Best African Rappers

The Top Ten
1 Sarkodie

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

Sarkodie has a very nice voice with best timing. He is a rap twister and each word is heard clearly when twisting. He raps both in English and native language(twi). Infarct sark is a rap god. He is old in the rap game but his consistency makes people compare him to upcoming rappers. No rapper can match Sark in Ghana. Sark is a rap Einstein.

He's the 2nd best rapper in Africa. If this was tennis he'd be Nadal, a great champion one of the greatest of all time, to some the greatest but he isn't Federer. He isn't M.I.

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

MI is not just the best rapper I think africa has ever had, MI IS THE BEST MUSIC ARTIST HIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD, to me he is the most underrated artist that I think deserves more credit than he has already, if there is any rapper from Africa that writes and compose world wide and grammy worthy music, its MI. go listen to, imperfect me, crowd mentality, jehovah, Pyeri boy, Money, and so on, and you will relate to what am talking about!

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.

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.

M.I is Africa's best rap export. The fact that Sark is rated better here is just a joke. If you are not Nigerian it might be hard to relate to his message. I have listened to every rapper on this list - except Scientific - and MI is miles better


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

AKA is the best he proves this by the success of his song and his consistency

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


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

All hail to the King of Africa's vernecular hip hop. This dude's style is not a copy of the western hip hop, he keeps it local with a fresh delivery and great charisma

5 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

A charisma like no other, a musician like no other, I just had to put him in

Nasty has been an amazing artist for the year he deserves your vote

My best rapper in Africa

6 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

7 Ice Prince

Are you doing Justice for putting him in this number? You have to listen to #ice_Prince_ft_sunny_nneji whisky and re-rate this did again

This dude has really made a name 4 himself, he is the game's breath of fresh air

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

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

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 Africa lyrics are merge with nice flow which makes him best rapper

Lil wine Africa is the best of all the best Rapper in the world

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

Lil Wine Africa is the best I don't know why is not number 1

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

Love this dude he keeps his music real n raw from de streets I thinks he is de best in Africa

'Drops Hit after Hit, The only african hip hop artist to have 3 platinum albums'

Quite cool artist but his beef with AKA quite destroys his career internationally
country wise its cool,congrats I see you got dj drama on point but they ain't seeing you in the states.. as for your fake beef mate he is making it BET,AFRIMMA,MTVEMA you know em all

The Contenders
11 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

Lyrically, no one can touch this man!

Most technical lyricist in Africa

12 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.

When it comes to professional rap scientific is the best and the mic gladiator

13 Olamide

For he is the best and nasty c to must be placed here

He's a great rapper and His lyrics are remarkable

Olamide is the best

Baddo is the best no argument

14 Tumi

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")

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

15 Khaligraph Jones

The real OG, all those rappers mentioned above are simply clearing the path for King Khali over here

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

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

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

16 D Black

D black is good in rap, how he arrange and the story line

D-Black is cool but he shouldn't be on this list...Hey,we are talking about best rappers in Africa.

He is one of the best rappers of our time. A Ghanaian by birth.

He's good, the p diddy of Ghana.

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

Best of all tym

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

Only rapper in Africa besides HHP to have worked with Nas

19 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

Best in Africa never seen a rapper like him before

He is a skhanda king best swag

20 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!

Only two rappers in the world
Manifest and the rest

How on earth is Manifest outside the Top 10?

I think manifest should follow Africa best rapper sarkodie

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 Jovi

Jovi got no rival in Africa, he has his own way of rapping not western rapping but the real Africa stile. He is very inclined in culture

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.

Jovi has his unique rap music called mboko rap. He raps real life in Cameroon, peace and the life of the underprivileged. He is the king of rap in Cameroon

23 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

Heavychollo is a wonderful story teller and gangsta rapper,you don't wanna mess with him...he can blow your head off with a single rap line

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

24 Kwesta

He's so blessed he should probly feature jesus on a track

One of the most blessed artist

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

This rapper is just something else, with outstanding word play

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