Blaqbonez is a fast-rising rapper and singer who is widely known for his distinctive style of rapping and creative ingenuity. He’s credited with dozens of songs, some of which enjoyed frequent airplay across the country, such as Shut Up, Haba, BBC, Back in Uni, and Fendi. This article aims to discuss the biography of Blaqbonez so read on to learn of his early life up to this moment as one of Chocolate City’s most successful signees.
Blaqbonez’s biography would be discussed below:
Early Life of Blaqbonez
Blaqbonez was born Emeka Akumefule, on January 29, 1996, into an Igbo family. He hails from Imo State but grew up exposed to the cultures of the Yoruba and Urhobo tribes. Unlike most musicians that had always developed an interest in music at a young age, Blaqbonez did not, instead, he was fond of criticizing rappers.
His interest in music was ignited by happenstance after his cousin challenged him to produce rap lyrics after they had listened to a 12-year-old rap on the radio. In a few minutes, young Blaqbonez, just a teen at that time, wrote his first song as dared by his cousin. And that is how Blaqbonez’s interest in rap music was ignited, but his parents did not support his new-found hobby so he secretly pursued his passion until he got into the university.
Age of Blaqbonez
Blaqbonez will turn 27 years on January 29, 2023.
Music Career of Blaqbonez
While studying Computer Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Blaqbonez pursued his passion for rap music with intense vigour. He participated in numerous competitions such as underground rap battles. One such competition is the Terry Tha Rapman’s Zombie Competition in 2012 in which Blaqbonez emerged as the winner, coming tops out of the 3000 rappers that participated. Winning the competition earned Blaqbonez a spot on Terry Apala’s mixtape titled World Domination.
He released his first mixtape, Hip Hop in Blaq, while still a student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). His next mixtape, Unfinished, was released shortly after, followed by CTAC (Cassette, Tapes And TVs). Over the years, Blaqbonez was consistent in releasing mixtapes, adding four more to the initial three, bringing the total count to seven mixtapes.
On August 31, 2018, after he got signed to Chocolate City, he released his 8th EP which he titled Bad Boy Blaq. The EP was executively directed by M.I. Abaga and released through 100 Crown, a label imprint of Chocolate City. A year later, in February 2019, the reissue of Bad Boy Blaq, titled Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up was released.
Blaqbonez dropped his ninth EP, Mr Boombastic, on October 25, 2019, after he had released Jesus is Black, a promotional single for the EP a day before. The next year, in 2020, Blaqbonez released Haba, which was produced by Tempoe. Haba was well received by the Nigerian audience.
After nine EPs, Blaqbonez dropped his first studio album titled Sex Over Love, on April 30, 2021. The album was produced by BeatsbyJayy, Type A, Blaise Beats, Xquisite Beats, Tuzi, and Spax, and featured guest appearances from BNXN (then Buju), PsychoYP, A-Q, Laycon, 1Da Banton, Tiwa Savage, Superboy Cheque, Nasty C, Bad Boy Timz, Joeboy, and Mayorkun. The songs off Sex Over Love include Novacane, Heartbreaker, Bling, Never Been in Love, TGF Pussy, Don’t Touch, Okwaraji, Fendi, BBC Remix, Faaji, Zombie, Best Friend, Cynic Route, and Haba as the bonus single.
Later on, in 2021, Blaqbonez released 1000 Years, BBC Remix, and Back in Uni. He released his second studio album titled, Young Preacher, in 2022. The album contained 14 tracks with support from guest artists that include Tekno, Lojay, Superboy Cheque, Jae5, Tay Iwar, Amaarae, Blxckie, Bien, and Takura. The songs that make up Blaqbonez’s latest album include, Young Preacher, Whistle, Hot Boy, Back in Uni, Fake Nikes, Ring Ring, Loyalty, She Like Igbo, Back in Uni, Ess Mama, Maizoe, Fashionnova, Star Life, Back on BS, and I’d be Waiting.
Here’s a list of songs released by Blaqbonez:
- Young Preacher
- Hot Boy
- Whistle (ft. Amaarae & Lojay)
- Back in Uni (ft. Jae5)
- Fake Nikes (ft. Blxckie & Superboy Cheque)
- Ring Ring (ft. Tay Iwar)
- She Like Igbo
- Ess Mama (ft. Tekno)
- Mazoe (ft. Bien & Takuru)
- Star Life
- Back on BS
- I’d be Waiting
- Mamiwota (ft. Oxlade)
- Lowkey (ft. Alpha, Loose Kayon & A-Q)
- Tosins Song
- 5 AM
- I Told You (ft. Terry Apala)
- Home Sweet Home
- No Longer Stupid
- Denied Remix (ft. Dremo & PsychoYp)
- Nikes (ft. Prettyboydo)
- Play Remix (ft. Ycee)
- Good Boy (ft. BOJ & Cjay)
- Mamiwota Remix (ft. Vector & Moelogo)
- Shut Up
- BBC Remix (ft. Tiwa Savage)
- 1000 Years (ft. Superboy Cheque)
- Go Home
- Heartbreak (ft. Nasty C)
- Bling (ft. Amaarae & BNXN)
- Never Been in Love
- Don’t Touch
- TGF Pussy
- Fendi (ft. Joeboy)
- Zombie (ft. Laycon, PsychoYP & A-Q)
- Best Friend (ft. Superboy Cheque)
- Cynic Route
- Faaji (ft. Bad Boy Timz & 1Da Banton)
Here’s a list of Blaqbonez Extended Play (EP) projects:
- Hip Hop in Blaq
- CTAC (Cassette Tales and TVs)
- Bad Boy Blaq
- Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up
- Mr Boombastic
Here’s a list of Blaqbonez studio albums:
- Sex Over Love
- Young Preacher
Blaqbonez has been recognized several times for his musical talent. On January 2, 2019, The Guardian Newspaper listed Blaqbonez as one of the ”Top 10 Artistes to Watch in 2019″. In addition, at the inaugural Creative-Africa Hip-Hop Awards, Blaqbonez was named West African Rapper of the Year. He also was ranked second in the Creative-Africa Hip-Hop Awards’ list of “Top 50 African Rappers of 2021”.
Net Worth of Blaqbonez
In the Nigerian music industry where rappers aren’t so revered, Blaqbonez has managed to build a sizable fan base who resonate with his unorthodox and humorous way of rapping. Thus, he enjoys a substantial amount of streams and downloads on various music streaming platforms which in turn translates to a mega income from those platforms. He also earns through show performances, music collaborations, album sales, and YouTube. So, from these streams of income, Blaqbonez is estimated to be worth over $200,000, as of early 2003. This figure was derived after consulting several online publications concerning Blaqbonez’s net worth.