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The late Pro is the greatest of all time. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

These Are The Greatest South African MCs of All Time According to MTV Base

Let the G.O.A.T debates begin.

MTV Base has done it again. A lot of heads and artists are touched (though some may not admit it). A week after releasing the list of the hottest South African MCs of 2018, the channel gathered a set of panelists to decide on the definitive list of the greatest SA MCs of all time.

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Speeka. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Meet Speeka, the Soweto-Based Producer Keeping Kasi Rap Alive

Away from the spotlight, a South African hip-hop movement is alive and well.

In the early 2010s, the South African hip-hop subgenre kasi rap was at its peak. The late rapper Pro, who pioneered the sub-genre, was still dropping hits like it wasn't a thing.

Pro, since rising to prominence in the mid-2000s, inspired a legion of rappers, most from the townships of Joburg. The YFM radio show The Full Clip, which was hosted by popular media personalities and hip-hop heads Sizwe Dhlomo and Scoop Makhathini, was a great platform for up-and-coming kasi rappers to showcase their witty punchlines and storytelling skills. Some of the country's finest lyricists such as Kid X, Zingah (formerly Smashis), Ginger Trill (formerly Gingerbread Man) and Siya Shezi gained popularity from frequenting the show.

Then The Full Clip ended. And on the surface, it looked like kasi rap had died with it. It became hard to keep up with artists such as MT (not to be confused with Emtee) and Mickey M, Sbuda P and a lot more, who were staples of the show.

"That was our go-to show to hear what they were up to and how they sounded," says Speeka, a producer whose prominence also rose during the Full Clip days. Right now as he chats to me, he is taking a break from mixing a song at his home studio in Protea Glen in Soweto. "But as soon as that show ended, all we had was social media," continues Speeka. "And if you didn't follow any of them on social media, to you they kinda vanished. But most of them, as far as I know, continue to rap and put out projects. But there really isn't a platform that is specifically for kasi rap."

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