5 famous American rappers you never knew are from Nigeria


Rappers like Olamide, MI, Falz, Vector and Phyno have all taken the rap music to a whole new level in Nigeria.

But there are many other talented Nigerian rappers who made waves in America. Below are five famous American rappers from Nigeria.

Famous American rappers from Nigeria

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, professionally known as Nas, is an American rapper and songwriter, famous for songs like ‘I Can’ and ‘The World Is Yours.’ His jazz musician father Olu Dara is of Yoruba descent.

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, popularly known as Wale, is an American rapper. He was born in Washington DC to Nigerian parents. He has released hit tracks like ‘On Chill’ and ‘Bad.’


Hakeem Seriki aka Chamillionaire is an American rapper famous for songs like ‘Hip Hop Police’ and ‘Good morning.’ His father is a Muslim Nigerian.

Born in 1985, American rapper Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to a Nigerian father and a white mother. He is famous for songs like ‘Bambi’ and ‘Classic Man.’

Lil’ O
Lil’ O

Born Ore Magnus Lawson in Lagos in 1977, Lil’ O has released tracks like ‘I Wonder Why’ and ‘It Can’t Rain forever.’


  1. Olu Dara was born Charles Jones III January 12, 1941, in Natchez, Mississippi.[1][2] His mother, Ella Mae, was born in 1911 in Canton, Mississippi.[2] His father, Charles Jones II, also born in Natchez,[2] was a travelling musician, and sang with The Melodiers, a vocal quartet with a guitarist.[3]

    As a child, Dara took piano and clarinet lessons. He studied at Tennessee State University, initially a pre-med major, switching to music theory and composition.

    Nas is not of Nigerian decent.


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