As the money and fame accrued to the music industry continued to grow increasingly everyday, it became a norm for record labels to sign new acts and help them achieve their dreams, by sponsoring their music careers, giving them a face, a name, and promoting their music.
We take a look at some record labels who have grown to become the movers and shakers of the Nigerian music industry, as a result their massive productivity and impact.
We’ve scrubbed the internet and come up with the top 5 record labels dropping the dopest joints in the Nigerian music industry.
1. SUPREME MAVIN DYNASTY (SMD)
Mavin Records is a revamped Nigerian-based record label founded by recording artist and record producer Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012.
Originally labeled the now defunct MoHits Records after parting ways with Nigeria’s Koko Master, D’banj; Don Jazzy shook off the disappointment and set out to create something that people would not have thought possible at that stage in his career.
Today, Mavin Records is the best and foremost record label in Nigeria, and the home to popular artistes like Nigeria’s Afrobeats Queen, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, D Prince, Di’ja, Johnny Drille, DNA and Poe
“Yahoo Boy No Laptop” was Founded in 2013 by Olamide Adedeji popularly known as Olamide or Badoo Sneh, the record label is fast becoming one of the most populous and widely accepted record labels in Nigeria.
Don’t be surprised – the amount of trends garnered by its signed artistes is compared to none. The label boasts of popular music acts like Viktoh, Lyta, Limerick, Davolee, BBanks, Young John, Pheelz, Dj Enimoney, and its First Lady, Temmy Ovwasa.
Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold, protégés of the label left recently to establish their own record label, YAGI and 79TH Element respectively.
DMW is owned by the O.B.O himself, Davido, and houses artists like Dremo, Mayorkun, Yonda, Peruzzi, Producer Fresh VDM, “Shepeteri” hitmaker, Idowest, and latest signee, Sauce Kid.
4. STAR BOY
Star Boy Entertainments is one of Nigeria’s mainstream labels that keep drooping chart-topping impressive joints in the industry. Owned and managed by Starboy himself, Wizkid, this label has over the years produced artistes with very good vocals and applicable lyrical contents such as Maleek Berry, LAX and Wizkid, Spotless, Terri ryn.
5. TRIPLE MG
Now owned by Ubi Franklin, Triple MG was the former label of Iyanya. It houses record mates such as Tekno, Selebobo and Emma Nyra. Being one of the record labels on their A-game, Triple MG definitely owns a spot on the top 5 Nigerian record labels list.