Tight beats, sharp punchlines and memorable hooks.
Blazing up and comers, mainstream heavy hitters and the ones pacing restlessly in-between. We’ve rounded up five tracks featuring some of Africa’s hottest rappers right now. You need these sounds in your life.
1. Timmy Tim — Pray (Feat. Uneek) [EXPLICIT]
Barely 20, Kenyan rapper Timmy Tim already owns the hip hop game in East Africa. On Pray, Tim quick-steps his way lyrically across a trap-influenced beat and Uneek—another Kenyan spitter to watch—keeps the tempo up with a verse of his own. Dope.
2. Mojeed — Road To The Riches
Aristokrat Records has a number of good artistes on its roster, but none excites like Mojeed right now. The climbing rapper preps his next EP with the super-chilled Road To The Riches.
3. Cassper Nyovest — Beef [EXPLICIT]
South African dynamite Cassper Nyovest has had a big year, achieving chart dominance with his massive hit, Doc Shebeleza, and picking up three awards at last month’s Channel O Music Video Awards. Along the way, Nyovest has milked his highly publicised grudge with fellow South African heavyweight AKA. Beef keeps the bad blood between the pair fresh.
4. Niyola — Love To Love You (Remix) [Feat. Phyno, Poe, Sarkodie & Lynxxx]
Empire Mates Entertainment singer Niyola brings out a posse of rappers including Phyno and Ghanaian motormouth Sarkodie for a wordy remix of her sweet love ballad. Lynxxx should have sat this one out.
5. Kwesta — King Speech [EXPLICIT]
Six minutes of real, irreverent lyricism, Kwesta’s King Speech is what happens when a very talented rapper becomes self-aware on a phenomenal level. This South African rapper knows who he’s royalty, we do as well. Hail.