Kwesta. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

These Are The 10 Hottest South African MCs According to MTV Base

This list never ends well.

MTV Base's annual Hottest MCs list came out last night, and as usual, feathers were ruffled. Both fans and artists have shared their opinions on the list. The most common notion is that A-Reece, YoungstaCPT and Emtee should have made the list. A reasonable number of people feel AKA should have been number one.


The list is always compiled by a panel of hip-hop insiders, and this year, joining the round table were writer and radio host Spoken Priestess, DJ Capital, radio host Kyeezi, DJ and radio host Ms Cosmo, TV and radio host Scoop Makhathini and DJ Zai Maya.

The list is based on criteria that aren't always communicated that well to fans (or we are just not paying enough attention). MCs aren't only judged on bars and music, but also on their business acumen—endorsement deals, sales, tours etc, and cultural impact, among a few more. So, even though an artist like Riky Rick might have been quiet this year, he will still make the list by ticking the other boxes.

Below is the list the panel decided on:

1. Kwesta

2. AKA

3. Nasty C

4. Cassper Nyovest

5. Rouge

6. Shane Eagle

7. Anatii

8. Riky Rick

9. Moozlie

10. Nadia Nakai

And below are some responses from SA hip-hop artists about the list:









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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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