The hip-hop and rap culture has seeped into the African terrain. Over the years some great musicians from the continent have put Africa on the global market with their unique skills and fusion of African languages and culture into their rap. It is common now to see African hiphop artistes deliver heavy punchlines on dope beats in their native languages instead of trying to sound foreign with the english language. Today we celebrate six of such amazing talents who have won my heart with their lyrical skills and artistry in the hiphop scene in Africa.
Mr. Incredible has blessed us with some of the best rap songs to come out of Africa. Born Jude Abaga, M.I has won the hearts of hiphop fans all over the world and has won several awards locally and internationally to back his art. His impressive flows and play with words are a few of the reasons why he ranks so high in African rap music. Some of his hit songs include “Everything”, “Wild, Wild West” and “Number 1”.
King Sark has dominated the rap scene in Africa for a while but unfortunately he has lost a bit of steam which has given other rappers to come before him in our list. In spite of that, he is still one of the best rappers to come out of our continent chocking major success locally and internationally as well. His fast flowing raps in the twi language and his energy have put him far above many Ghanaian rappers in the game. Michael Owusu Addo aka sarkodie obidiponbidi is my fifth best rapper in Africa.
4. Khaligraph Jones
Brian Ouko Robert better known by his stage name as Khaligraph Jones is a Kenyan hip hop artiste. Jones started in the Kenyan entertainment scene way back in 2009 after he won the Kenyan Edition of the Channel O Emcee Africa competitions at the age of 19. He has gone on to cement his place as one of the best rappers on the continent with deep flows in english.Watch out Africa Papa Jones is taking over!
3. CASSPER NYOVEST
South African rapper Cassper Nyovest is one of the best acts in south africa. With both of his albums going Platinum, Cassper Nyovest has moved from being just a normal rapper in South Africa to a household name in Africa. Just like most African acts, he combines the queen’s language brilliantly with his local language to produce brilliant records.
There has been a lot of debate as to who is the best rapper in Ghana and the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards declared the godmc Manifest as the best rapper in Ghana. Manifest’s fusion of Afrocentrism in his music coupled with his dope lyrics have propelled him to the pinnacle in african rap music. He has featured some great acts in his career such as Femi Kuti and Erykah Badu. His newest album “Nowhere Cool” shows his true lyrical prowess and shows exactly why he is number one in Ghana and number two in africa.
Bad boy AKA takes the crown as the best rapper in Africa. Undeniably South Africa’s best rapper, AKA has taken whe continent by storm and has become a household name all over the continent. His break through came after the release of his single, “Victory Lap”, followed by its remix. On the back of this, he released his debut studio album, Altar Ego, which became a great success. He combines the looks and the lyrics perfectly to create music that fans love and he is my pick for the best rapper in Africa.
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