Below is the list of the top 10 best rappers in Africa in 2017. Sadly, the best female rapper in Africa doesn’t feature in the top 10 overall. Nonetheless, as a music enthusiast, it is easy to acknowledge that coming up with a list of the best artiste in a given category is quite a challenge. That is why the following list of top rappers in the content mainly focuses on their lyrical prowess, rap style, and creativity.
Top 10 best rappers in Africa 2017
1. Mode 9 - The Best Rapper in Africa 2017
The best rapper in Africa at the moment is Babatunde Olusegun Adewale. Most people across the continent and beyond know him as Mode 9. To get this top spot in the list, Mode 9, who is an English-born Nigerian rapper has made his mark in Afro Hip Hop thanks to his great metaphorical lyrics, standout punch lines and creativity. Some of the accolades that Mode 9 boasts include being a seven-time winner of The Headies Lyricist on the Roll and six studio albums. Da Vinci Mode, Above Ground Level, and Alphabetical Order are some of his popular releases.
ProVerb hails from the Southern part of Africa, specifically South Africa. He earns a spot on this list as his talent as a hip hop has enabled him transcend barriers and reach the continental scope. A debut album release back in 2005 marked ProVerb's entry into the rap industry. The album, which was called the Book of Proverb was quite a hit. At the moment, this rapper doubles up as a TV show (Head Rush) host and radio presenter.
2012 was Sarkodie's breakthrough year when this Ghanaian artist won the 2012 BET Awards of the Best International Act in the African category. He is a Hip Hop artiste who has preference for the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie’s albums include Makye, Rapperholic, and Sarkology. He mostly raps in his native language, which is Twi.
M.anifest is his stage name, but his real name is Kwame Amatepe Tsikata. His background shows he had potential from way back in 2012. The Strand, which is a BBC arts program noted his great rap ability. Fast forward to 2017 and M.anifest was named the Best Rapper and Hip-Hop song of the year 2017 at Ghana Music Awards. The two awards show that he is currently the King when it comes to the Hip Hop genre in Ghana.
Tumi has been the music industry for quite a while. His name originates from a band named Tumi, which unfortunately ended in 2012. In the band, he was the lead vocalist. Despite the end of the band, Tumi, who is a South African poet and rapper opted to carry on with his music career. At the moment, Tumi works with Chinese Man, which is a French hip hop group. Tumi earns a spot on this list if one is to ask who is the best rapper in Africa right now based on his rap ability that he has proved through the years.
This is another rapper from South Africa to feature in this list. L-Tido has enjoyed notable success from a commercial stand point. When starting out L-Tido was able to an award as a new comer in the channel O Music Video Awards. His mode of work has been collaborative, which has been the case as he has worked with Maggz in a number of projects.
Jude Abaga doubles up as a producer and Hip Hop artiste. Many fans know him as M.I. Besides performing, he heads Chocolate City as the Chief Executive Officer. After rising to the limelight in 2006, he won an award from MTV Africa in 2009. Thanks to his rap skills, he has remained relevant since.
AKA is a well-known South African Hip Hop artiste. This rapper's real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. AKA has made good strides in his rapping career so far. Some of his highlight performances include curtain-raising for a number of other international acts when they visit South Africa for their music tours. He has many awards to his name and still has a lot of promise hence his fans should be a happy group.
9. Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph Jones is his name but you can also call him Papa Jones. Khaligraph relies on his consistency, which has helped him stay relevant in the rap industry since 2009 when he was crowned the winner of the Kenyan Chapter of the Channel O Emcee. He was 19 at the time. Khaligraph Jones stands out thanks to his unique style of flow, great punch lines, and admirable stage presence.
Shukid has named himself the King of hip hop in East Africa hence that can be debatable. However, his talent proves he good times ahead as a rapper. Shukid is a Kenyan hip hop artist and his lyrics have helped him put his name out there especially in the new age Afro Hip Hop. Shukid takes part in many cyphers, which end up being viral.