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The 20 Best South African Hip-Hop Songs of 2019

Featuring Solo, Yanga Chief, Hanna, A-Reece, Indigo Stella, Shane Eagle, Priddy Ugly, Flame and many more.

The general notion is that South African hip-hop had a dull year. Maybe 2019 didn't have as many mega hip-hop hits from SA rappers, but it doesn't mean there weren't some great tunes.

2019 saw the new wave—featuring artists like Flame, The Big Hash, Indigo Stella, and more—dominate and demand every fan's attention. The older generation didn't sleep either, as strong songs from the likes of Solo and Stogie T make our list.

OkayAfrica contributors Sabelo Mkhabela and Mayuyuka Kaunda keep their ears to the street and sift through every release to bring you the 20 best South African hip-hop songs of 2019.

The list is in no particular order.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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YoungstaCPT on Staying True to Kaapstad and SA Hip Hop

The South African rapper is touring Australia this November.

I must admit, I only heard about YoungstaCPT a couple of years back in Cape Town. While visiting a friend in Bo Kaap, her sister was rapping along to his song "Salutas" from her bedroom upstairs. What stuck with me most was the distinct Capetonian vernacular—it wasn't another generic American copy. I could feel the Capetonian pride vibrating through the floorboards.

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