Top 10 Best Rappers In Africa (2023)

On the ranking of the best rappers in Africa currently. The rap song is a genre of music that involves poetry and rhymes often said in a fast, slow, and stylish manner or tone. The origin is dated back in the early 60s in the United States of America particularly among the ‘Blacks’. Since then it has evolved and exported to virtually every country. It is loved by millions who tune their radios, television, or purchase albums just to enjoy the pleasure this music genre produces. That’s where the African continent comes in, because like every other endeavor, there are great and amazing rappers here in Africa. This music genre came into Africa in the 80s and ever since it has produced talented rappers who have wowed the listeners with their unique rap qualities. Therefore, if you are asking and wanting to know the top rappers in Africa, this article will focus on the Top Ten Rappers in Africa. So, sit, relax, and journey with us as we reveal to you the best rappers who are at the top of their game in Africa.

Without wasting much of our time, here are the Top 10 Best Rappers in Africa. The list below comprises the best who have given their best and performed exclusively impressing their fans and audience at live performances, with whom there is no dull moment when listening or watching their music album within the past few months. More so, African rappers have had the most successful songs not just in their country of residence but across Africa and the world at large.

Top 10 Best Rappers In Africa

  • 1. Nasty C (South Africa)

Undoubtedly and unarguably, the young talented rapper is the rave of the moment in South Africa and across Africa. Nasty C hails from South Africa and he is a rapper, a songwriter, and a record producer currently regarded as the best rapper in Africa. He is popular and well known for the single hit song “Way it Goes”. Nasty C was the youngest rapper to receive an award (the Best Freshman Award) at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards. In addition to his music thrills, with hit singles like ‘Said’ among other hit songs, the released second studio album titled Strings & Bling, Nasty is regarded as the best rapper in Africa. He has been consisting of his performance, dishing out his best to win the heart of his fans and indeed it has got him a lot of love and many international approvals.

  • 2. Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Second on our list is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, another talented South African born rapper. He rose to stardom and came to the music limelight through the release of his debut album on July 18, 2014, titled Tsholofelo and he has since up his game, winning the heart of many fans across Africa. Nyovest has been nominated and won many awards including the award of the best South African MC by MTVBase, Best New Comer, Album of the Year, Best Music Video, and Best Single. He further released different debut albums.

  • 3. Sarkodie (Ghana)

Micheal Owusu Addo known by the stage name Sarkodie is a Ghanaian rapper who has been in the music world for over a decade now, he graduated with a degree as a Graphic Designer. He is one of the most celebrated Ghana music artists. Sarkodie came to the limelight and fame with the release of his first single, titled “Baby”. Outside of music, Sarkodie is the owner of a clothing line named ‘Sark by Yas’. Sarkodie has been nominated and has won several music awards among which is the BET Awards for Best International Act: Africa. Sarkodie is a great artist who has upped his game seeing him perform alongside international artistes outside Ghana such as Miguel, Movado, Trey Songz, and Ludacris.

  • 4. Falz (Nigeria)

Third, on our list is the “Falz the Baddest”. He is a hip-hop artist loved for his unique style of rap. One of his popular songs that were heavily criticized “This is Nigeria” (a remix of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”) because of some sensitive content according to critics. Nevertheless, most of Falz ’s songs released and these songs are still hitting the air roof.

  • 5. M.I Abaga(Nigeria)

Fifth on the list of best rappers in Africa is M.I (Mr. Incredible) Abaga dubbed the “Nigerian King of Rap” came to stardom in 2006 and he is notable for many hit songs including his debut album “Talk about it” (2008). He is one of the most successful rappers to grace the African continent and he’s one time King of rap in Nigeria and Africa. He has previously been ranked the best African rapper on several occasions. The Nigerian hip-hop act has dropped several projects including King James, Show Me, Your Father, You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives, Acho Mi’Ya, and Everything I Have Seen.M.I have a handful of the award which includes Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards. He has toured Europe, America, and many countries in Africa.

  • 6. Aka (South Africa)

The South African rapper whose full name is Kiernan Jarry Forbes is number with stage name AKA is the sixth on our list. His song “Victory Lap” brought him to the limelight and rose him to stardom in 2011winning the Channel O’s Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 7th annual Channel O Music Video Awards. Some of his hit musical singles include The Saga, All Eyes on Me, Baddest, Sim Dope, and P.A.I.D. He is a popular music artist within and outside the shore of South Africa. His rhythmic rap style has made him win the heart of thousands. AKA has been decorated with several musical awards among which are acknowledged best “Male Artist of the Year” and “Best Street Urban Music Album” at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA). One of the many reasons the rapper made this list of best rappers in Africa, is his collaboration with international artists including Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross among others.

  • 7. Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)

Khaligraph Jones is the stage name of Brian Robert Ouko. The twenty-eight years old is vastly known for his hip-hop and rap music genre. Khali graph became famous in the music industry in  2013 and since then he has been the fan-favorite, dishing the best from what he’s made of. He was awarded the Best Rap Act at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA). His notable and best songs include Dedication, Ma Name Cash, Mariga Money, One Two Three, The Anthem, Yego, Faslane, Tattoo Kwa Thigh among others.

  • 8. Phyno (Nigeria)

Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike going by the stage name Phyno is a Nigerian rapper, a songwriter, and a record producer. Phyno became famous and rose to stardom in 2003 for rapping in his dialect (Igbo language), He raps in Pidgin English as well. Some of his popular and most loved songs include Ghost Mode, Okpeke, NWA, So Far So Good, Mkpotu, Man of the Year, No Be My Style, and Nnunu. The brilliant master rapper has released many brilliant projects within the past few months, he’s been ranked ninth among the best rappers in Africa. In addition. Phyno has won several notable awards such as the Nigeria Entertainment Award and The Headies Awards.

  • 9. Nadia Nakai (South Africa)

The only female on the list is Nadia Nakai. She is a rare gem is a creative and rhythmic rapper who has captivated her fans with her creativity and swag. She was motivated by another female rapper Nazizi (Kenya); she became popular and rose to stardom in 2013 with her song titled “Like Me”. Nadia is the first and only female rapper to win the Mixtape 101 competition on the Hip-Hop show. She has dropped interesting and amazing single songs such as  Bragga, Naa Meaan, and the Man. In 2018. She has also done some collabos that have made her sing known outside the shores of South Africa and for her to make it this far shows that she is putting in all her effort.

  • 10. Manifest (Ghana)

Drawing the curtain on the list of Top Ten Rappers in Africa is M.Anifest. This talented rapper is a hot sought after in the country and has gradually made his mark outside Ghana into other parts of the African continent. He is a rapper, singer, and songwriter who came into the game in 2017 and since then has been in the spotlight.


Conclusion on the Top Ten Best Rappers in Africa

There you have the list of the Top Ten Rappers in Africa. These music artists are at the top-notch leaving no stone unturned but working tirelessly to keep their fans swinging and moving to the tune of their song. Most artists have a lot rolled in their sleeves and are ready to make the year exciting for their fans. More so he has worked with famous other artists such as Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and others.