Waking up to a depleted or almost depleted bank account balance, Nigerian Songs About Hustle is enough to motivate you to get work done and earn more. In a country like Nigeria plagued with poverty, war, and corruption, you have to double your hustle just to keep your head above the water because it’s a one-man for himself way of life.
Everyone grew up hearing the words “Only a dead man is tired, There is no rest until we 6 feet buried, so keep hustling” and to date, it has become a part of a mantra in our everyday lives, it keeps people going. Some Nigerian singers have documented the struggles about hustle in songs. Many of these songs are inspired by the real-life experiences they faced before making it big in the music scene.
Scenarios such as doing multiple jobs while still making music, getting rejected by big record labels or moving to a big city to earn money have been narrated in songs. The lines below showcase a diverse list of songs from Nigerian singers about hustling, working hard, and staying motivated.
Bad Boy Timz X Zlatan Ibile – “Hustle”
Released in 2019 off his extended play debut project “Timz”, Bad Boy Timz and Zlatan urged hustlers not to be slow like a tortoise and not to sleep like a tortoise. Listen!
Orezi – “Double Your Hustle”
The message of the song is quite simple, double your hustle in whatever you do if you want to be mentioned among the greatest. The track’s songwriting is based on Orezi’s hustle before becoming a prominent figure in the society. From getting rejected by the one he loved and eating unhealthy meals just to stay alive, his story is one most people can connect with and a sure motivator… Listen and Enjoy!
Praiz – “Hustle” featuring Stonebwoy
“Hustle to be free, free from poverty, Hustle for your family, put your all just believe” Praiz and Ghanaian and Reggae/Dancehall act, Stonebwoy on this inspirational reggae jam sing about the importance of hustle. They preach that ‘Hustle’ is the key to freedom from poverty and that one day the hustle will pay.
Bella Shmurda – “Vision 2020”
Another Nigerian Songs About Hustle You Can, Asides from the fact Bella got his big break in the music scene because of this prophetic song, one can not help but be marvelled by his success story. Bella Shmurda was able to document the highs and lows of being an adult in this present-day society. The young lad got his girlfriend pregnant and hustled for 6 months but it yielded nothing. Bella didn’t let that stop him from working harder and now his hard work has paid off… Listen!
Wizboy – “Infinity”
This track released sometime in 2011 would definitely take you on a trip down memory lane. Wizboy sings about balling till infinity after working hard for so long. He also brags about being on a level where he doesn’t have to hustle in his life again.
Adekunle Gold tells his listeners a truth point-blank – “No food for lazy man“. It’s the bitter truth people especially those living fake lives don’t want to hear. Dekunle admonishes them to double their hustle as you cannot call a Pussy-cat a tiger neither can you label the latter as the former. This is a track to listen to when you feel like you’re slacking or feeling lazy.
Mayorkun – “Hustlers Anthem”
As the title depicts, the track is meant to serve as a motivation to other upcoming artists and hustlers. Mayorkun didn’t have it easy on his way to the top, sleepless nights in the studio with hard work, Mayorkun assures hustlers that their handwork would never be shamed. “Hustler Anthem” is dedicated to all the hustlers grinding out there and he used the track as a means to uplift other artistes.
Even the growing kids of this generation understand that one must hustle. Fuji prodigy, Destiny Boy tells the fellows not only on the streets but people from other spheres in life whether rich or poor to hustle.
Olamide – “Hustle Loyalty Respect” ft Reminisce
Olamide and Reminisce have inspirational grace to grace stories and they teamed up to educate hustlers on the importance of working hard. Off his album “Street OT” the track was recorded to orientate people on hustling, loyalty and respect. Listen below
Released at the beginning of the year when there’s a lot of buzz about new resolutions and goals, Cobhams and Simi form music chemistry to deliver an inspiring song which is about the hustle. According to Cobhams, ‘We Plenti’ comes with a powerful narrative. He explains, “This song is to encourage every Nigerian to let you know that you are not the worst person in the world. And everything happens in its own time. The fact that it might not have happened in the time you want it doesn’t mean it won’t happen at all.”
“A lot of people are frustrated about their situation in life not realizing that it might be a matter of time. A lot of people need to find reasons to keep going. And just knowing that they are not the only one going through stuff is enough encouragement to keep at it. It is a song of hope, encouragement and the need to hold out faith. It’s also a direct encouragement to keep working.”