Emeka Akumefule, popularly known as Blaqbonez, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter who has gained recognition for his contributions to the Nigerian music industry, particularly in the hip-hop and rap genres. Blaqbonez’s journey reflects the evolving landscape of the Nigerian music scene and the emergence of diverse voices within it.
Emeka was born on 29 January 1996, to an Igbo family, and grew up exposed to the Yoruba and Urhobo culture in Nigeria. Blaqbonez hails from Imo state, a state in south-eastern Nigeria dominated by the Igbo tribe. He grew up with his mother, a pastor, in a Yoruba and Urhobo mixed environment. He had his tertiary education at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), where he studied Computer Engineering.
In 2019, he was profiled by The New York Times as one of the new guards of Nigerian music. He is widely known for his controversial self-proclaimed status as the “Best Rapper in Africa” (abbreviated as “BRIA”), which became the most talked about topic in the Nigerian hip hop space between July and September 2019.
Over the years, Blaqbonez has gain more fame and recognition around the globe.
Here’s an overview of Blaqbonez’s growth in the Nigerian music industry:
Early Beginnings and Recognition:
Blaqbonez began his musical journey as an underground rapper, participating in rap battles and showcases. His early efforts earned him recognition and respect within Nigeria’s rap community.
Blaqbonez gained attention with the release of his mixtapes, which showcased his lyrical prowess and unique style. Mixtapes like “CTAT” (Hip-Hop in Blaq) and “Last Time Under” helped solidify his reputation as a talented rapper.
He has released and featured on so many song so far. Blaqbonez Singles and Album includes;
– Studio Albums:
Sex over love (2021)
YOUNG PREACHER (2022)
Bad Boy Blaq (2018)
Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up (2019)
Mr. Boombastic (2019)
“Mamiwota” feat. Oxlade (2019)
“Shut Up” (2019)
“BBC Remix” feat. Tiwa Savage (2021)
“Go Home” (2022)
“Back in Uni” feat. Jae 5 (2022)
“Cinderella Girl (Where You Dey”
“Like Ice Spice” (2023)
“Mamiwota” feat. Oxlade Spedup Version
“Shut Up” Spedup Version (2019)
“Haba”Spedup Version (2020)
“BBC” Spedup Version (2020)
“BBC Remix” feat. Tiwa Savage Spedup Version (2021)
“1000years” Spedup Version (2021)
“Commander” Spedup Version (2022)
“Go Home” Spedup Version (2022)
“Back in Uni” feat. Jae 5 Spedup Version (2022)
“Stealth Freestyle” Spedup Version
“Cinderella Girl (Where You Dey” Spedup Version
“Like Bezos” Spedup Version
“Like Ice Spice” Spedup Version (2023)
Challenges and Evolution:
Blaqbonez faced challenges that many underground artists encounter, including limited resources and exposure. However, his perseverance and dedication to honing his craft allowed him to navigate these challenges and continue to develop his artistry.
Signings and Collaborations:
Blaqbonez’s talent eventually caught the attention of record labels and industry figures. He signed with 100 Crowns, a subsidiary of Chocolate City Music, which provided him with a platform to showcase his music to a wider audience. Collaborations with artists like M.I Abaga, AQ, and Loose Kaynon further solidified his presence in the Nigerian rap scene.
Digital Media and Social Engagement:
Blaqbonez’s strategic use of social media platforms and digital engagement helped him connect directly with fans and build a loyal following. His witty and engaging online persona contributed to his rising popularity.
Blaqbonez’s music began to gain international attention, with features on platforms like BBC Radio 1Xtra and collaborations with artists from different parts of the world. His participation in the “BET Cypher” further showcased his skills to a global audience.
“Mr. Boombastic” and Breakthrough:
The release of his album “Mr. Boombastic” in 2019 marked a significant breakthrough for Blaqbonez. The album included hit tracks like “Shut Up,” which garnered massive attention and contributed to his mainstream recognition.
Awards and Accolades:
Blaqbonez’s talent and impact in the Nigerian music industry have earned him nominations and awards. His contributions to the rap genre have been acknowledged by organizations and industry peers.