5 African Hip Hop Songs You Must Listen To In 2017 is a necessary feature because African Hip Hop is on the rise and it’s fair to say African rappers are at the top of the food-chain! Whilst South Africa currently has the African hip hop crown, the continent has some of the illest rappers in the game. The compilation below features rappers like Kaligraph Jones, Sarkodie, MHD, Phyno and Manifest ! Enjoy!
1. Sarkodie – Trumpet ft. TeePhlow, Medikal, Strongman, Koo Ntakra, Donzy & Pappy Kojo
Known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards.In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana. He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest hip hop artists. MTV Base ranked him 6th on its list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him 1st on its list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time”. In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him 3rd on its list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015”. In 2015, The Guardian listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent.
2. Khaligraph Jones x Cashy- Micasa Sucasa
Brian Robert Ouko better known as Khaligraph Jones is One of the most celebrated Hip Hop artists in Kenya, Khaligraph Broke into the Kenyan Music scene in 2009 after winning the Kenyan Edition of the Channel O Emcee Africa competitions at the age of 19,
3.MHD – A Kele Nta
Mohamed Sylla, better known by his stage name MHD is a French rapper from the 19th arrondissement of Paris. His music is the precursor of “Afro Trap”, a mixture of African music and Trap music.
4. Phyno – Link Up [Official Video] ft. Burnaboy, M.I
Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, better known by his stage name Phyno, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He started his musical career as a producer in 2003. He is renowned for rapping in the Igbo language
5. M.anifest – Cupid’s Crooked Bow ft. Nomisupasta
M.anifest is an award-winning Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter. He was crowned the King of Ghana Hip-Hop in 2017 when he won Best Rapper and Hip-Hop song of the year at the Ghana Music Awards.