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Naija Hip Hop: An Analysis of the Music of 2Face Idibia

A Oikelome


In recent times, contemporary discourse on the analysis of popular music has taken the front burner. This is as a result of the growing trend of this genre in the stream of world music and the numerous awards being won by Nigerian hip hop artistes both at home and abroad. This paper examines the music of Innocent “2 Face” Idibia to illustrate common aspects between local elements and the western popular features inherent in his music. These features are provided by the analysis of certain musical concepts in staff notation. Drawing on descriptive and stylistic theory, this article provides an analysis of five songs of the musician. Through an interpretive lens, the paper identifies specific elements in relation to his use of melody, rhythm, harmony and form in the music.

Keywords: Stylistic analysis, music genres, Hip Hop, Fusion, popular music.

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