some trade mark bars in the verses. This song is specially dedicated to Banky W and his wife to be Adesua.

With thousands of streams on YouTube, Sound Cloud, and Spotify combined, he is definitely an artist to watch out for in 2018.

Connect with jibby on IG: @Jibbyizhere

Connect with jibby on Twitter: @Rocjibby

DOWNLOAD MP3: Jibby – Adesua (Prod. TeeVybez)

DOWNLOAD MP3: Jibby – Jedi Jedi

3. Slkay

In the music industry, one name that has been recording a silent remarkable upwardly mobile progress is the sensational and upwardly mobile Lawal Bolaji, famously known as SlKay. His new song, FABU, has further lent credence to this claim about SlKay in many quarters, and this is why he will continue to climb to the mountaintops of his career.

He left his former label in 2014 for a sojourn in South Africa, where he signed on to another label before he came back to Nigeria in 2017, to resume fully his career as a signed-on artiste under Sound So Simple Entertainment.

In truth, the talented singer, songwriter and producer hasn’t released much ever since, but such is his talent, we feel the need to include him once again in 2018.

Keep your eyes and ears out for this special gift from God.

Instagram: @OfficialSlkay
Twitter: @OfficialSlkay

Download Audio SlKay – FABU

Download Video SlKay – FABU

2. MVP

MVP was one of the breakout artists of 2016. Following the release of the first single ‘Sope Ti E‘ off his EP project, Turnt Until Something Happens, the rapper has been grinding for a while before he made “Who You Epp”; a cover of Olamide’s trending hit song, MVP has gained support and been recognized by the likes of Olamide and Jesse Jagz in recent times.

MVP is an energetic rapper, he delivers his bars by fusing Yoruba, Pidgin and English Language making him very versatile. He has guest-appeared on a slew of songs since gained buzz and also released a few singles under the  notably “Awon Temi” and the Echo Produced “Tango” which both enjoyed decent airplays and had decent downloads.

MVP is one rapper to watch out for in 2018.

Twitter and Instagram handle @MVP_MIC

DOWNLOAD: MVP – “Tango” (Prod. by Echo)



Born Jesse Chibikem Folarin Winston to an engineer father (who is also a Preacher) and an Educationist mother, Jessay is an Afro Urban Rapper. Though he may tend to fuse many genres ; Raggae, Highlife, Pop,Trap, Afrobeat into his music, there is no doubt his cores are Hip Hop n RnB. He started Professionally in 2013 when he jumped on M.I Abaga’s ‘4 Horsemen’ cover alongside Armani and Black Kickz under the pseudonym of ‘Jesse-F’ .
Although he had been recording songs before then. This 4 Horsemen song, was the first material he was on to go online., since his debut he has not released any song that has fallen short of decent.

The rapper describes his brand of music as a perfect marriage between Hip Hop and RnB with concubines from other genre. He released his biggest single “Focus” in December 2017. “Focus” was received with rave reviews upon its release from critics and fans alike.

Jessay has done just enough in the past 12months to earn him the first place on this list.

– Releasing 8 songs and 2 videos

– Featuring on the Hennessy 2017 cypher with Vector’s team known as the King’s quest.

– Appearing on the first episode of the return of Dj Jimmy Jatt’s #JimmysJumpOff Freestyle session

– Doing that Freestyle on Wazobia (with the names of Big Brother Naija housemates) that broke the internet

– The Freestyle on Rhythm FM that went viral as well.
And so many more.

We expect more consistent features and solo singles from Jessay in 2018.

#SwaveySeason just begun!!!
Follow him on twitter & IG: @RealJessay

DOWNLOAD MP3: Jessay – Focus (Prod By JayPro)

DOWNLOAD MP3: King Chidex Ft Jessay X Jaypro – Hannah Montana

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