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

popular

Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

Keep reading...
popular

uSanele Releases a New Project ‘uMvelase’ Featuring ASAP Shembe, Windows 2000, Manelisi and Others

Listen to uSanele's new project 'uMvelase.'

South African hip-hop artist uSanele's recently released project is titled uMvelase. "This project," says the artist, "is in honor of my father and family, abakwa Mthembu; all my siblings, extended family and my roots in the heart of KZN, kwaNongoma. It is a calling—if you will—a completion of my journey and all things coming full circle."

Keep reading...
popular
Photo courtesy of CSA Global.

In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Keep reading...
popular

University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

Keep reading...

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.