Hip-hop has achieved global popularity in Africa now than ever before. Many of Africa ‘s greatest rappers are global stars, too. Whether or not you’re a fan of rap music, you’ll probably fall in love with a punchline at a certain point in time. Rap music is so full of controversy and rivalry that any artist in that genre can tell you it’s the best.
In this article, we will bring you the list of top ten best rappers in Africa.
He won the 2017 Ghana Music Awards for Best Rapper and Hip-Hop song of the year. Kwame Ametepee Tsikata is a Ghana rapper, known by his stage name M.anifest.
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, singer, and entrepreneur. Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Victory Lap” which was released from his debut album, Alter Ego. He was nominated for the BET best international act in 2014.
Olamide Adedeji known professionally as Olamide is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue.
He was the first-ever Nigerian artist to seal a deal with Ciroc. And has sold out several theaters in Nigeria. In 2017 he sold out the Eventim Apollo of 5000 capacity, He also sold out his Culture Tour alongside Phyno at the building six in The O2 Arena.
In 2015, he won the Best Street-Hop artist, Best Rap artist of the year and, the Artist of the year at the Headies.
7. CASSPER NYOVEST
Professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, Refiloe Maele Phoolo is a South African rapper, dancer, songwriter, entrepreneur and record producer. Nyovest became popular with the release of his debut studio album, Tsholofelo (2014), which produced the successful singles “Gusheshe” and “Doc Shebeleza.”
His first set of awards was in 2013 when he won four awards at the second edition of the South Africa Hip Hop Awards. On 13 April, he received a nomination at the 12th Headies Award in Nigeria in the category of Best African Artiste alongside Nasty C, Sarkodie from Ghana, Kenyan group Sauti Sol, and Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee.
6. M.I. ABAGA
Jude Abaga known as M.I Abaga, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He was CEO of Chocolate City from June 2015 to 2019. He won Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards and 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.
5. KHULI CHANA
Khulan Morule known by his stage name Khuli Chana, is a South African Motswako rapper.
Khuli Chana rose to fame after releasing his major successful album Motswakoriginator, which infuses both the Setswana and English languages. Motswako is a mixture of both languages and the sound and style of music originates from Mahikeng, a small town in the North West Province.
He has shared a stage with US rapper Drake, as an opening act.
4. KHALIGRAPH JONES
Brian Ouko Omollo popularly known as Khaligraph Jones is a kyenyan rapper. He was the first Kyenyan to win awards and is internationally recognized by the Hip-Hop community. He has a flow that is as quick as Twista or M.I, and with this,he has gained a lot of attention in the industry.
He first came to limelight in 2009 when he participated in the 2009 Channel O MC Africa Challenge and reached the finals.
Folarin Falana better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and actor. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009. Falz became more well-known after his song “Marry Me” featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade.In June 2016, Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act” category at the 2016 BET Awards.
2. NASTY C
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo is a talented South African rapper, songwriter , and record producer. He is popularly known as Nasty C. He became the youngest winner for an award, called the Best Freshman Award, at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards.
According to Hip-hop Africa, Sarkodie is the best rapper in Africa. The celebrated rapper is also listed among the top 100 rappers in the world. He was announced the very first winner of BET’s Best International Flow act at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Sarkodie is also considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie has released 5 studio albums(Mary and Alpha not counted) and several hit singles.