Ever wondered who the best rappers in South Africa 2020 are? Well, we got you covered. Hip Hop being the most competitive genre in the world, there is no doubt that South Africa has its place in the Hip Hop community.
We have come up with a list of the best rappers in South Africa 2020 that have been making hits after hits in the past year.
Okmalumkoolkat is a rapper, producer and a graphic designer who in fact has worked with Nike before. His real name is Smiso Zwane and was born in Umlazi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Okmalumkoolkat has been active in the rap game since 2007 and he came to the limelight back in 2013 after he collaborated with Cassper Nyovest in the single “Gusheshe”.
“Mlazi Milano” is his only album at the moment which is certified Gold and released in 2016.
Did you know: Okmalumkoolkat is also known as Future Mfana, DJ Sharp Sharp, Smart Mampara, Mlazi Milano Malume wengane.
Emtee, whose real name is, Mthembeni Ndevu is best known for his debut single ”Roll up” featuring AKA and Wizkid. The single won Song of the Year at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards. He later released his debut album in 2016 named Avery after his son and took home Metro FM Music Awards.
One could think that Emtee’s music career took off fast but that is far from the truth, he released his first mixtape in 2008 title “The Introduction”.
Did you know: Emtee first stepped on the stage to perform when he was just 9 years of age at a talent show in Yeoville primary school.
Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng and is currently signed to his own record label known as Rap Lyf with Kid X as the co-founder. His Song Ngud featuring Cassper Nyovest went 5x Platinum which was on his third studio album DaKAR II released in 2016. He has also had songs with International acts like Kelly Rowland and Wale on ‘Spirit’ which also went platinum.
Did you know: Kwesta and his girlfriend(now wife) got matching ring tattoos way before they even thought about marriage. Isn’t that cute?
7. Priddy Ugly
His real name is Ricardo Molo and was born on 2nd April 1992. Other than being successful in Music Priddy Ugly was also been an accomplished Sportsman during his childhood.
Priddy Ugly released some amazing songs from his 2018 album, EGYPT(Everything Godly Yearns Patience and Time) which earned him a lot of listeners across Africa and some great reviews.
Did you know: Priddy Ugly is the first-ever African ambassador for Italian retail clothing company, Diesel.
6. A Reece
One of the youngest rappers to make it in South Africa. Besides being a rapper, he is also a songwriter and record producer signed with Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2015. A-Reece started his label(RubberBand Gang) after having disagreements with Ambitiouz Entertainment.
His real name is Lehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge. He currently has 3 albums with his latest one dropped early in 2020. You can find all his songs on his youtube channel.
Did you know: While other kids were dreaming of being Doctors, pilots, e.t.c A Reece always dreamt of being a rapper since eight grade. (he achieved his goal, don’t give up on yours).
Also known as Ntokozo Mdluli who is also a businessman in South Africa. K.O came into the limelight after releasing hits with the Hip-hop group Teargas, they released a couple of albums from 2006 t0 2012.
He released his debut album in 2014and another one in 2017 under Sony Music Entertainment Africa. K.O has being nominated for many awards for his hit song Caracara which he released back in 2014 featuring KId X.
Did you know: He was influential in the career of fellow rapper Kid X.
4. Shane Eagle
Shane Patrick Hughes (born 7 June 1996) is best known for his song ‘Way Up’.
He rose to fame after being one of the top four contestants on the South African television show Vuzu: The Hustle, where most South Africa rappers came from. He released an album in 2017 under his own Record label.
Did you know: Meek Mill is his all-time favorite rapper.
AKA is a rapper and entrepreneur from South Africa. He also goes by the name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. In 2014 AKA signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music. He has also opened for Ed Sheeran and 2 Chainz on their South African tours.
AKA has released quite several albums, as a matter of fact, his 2015 album ‘Levels’ went Certified Gold. Beside AKA being a decorated artist he is a father.
Did you know: His Rap career started back in high school(2002) when he started a Rap group ‘Entity’ with his friends.
2. Cassper Nyovest
Cassper Nyovest is one of Africa’s favorite who is popularly known for his first hit songs ‘Gusheshe’ and ‘Doc Shebeleza. The two songs earned him awards and since then he has been getting awards across the world like its nothing. Cassper Nyovest became the first South African Musicians to fill up a stadium with 72,000 fans during his concert.
Did you know: Cassper Nyovest is also a Business Man and in In 2018, he made it to the list of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 list.
1. Nasty C
The man of many awards at only 22 years of age, a lot of rappers cant relate. He is not only the Best Rapper in South Africa but also the best in Africa. Besides being a South African Rapper he is also a songwriter and Producer.
Nasty C has been nominated by BET Awards before for Best International Act: Africa and has won many other awards across Africa. He has really changed how we look at the Hip-hop genre here in Africa. Nasty C’s real name is Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo. He currently has albums, Bad Hair and Strings & Bling.
Did you know: Nasty C started his rapping career at only nine years old
(That should go to the people who think Rome can be built in just one day)
Top 10 Best Rappers in South Africa 2020
- Nasty C
- Cassper Nyovest
- Shane Eagle
- A Reece
- Priddy Ugly
- KID X
Best Rappers in South Africa 2020
Tara Kasey Brings Out A Sexy Single “Drive”
Tara Kasey and Dakota Kruz collaborate to bring us an honest new single “Drive” displaying their unique skills to use vivid imagery, coupled with the sensual female voice that pulls us into this relaxed energy as they sing and rap the erotic fantasies they yearn for with their partners.
Tara Kasey sets the vibe of the single right from the beginning as Dakota Kruz joins in with intriguing raps in the foreground of the slow-paced beats. She shares her love for ‘Driving” through a sexual connotation that’s both sexy and enjoyable to hear her sing about. Its sensual, rhythmic beats are paired with her seductive vocals, which stay penetrated in our minds after the first listen.
They create their own easygoing sound that puts listeners in the mood while vibing out to their descriptive lyrics. The kind of song to get you in the mood with that special person until the sun comes up.
“Drive” is part of her newly released album, Hers Truly II, which you can stream on the link below:
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Eline Presents Her New Single “Our Father”
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Eline Fleury is a talented artist and entrepreneur who runs her own business “Eline Fleury LLC”, along with pursuing her career in music. When it comes to music, she is a multifaceted artist, who is a singer, songwriter, performing artist, and a live entertainer. She is also a customer service professional, with extensive hands-on experience in project management. Utilizing the time on her hands due to the ongoing pandemic, Eline decided to be productive and take full advantage of the lockdown by working on her music skills.
Eline recently released her latest single titled “Our Father” on July 4, 2020. This song is inspired by George Floyd’s case, which left Eline shattered into pieces. She couldn’t bring herself to sleep for many nights and ultimately, one morning, she decided to channelize her angst into something that can be heard by everyone in the world. Therefore, she wrote the track “Our Father”. This song is about pleading God to save all his children and men. This is a heartwarming song that directly connects with the heart and makes you feel every word that the artist has written. The soulful music and hard-hitting vocals add to the beauty of this song.
Telling about her musical journey, Eline says, “In 2004 I released my first single and opened up my business. In 2016, I changed the name of the business to Eline Fleury LLC which is a privately owned and Managed Company. We’re specialized in wedding receptions, ceremonies, and parties of all types by providing live performance, DJ/MC, Sound system, for Wedding ceremonies, reception, Sweet 16, Birthday parties, Anniversary, Corporate events, funerals.”
Eline Our Father
Eline has always been surrounded by music, as she belongs to a family of musicians. Her father used to sing and play guitar, while her uncle was a singer and a songwriter. Despite working different jobs after growing up, her passion for music stayed alive within her, and eventually, she decided to work on it and make a career out of it.
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Taouil Shares His New Single “Bleed”
“Bleed” by Taouil is a song that is meant to soothe your sorrow. This rock song, express the mix of emotions involved in mourning the loss of a dear relative or friend and rock song empathizes with your pain and grief, encouraging us to hang on. Taouil hopes to help bring you healing and peace.
I especially like the line ‘close your eyes and bend the space in your mind’ – you can do anything you set your mind to!
Grief is like an unwanted visitor who welcomes itself to your life and always stays too long. He sets his own pace, he can’t be pushed and you’ll have to suffer from his bad company before approval comes to replace him.
If you read this, and you’ve lost someone special to you, I’m sorry for your loss. Know that you’re not alone. In times when I lost people close to me, I always found solace in music. Songs bind us to those who have had the same feelings. They ignite memories of lost loved ones and creatively distract them from the agony of the moment while voicing optimism for tomorrow.
Taouil is a New York-based artist who is set out to re-defining energy rock, and with his gripping lyrical arrangement and stunning vocal accompaniment, “Bleed” is worth the attention it’s already getting.
Watch the visuals here.
Taouil has been slowly but steadily developing a devoted online audience and you can join his fans in supporting his musical journey.
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