For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales.
Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA’s team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1’s Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers.
They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced the New Age Kwaito sound, AKA released Congratulate, an upbeat infusion of house, hip hop and old school kwaito, Nyovest has lead the way with his fiesty brand of township based rap music which also appeals to an urban market.
But who deserves the title of best rapper in Africa? MTV Base did not qualify their list with numbers, amount of gig listings, opting to list hits instead. For Nyovest who they placed at number one they said: “The 24 year-old rapper might be beefing with AKA, but what we are more interested in are the hot singalong tracks he keeps dropping. From Gusheshe to Doc Shebeleza all the way to the current hit Phumakim, it’s really hard not bumping to his melodic rhymes.”
For AKA who was placed at number four, the music network stated: “AKA might be known for speaking his mind, which usually rubs off the wrong way on fellow rappers, but at least he has the talent and swag to back it up. Not only does his music have staying power, but he also has attitude. That top rapper, super star attitude. He knows his worth and it seems to be working for him.”
No mention was made of AKA’s collaborations with Nigerian muso Ice Prince or his rising popularity on the continent.
Cashtime Life co-owner and rapper, K.O was placed at number two despite having the top song in the country for weeks on end. K.O and Kid X’s CaraCara was also the first local video to garner 1 million hits on YouTube.
Nyovest on the other hand has not yet cracked one of the continent’s most lucrative music industry which is based in Nigeria nor has he broken barriers, video wise. Although Nyovest has had a brilliant year, raking up Hip Hop awards and scoring nominations at the Channel O Music Awards is that enough to crown him Africa’s Best Rapper?
See full list below.
1. Cassper Nyovest
3. Ice Prince
5. Burna Boy