When it comes to the Music world, it seems South Africans are also exploiting it, most especially the rapping genre. Initially, rapping was considered as a nonsense way of expressing one’s mind but as time goes on, people start to venture more into the musical form because of the fame and fortune attached to it. People that are involved in the art of rapping are referred to as rappers. Other names for the form are emceeing, spitting etc. And it will be so hard to find out that there is no any rapper in n country as most of the young people are now venturing into it more rapidly. In South Africa, there are a bunch of them but they supersede each other, of course, based on the quality and texture of the rap. Thus, we deem it fit to pick the top 10 best rappers in South Africa for you, here they are
The 28-year old is the sole owner of the media company, Family Tree. His real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo and he is a rapper, record producer and also a businessman. In 2013, he released ‘Gusheshe’ as the first official single from his debut album titled Tsholofelo. After that, he released ‘Doc Shebeleza’ which actually fetch him the greatest success. In 2015, Nyovest joined hand with AG Mobile to produce a mobile that was designed and inspired by him, called AG Hashtag. He has been honored with various awards including those at the 2nd edition of the South Africa Hip Hop in 2013.
His full name is Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi and he is a rapper coupled with songwriting. Currently, he owns the media company, Rap Lyf together with Kid X. In 2010, he released his very first album titled DaKAR (Da King of Afrikan Rap) whose singles include ‘Stomp’, ’Fava’, ’Pump it’ etc. at the age of 22. Currently, he is married with a daughter called Khai who was born in 2013.In 2010, he became the Brand Ambassador performing as a headline at the nationwide roadshow tour in the run-up to the FIFF World cup.
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes is a recording artist and record producer. He has been active as a rapper from 2002 till date. He has won series of awards including the Best Newcomer, Best Hip Hop and the Best Produced album for his first album Altar Ego. After the released, a national newspaper tagged him as ‘Prince of South African Rap’. Other albums he has released are Levels and Be Careful What You Wish for and he has produced lots of singles including ‘Don’t Forget to pray’, ‘Star Signs’ etc.
The 35-year old rapper is a graphic designer and also a half duo in Dirty Paraffin from Umlazi Township in Durban. His full name is Smiso Zwane. Among his commercial mixed tapes and album are Holy Oxygen, 100K MaCassette etc. and Miazi Milano, which he produced in 2016. He has produced lots of singles.
Emtee, whose real name is Mthembeni Ndevu, is a rapper and also a record producer. He got to be known by the populace through his first single titled ‘Roll Up’ Currently, he is signed to Ambitiouz entertainment located in South Africa. In 2016, he produced his first album titled ‘Avery’. At a very young age, Emtee has been making use of his talent to earn some fortune for himself, no wonder he is one of the best rappers in South Africa at this present time at such age. Other album released was titled ‘Manando’. Also, he has performed many singles.
The 21-year old rapper is a recording artist and also a songwriter. His first album titled ‘Couldn’t’ was actually the one that fetched him the fame he is enjoying now. In the album, the award-winning hip-hop artist Emtee was featured. Other album he has released include ‘From Me to You And Only You’ and ‘Paradise’ with about eight singles, two extended play, and 1 mixtape. In 2016, he won one of the s2016 South African Hip Hop Awards titled ‘Lyricist of the Year’.
Nasty C, whose full name is Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, was a rapper, a songwriter and also a record producer. He is wildly known because of his single titled ‘Way it Go’ and the well-received single titled ‘Juice Back’, which feature Davido and Cassper Nyovest. In 2015, he emerged as the youngest recipient of the ‘Best Freshman Award’ of the 2015 South African Awards. The 21-year old rapper has released albums titled ‘Bad Hair’ and ‘Bad Hair Extension’. He has also produced lots of singles and mixed tapes. Apart from the 2015 award, he also won other awards including ‘Song of the Year’ in 2017, ‘Best Hip-Hop Album’etc.
Riky, whose birth name is Rikhado Makhado, is a rapper, record producer, and a songwriter. He got his fame through his single titled ‘Nafukwa’ after releasing Barbershop that was given birth to as a result of the inspiration developed in him. Recently, he announced that he is working on his last project that will be his last album in the world of music. He has produced extended plays including Scooby Snacks and Stays Shinning with a mixtape titled ‘Comeback Kid’.
The 22-year old rapper was known for making it into one of the top four contestants in South African Television Sow, Vuzu, The Hustle. His birth name is Shane Patrick Hughes and he is also a songwriter, record producer and Television presenter coupled with being a rapper. Eagle was one of the local acts for J.Cole for the ‘J. Cole Live in Concert: Castle Lite Unlocks’. In 2017, he produced his first album titled yellow and has produced series of singles.
The 26-year old rapper is actually the only female that made it into our ranking among the South African Rappers. Apart from being a rapper, he is also an artist and an author from Pretoria. Her first single titled “Party” actually gave her the fame she is experiencing now. Her first album titled “New Era Sessions” was released in 2017 and she has produced lots of singles.
That’s all about The Top 10 Best Rappers In South Africa 2018.
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