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


How The Best Verses Of 2018 Were Determined www.youtube.com

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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