How Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile Displaced Phyno and Olamide as ‘Two Street Kings’


Naira Marley and Zlatan

Back in 2015, the only names on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria was that of Phyno and Olamide when the two Indigenous rappers dropped a collaborative studio album titled ‘Two Kings’.

These two dominated commercial music with their street friendly tunes. Phyno and Olamide traded their indigenous fans for a national quest.

Fast forward to 2019, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile are the ‘two kings’ of the hour. These two Yoruba indigenous acts have proven beyond reasonable doubts why they are the king of the streets.

Prior to their controversial detention by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile recorded a hit single titled “Am I A Yahoo Boy”. While Zlatan touches every song he jumps on to gold, Naira Marley maintains his dominance with his ‘Opotoyi’ and ‘Soapy’ hit singles.

Phyno and Olamide two street kings

Olamide and Phyno needed a “business mutual relationship” that intertwines the Yoruba and Igbo flavours in order to capture the fans from both tribes. These ‘two street kings‘ had a more strategic approach towards capturing the streets.

But this wasn’t the case for the reigning “two street kings”. Naira Marley and Zlatan only needed to keep to the trend and the popular demand for ‘zanku’ and weird but funny dance moves like ‘soapy’ to retain their dominance.

No doubt these two are the hottest artistes in the country according to popular opinions in the streets of Lagos.



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