8. Falz (Nigeria)
Falz moves up a notch from his #9 spot on last year’s list, due to another top performance this year. His late 2015 album, Stories That Touch, is still enjoying loads of attention as he systematically releases videos off the jump. “Chardonnay Music” is as smooth as it gets, and “Bahd Baddo Baddest” is one of the hottest Hip-Hop songs of 2016.
Falz won the International Viewers Choice Award at the BET Awards 2016. He also walked home with a “Best Music Video” award for “Soldier” (featuring Simi) at the just-concluded #Headies2016.