Top 10 Most POWERFUL and Best Rappers in Africa



Controversy surrounding rap music has been in the forefront of the American media. From the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that shadowed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Rap, like other forms of music, cannot be understood unless it is studied without the frame of its historical and social context.




Today’s rap music reflects its origin in the hip-hop culture of young, urban, working-class African-Americans, its roots in the African oral tradition, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group, and, as its popularity has grown, its commercialization and appropriation by the music industry.

Hip-hop music is generally considered to have been pioneered in New York’s South Bronx in 1973 by Jamaican-born Kool DJ Herc. Hip hop reached Senegal in 1985. Since then it has gained in popularity in the African continent.

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AKA South African rapper

#10:. AKA (South African)

South African rapper AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop Lion, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours.

He won Best Street Urban Music Album and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 18th South African Music Awards, the South African equivalent to the Grammies.

 

Shukid-Kenyan rapper

#9:. Shukid (Kenyan)

Kenyan hip hop artist Shukid is tipped to become one of the greatest lyricists of the new age African hip hop, He is the self proclaimed King of East Africa.

He exhibits the poetic structure of rhyming that modern day hip-hop entails, in view of market reception, and the key players on the Kenyan court may have to go head to head with Shukid for top spot

He has been featured in some of the country’s most viral cypher’s

 

L-Tido South African

#8:. L-Tido (South African)

South African hip hop recording artist L-Tido is best known for being one of few independent artists in the nation to reach commercial success.

In the year 2010, he won the Best Newcomer in Africa award at the Channel O Music Video Awards. He has worked with other South African artists like Maggz.

olamide rapper Nigeria

#7:. Olamide (Nigeria)

Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), popularly known by his stage name Olamide, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist from Bariga, Lagos State.

He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation.

The album was supported by the singles “First of All”, “Voice of the Street”, “Stupid Love”, and “Ilefo Illuminati”. On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth.

The album’s singles include “Durosoke” and “Yemi My Lover”. On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. Olamide has won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.

Ice Prince

#6:. Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Panshak Zamani (born 30 October 1986), better known by his stage name Ice Prince, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and actor.

He rose to fame after releasing “Oleku”, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time. He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. His achievements include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, three The Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.

Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City. His debut studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, was released in 2011. It was supported by the singles “Oleku”, “Superstar”, “Juju” and “Magician”.

In 2013, Ice Prince released Fire of Zamani as his second studio album. The album contained the singles “Aboki”, “More”, “Gimme Dat” and “I Swear”.

M.anifest Ghana rapper

#5:. M.anifest (Ghanaian)

Award-winning Ghanaian rapper and songwriter M.anifest is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and the Moon album.

BBC’s arts program “The Strand” tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. I, Mr. Francis personally wi tip him as the best in Africa but circumstance won’t permit that for now.

 

#4:. Nasty C (South African)

Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo (born 11 February 1997), better known by his stage name Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. He grew up in Durban where he was raised by his father. His mother died when he was only 11 months old in a fatal car crash. He is most known for the single “Way It Go” by DJ Switch featuring Tumi and Youngsta, as well as the well-received remix to his single “Juice Back”, which features Davido and Cassper Nyovest. He was the youngest recipient for an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, namely the Best Freshman Award. In July 2018 he released his second studio album Strings & Blings.

Sarkodie Ghana rapper

#3:. Sarkodie (Ghanaian)

Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist Sarkodie won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards.

He is a proponent of the Azonto genre and dance. Makye, Rapperholic  Sarkology and Highest are his popular studio albums. Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi.

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M.I-CHAIRMAN

#2:. M.I (Nigerian)

Jude Abaga (born 4 October 1981), better known by stage name M.I, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist.

He has won several awards including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009. He was nominated in the Best International Act category at the BET Awards 2010. He rose to prominence in 2006 when his song “Crowd Mentality” became popular in his hometown of Jos.

He is a music executive at Chocolate City. On 11 December 2008, M.I released his critically acclaimed debut album, Talk About It.

Cassper Nyovest South African Rapper

Cassper Nyovest

Refiloe Maele Phoolo, also known as Cassper Nyovest, he is a South African recording artist and record producer. His debut album Tsholofelo was released on 18 July 2014. Cassper is big right now and controversy between him and AKA is the talk on fans mouth as Cassper is claiming number 1 in South Africa. Actually Cassper seems to be the number 1 in the world. M.I confirmed that he was not good at freestyle compared to likes of Vector. We have heard Cassper freestyle loads of times, apart from being good at freestyle, his track ‘beef’ says it all and recent response to AKA’s composure diss track.

One other person that should be on this list is Vector of Nigeria. Vector is a king Kong on the mic however we are still watching vector as it’s too early to say. When it comes to rap not that Vector will not beat down likes of Olamide whom we have included on the list however Olamide and people we included in the list had gained recognition internationally. One other person is Mode 9 of Nigeria… He is a veteran in the game however, international recognition is one of our criteria in voting the best & powerful

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