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K.O’s 20 Best Verses Ranked

K.O is greatly lauded for crafting some of the most iconic verses in South African hip-hop. We rank the veteran rapper's 20 best verses from good to hazardous.

K.O is one of the best rappers in South African hip-hop. The Mpumalanga native is also one of the longest-standing veterans in the SA hip-hop scene. He found his start as one-third of the celebrated group Teargas which debuted in 2006. Branching out into a solo career in 2014, 15 years have come to pass since he started, yet he is still one of the most exciting acts active today.

In 2020, he had one of the biggest songs in the form of "Lucky Star", as well as scene-stealing guest appearances on Touchline's "Abafana Aba Hot" and Zakwe and Duncan's "V-Class", among others. This year doesn't seem to be any different as he recently featured on Bloemfontein duo Stino Le Thwenny's "Moshimane 2.0", alongside Khuli Chana and Major League DJz.

K.O has built a reputation for himself as a skilled songwriter, singing countless hooks on Teargas songs, his own records as well as on features. But what he is greatly lauded for is his pen work when it comes to crafting some of the most iconic verses in South African hip-hop. With one of the highest work ethics in the game, evidenced by his continued input and contribution to the game, he has been able to reinvent himself by blending in during different eras of South African hip-hop while maintaining his authentic self.

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