Rap music, also sometimes known as hip-hop music, is a style of popular music believed to have its beginnings in African-American inner-city street culture. Rap musicians generally perform in a vocal style in which the lyrics are spoken, rather than sung.
This type of music often deals with the hardships of inner-city life, though it is generally as varied in theme as any other style of music.
Hip hop is generally characterized more by its often complex, rhyming lyrics than by its subject matter. Though it has its beginnings in the underground music scene of the 1970s, this music is today considered a very mainstream music genre, popular among people of all ages and backgrounds.
Hip hop is dominated with rap, in fact it defines it. In Ghana for instance,the rap genre hiplife involves the combination of hip-hop rap with highlife.
Some define rap as Rhythmic African Poetry as they trace its root from Africa.Hip Hop reached Senegal for instance in 1985. Since then it has gained in popularity in the African continent.
Here are the 10 Best African Rappers as of 2016. These rappers have fans all over Africa and the world.Lets begin;
12) E.L (GHANA)
E.L (Ghana) Elom Adablah, popularly known as E.L (born 28 June 1983), is an award-winning Ghanaian record producer, rapper and sound engineer.
He is regarded as one of the best rappers in Africa.Aside his country Ghana, he is very huge in South Africa.He has been nominated and won several awards.He is the reigning artiste of the year in the just ended 2015 VGMA( Vodafone Ghana Music Awards)
11. TUMI – SOUTH AFRICA
Tumi is a South African rapper, poet and songwriter. He was the lead vocalist of Tumi and the Volume, that was officially disbanded in 2012. He wins the #11 slot for the best 10 rappers in Africa.
10) SHUKID (KENYAN)
Kenyan hip hop artist Shukid is tipped to become one of the greatest lyricists of the new age African hip hop, He is the self proclaimed King of East Africa.
He has been featured in some of the country’s most viral cyphers.
9. ICE PRINCE – NIGERIA
Born Panshak Zamani ,popularly known by his stage name Ice Prince,a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and actor.He rose to fame after releasing “Oleku”, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time.
He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour.His achievements include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, three The Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.
Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City. His debut studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, was released in 2011. It was supported by the singles “Oleku”, “Superstar”, “Juju” and “Magician”.
In 2013, Ice Prince released Fire of Zamani as his second studio album. The album contained the singles “Aboki”, “More”, “Gimme Dat” and “I Swear”. On 1 July 2015, Ice Prince was announced as the new Vice Chairman of the Chocolate City.
8) PROVERB – SOUTH AFRICA
ProVerb is an iconic South African hip hop artist. He is one of the nation’s hottest talents. He released his debut album Book of Proverb in 2005.
ProVerb hosts the South African hip hop television show Head Rush and also his own radio show. And yea, ProVerb has an enchanting smile!
7. L-TIDO (SOUTH AFRICAN)
South African hip hop recording artist L-Tido is best known for being one of few independent artists in the nation to reach commercial success. In the year 2010, he won the Best Newcomer in Africa award at the Channel O Music Video Awards. He has worked with other South African artists like Maggz.
6. MODE 9 (NIGERIAN)
Nigerian rapper Mode 9 is a seven-time The Headies Lyricist on the Roll winner. He has six studio albums to his credit. He is known for his sick wordplay and inimitable lyricism.
Da Vinci Mode, Above Ground Level and Alphabetical Order are some of his popular single albums. His energy is contagious.
5) KHALIGRAPH JONES (KENYAN)
Versatile Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones is known for his stage presence, distinct flow, delivery and punch lines. He made his debut in 2004 when he was 14 years old, and has been entertaining his fans since then.
His music is heavily influenced by day-to-day occurrences, reggae music and social issues.
4) AKA (SOUTH AFRICAN)
South African rapper AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop Lion, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours.
He won Best Street Urban Music Album and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 18th South African Music Awards, the South African equivalent to the Grammys.
AKA won the 2014 Most Gifted Hip Hop from Channel O.
3. M.ANIFEST – GHANA
M.anifest’s originality and impressive lyricism has earned him collaborations with musical giants such as Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, Flea (Red hot Chili Peppers), Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, A.B Crentsil and more.
Award-winning Ghanaian rapper and songwriter M.anifest is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and the Moon album. BBC’s arts program “The Strand” tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012.
2. M.I (NIGERIAN)
Nigerian hip hop recording artist M.I has won many awards including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009. He rose to prominence in 2006 with the single “Crowd Mentality.” He is a music executive at Chocolate City.
Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist Sarkodie won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards.
He is a proponent of the Azonto genre and dance. Makye, Rapperholic and Sarkology are his popular studio albums. Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi.
Michael Owusu Addo a.k.a Sarkodie. In 2015, Sarkodie was named by the Guardian as one of the top five hip hop acts on the African continent.He makes it to number one on our list in 2016