Top 10 Best African Rappers

The Top Ten
1 Sarkodie

No doubt, Sarkodie is the best rapper and the beast when we come to rap game. The only rapper who has won BET twice with his native language (Twi) and English together. He is the record keeper of all time and a rapper with most awards, at the same time most YouTube views. He deserves the best.

Yes this guy is the best rapper on the continent. I've listened to other top rappers from Africa but this guy is the best. He's got mad skills, punchlines, tongue twisting, lyricist etc. I love this guy, he's simply and undeniably the best in Africa. He (Sarkodie) murdered Nigeria's Ice Prince on their hip-hop track.

Everything about sarkodie from where he started to how far he has come is just amazing...he is undoubtedly the best rapper of all time..from flow to delivery to lyrical content to rhyming,the guy is just amazing...I am not from Ghana though and I don't understand most of his raps because of the language he raps with,but I can feel it within my body anytime I hear his song played..King Sark

No one can distool him because he the Africa rap god... See what sark he want to BET to rap in his language in a fasters way, but not in English rap and at the end of program he won it... That means sarkodie has no size in Africa and also in his country Ghana too, all we are trying to say is that the guy is sizeless...

2 M.I

If you look down the years, for all the songs he's released and the way he delivers. You'll believe that he's the KING, way above the rest. No one beats him. Listen to MI2 The Movie and Illegal Music II, then you will believe me.

Nothing comes close to this intelligence personified young man called Jude. sark's flow might be exceptional but MI is all about craftily constructed bars and punchlines. m would ride with those American boys and teach them a thing or two. only rapper on this list that can stay with M on those parameters is Tumi Molekane (stogie T).

THE King. The Alpha. The Godfather. The greatest to have ever graced the sport. He is undoubtedly the undisputed number one rapper in Africa. He is where it began and where it ends.

M.I is the greatest rapper african has seen after mode 9. Any other rappers come faster. Plus the fact that you rap fast doesn't make you a great rapper.


Whether or not you agree that he's the best rapper in Africa is up to you, but you cannot deny the fact that he's the most influential rapper in continent...e.g Khuli, Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Jr, Notshi, Sjava, A-reece and whole list of other rappers
Before King Jabba and King Tumi, rappers in South Africa were only focused on being the best in the country. It took two, not so slender geniuses, to upgrade South African hip hop by changing the vision and crossing over the boundries. As a result the years between 2007 and 2010 were ruled over by Hip Hop Pansula also known as Jabba.

Most influential rapper in RSA. If you look into when the two African giant countries of hip hop started collaborating it would take us to a song known as Boogie Down featuring Naeto C. The States at some point referred to him as the Jay Z of South Africa. This guy has paved the way in Africa (Boogie Down, Superhuman, Jigah, All Around The A, Let The Beat Go) & internationally (Ke Ledimo, Dream Girl). This guy was undisputed in the year 2007-2009 with Mnet listing him as Africa's greatest rapper, topping names like Tumi, M.I Abaga, Sasha, D Black & Naeto C. Long live, great one

Africa's pot of gold. "Music and Light", "Thlabane/Maftown", "Jabba", "Legend" (ft. Mr. Hu), "Bosso", "Baheitane" & "Respect". He made that chilled, "feel good" music with a message and positive vibe, when every rapper was just trying to be the best rapper through acting gangster and being the best lyricist. He used a different method to beat them. Africa's live performance genius and that took the torch of Africa during his era (when he dropped his classic album, Acceptance Speech). Then you wonder why rappers like M.I Abaga & Manifest want to work with him on solid tracks like "Superhuman", "Jigah" & "Africa's Number One"

Best African rapper of all time. I agree with Clef about Jabba's style being differentiated from the Western Culture. He makes good music. MotswAfrika (album) was on point. Funny how everybody's sleeping on him when they should be paying their dues for one of the rappers the lit it up for Motswako, RSA and Africa. Ya'll quick to forget that he was voted the best rapper in Africa on Mnet, and viewer's choice best musician in RSA at a time Kwaito & house music were dominating. I salute the general


RSA's fresh prince of hip hop. This dude has been already been compared with the likes of Drake and J. Cole which proves how much of a great rapper he really is

The consistency is something else. plus composure verse one is my favorite rap verse so yeah, AKA is the best

Best African rapper I've ever seen...he's taken the game on another level

I think Aka is one of the best rappers in Africa.

5 Modenine

It's obvious rap is something we don't hold with substance here in Africa but if only one can be ranked to rub shoulder with the best lyricist such as Eric sermon, talib kwali, Nas then it should be mode9. He is by far the best in Africa

Ridiculous how out gunned other rappers are in front of this man. 7 times The Headies Lyricist on the Roll winner. Easily the best.

Great lyricism, great flow, great MC... Almost everything about him is great

Modenine is genuine rap

6 Naeto C

Nasty c is a good rapper. And I love him so much. He has been dropping good songs and hit songs. Right from particular, way it go, said, SMA, coolest kid in africa. I believe nasty c is good. So he deserve to be No 1

My best rapper in Africa

An amazing young rapper

He is the best in africa

7 Ice Prince

I hope ice prince is the best among all, said by lil lolly.

He is the best rapper

Ice prince I hope he is the best rap in Africa in fit in the all world

Best of the best

8 Khuli Chana

The MotswakOriginator lost in time recently released one of the best rap album in RSA, "Lost in Time" or should I dare to say this decade's best rap release in Africa (so far). This dude has got the best charisma in the African rap game

Ya'll can't seriously put Ice Prince over this dude. He's got a better taste in musicality, better charisma and he's been is more consistent. Give the legend the spot which he deserves

You a good rapper

9 Lil Wine

Lil Wine is not that popular although his worke seen are good so his Rapping Skills.

Best rapper with skill

Best rapper in Africa

Africa Hiphop Artisties must come up with Union like Organisation...

10 Cassper Nyovest

This guy is the only rapper in Africa to have been placed on number 1 for MTVs Hottest MC. The first rapper in RSA to go platinum and become as successful as he is. Think about that. AKA has been compared with L-tido (best newcomer at that time) and silenced the critics when he dropped his classic album, Alter Ego. Then AKA was compared to Ice Prince (who won BET Africa) and he silenced the critics when he dropped Levels...but on the other hand Cassper has been the toughest cookie on AKA's plate

Filled up the dome (20 000 capacity) and Orlando stadium (40 000), something I doubt any other person on this list can do

He flows is too sweet

I like you music

The Contenders
11 Tumi

Voted South Africa's Best Rapper Of All Time by two hip hop magazines. This guy is the best lyricist in the continent. He's like the African Dream version of Nas

The best to ever do it in South Africa for me. He is lyrically one the most special MCees on the continent. He's easily in Africa's top 10 and for some top 5.

The most consistent rapper in the continent being placed @ number 12. Hell naw! The poet MC deserves better. This guy has shut down shows where he performed alongside The Clipse & The Roots. He's killing it in the rap battle scene (scramble for money) and also killing this new wave ("Bump The Cheese Up" & "Visa")

The best lyricist in Africa, every album or mixtape that this dude has ever released has been rated as a classic

12 Olamide

Olamide is the best

Best of the best

13 D Black
14 Khaligraph Jones

Number 15, like seriously, Sarkodie ain't nothing compared to King Khali, Jones is the illest in Africa.

The finest Rapper to have graced the music industry from Kenya real rhyme spitter, with levels that cannot be matched in Africa, a fast rapper ask Ice Prince how fast Khaligraph Jones can flip line after line

There is no match for you, you deserve the best and made it on top of this game.

Best rapper. Can rap very fast in four languages. So far the fastest rapper.

15 Scientific

I think scientific need to be the first on the list because he rap reality and his rap is standard.

Scientific lib speaks the truth,he talk abut things that happening around the world... I think for me he's is the best rapper in Africa...

Scientific is the best all time African rapper, because there is no equal for him.

Scientific, speaks reality and consciouness. This rapper is also out-standing for over ten years now!

16 Proverb

This guy was the first rapper the continent which I saw as a great inspiration. He's not only a great rapper but he's also got a great personality. Let me take it back to '05 when he dropped his first and best classic album (of three classic albums) Book of ProVerb. Tracks such as "Microphone Sweet Home", "Marry Me", "Women" & "Heartbeat" stole my heart and I never stopped listening to him ever since. Lyrical technicality takes a dump on any rapper or name you'd find on this list or another

Better MC than Mode 9. Book Of ProVerb & Manuscript can body any album made by Mode 9. He's got better wordplay, better concepts, better freestyles, better charisma and he's the one MC than body any international MC without swearing on a track, but by just delivering pure lyricism and wordplay. So give it some thought guys, go and listen to those two albums and reshuffle your list

The greatest MC in the continent, his work is timeless, listen to the song "Writer's club" it might give you a clue on what this dude can do with just juggling words around

Lyrically, no one can touch this man!

17 Phyno

Vernacular No. 2 King of Rap. He's the undisputed King of the Eastern part of Nigeria and is easily one of the greatest vernacular rappers EVER from Africa. He is second only to Sarkodie in my opinion.

He is good at rapping.

Master of rhymes

18 K'naan

One of the best rappers in Africa, ya'll ever heard him freestyle. Stop sleeping on him. Somalia (is he from Somalia) has blessed us. Love him, love his music and I love his energy

19 Manifest

How can M.manifest be at the bottom of this list?... people who listen to rap music know m.manifest is winning this one. I mean no one can compare to his poetry style; his metaphoric lines, rhymes and great sense he speaks in his music. he is an intelligent writer too. and besides, no one tells the African story in their songs as much as he does. he is the best African rapper period!

How can you make a list of African rappers and leave M.nifest out? His style of rap and poetry is so deep... no rapper on the continent can match his style. I think he should be at no. 1

How on earth is Manifest outside the Top 10?

He is the smartest rapper whose music takes time to assimilate

20 K.O

Best rapper in his crew, Teargas. They won the best rap album award in South Africa, 2 years in a row. He broke out and created the new trend that's ruling over Africa known as Skanda hip hop. Last year (2015) he was voted the 2nd best rapper in Africa (which led to a lot of criticism). He outshine your favourite rapper (AKA) on every track they've ever been on, and his best hit song has got more views (Youtube) than any song released by AKA. He changed the way kids in South Africa wore, (last year). Enough said. Father of Skanda

Better than every rapper after Mode 9 (except ProVerb & Tumi). The path he paved (Skanda rap) is legendary. His flow on "Son Of A Gun" is legendary. The song "Cara Cara" is legendary. His swag is legendary. His guest appearances (e.g "Born For This", "Run Jozi", "We Rollin" & "God's Will" just to name a few) are legendary. His verses on "No Fear" are legendary. His music video's ("No Fear", "Papa Action" & "Don Dadda") are legendary. Charisma is legendary. Crew (Teargas) is legendary. Founder and father of Skhanda rap

21 Hymphatic Thabs

How a rapper from Lesotho became the god mc in South Africa may sound amazing but it's not. If you'd listen to his lyrics you might see that he's been Africa's most hidden treasure. Listen to "Tell The Youth" from his classic album Age of Horus (2006). Even the album itself was one of the best I've heard. Go and listen to it. It's so ahead of it's time, and album message is still relevent to this day.

Southern Africa's rap god. I'm don't easily throw the word classic around but Age Of Horus (2006) was a classic album ahead of it's time. Best rapper to ever come outta Lesotho along with Konfab

22 heavychollo

This guy should be on d top 3,though his music have not gotten to everybody but yahh gotta be honest. He us a wonderful story teller.. I've been studying him for a while now and I don't see a reason he shouldn't be on that top 2

This isn't what I was expecting,heavychollo is the best in africa and I know he will proof it to everybody when he comes out of jail...this guy is the best talent currently in africa

If am been asked to share my opinion here I think this guy merit the top spot.

Heavy got my vote,this guy is the best thing that have happened to the african music industry,he is exceptionally an entertainer,a story teller,a valid Q TO D Q,this man got flows more than any rapper on this list,seriously I expected him to be on the top most spot because he even see top 7 in america without a debut video.

23 Jovi

Jovi is the "realest" rapper I know. He sings his life, he sings his culture, he sings his country, continent... He has brought out a rap genre called "Mboko" from his local community, that, in my opinion, should be adopted as the African rap genre. Talking about rap in Africa without mentioning Jovi is a crime deserving public flogging.

He's fostered a whole new genre and through Mboko has given African Rap an identity the entire continent can get behind. And I mean, *entire continent*, because linguistically it covers both Anglophone and Francophone Africa as well as Creole. With over 10 projects out, he's a reference, and one of the greatest of his time.

MbokoGod is number 1. His discography is epic and original, he created a new genre of rap "Mboko rap" and he's creativity is genius level. To top all that, he's a monster producer.

Jovi is certainly the best of the best. His flow is perfect in French English and other dialects. Plus he is a producer.

24 Kwesta
25 Chef 187

He has that spirit of rapping in vanacular regardless of the negative critics, telling him he can't make it if he does not rap in English. And he puts his rap on point with the mother tongue

I don't think there is any rapper on this list with as much creative word play as this kid...

He's just so super creative the word play, metaphors no one compares. The guy is smart

He's flows are awesome

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