Top 10 Best Rappers In Africa

By: Damilare Abioye

We explore the top 10 best rappers in Africa, who have not only influenced the local music scene but have also left a lasting impact on the genre globally.

1. Sarkodie

Meet Sarkodie, the Ghanaian rap legend known for powerful lyrics, social consciousness, and unique flow in Twi. A trailblazer addressing global issues through African hip-hop.

2. M.I Ababga

Discover M.I Abaga, the Nigerian rap icon, storyteller, and global collaborator. Known as 'African rapper number 1,' he bridges the gap between African and global hip-hop.

3. Nasty C

Young prodigy Nasty C: Africa's standout rapper. Endorsed by 50 Cent, T.I., and more, he blends relatable stories with global recognition, showcasing his formidable prowess.

4. Cassper Nyovest

Cassper Nyovest: South African sensation known for captivating stage presence and catchy tracks. A key influencer, he boosts local hip-hop onto the global stage.

5. Olamide

Meet Olamide 'Baddo', Nigeria's renowned rapper fusing hip-hop with Afrobeats, celebrated for fiery flow, catchy hooks, and urban-inspired music. His 10th album 'Unruly' continues his vibrant musical journey.

6. Stogie T

Meet Stogie T, born Tumi Molekane, a South African lyrical genius celebrated for intricate rhymes, versatile language skills, and thought-provoking, socially conscious themes.

7. M.anifest

M.anifest is a master of poetic lyricism fusing Ghanaian traditions with hip-hop. His music echoes social issues and cultural richness, spanning a prolific career since 2005, adorned with numerous awards.

8. Phyno

Ever heard of Phyno? He's Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, a top Nigerian rapper who blends Igbo culture with hip-hop vibes. His killer wordplay and multilingual flow put him among Africa's best.

9. AKA

The late South African rap icon who shaped hip-hop. His dynamic energy and captivating performances, along with unforgettable tracks, left an enduring legacy in music.

10. Kwesta

Kwesta: The storyteller in African hip-hop. With raw narratives and social impact, he's more than a musician—he's a voice of authenticity and advocacy.

Africa's hip-hop evolution: 10 impactful rappers shaping global music. Their diversity, storytelling, and innovation highlight Africa's rich musical heritage and inspire the next wave of talent.

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