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And The 2017 South African Hip-Hop Awards Winners Are...

Cassper Nyovest walks away with six awards.

The sixth annual South African Hip Hop Awards took place last night at The Lyric Theatre in Joburg. Both superstars and emerging artists were celebrated for their craft and hard work. Shane Eagle walked away with Best Newcomer, while YoungstaCPT took the long overdue Lyricist of the Year trophy to Cape Town.


The man of the moment Cassper Nyovest dominated, taking home six awards.

Kwesta won Song of the Year for his love song "Ngiyaz' Fela Ngawe," while DJ Bionic was given the Honorary Award for his huge contributions to the art form.

Below is the full list of winners:

Song of the Year: Kwesta ft. Thabsie "Ngiyaz' Fela Ngawe"

Best Freshman / Newcomer: Shane Eagle

Best Remix: Riky Rick x Frank Casino "Whole Thing"

Best Collaboration: AKA x ANATII "10 Fingers"

Best Dance Crew: Creed Crew

Best Female: Rouge



Most Valuable (MVP): Cassper Nyovest

Best Male: Cassper Nyovest

Honorary Award: DJ Bionic

Hustler of the Year: Cassper Nyovest

Producer of the Year: Gemini Major

DJ of the Year: DJ SPEEDSTA

Best Music Video: Cassper Nyovest "Destiny"

Milestone Award: Cassper Nyovest for Fill Up Orlando Stadium

Promoter of the Year: Junior Lavie

Best Graffiti: Psalm 1

Lyricist of the Year: YoungstaCPT

Best Radio Show: Motsweding FM's Motswako wa Hip Hop

Best Digital Sales: Kwesta

Best Local Brand: Styler Gang

Best International Brand: KFC

King of Northern Cape: DJ Speedy V

King of Eastern Cape: Yahkeem

King of Kwazulu Natal: Junior Lavina

King of Free State: Ba2cada

King of Mpumalanga: Fortune Nthekathi

King of North West: DJ Big Boy SA

King of Western Cape: Grandmaster Ready D

King of Limpopo: Hip Hop Live SA

King of Gauteng: Kool Out

For our coverage of South African hip-hop, click here.

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Photography by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Price to Pay: The Complicated Relationship Between Ambitiouz Entertainment and South Africa’s Music Scene

Through all the horror stories shared by artists, it's impossible to overlook Ambitiouz Entertainment's contribution to South African music.

One of the biggest South African songs at the moment boasts a lineup of artists that blend styles for a smooth collaboration. With verses for the heads and a catchy hook for the radio, "Price to Pay" by Miss Pru DJ features the duo Blaq Diamond and Lesotho-born rapper Malome Vector.

A quintessential Ambitiouz Entertainment song, "Price to Pay" feels like 2016/2017 all over again, even if it's for just above five minutes. When Ambitiouz started circa 2015, a majority of its hip-hop artists—Emtee, Saudi, Sjava, FiFi Cooper, and others—were doing trap rap, mostly in native languages. Even A-Reece, who raps almost exclusively in English now, threw a few SePitori phrases in his rhymes. Singles such as "Tshela" and "Smokolo" released by the rapper Priddy Ugly under Ambitiouz were his first experiments with adding native languages in his verses beyond hooks.

While streaming "Price to Pay" and other songs released by Ambitiouz Entertainment, however, one wonders if, years from now, Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond will be sharing horror stories of working with the label, just like many of its previous signings.

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