Could Yanga Chief Be The First Rapper To Win The SAMA For Best Hip Hop Album Two Years In A Row? Yanga Chief has cemented his place as one of the most creative storytellers in SA Hip Hop. Yanga’s last two album releases have been two of the best in the genre and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
Yanga Chief recently took to twitter to express his thanks for his Best Hip Hop SAMA nomination for his album PopStar. He named the project his most personal one yet saying that it got him out of a dark place. This is Yanga Chief’s second nomination in a row in the category. He could make history as the first rapper to win the award two years in a row.
“On the verge of back to back trophies. #PopStar is definitely my most personal project, it literally got me out of a dark place. Makwande apho iphume khona! Makhukhanye! #SAMA27” He tweeted.
Yanga is up for the award next to industry peers Boity for her 4436 EP, Nadia Nakai for Nadia Naked II Nasty C for Zulu Man With Some Power, and Zakwe and Duncan for their self titled release.
The rapper has spoken about the lengths he has gone to create a project that resonates with him deeply. In an interview about his artistry he explained why it was important for him to work with esteemed designer Laduma Ngoxolo creator of the MaXhosa Africa brand. He highlighted that the two share a clan name so it was destined for them to work with each other.
Yanga Chief won the Best Hip Hop Album in 2020 for his project Becoming A Pop Star and dedicated the award to his father. The 9 track album featured the hits Utatakho Remix featuring Boity, Dee Koala, and Riky Rick, 200 and Hard featuring AKA.