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South Africa’s top 10 most promising rap stars

    It’s a wonderful time to be a rap star – thanks to a new wave of technology, celebrity endorsements and more, the geniuses of hip hop are close to world domination. But while some of us may think of big names such as Jay Z and Dr Dre, there is talent to be found in all corners of the world – including in South Africa.

    The region may not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to hip hop – indeed, South Africa is better known for its online entertainment offering with sites like Springbok Casino offering games like 5-reel slots. However, lurking in underground recording studios are stars like Die Antwoord, who have risen to prominence since working with Neill Blomkamp on his new movie, Chappie. But who else does South Africa have to offer the hip hop scene?

    Khuli Chana

    Originally a member of rap group Morafe, Khuli Chana likes to incorporate native South African language into his rapping, including Setswana and Motswako. He has since gone solo, producing his own album, Motswakoriginator.

    Ifani

    Using a unique blend of rap and comedy, Ifani has made his way into the hearts of even the most cynical hip hop fans. A campaign in March 2015 called First Day Gold saw the young star selling 20,000 copies of his single in one day – silencing his critics.

    Morale

    Another one to branch off from a group, Morale started his rapping career with the Glitz Gang. Since then, he has gone on to launch his own brands, even bagging himself the Metro FM award.

    Kwesta

    Youngster Kwesta was born in Johannesburg and carved a niche for himself on the hip hop scene after winning ‘MC of the month’ in a rap competition for Yfm. He has since gone on to win many other hip hop-related awards.

    HHP 

    Awards are something that rapper HHP knows only too much about – since splitting from group Verbal Assassins, the Setswana-rapping superstar has released seven albums and taken home an incredible 11 awards.

    Blaklez

    With a voice as raspy as Louis Armstrong’s, Blaklez has developed his own distinctive sound as a rapper. Known as one half of “The Anvils,” he released his own mix tape in 2011 and his career has been on the up ever since.

    Pro

    Better known by some as Lind Mkhze, Pro, or Prokid as he is also known, Pro is not only a successful rapper but also a businessman. Apart from winning Hype Awards, he also owns Danki San, which has been endorsed by Fish Eagle.

    Kid X

    Known for his snappy looks and no-nonsense style, Kid X has made a name for himself after collaborating with many big name stars. While he produces his own music, he’s also got a keen eye for scouting new talent.

    AKA Jealousy

    The recipient of the KORA Award, AKA Jealousy’s rap career started out with the group Entity. While his group of school friends was not successful, since going solo, he’s certainly given his peers reason to be jealous.

    Die Antwoord

    Arguably the most successful act on this list, Die Antwoord rose to fame in 2008 and their star isn’t showing any signs of fading. After signing with Interscope Records, they have since pursued a number of lucrative projects, including the aforementioned work with Neill Blomkamp and founding their own record label.