Ever wondered who the best rappers in South Africa 2021 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 2021 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 2021
- Nasty C
- Cassper Nyovest
- Shane Eagle
- A Reece
- Priddy Ugly
- KID X
Best Rappers in South Africa 2021
Upcoming singer Liam Hooper is Spreading His Musical Aura Through the Latest Track “Breaking Down”
Liam Hooper, a promising singer with remarkable storytelling skills, has created an extraordinary soundscape rich in emotional melodies. He recently released a song, “Breaking Down,” which showcases his exceptional singing talent, which perfectly complements the captivating rhythmic flow. On Spotify, the song has already gained a lot of coverage.
The charismatic singer recently sat down with our team for an interview in which he revealed his thoughts and feelings about his musical journey in general.
How would you describe your music?
I think my music is just real stories about situations in my life and inspired by problems that i have already overcome.
Tell us about “Breaking Down”. What was the inspiration behind the single?
Breaking Down is fairly self explanatory. Every lyric in that song describes how i felt during the time i was writing it, like the lyric “breaking down” was specifically inspired by a time when i was really not doing well and genuinely felt like i was breaking down because of everything i was feeling.
What has been your constant source of motivation and inspiration?
Listening to music always inspires me, especially motivational songs, even when I’m not happy I listen to them because they inspire me.
For those who don’t know, for how long have you been singing and creating music?
I have been singing since i was really young (pretty much when camp rock came out). I didn’t start writing songs seriously until i was 17, but i did write songs when i was 12 i think, i just didn’t take it seriously like i do now.
Are you happy with whatever you have achieved in your career?
Short answer, yes. But i really hope to achieve more in the future whenever it is possible and hopefully grow more as an artist.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
The artists i would like to collaborate with the most are Griff, Alexander Stewart and Emilee Estoya, because they inspire me every day and i really look up to them.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I don’t really have any “fans” as much as i do supporters but if i did, i would say don’t expect life to be easy because it really isn’t, and if you want to achieve something, you really have to try and be prepared to put everything into your passion.
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Zül-Qarnaįn Unveils His Latest Exceptional Single “Black Romance”
Zül-Qarnan, an established versatile artist, is now one of the most important artists in the artistic field of hip hop and rap, bringing together an impactful and immersive collection of conceptual and lyrical modules.
“Black Romance” is a virtuosic and thematic journey that establishes the artist as a rapper capable of tailoring his vocal nuances to any syncopated template. The song emerges as an enthralling confluence of experiences in the black community and what makes us beautiful, which the artist delivers with precision. He possesses the highest levels of skill, from the use of various distinguishing hip-hop elements to the emotional bond he creates with the black community.
Zül-Qarnan is a name that has gained new followers and continues to have a positive impact on people’s lives on a daily basis. He is a revolutionary artist with a distinct style and a distinct path, and he employs his musical ability to create music with a true pulse that inspires.
The sounds perfectly fit with his candid lyrics, sultry vocals, and catchy melodies while running on a dope flow of drum synths and electronic sounds. It keeps your attention focused on each hard-hitting reality he spills onto the mic.
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8 Questions With Ryan Lagup
Sheer genius is demonstrated by the fascinating versatile artist and songwriter Ryan Lagup in his new album “Beat Shop .” The impeccable album is creatively entertaining and captivates the audience with an immersive and catchy vibe.
We’re lucky enough to have sneaked in for an interview with a talented artist. He was generous enough to lend some of his precious moments as we gleefully stumbled deep into his personal and professional life. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
“Talk of the Town” is captivating from the start to finish with a combination of unique beats and catchy lyrics. What was the inspiration behind the single?
Thank you, “Talk of the Town” was actually a freestyle from the top of my head. I had just set up the new studio and testing things out. The beat I fell in love with and I went from there. I was done with the song in a day.
What has your musical journey been like? Run us through your story.
Well I started pursuing a music career in 1997 I was in a group at first but always new I was going to be a solo act down the line. Before I went with the stage name as Ryan Lagup I had a great journey 3 albums, toured, opened up for major acts like Stevie B., Jocelyn Enriquez to name a few and in 2007 I competed on season one’ Famecast and I was one of the top 5 finalist placing in fourth.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to pursuing your musical dreams and how did you overcome them?
To be in this business you have to take a lot of rejection. Your pursuing something at the moment seems like it is your whole world but you have to just learn and move on. This week alone I had 5 other hoping opportunities that didn’t go my way but again I have many more that are opening as well. I believe everything happens for a reason.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
I gotta say this latest project, “Beat Shop” only because I wrote every song and had the control on everything. I recorded a bunch of music that only 13 made the album and I’ve been listening to these songs saying im not done yet so im trying to figure out what to do with these?
Do you have any dream collaborations? Who are they?
The Weeknd, I think we have similar styles. Doja cat, who I totally am at aw with. Timberland and Pharell.
What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
To just do you. If you fall pick yourself back up and try again.
Are you working on any project right now and what can we expect from you in the future?
Yes. Several actually.. I do have my own shoe line (Lagup Shoes) which is doing awesome. Im also currently shooting the music video for my next single, “Money In Your Pocket” so look out for that.
Thank you for speaking with us! For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?
If there are any independent artists out there looking for a opportunity to be on a compilation album send me your EPK. Its a great opportunity we have like 9 spots left open, Its Free!!! Hit me up..
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