Best Rappers In Africa 2024 (With Pictures): Top 14 Most Popular

Top 14 Best Rappers in Africa: A rap song is a genre of music that includes poetry and rhythm, often spoken quickly and in style. Its conception goes back to the early 1960s in the United State Of America, Specifically among blacks. Since then it has evolved and exported practically in every country.It is loved by millions that you will always fall in love by its punchlines.

Many African musicians have claimed repute through using their capabilities and exploring this music genre. Some of the best rappers in Africa also are international icons.

In this article, we will be bringing to you the top 14 best rappers in Africa.

We’ll choose the top best rappers in Africa, primarily based on the reputation of their music, how well known they are, their business successes, worldwide collaborations,  their impacts, and their awards amongst different things.

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Top 14 Best And Most Popular African Rappers In 2024

1. NASTY C: Nasty C is an African top rapper. He has Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo as his full name. He is from South African, And he is a songwriter and a record producer.

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fastest rappers in africa

Nasty C, was born on February 11, 1997. His current record label is “Def Jam Records”. He’s been effective since 2013 and was the youngest rapper to win an award, which includes the L Best Freshman Award 2015, Best New Artist, Best Male Album, and  Best Hip Hop Album 2017.

He has been consistent with his performance, doing his best to win the hearts of his fans, and in fact, it has earned him a lot of love and international acclaim.

Nasty Best Songs includes, Phases, Allow, Legendary, Sma, Black and White Ft. Ari, Lennox, and All In.

2. KHALIGRAPH JONES: Brian Robert Ouko is the full name of khaligraph jones. He is well known for his hip hop and rap. He is a rapper from Kenya.

Top 10 African Rappers
Top 10 African Rappers

Khaki Graph Jones was born on 12th June 1990. His recent record label is ” Bahd Guy’s record”. He has being effective since 2013. At the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) he received the Best Rap Performance Award in 2018, Best International Stream 2020. In which he was the first nominee from Kenya. Also best hip hop act in 2020.

Khaligraph has ascertained his writing skills and is one of the top African rappers. Appreciation to his pun and writing style. Also his intellectual manner of retelling stories.

Top Khaligraphs Songs includes, Testimony Ft Sagini, Jun Ya Ngori, Yes Bana Ft. Good, Hao Ft. Masauti ,987 Wavy Ft. Sarkodie.

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3. CASSPER NYOVEST: Refiloe Maele Phoolo, as Cassper Nyovest full name. He is a rapper from South African, composer, dancer, businessman, and record producer.

Richest rapper in Africa
Richest rapper in Africa

Nyovest was given birth on December 16, 1990. His recent music record label is “Impact Sounds”. He has been active since 2004. He has won numerous awards including Channel O Music Video Awards (2014), Metro FM Awards (2015), MTV Africa Music Awards (2015, 2016), South Africa Music Awards (2015, 2017 2019), WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards (2016).

Casper Nyovest popular Songs includes, Tsholofelo, Refileo, Thuto, Sweet and Short, and Any Minute Now.

4. SHO MADJOZI: Sho Madjozi is one of the most outstanding female South African rappers. In addition to her rapping skills, Sho Madjozi is also outstanding for her fusion of Swahili and English. Her nice lyrics also make her songs funny and amazing.

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Who is the fastest rapper in Africa

Madjozi was born on  May 9, 1992, her current record label is “Epic” and she has won many awards, including 2x South African Female Artist of the Year and Best Newcomer, 2019, Best International New  Act, 2019, African Muzik Magazine Awards Best South African, 2019, Favorite African Star, 2020.

Sho Madjozi top Songs includes, Kona , Idhom , Wakanda Forever, Di Hawks, Like ft.Darassa.

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5. SARKODIE: Sarkodie full name is Micheal Owusu Addo. He is a Ghanaian rapper, record producer and businessman, who has been in the music world for over a decade. He is one of the most famous music artists in Ghana. Sarkodie was born on July 10th, 1988.

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Who is the Best Hip Hop rapper in Africa

His current record label is “Sarkcess”.  He has been active since 2005 and has won so many awards, but  recent awards includes the MTV Africa Music Awards (Best Hip Hop, 2014), EMY Awards (Best Artist, 2016), Daf BAMA Awards (Best African Performance, 2017), Ghana Entertainment Awards (Hiplife / Rap Act and Best Male Performance, 2018), All Africa Music Awards (Best Male Inspirierend Music Artist, 2018), Entertainment Achievements Awards (Event of the Year, 2021).

Sarkodie’s top songs include, Makye, Rapperholic, Sarkology, Mary, Highest, Alpha, Black Love, No Pressure.

6. AKA: Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known by the stage name AKA, is a rapper from South African, composer, record producer, singer, and businessman. His rhythmic rap style has won the hearts of thousands of people.

Top 10 Best African Rappers
Top 10 Best African Rappers

Aka was born on January 28, 1988. Her current record label is “Sony Music Entertainment”. He has been active ever since 2002 and had won so many awards including Best Male Artist, 2012 and 2014, Music Video of the Year, 2020, Best Southern Male, 2015, Best Collaboration, 2014, Most Valuable Artist, Song of the Year, Best Digital Sales 2015, Best Single by Success, 2016, Favorite South African Star, 2019, Pan-African Artist of the Year 2019.

AKA Notable Songs includes, Alter Ego, Levels, Be Careful What You Wish For, Touch my blood, and Bhovamania.

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7. FALZ: Falz’s full name is Folarin Falana. He is a rapper from Nigerian, composer, and actor. He is a hip-hop artist who is loved for his unique style of rap. Her songs had great humor and traditional indigenous Nigerian sounds fused with contemporary sounds.

Best Rappers in Africa
Best Rappers in Africa

Falz was born on October 27, 1990. His current record label is “Bahd Guys Records“. He has been active since 2009 and has won many awards including the BET Awards (Viewers Choice Best New International Acts, 2016). City People Entertainment Awards (Album of the Year: Storie That Touch, 2016),  Headies Awards (2016, 2019, and 2020).

Popular songs by Falz includes, Soldier Ft. Simi, Ello Bae, Foreign Ft. Simi, Wehdone Sir, Marry Me,  Bop Daddy, One Trouser,  and  Squander.

8. PHYNO: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike is popularly known as phyno. He is a rapper from Nigeria, composer, and record producer. Phyno is popularly known for rapping in his dialect (Igbo language). He also raps in Pidgin English. He was born on 9th October 1986 and his current record label is “Penthouse“.

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Best music rappers in Africa

He has been active since 2003 and has won many awards, including 3 Headies Awards: Best Collaboration (Ghost Mode ft. Olamide and Best Rap Single Man of the Year, both  2013), Best Rap Single (Parcel 2014), Nigerian Entertainment Awards (Best Collabo, 2013), City People Entertainment Awards (Rap Artist of the Year, 2014).

Popular phyno Tracks includes, Alobamu, Shutdown, Ghost Mode Ft. Olamide, Fada Fada, Man of the Year, Finance Woman sq ft, Augment, Ride for You ft Davido.

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9. NADIA NAKAI: Nadia Nakai is a female rapper from South Africa, composer, and TV personality. Nadia Nakai is a brilliant and exceptionally talented rapper. The rapper was raised by a South African father and a mother from Zimbabwe.
Nadia Nakai was born on 18th May 1990. Her recent record label is “Family Tree”.

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Which country has the best rappers in Africa

She has been active since 2011 and has won awards including Zimbabwe Music Artist of the Year, 2018, 2x South African Best Female, 2019; Best Video, 2020, All African Music Awards (Best Female Artist in Southern Africa), SA Style Awards (Most Stylish Artist, 2020).

Nadai Nakai top Songs, MoneyBack, Naaa Meaan ft. Cassper Nyovest, The Man ft Cassper Nyovest,  Imma Boss, Amai, Kreature, and 40 Bar.

10. M.ANIFEST: He is a rapper from ghana, singer and composer, who is wonderful at what he does in the rap industry. The rapper began his career in high school and released his first solo album In 2017. M.anifest was born on 20th November 1983. His recent music record label is singitdamnit music.

List of Rappers in Africa
List of Rappers in Africa

He has been active since 2005 and has won many awards including, best rapper of the year, 2013,  and 2017, 4syte music video awards( best special effects 2016) best individual Style, 2016, International Midem ‘Coup de Coeur’ Awards, France, (Midem Best Artist, 2017), AFRIMA award  (Best Artist in Hip Hop, 2018).

Best Songs by M.Anifest, Makaa Maka, Sugar ft. Brymo, Be My Woman, Rapper 101, Another Story,  and Confusion.

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11. M. I. Abaga: On October 4, 1981, in Jos, Plateau State, to Mr. and Mrs. Abaga, rapper, accomplished record producer, songwriter, and musician Jude Abaga, C.E.O. of Chocolate City M.I., was born. He began singing professionally in 2003 after moving to Nigeria. The release of the well-known song “Safe” was the result of his early mixtape recording endeavors with his pal Djinee.

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All time best rappers in Africa

The “Nigerian King of Rap,” M.I (Mr. Incredible) Abaga, rose to fame in 2006 and is known for many successful tracks, including those from his debut album “Talk about it” (2008). He is one of the best-known rappers to have performed on the African continent, and he has once been crowned the rap King of Nigeria and Africa. Many times in the past, he has been named the top rapper in Africa. M. I have won a few honors, including Best New Act and Best Hip Hop, at the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has traveled to numerous nations in Africa, America, and Europe.

12. Jovi: Rapper, composer, sound engineer, entrepreneur, and record producer Jovi (Ndukong Godlove Nfor) is from Cameroon. After Jovi’s breakthrough single, “Don 4 Kwat,” came “Pitié,” which was released on the Mumak label he co-founded and featured Congolese vocalist Tabu Ley Rochereau.

Best freestyle rapper in Africa
Best freestyle rapper in Africa

Co-writing and co-producing Akon’s playlist-worthy song “Shine the Light” is one of his most illustrious achievements. The term “mbokogang,” which refers to Jovi’s fans, is currently one of the most impressive in Cameroon music.

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13. Olamide: On March 15, 1989, Olamide, or Olamide Baddosneh, whose real name is Olamide Gbenga Adedeji, was born. He is a record executive, singer, songwriter, and rapper. He is regarded as one of Africa’s biggest and most influential performers and was a major factor in the ascent of countless Afrobeats music legends. He records in both Yoruba and English.

Influential African Rappers
Influential African Rappers

When signed to Coded Tunes, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi in 2011. His second album, YBNL, was released under the label imprint “Yahoo Boy No Laptop,” also known as YBNL Nation. The singles “First of All,”Voice of the Street,” “Stupid Love,” and “Ilefo Illuminati” helped to promote the album. Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc on July 17, 2013. The Headies Award, the MTV Africa Music Award, and many more musical honors have all been bestowed upon Baddo.

14. Ice Prince Zamani: Panshak Henry Zamani, better known by his stage name Ice Prince, is a Nigerian rapper and hip-hop recording artist who was born in 1984. The Nigerian rapper rose to stardom following the release of his number-one single, Oleku. The song continues to rank among the most mixed songs ever made in Nigeria.

African rappers with the most awards
African rappers with the most awards

Everybody Loves Ice Prince, Ice Prince’s debut studio album, was released in 2011. Three singles, “Superstar,” “Oleku,” and “Juju,” served as the rapper’s support for his debut studio album. Back in 2013, Ice Prince won the Best International Act: Africa category at the BET Awards.

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In reality, everyone has their own opinion about who is the best for them. Overall, we can proudly say that  Africa has finally produced several rap artists who can compete with their peers from the larger continents. African rappers have had the most successful songs not just in their homeland but across  Africa and the world in general.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Junior Mohamed Sesay

    Why is KAO Denero not in this list?? He won the 2021 best rap artist at the Africa Entertainment Awards.

  2. Martin Oduro

    Poorest ranking ever… how is nasty c better than sarkodie?
    Again, go listen to lyrical joe and do your ranking again. Thanks for taking my advice 😌

  3. Hemie

    Nasty C is always better than Sarkodie, he’s a better lyricist and he raps understandably, unlike Sarkodie who raps mostly in his dialect…. We all in Africa ain’t Ghanians.

  4. Nehemiah

    Mi desarves to be on the list…

  5. Bamcy

    MI is supposed to be among the top three
    Go listen to more rappers before you make a better ranking

  6. Joiii

    Khali number 2 big up Kenyan boy

  7. West

    Nasty na d best.e chok die.but sark na my best sha real matas.

  8. BoyCliff

    Phyno on the list and MI Abaga is absent? 🤔 Wow!!! Great list.

  9. Tdazz domie

    Big up khali 💪💪 say it loud 🎤🎤📸take kenya to de world 💪💪


    U need to research more Son

  11. Ayonice

    Olamide is not in the list and u add phyno

    Dis ur list is off date bro

  12. Terrifik

    This is a joke Sarkodie should have been #1 his achievements on this list are higher than any other artists. Go back and check

  13. Archie N. George

    thanks for the update. congratulations to all the talents.

  14. Dydos

    Maybe you need to redefine rap cos MI abaga’s absence makes this not a rap game.

  15. Mohammed T. Man

    Why Kao denero is not on the list one of the best rapper in Africa. 💪💪👍

  16. Abavor David

    You are telling the truth

  17. Sadat Ibrahim

    LYRICAL JOE has all rap ingredients; He is extremely good and consistence. Pls update your list and do more research.

  18. Morris | Codm

    What is Sho Madjozi doing on the list? Nasty C? Even South Africans know he doesn’t deserve the spot. We don’t need nerds to share their opinions on issues like these. Sarkodie is number 1. If you want to argue like you’ve got balls, follow me on Facebook “Cornelius Honny Morrison.” *cheers*

  19. Waheed Rufai

    I wonder how Nasty C is, when Olamide is the most streamed and most viewed rapper I Africa on all Music and Industry Platforms

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