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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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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