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The 10 Best PRO(Kid) Songs Ranked

South African hip-hop producer and township rap enthusiast SPeeka ranks his favourite PRO songs of all time.

Editor's note: August 8 marks the day PRO (known as ProKid earlier in his rap career) made a quiet exit from this earth. The legendary South African lyricist is credited with being the father of kasi rap — a subgenre of South African hip-hop characterised by a heavy use of punchlines and storytelling mostly in isiZulu and tsotsitaal (Gauteng township slang).

PRO inspired a generation of kasi rappers — his impact and influence are still felt to this day. The prolific rapper's catalogue consists of two classics, namely Heads & Tales and Dankie San which sit comfortably alongside his other notable releases.

We reached out to South African hip-hop producer and kasi rap aficionado SPeeka to help us rank PRO's best 10 songs from great to simply awesome.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

[Op-Ed] SPeeka: “‘Dankie San’ brought me closer to kasi rap”

A personal reflection on one of South Africa's most influential hip-hop albums, 'Dankie San' by PRO.

Ed's note: South Africa's national channel SABC 1 recently aired a 2-part documentary on the making of Dankie San, the late South African rapper PRO's 2007 album which is considered by many as his magnum opus. The album is considered a "kasi rap bible." In this Op-Ed, South African hip-hop producer and powerhouse of kasi rap, SPeeka reflects on the album's impact on the South African scene and his own life.

2007 was a strange year for me. I had matriculated the previous year, and, thanks to succumbing to peer pressure, was studying I.T.. I eventually dropped out because instead of doing my Programming assignments, I focused most of my energy on being a hip-hop head and making beats.

I cared very little for anything outside hip-hop culture. I was deeply entrenched into both American and South African hip-hop—listening to everything from Mr. Selwyn to Kanye West, Morafe, The Roots and PROkid.

Of all the South African MCs I was listening to at the time, PRO (then known as PROkid) was right at the top of my list. He was one of the few MCs who was able to spit in English and vernac (IsiZulu and South African township slang known as tsotsitaal) with the same lethal precision – both written and freestyled.

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