Kdi Tini. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Here Are The 10 Best South African Hip-Hop Verses of 2018 According to Slikour On Life’s Verse of the Year Awards

Here's the full list of winners of the Verse of the Year Awards.

Last night, Slikour on Life and Stogie T gathered the hip-hop community for a celebration of penmanship. The second annual Verse of the Year Awards presented the 10 best verses of 2018.

During the course of the year, Stogie T selects outstanding verses from South Africa's lyricists in his Verse of the Month vlog which is hosted by the website Slikour On Life.


Speaking at event, the MC recalled how the Verse of the Year Awards was an initiative he started on Instagram a few years ago. "And Slikour was like, 'this is powerful, let's give it a bigger platform.'"

Nasty C took the ultimate award for his verse on Boity's "Wuz Dat?" single. Other winners included A-Reece, Captain, Zakwe and Jovi Slash., among others. Promising lyricist Touchline took the people's choice award, which was voted for by the public on Twitter prior to the award show.

Read: Why Nasty C is The Greatest South African Rapper of This Generation

The best verses were decided upon by a panel of judges including Stogie T himself, veteran rapper Zubz, writer and editor of The Plug Mercia Tucker and OkayAfrica staff writer Sabelo Mkhabela.

"You don't have to agree with our list, just as long as we are having a cinversation about bars," Stogie T said during the event.

Here is the full list if winners:

Laylizzy for "TXI"

Zakwe for his verse on "Sebentin Remix"

Jovislash for "The Dagga Song"

Ginger Trill for "The High End Freestyle"

Captain for his verse on Bona V's "The ReUp"

Reason for his verse on DJ Kaygo's "Father Figure"

Kid Tini for "Movie"

A-Reece for "Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself Pt. "2

Kwesta for his verse on DJ Sliqe's "Biskop"

Nasty C for his verse on Boity's "Wuz Dat?"

Touchline for "5 Grand" (Hennessey People's Choice Award)

Watch a video of the event's highlights below and another of how the list was decided on underneath.

Verse Of The Year Awards 2018 (Official Video) #VOTY2018 www.youtube.com


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26 Pioneers Inducted Into the South African Hip Hop Museum’s Wall of Fame

Here's the full list of inductees of the South African Hip Hop Museum's Wall of Fame.

On Thursday night, the South African hip-hop community gathered for a night of celebrating the culture and artform's pioneers and icons. The Hennessy Wall of Fame is the first phase of the South African Hip Hop Museum, which is still under construction.

The Wall of Fame consists of 26 names who have been instrumental in the growth of hip-hop in South Africa, from the likes of Prophets of da City, Godessa and Lance Sterh to younger artists like Cassper Nyovest, Da L.E.S and AKA.

Osmic Menoe, the founder of Ritual Media Group, the company behind the museum, the festival Back To The City and the South African Hip Hop Awards, shared that he felt hip-hop was running the risk of its story not being preserved and told by itself.

Osmic Menoe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

"It just scared me when meeting the younger generation and when you reference a POC, they were confused," he said in his opening speech during the event at Museum Africa in Newtown, Joburg. "When you tell them that we used to go a place in town called Le Club that opens at 12 when the sun's out and then Le Club closes at six in the afternoon, it sounded very weird because Taboo opens at six and closes the next day at six."

He added:

"So, to me, it made the most sense to say, why don't we preserve the same one's having a good one because it's changed a lot in our lives. It's changed my life. I know it's changed Bionic's life. I know it's changed Kenzhero's life. I can tell you for a fact it changed Vouks' life, [he] even has his own watch nowadays. When you look at people such as, like I say, Cassper, who's extending culture from where people like POC took it in the world tour."


Khomotso Ledwaba
, brand manager of Hennessy SA, said during the event:

"Our brand has become synonymous with hip hop culture around the world. Ever since first being uttered on a verse, Hennessy has featured in some 2500 songs and has made an indelible mark on the genre. To date, it's the most mentioned spirit not just in hip hop but in the broader music industry. From collaborations with Rakim, Nas, KAWs, Vhils and Shepard Fairey, to campaigns like the ever-popular Hennessy Artistry, we're deeply committed to hip hop culture. Our Wall of Fame is another way to champion the creatives making waves in the industry."

The Wall of Fame consists of multimedia information about each inductee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Wall of Fame will be updated every year, with new names being added. This year's inductees shared heartfelt speeches, with some sharing parts of their backstories in hip-hop. The producer, Thaso told the audience being inducted was "the biggest award of my whole career."

Below are the names of this year's inductees:

1. HHP (Rapper)

2. Pro Kid (Rapper)

3. P.O.C (hip-hop group)

4. Amu (Rapper and producer)

5. Ready D (DJ)

6. Skwatta Kamp (Rap group)

7. Gogga (Graffiti writer)

8. Falco (Graffiti writer)

9. Bionic (DJ and promoter)

10. Battlekat (Producer)

11. Cassper Nyovest (Rapper and promoter)

12. Godessa (Rappers)

13. Tumi (Rapper and record label owner)

14. Watkin Jones (Rapper)

15. Lee Kasumba (Radio hot)

16. Hymphatic Thabs (Rapper)

17. Osmic Menoe (Promoter)

18. Kenzhero (Promoter and DJ)

19. Lance Stehr (Record label owner)

20. AKA (Rapper)

21. Slikour (Rapper)

22.Da Les (Rapper)

23.Proverb (Rapper)

24.Thasso (Producer)

25.Emile YX? (Pioneer)

26.Kwesta (Rapper)


The South African Hip Hop Museum is still under construction and will be opened in 2020.

Interview
JimmyWiz. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Interview: JimmyWiz Quietly Released One of the Strongest South African Hip-Hop Albums of the Year

We chat to South African rapper JimmyWiz about his debut album, Accordin' to Jim.

JimmyWiz channeled his life story into his biographical debut record, Accordin' to Jim. At just nine songs, the album is a self-portrait of the artist as he shares the stories that contributed to how he makes sense of the world. Even the accompanying music reveals an aspect of Jimmy's childhood.

In his chat to OkayAfrica below, the MC from the East Rand of Joburg, explains that sonically, Accordin' To Jim was influenced by the music he grew up with. The project is built on smooth jazz samples and compositions by SP Dubb, a prominent producer in the East Rand and the rest of the country.

JimmyWiz is part of a huge network of South African lyricists who may not be on everyone's radar, but have built solid niche fanbases and are striving in their own way and own terms. JimmyWiz just happened to get a boost that a very few young up-and-coming rappers are afforded.

In 2015, the rapper appeared on the reality show The Hustle on TV channel Vuzu. His class included the likes of Bigstar Johnson and ShabZi Madallion, the latter who is still a close friend and frequent collaborator of Jimmy's. JimmyWiz has stuck to his path—instead of jumping on the trap bandwagon, he has always shown a liking for production that leans towards traditional East Coast hip-hop, multi-syllable rhyme schemes and rich lyricism.

In the interview below, JimmyWiz tells OkayAfrica about his take on popularity waves, witnessing gender-based abuse in his household as a child, his plans for the future and many other topics.

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Image courtesy of Trap Bob.

Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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