2016 has easily been one of the hottest years in hop hip, if not, thee best or In the past 5 years at least which only means this year’s Mtv Base hottest MC’s list is going to cause a lot of controversy, or maybe not. In my opinion the top 5 positions seemed on point but I don’t really know about the top 10 to 5.
10. Gigi Lemayne.
Coming in at number 10 is the poet, song writer and rapper Gigi Lemayne who somehow beat out the likes of Nadia Nakai and “skhanda quweezus the new age mabreezus” Nomuzi. Both of whom have dropped videos this year with at least 300, 000 views compared to Gigi’s near 90, 000 views on Youtube (solo projects without features).
But if there’s one thing nobody can take from her with opinions is that she was voted the 10th hottest MC in South Africa.
Ishuu it’s the uncle of all things cool in street culture MalumKoolKat who got the year off to a bad start with his situation in Australia and things have gone downhill from there with sponsors and promoters distancing themselves from him at the moment and yet he has still managed to find himselfat the number 9 spot.
Personally speaking, as great as okmalumkoolkat is I don’t know if he too deserved the number 9 position over The king of the Jigg especially this year with going on his own Tropicana tour.
Having seemingly come of the blue 19 year old A reece has made it clear that he’s not here to play games. Ever since he dropped “couldn’t” ft Emtee which is currently sitting on a million views, every music video after that has seen the 2nd best fan engagement of all the new rappers in the game.
I mean he dropped his video for “Mgani” just 2 months ago and already it has more than a million views. But no matter what people’s opinions may be about whether or not he deserved this position, being 19 years old on the hottest Mc’s in S.A list is an achievement no one can take from him.
7. Fifi Cooper.
Claiming the number 8 spot as the highest rated female MC is mostwako 1st lady, Fifi cooper who possibly had the best year of all the females. She was the 1st female rapper to drop an Album which then went on to win 3 metro awards for the best newcomer, best produced album and best female album.
And with more than a million views on youtube for her video Kuze Kuse and having more than 4 million views combined (including features).
6. Riky Rick.
The new golden era’s Gucci Don AKA Boss Zonke grabs the number 7 spot after easily having one of the best years in his career. His 1st album got certified platinum, he allegedly signed the biggest deal of any rapper in S.A with his Mabala noise signing rumoured to be worth R10 million or more.
He has by far had the best music videos in the game, he is the most stylish rapper in the game and he’s only getting started.
He said Kanye West is the South African Version of himself. Making him the most polarizing, controversial and inspiring figure in South African Hip Hop culture, this year Falling 3 spots down from being last year’s number 2 is the Megacy himself, AKA the super mega AKA AKA.
His ability to make music that blends into any kind environment, be it a club a braai a chillus and even weddings. And with a larger than life personality like his it’s no wonder why he became the 1st rapper to have a million followers on twitter. 2017 is gearing up to be an awesome year for AKA especially now because of his recent split with 5th season.
He calls himself the king of African Rap and for this year at least it almost seemed like it. After dropping “Ngud” what was easily his most commercially successful record ever clocking in 3.2 million views.
There was no where you could go without hearing this track, taxi rank, pubs, supped up golfs and I even remember channel surfing channel O, mtv base and trace music only to find It being the only track being played.
3. Nasty C
While normal freshman students are out looking for varsities to study 19 year old South African Rap sensation Nasty C is looking at being the best MC in the country, this year though he claimed the 3rd best MC spot in south Africa which is hardly surprising because all the “O.Gs” have been calling him the chosen one since his debut mixtape pryce city which dropped last year.
Since then young nasty has gone on to drop some of the hottest anthems this past year hell naw being one of them. He also got signed to Mabala noise for undisclosed millions and at just 19 years old what more could one ask for.
2. Emtee .
Emtee came and took the entire country by storm with his debut single and smash hit (mind the pun) “roll up”. Which was so hot Afro pop superstar and the megacy himself had to see themselves on the remix which is now currently sitting on 3.9 million views on youtube.
Speaking of youtube, after just 2 years in the game he has amassed a total of 8.2 million views for his Own music videos and if we count the ones with features then we’re looking at around 12.5 million, making him the most viewed rapper in South Africa (on youtube).
He collected But not even that was enough, he would go on to collect best record of the year, male artist of the year and the best male rap album at the SAMAs this year as well as a MAMA for best hip hop.
1. Cassper Nyovest.
What more is there to say that already hasn’t already been said about the phenomenon called Cassper Nyovest. This guy came from being one of the most underrated rappers from Maftown and the bud of many jokes because of his pony tail, but that very pony tail went on to take the South African Rap culture to unprecedented heights.
Now he is the only S.A rapper to have both his offerings go double platinum, He is the youngest and only S.A artist to fill up the dome and just a few weeks ago he made more history adding Orlando Stadium to his list of triumphs and next year he is going for the absolute Last Number, The FNB Stadium. As it stands Cassper is the 1st back to back winner of the MTV base hottest MC’s list and after he said he’s going even harder in 2017 he might just find himself at the very same spot on next years list.