The 15 Best Rappers in Africa Right Now


6. Riky Rick aka King Kotini

Probably one of the most genius brains we have in Africa, Riky rick who’s not only a rapper but also the genius brain behind one of Cassper Nyovest’s music, recently released his album ‘Family values’ which was certified gold. He makes it to this list because of his persistent pronunciation of his prominence and his very talked about visuals. The rapper now known as King Kotini, is one of the main engineers of rap music culture not just in south Africa, but Africa all round.


Priddy ugly is in my opinion one of the most underrated African acts. The rapper who 3 months ago released his mixtape YDKMY via soundcloud, who’s mostly braggadocio lyricism marries his trap influenced instrumentals, manages to climb up this high to this list because of his sense of ownership and his confidence in his music.

8. Octopizzo

‘Kibera’s finest as mostly said. Octopizzo has not only pushed boundaries for Kenyan content but for his hometown as well. The rapper who started as part of a group in Kibera called YGB (young gifted and black), prides in not only performing overseas but also having a successful album that held the number 1 position on iTunes for 2 weeks straight. Octopizzo who mostly raps in swahili, manages to cross fuse sarcasm and his life experiences in his music.

9. Nasty C

This mc from South Africa who just recently signed with South African power house Mabala noise which hosts other prominent rappers like Riky rick,is probably one of the most lethal rappers lyrically that’s a force to reckon with. The 19yr old  rapper who has already done a collaboration with some of Africa’s best like Davido and Cassper Nyovest, was the youngest to receive an award at the prestigious South African Hip hop awards. His previous announcement via his social media that Jay Z’s Roc nation Mgmt had contacted him, got many stoked.

10. Khaligraph Jones

He’s probably one of the most talked about Kenyan rapper right now. Khaligraph Jones who’s also known as ‘Papa jones’ famous for his song ‘Julius Yego’ which replicates the name of the Kenyan Javelin world champion by the same name. ‘Papa jones has not only build his name as an artist who is madly talented but has managed to become a people’s choice rapper.



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