2Face was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria and attended the Institute of Management and Technology [IMT], Enugu, where he did his National Diploma Course in Business Administration. A singer-songwriter, 2Face has a rich discography. He has three albums to date: Face2Face [ Kennis Music, 2004 ], Grass2Grace [ Kennis Music, 2006] and The Unstoppable [ Hypertek Label, 2008 and 2010 (International Version)]. 'African Queen', his Award Winning track was the sound track of the 2006 comedy film Phat Girlz. 2Face has won a lot of awards including Best African Act at the MOBO Awards in 2007 and the Best R&B Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009.
M.I’s encounter with Hip-Hop started with sampling the works of DMX and Lauryn Hill in 1998. He later delved into writing poetry. In 1999, M.I left for Calvin College, Michigan, USA to pursue a degree in business and economics. M.I returned to Plateau, Nigeria in 2005 to find the local music industry on the verge of a revolution and was set to take African Hip-Hop to new heights. A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist, M.I has been described by DIV as "the future of African Hip-Hop." He has produced and featured on the works of artists like, Don Jazzy, Kel, Djinee, Shifi (Style Plus), Jesse Jags, Ice Prince, Ruby, Lindsey, Leony e.t.c. He also runs a production company, Rytchus Era Productions with his brother Jesse Abaga (Jesse Jagz).
Jesse Jagz has been described as Nigeria’s Kanye West because of his flirtatious experimentation with different genres of music from R&B to roots reggae to Pop all built on a predominantly Hip Hop foundation. Though a native of Pyeri in Taraba State, Jesse grew up in Jos, Plateau state in a music-filled environment with both parents (clergy) which gave him access to the church choir and drums set by age 7. In 2004, he hooked up with Jude Abaga a.k.a MI together they started Inner Hub Studios. By 2006, Jesse started a solo career with a debut-hit “Africa” that remained at #1 on the Cool FM chart for months. Between 2006 and 2007 Jesse Jagz had 3 songs simultaneously dominating the top ten charts on Cool FM, RayPower FM as well as Rhythm FM! becoming street anthems in and around the north of Nigeria. He also Released two new singles “Las Gidi Grinding” in July, 2011 and “Demo” in September 2011 respectively.
In 2007 Brymo came in contact with a local talent manager who helped him record his debut Album BRYMSTONE. Later in 2010 he hooked up with Nigerian sensational Rapper M.I, whom later introduced him to Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince ushering him into chocolate city music label. Brymo has been described as the master of hooks; this is because of his contribution to the success of Ice Prince monster hit single Oleku’.
Timi Dakolo’s rich choice of words, depth of lyrics and soulful vocals, is always an experience for listeners. His calm, poise and disciplined demeanor as well as his stage performance is world class, one that would win the accolade of Royals. Simple, yet inspirational, Donald Timiebi Dakolo has broken through barriers and shot for the stars. Born to a Nigerian Father and a Ghanaian Mother, Timi Dakolo’s rise to fame was unprecedented. Not even in his wildest imagination did he think he would be this celebrated. This Accra-born Nigerian grew-up in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State where he spent a better part of his life with his paternal grandmother. His journey as a singer began in the early 90s when barely in his teens, he joined his church choir, a training route familiar to music artistes world over. He went on to compete and win a talent competition in Port Harcourt titled G.E Facto and the rest is history!
He was heavily influenced by his mother who was a choir mistress. As a child, he traveled with his mum a lot thus was exposed to various church choirs and learnt to play multiple instruments. He released his debut album GET SERIOUS in 2008, a monumental ten track album that positively impacted on the sounds scene of Nigerian music with massive radio hits like Good or bad, Cool Temper, Money Good and So Fly. Just recently, the master of pure African music dropped his third studio album titled SELAH, a Greek word for ‘Pause and Think’. J. Martins believe SELAH has more content that the previous two successful albums. He is even willing to refund money to fans who think otherwise!