Hip hop is believed to reached Africa in the late 1980s, Since then it has gained popularity in the African continent and many artiste on the continent are killing it like no others business. harmattangh.com sample the views of its cherish readers on who are the best rappers on the African continent for the year 2016. And here are the 10 Best African Rappers as of 2016. These rappers have fans all over Africa and the world.
10) Khaligraph Jones (Kenyan)
Versatile Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones is known for his stage presence, distinct flow, delivery and punch lines. He made his debut in 2004 when he was 14 years old, and has been entertaining his fans since then. His music is heavily influenced by day-to-day occurrences, reggae music and social issues.
9) 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 Grammys.
8) M.I (Nigerian)
Nigerian hip hop recording artist M.I has won many awards including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009. He rose to prominence in 2006 with the single “Crowd Mentality.” He is a music executive at Chocolate City.
7) 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 has been featured in some of the country’s most viral cyphers.
6) 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.
5) Tumi (South African)
South African rapper and poet Tumi was the lead vocalist of Tumi and the Volume that was officially disbanded in 2012. He works alongside Chinese Man, a French hip hop crew.
4) 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 and Sarkology are his popular studio albums. Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi.
3) 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.
2) ProVerb (South African)
ProVerb is an iconic South African hip hop artist. He is one of the nation’s hottest talents. He released his debut album Book of Proverb in 2005. ProVerb hosts the South African hip hop television show Head Rush and also his own radio show. And yea, ProVerb has an enchanting smile!
1) Mode 9 (Nigerian)
Nigerian rapper Mode 9 is a seven-time The Headies Lyricist on the Roll winner. He has six studio albums to his credit. He is known for his sick wordplay and inimitable lyricism. Da Vinci Mode, Above Ground Level and Alphabetical Order are some of his popular single albums. His energy is contagious.
Fans of these rappers go crazy with ecstasy whenever they see their performance.