“The African rap scene has many rap stars that helped hip hop to become very popular throughout the continent. Find out who these best African rappers are.”
It’s not a secret that the African rap scene witnessed the birth of numerous hip hop stars that quickly became famous throughout the continent. Thus, we prepared a list of top rap stars that every hip hop fan has to know. There always will be disagreements whether someone should be excluded from this list or whether there’s a rapper whose name is missing; nevertheless, these are the best African rappers that have most certainly left a mark on the African rap scene forever. All of them are familiar to anyone who listens to hip hop, have at least several popular tracks and, obviously, lots of cash.
Love him or hate him, this Ghanaian rapper is definitely one of Africa’s best artists. Sarkodie, Michael Owusu Addo, has released four studio albums and one collaborative album in the period between 2009 and 2015. His last master piece Mary saw the light of the day in September, 2015 and features 11 tracks including Wanna Be Loved, End Up Falling and Mary. Sarkodie is the first Ghanaian to win a BET Award for Best International Act Africa in 2012. His album Rapperholic was a real success back in 2010 and won numerous awards to Sarkodie including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. In spite rapping in English, Sarkodie is known for owning the stage in his native language Twi as well.
M. I (Nigeria)
Jude Abaga, or widely known as M.I, is a popular Nigerian rapper whose fame spread across the African continent. Also using the stage name LEO, this artist can boast with many awards such as Best Rap Album 2009 at the Hip Hop World Awards, Best New Act 2009 at the MTV Africa Music Awards and Musician of the Year 2010 at The Future Awards. His discography counts three studio albums Talk About It (2008), M. I 2 (2010) and The Chariman (2015). The song that helped him become one of Africa’s best rappers is his Crowd Mentality, which was released back in 2006.
AKA (South Africa)
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes is a South African rapper that goes by the stage name AKA. Altar Ego and Levels are his only studio albums, while during his career he released a total of 10 music videos. He is widely known, and has a huge fan base, in Africa, plus he has opened South African tours of many internationally popular hip hop stars like Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Kanye West. AKA has been nominated and won many prestigious awards; some of them are Best Male South Africa 2015 at the African Muzik Magazine Awards, Best Collaboration 2015 at the MTV Africa Music Awards and Best Male Artist 2015 at the South African Music Awards. One of the rappers most popular songs is Congratulate from his second studio album Levels.
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Known for his distinct flow, punch lines, delivery and stage presence, Khaligraph Jones certainly deserves to be mentioned here. If Zebra Casino is the best place to find info on South African gaming sites, then Khaligraph Jones performances are the best way to learn more about the day-to-day struggles and social issues of Kenyans. The rapper born under the name Brian Robert Ouko is only 25 years old and has been active since 2009. At the age of 19 he scooped the Channel O Emcee Africa award and he has been attracting lots of attention thanks to his freestyling style ever since.
Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson is a 29 year old Nigerian rapper that is best known to people as Phyno. His musical career started back in 2003, but he was working as a producer at the time. He entered the hip hop scene in 2012 when he released the Ghost Mode single. Since then, Phyno treated his fans with two studio albums called No Guts No Glory (2014) and 2 Kings (2015). From the moment he started rapping Phyno has received over 20 prestigious nominations and won five awards at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, the City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies. Rapping in his native Igbo language is Phyno’s strongest suit alongside his great lyrics and unique rap style.