Best African Rapper | Top 10 Best Rappers in Africa 2020
This list guide features the top 10 Best Rappers in Africa (2019). These are among some of the best hip hop artists to release great songs and albums in the past. And in 2019 they rank among the best.
Some of them have gone on to be nominated and even won a B.E.T or two. Others not featured on this list are amazing but have yet to prove themselves as the best. They include StrongmanBurner, Teephlow, Amerado, Hotkid, Kofi Mole, Kwesi Arthur, Medikal, Blaqbones, Erigga, and more.
Sarkodie is a Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur. He is regarded as the most skillful and successful rapper in Africa and of his generation, with over 88 plus awards including two BETs. He recently won his second BET award as the Best International Flow over some great rappers like Tory Lanes, Nasty C, Kalash, etc..
He gained international recognition when he dropped his second studio album which is “Rapperholic“ in 2012 and in that same year he won his first-ever BET award as the Best International Act. He released a HIP-HOP EP this year called “ALPHA“ and it debuted No.9 on the top 200 US albums, which is very great for a project with 6 songs.
Sarkodie has received many accolades including 22 Ghana Music Awards. He has severally been named amongst the most influential people in Africa. MTV Base ranked him first on its list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014.
2. Nasty C
Nasty C is a South African rapper, songwriter and record producer. He gained public recognition after releasing his mixtape, Price City (2015) which produced the successful single, “Juice Back”. After releasing two mixtapes and one EP, Nasty released his critically acclaimed debut album Bad Hair (2016), and Strings and Bling(2018) which was associated and supported by his first tour, The Ivyson Tour.
He was the youngest recipient for an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, namely the Best Freshman Award. In 2017, he won the Best Male Artist, Best Hip-Hop Album, Best Male Album, and songwriter of the year at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards and was also nominated for the Best International Act at the BETs.
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. He gained public recognition after his song “Marry Me” featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade.
Falz has many accolades including Viewers Choice Best New International Act at the BETs in 2016. He also won the Album Of The Year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2016. And at the just ended Headies Awards, he won Best Rap Single, Best Rap Album, and the Album Of The Year with “Moral Instruction“.
4. Khuli Chana
Khuli Chana is a South African rapper and he started rapping at a very young age. He was a member of a rap group called Morafe. He then proceeded to go solo, after the rap group took a break from releasing music as a unit. He got public recognition after he released his major album Motswakoriginator, which infuses both the English and Setswana languages. Motswako is a mixture of both languages and the sound and style of music originate from Mahikeng, a small town in the North West Province.
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Khuli Chana has also shared a stage with the likes of Drake as an opening act. Khuli Chana partnered with vodka brand Absolut as one of their ambassadors for the South Africa market. The rapper has won several awards such as Best New Comer at the Channel O Music Video Awards, Best Song of the year at the Hype Music Awards, Best Vernacular Hip-Hop Album at the South African Traditional Music Awards, and more.
5. Cassper Nyovest
Cassper Nyovest is a South African rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter and record producer. He is regarded as the most successful artist in South Africa. Nyovest rose to fame with the release of his debut studio album, Tsholofelo (2014) which produced the successful singles “Gusheshe” and “Doc Shebeleza”. Cassper Nyovest established his own record label in 2014 called the Family Tree Records.
Nyovest released his eponymous studio album, Refiloe, released on 31 October 2015, at his Fill Up The Dome concert. The album collaborates with several international artists including The Game, DJ Drama, Stonebwoy and Casey Veggies. He followed his success with his critically acclaimed third album Thuto (2018) and his kwaito-focused fourth studio album, Sweet and Short (2019 ).
The rapper has won many accolades and out of 74 nominations, he has won 47 awards in total. In 2017, he won the MVP, Milestone, Hustler of the year, Best digital sales, Best video, and Best male act in the South African Hip-Hop Awards. He has also won the Most Gifted Male Award, Most Gifted Southern Artist Award, and the Most Gifted Video of the year at the Channel O Awards in 2014.
Olamide is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and he records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. Olamide was singing in church before he moved to circular music. 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”.
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. M.I. Abaga
M.I is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and record producer. He was CEO of Chocolate City from June 2015 to 2019. He rose to prominence in 2006 when his song “Crowd Mentality” became popular in his hometown. His critically acclaimed debut studio album Talk About It was released on 11 December 2008. Triple of Blaze-A-Mic describes M.I’s flow as “easy going but packed full of punches”. Similarities in styles have also been drawn to renowned rappers such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z. Those who know M.I. well, have also compared his ego with both that of Kanye West and Jay-Z.
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 also won Best rap single, and Best rap Album at the Headies Awards in 2016 and 2018 consecutively. In 2009, he won Best Hip-Hop and Best Breakthrough at the MTV Africa Music Awards.
8. AKA Worldwide
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, singer, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Victory Lap” which was released from his debut album, Alter Ego (2011). He alongside the vodka brand, Cruz launched the watermelon-flavored drink with his initial on the bottles. That same month, Forbes was featured as a special guest on WWE Live events which were held in Johannesburg and Cape Town. As for 2019, he was the roastee for the Comedy Central Roast special. Forbes continued his success by releasing studio albums which include Levels (2015), Touch My Blood (2018), and the collaborative album, Be Careful What You Wish For alongside Anatii (2017).
AKA has received many accolades including Best Male Artist at the South African Music Awards in 2012. He has also won awards like Favorite African Star and the Pan African Artist of the year at the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards and the Namibia Annual Music Awards 2019 consecutively. AKA has also been nominated thrice at the BETs for the Best International Act but has never won.
M.anifest is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter. n 2012, BBC’s arts program The Strand tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. In 2015 M.anifest’s single “someway bi” earned him a third-place honor in the International Songwriters Competition (ISC). In the same year, The Guardian named M.anifest as “the foremost rapper on the continent. In his time in the Twin Cities M.anifest learned to adopt the do-it-yourself credo and the know-how in becoming an independent musician. He released his first solo album, Manifestations, in 2007 funded by royalties he received from lending his voice to a Pepsijingle that played nationally on U.S radio. In 2009 he released a free album, the Birds and the Beats, to raise awareness and funds for the work of a non-profit, Young Entrepreneurs Africa.
Manifestations earned him Songwriter of the year Honors in the City Pages as well as the top five albums of the year recognition in the Star Tribune. He has also won Minnesota Emerging composer Award (MECA) (2010) – American Composers Forum, Best Hip-Hop Video – 4syte Music Video Awards, Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2013) – Ghana Music Awards, Best Rapper of the year (2013) – Ghana Music Award, and also Best artiste in African Hip Hop award (AFRIMA 2018).
10. Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph Jones a.k.a Papa Jones is an influential Kenyan rapper touted to have a rap flow as quick as Twista’s. Jones was influenced in music began through his elder brother who persuaded him back in 2007 to his talent to greater heights. Although before this time at the age of 13 in 2004, he had released an explosive first track. He grew stronger in the talent of battling and freestyling.
At a very young age, this talented rapper had already in love with music and was widely known for his prowess. The hardship he faced even at that time did not faze him.
In 2016, he worked with Nigerian musician and hip-hop artist M.I on the ”Black Bill Gates” hit track. This song has found a buzz. Khaligraph Jones bagged in 2009 the Channel O Emcee Africa Champion, in 2014 was named Kenyan Music Ambassador, he is also the Face Of Kenyan HipHop.