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MTV Base Top 10 Hottest African MCs

Posted by funke on October 13, 2014 in Editorial, Social Views · 85 Comments


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Check out the list and tell us if you agree or nah.

1. Cassper Nyovest

Hits in the past year: “Doc Shebeleza”, “Gusheshe”, “Phumakim”.

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.

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2. K.O

Hits in the past year: “Caracara”, “Mission Statement”.

K.O’s second solo single “Caracara” has proved that for him making hits is standard procedure with or without his fellow band Teargas. If “Caracara” is anything to go by, we simply can’t wait to hear his full album due out later this year.

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3. Ice Prince

Hits in the past year: “N-Word (Remix)”, “I Swear”, “Shots On Shots”.

Now l get why Ice Prince called his latest album ‘Fire Of Zamani’. He meant it! And the fire clearly shows in his music. With his most recent video for N-Word Remix and a string of impressive collabos, its clear why he’s a BET award winning rapper.

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4. AKA

Hits in the past year: “Run Jozi”, “Congratulate”.

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.

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5. Burna Boy

Hits in the past year: “Don Gorgon”, “Yawa Dey”, “Run My Race”.

Burna is probably the most authentic rapper right now. From his Jamaican inspired sounds in “Yawa Dey”, to his sometimes retro style and always distinct tone, his music always leaves an impression. That old skool vibe and hardcore image sets him well apart from the rest.

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6. Sarkodie

Hits in the past year:
“Adonai”, “Shots on Shots”, “Inflation”.

MAMA Best Hip-Hop award winner, BET and MTVEMA nominee, Sarkodie, has had an illustrious year with some impressive features under his belt. Taking Best Hip-Hop and collaborating with Miguel at the MAMAs, to hit producing features on Ice Prince and Fuse ODG tracks. Sarkodie has remained at the top of African rap.

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7. Olamide


Hits in the past year:
“Goons Mi”, “Story for the gods”, “Sitting On the Throne”. Olamide is a celebrated street hop act that is steady writing the revolution of indigenous rap music in Nigeria’s blossoming music industry. While controversy trails him over being Naija’s most consistent artist, King Badoo’s career can boast a record of features and releases.

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8. iFani

Hits in the past year:
“Ingoma Ezimnandi”, “Chocolate & Vanilla”.

iFani is known for his tongue-twister Xhosa rhymes and distinct fashion sense. His hooks are catchy and his verses playful and witty. And with multiple bangers on his debut album, ‘I Believes In Me’, it’s no wonder he’s hot right now. This rapper manages to keep his music fun and relatable with a bit of soul in it.

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9. Phyno

Hits in the past year: “Alobam”, “Man of the Year”, “Authe”.

Phyno is one superstar who has enjoyed loyalty from fans that cut across his Eastern roots. Prior to the release of his debut album, ‘No Guts No Glory’, his singles “Ghost Mode ft. Olamide”, Man of the Year (Obago), Parcel, and Anamachi Versachi catapulted his fame while songs like ‘O Set ft. PSquare, ‘Icholiya ft. Ice Prince & M.I’ and the controversial ‘Authe ft. Flavour’ after the album release, kept him on a chilling fourth gear cruise.

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10. Duncan

Hits in the past year: “Tsiki Tsiki”, “Khayalami”, “Tsiki Tsiki (Remix)”.

Duncan’s debut album topped local iTunes charts upon release and is still dominating the South African album sales chart. His Kwaito inspired rap takes you straight to the township. His new, his fresh and he’s worth keeping an eye on!





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  1. lol…hits?more like videos in d past yr?hahahaha…burna boy mc?lmao

  2. I no gree at all well sha dem dey do sauth african thing bu naija rapers r d best in africa

  3. ok , but dose other guys me dunno…

    apart frm sark and aka….

  4. yuh knw its mtv wen ova 50% of d mc are frm south africa

    • Gbam vector and m.i nt dere self

    • …And your point?…I feel that as much as we in South Africa listen to and appreciate the continent’s hot music, Africa should also take some time to listen to SA hip-hop. Just coz Nigeria’s recognised as the continent’s hip-hop hub and most lucrative Hip-hop industry does not neccessarily mean there aren’t ANY other talented hip-hop artists elsewhere on the continent…

  5. No JESSE JAGZ! Come on

  6. Burna boy?! Really?!

  7. Is burna boy an MC?…wtf is wrong wit dis guys,keep on dropp’n trash upon trash called list,naming burna(who is nt an mc)ahead of sarkodie,olamide nd phyno

  8. Well, you called it the hottest… Else I’d be wondering why Mode, M.I, Vector aint on d mofuckn list… Esp Lord Vector!!

  9. Wth? Where’s Mode, M.I, jesse and even Lord Vector…? Oh, it’s hottest rapper not best. Burna boy tho…….. Mtv base is a joke!

  10. MTV must be high on some dry pawpaw leaf.. wer did u put Vector, M.I, and wetin Burna dey find

  11. Nonsence, burna boy b rapper

  12. Supers story, a list without Jargo, MI, VEC, Mode, is a TRASH. But who the fuck are they, MTV my foot

  13. What is dis olamide and phyno doing on dat list dey r 2 amature to make dat list mtv bnase u guys r sick nonsenc list

  14. MTV base too dey talk rubbish on African-music!!! Dey 1st release nonsense top10 few weeks ago,nw dey re talkn tarsh.Fuck MTV!!! No M.I, Jesse jagz,Vector #king JAMES# no rap-track in 9ja can compet #KING JAMES#

  15. All dis SA MC’s should stop hyping dem selfs in all dis “LIST” and start promoting there songs in Naija and outside the continent, they are good but they aren’t popular If dis list is to be realistic “Sark n AKA” the rest should definitely come from Naija cuz datz the heart of African Entertainment, Other African MC’s should step up there games!
    Burna my man wat are u doing on the list? You r definitely one of the hottest art right now but u aren’t an MC, but being part of the controversy I said well done!
    #OneLoveAfrica #MTvBase

  16. if olamide is dia…..no pro!!!

  17. if olamide is dia…..no pro!!!fuck d rest

  18. D piple doing songs in dis list are all nigerains,but d bst is’ent hr whr is vector,keep messing with my vector he needs mr destraction.but knw 4sure u won’t go unpunished lk AQ.

  19. First no disrespect to MTV Base but ya’ll really need to do your research again on what an MC is and who an MC is, what’s Burna Boy doing on that list? Where are the rap legends like Modenine, M.I, Jesse Jagz, Vector, Pherowshuz, Eva, Ruggedman, idris Abdulkareem… The list is long mehn… Go do your home work again MTV base

  20. MTV keeps droping list , who dey send them messge sef!.. Burna is not an MC… Olamide? really… no MI? JESSjaGZ? Reminisce…….
    the list is endless.. N a just people way their video dey trend for MTV

  21. burnaboy is not a rapper

  22. They said mc not rapper so burna is qualified

  23. y r u al rantin abt burna mkin d list, hvnt u sin an occasion wer future is nominated 4 bst rap artist, he jst lik futur

  24. Why r u all ranting abt burna making the list. Havnt u seen artiste like future the american singer who many people see as a rapper been nominated for best rap artist category in many award. So if u look at it, burna is jst like future, he doesnt have a particular genre of music. Even that yawa dey track is more like a rap song.

    • Future came up as a rapper b4 he started singing. Burna is a dancehall/rnb artiste. Never rapped, Banky is more of a rapper than Burna cos he raps on some songs. It’s sad that a whole mtv base can be this tricked out

  25. Why r u all ranting abt burna making the list. Havnt u seen artiste like future the american singer who many people see as a rapper been nominated for best rap artist category in many award. So if u look at it, burna is jst like future, he doesnt have a particular genre of music. Even that yawa dey track is more like a rap song..

  26. Wel burna is the future of nigerian music, and by future i mean the american rapper.

    • God forbid, future is wack, Burna is one of the best at what he does

  27. Shay na legendry dem dy use knw Top ten mc’s for africa…some pple just dumb buh burna is out of it tho!!!

  28. @linz u no wise atall

  29. Burna is an Afro reggae hiphop artist,by the way can someone differentiate btw MCs and Rap artist,I’m suprised not to ve seen Illbliss on that list,wht abt the female MCs?are Mcs only for men?we ve people like eva and co,so things shld be clerrified.

  30. @guru u re a fool oo….hw can u be complaining abt phyno and olamide on d list and u re nt mentioning sarkodie also….d three of dem re indigenous mc’s….point of correction this is nt d list of best mc but d list of hotest mc’s….there is no problem wit d list…like vector oundun…oshamo!!!…. #teamvec #teamphyno #teamola #teamice #teamposly

  31. @guru u re a fool oo….hw can u be complaining abt phyno and olamide on d list and u re nt mentioning sarkodie also….d three of dem re indigenous mc’s….point of correction this is nt d list of best mc but d list of hotest mc’s….there is no problem wit d list…like vector oundun…oshamo!!!…. #teamvec #teamphyno #teamola #teamice #teamposly

  32. @guru u re a fool oo….hw can u be complaining abt phyno and olamide on d list and u re nt mentioning sarkodie also….d three of dem re indigenous mc’s….point of correction this is nt d list of best mc but d list of hotest mc’s….there is no problem wit d list…like vector oundun…oshamo!!!…. #teamvec #teamphyno #teamola #teamice #teamposly

  33. Mtv base u r a fool for this one..were is modenine vector jesse jagz phenom

  34. females are called Femcees nt MCs
    .. 4 d records tho

  35. They tried, but there trial is not d best atleast they need to include M.I and come to think of it Vector should b number 1 on DAT fuckin list, and inlude Reminisce and Jargo they merit d list

  36. When ‘I’d dah oloshi Casper start singing, don’t blame them they’ll have its South Africa top mc’s cus nigerian rapper are meant to dominate d fu!king list 1) Jessie Jags 2) Yung6ix, this year was his year 3) Vector etc

  37. Fvck all that crap MTV. Go suck some SA cock for real y’all… 9.J.A yo rappers are the bump yeah! N. Where did Jesse jagz, MI, Vector, even Boogie, Mojeed N Ozone go? Oh I see now. They probably made the top 10 world Mc’s shey? Think straight MTV. #Rimo

  38. Whre ?s pasuma wonder? Mumu Mtv Base!!!!!

    • Where is yung6ix?!!!!!!

  39. Whre ?s pasuma wonder? Mumu Mtv Base!!!!!

  40. Where is 6ix

  41. Where is Yung6ix abeg!!

  42. PHYNO IS MY NUMBER ONE.. THATS BY THE WAY THO …DOWNLOAD Wiz Khalifa – Breaks Feat. John Cena BY CLICKING ON MY NAME

  43. Phyno fino is my number 1 while Olamide is my number 2 and Ice prince number 3.

  44. Nonsense list,sarkodie 1 followed by ice then aka and olamide

  45. Yung6ix is the most underated in africa. That dude got bars

  46. sark is nt jst BET nominee bt a winner as well..sark shld hav been no1

  47. For me vector followed by olamide and alaga ibile

    • abi ohhh broda.. vec then ice prince

  48. sark kill shot on shot mheeen why is he @ no.6 Huuuuh!!

  49. sark kill shot on shot thO! why is he at no.6???Huuuh

  50. sark kill shot on shot mheeen why is he @ no.6 Huuuuh!!

  51. yawa list, why sark at 6 i think he deserve number 1 spot.

  52. Reminisce should be on the list cus his really HOT right now… Alaga is not even bothered abt any fucking list so LET BE KNOWN…

  53. This list is fake
    Olamide no5 phyno no9 and sarkodie no6

  54. Abeg Too xclusive, if you guys are putting this. Kind of article, explain it to your readers. Hottest mc 4 this year,that is. What they meant. Readersyou guys should use your heads. Mode nine and Vec hasn’t done anything this year.

  55. Vector and Phyno deserve a better place

  56. Vector and Phyno deserve a better

  57. We all know that Vector is better than all the people on the list….tooxclusive we need to see another list Oooooo

  58. You guys should go and listen to black magic Africa remix and tell me wah you feel about VEC even sarkodie knows vector is dope

  59. but u no vector aint singing anything dis year….so y the ish!!!

  60. Phyno. Confarm

  61. I no Agree with the lists. Olamide, Phyno deserve a better position in that rating.

  62. Phyno is di bset

  63. I guess davido is too big for this list

  64. MTV Base full of Sh*t..Where Is Modenine aka Ninemode Baba..All I c there are Wack mc’s wearin skinny jeans..

    • You no get sense oo

  65. Where wizkid dey

  66. Phyno. #alobam

  67. To me VECTOR is the equivalent to a rap god…yes we know he has been off the radar for a while.But the truth is good punchlines/lyrics is like bad habbit “they never die quickly”…trust me.I’m an MC so I know…VECTOR would always be on ma top5 favourite MCs list any day or any time…the guy is just so talented..him nd BABA MI are like the tuface (2face idibia) of rap #LEGENDS……I learn more than a lot from them.. Shout out to all dem dope rappers too…RESPECT

  68. Stupid nigerians always we want things to favour us
    Who said they don’t deserve their spots
    Do you watch music aired on the channel?
    Calling MI abaga the best while he couldn’t even stand X.O senavoe dat Ghanaian boy who later came to Naija cuz he has half family here
    Modenine is also a joke cuz what he does is not African hip pop
    We need elements of Africa In yo wordplays n punchlines.. not takin western elements to say you are the best around here
    Big ups to M.anifest , Proverb, HHP , Blitz tha ambassador , Baloji n few real African rappers out there big ups to Sarkodie , Olamide, Guru, Phyno

  69. No vector,mi,yung6ix this list is f**kd up

  70. Trash list. An MC list w/o VEC n MI is just a joke. #$@k this list.

  71. WHO IS THE BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR 2014

  72. What can of list z diz..Burna boy z a dancehall artist not a Mc..yaawa..why Africa anything we will do there’s a mistake…burna boy must be out..nd sarkodie made justice to ice prince short on short track..sarkodie der best.

  73. f**k mtv base my own list of best mc’s mi abaga, illbliss, jesse jagz, phenom, yung6ix, phyno, ice, sark, AKA, vector, mode 9 and boss laj from freetown raaaaaaa..

  74. Trash list, mine is the real shit.
    1. Vector 2. M.I 3. Sarkodie 4. AKA 5. SDC 6. K.O 5.Olamide 6. Phyno 7. L-Tido 8. Manifest 9. Eva 10. Poe

  75. this shit ain’t correct where is vector… fool

  76. tis aint real….u jux wake up n brng u favourite MCs…..if u listed Burna boy as prt then yy is Stonebwoy nt part…..am nt sayin he is nt gud……bt tis is nt his field of play…burna do dat of reggae afro dancehall stuffs…..n besides Aka shuldnt hv com before Sarkodie…Olamide n Vector. …..de list shuld hav been this…..
    1 Cassper^
    2 Sarkodie
    3 Ice prince
    4 Olamide
    5 Vector
    6 AKA
    7 M.anifest
    8 Phyno
    9 M.I
    10 Ifani

  77. tis aint real….u jux wake up n brng u favourite MCs…..if u listed Burna boy as then yy is Stonebwoy nt part…..am nt sayin he is nt gud……bt tis is nt his field of play…burna do dat of reggae afro dancehall stuffs…..n besides Aka shuldnt hv com before Sarkodie…Olamide n Vector. …..de list shuld hav been this…..
    1 Cassper
    2 Sarkodie
    3 Ice prince
    4 Olamide
    5 Vector
    6 AKA
    7 M.anifest
    8 Phyno
    9 M.I
    10 Ifani

  78. WTF!!! sarkodie is the best rapper… as in he’s de Badest able Rapper followed by de rest. #Nigeria\Ghana


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