Top Naija EPs 2021: Niniola, Ruger, Crayon, Ayra Starr & Mr Eazi

By Khisa CJ

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We're heading towards the end of the first half of 2021, and the Nigerian music industry has already witnessed a couple of popular projects. Below is our list of Top Naija EPs 2021:

- 6th Heaven - Niniola

Afro-House queen Niniola hopped onto R&B and unleashed her full vocal range in this 5-track EP released in March 2021. The '6th Heaven' EP houses among others the hit single 'Promise' which already has an official music video.

- Pandemic - Ruger

Coming from the stables of Jonzing World, Pandemic is a 6-track EP that Ruger unveiled in March 2021. In pandemic, Ruger unleashes his crazy, energetic, and real Afro-dancehall sound.

Ruger tells Apple Music he wants the whole world to be on their feet and It's only a matter of time. Bounce is the lead single off the Pandemic EP and already peaked at number 1 on the Apple Music Naija Top 100.

- Ayra Starr - Ayra Starr

This is the self-titled extended play project from Mavin Records newest recruit, Ayra Starr released on 22 January 2021. The EP is the singer's debut. 

Ayra Starr speaks to Gen Z in this 5-track EP,  empathizing with their struggles, encouraging young women to own their sexuality, as well as giving her own visceral takes on life.

'Away' is the lead single in this self-titled project.

- Twelve AM - Crayon

This is an energetic collection of Afrobeats records that continues Crayon's streak of balancing energy and finesse. 

In the EP, Bella Shmurda joins for a celebration of landing the perfect love on 'Jackpot', while Rema appears on the can’t-help-but-be-captivated dance floor seduction 'Too Correct', and One Acen adds some heat to the flex that is 'Man Dem'.

- Something Else - Mr Eazi

Released on April 19, 2021, 'Something Else' is a project that Mr Eazi says was inspired by Kel P and Killertunes “who kept coming to meet me in Accra until I finally started recording.” The 5-track EP has a dramatic opener, 'The Don' which fuses operatic flair and Afro-trap for a relaxed invitation into his kingdom.

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