Popular Street Slangs By Nigerian Musicians

Slangs as we know are jargons that are spoken and understood by a particular set of people. In the music world, there are slangs which musicians create by themselves in their songs and via publicity campaign hashtags, which has turned out to be very popular in the street. If you step into any street in Nigeria and use any of these slangs, they tend to make sense. In a more literal perspective, these slangs have been used by people during conversations. On social media, people get so much in tune with these popular slangs and form their basis of rapport with them.

Recalled when Dbanj was still in the Mo-hits army with Don Jazzy and other label mates, he created a street slang that became so popular known as ‘No Long Thing’. An attempt to define No long thing would be about a cliché that means don’t go far or don’t dull. The slang is still invoked till today. No long thing has continuously transcended with the singer’s brand overtime. It has become like a phrase used on daily basis in the street. Many people would never deny the usage of ‘No long thing’ during their conversation.


There is absolutely no denying of the fact that Phyno is in the throne of the king of rap music in the Eastern part of Nigeria. His single Alobam ushered him into the full fledge rank of A-list artiste in Nigeria. Alobam turned out to be a popular street slang used by Nigerian youths. The slang is an Igbo word which means ‘my brother’ or ‘my guy’ can never go lacking in the lips of people on the street when conversation pops up.

In Africa, 2face Idibia has carved a niche for himself as the most successful Afro-pop musician, dished out hundreds of hits to his credits and has won plenty Awards. The singer is known with his widespread street slang ‘Nothing Dey Happen’. Music lovers all over Africa and in the western world easily relate the slang with 2face. Nothing Dey Happen depicts with a term that says that there is nothing happening. This catchy slang has been a regular anthem in the street since its inception and the African queen crooner is always rolling with this word.

Have you been to Lagos recently? ‘Kilo Sele Gan Gan’ is a regular slang that you will come across in Ajegunle, Sulurele, and other places in Lagos. Kilo Sele Gan Gan has been spreading profusely since Lil Kesh came up with the song ‘’Shele Gan Gan’’. It’s a Yoruba word that means ‘what is happening right now’. The street welcomed this new slang wholeheartedly since Lil Kesh blessed his music fans with that hit.


Try surfing through your instagram timeline and you will see different girls flaunting the ‘Pepper Dem Gang’ slang. If you turn up at a night club in Lagos without seeing the ‘pepper Dem Gang’ girls displaying their cleavages, then you definitely in the wrong place. ‘Pepper Dem Gang’ has become a known slang used in different street across Nigeria. It depicts a bad gang that are seen always hanging out together. The social media community are not left out with this Pepper Dem Gang trend by using it to converse and as hashtags.

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