While taking over the baton from Kwaito music in the early 2000's, Hip-Hop is taking Mzansi music scene to new dizzying heights. Quality productions and more diversified Mc's (see Boity's new hit "Wuz Dat ft Nasty C") have resulted in the standard of Hip-Hop improving constantly. Here we look at some of the youngest and hottest rappers in the game - "the Golden Generation"
Nasty C (Nsikayesizwe David Jr Ngcobo) is a rapper, songwriter and record producer. Born on 11th February 1997 in Durban, Nasty C is one of the youngest and hottest rappers in SA. Nasty has just released a new album - Strings & Bling which he performed at the AXE Party of the Year alongside Black Coffee, Distruction Boyz to name a few.
Listen to the official audio for Nasty C's Strings and Bling
Rouge the Rapper
The first lady on the list, Rouge the Rapper (born Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi in Pretoria 1992) caused major waves with the release of her single "BUA" in 2015 which was followed up by hits like "Mi Corazon" and "Mbongo Zaka".
Watch the official music video for Rouge's Dololo featuring BigStar Johnson
The wildcard on the list, Carvo Cardo is an up and coming rapper who hails from Limpopo. New on the scene, Cardo has plenty of recorded music but only started blowing up with his hit song - Squad. Keep your eyes glued on this English/Tsonga rapper as he looks set to blow up even bigger in the near future.
Watch the official music video fro Card's Squad
Yes, the sample size may be small (1 song), but the success is evident - 1 hot track ("Wuz Dat). As the newest Mc on this list, we are all excited to see what else Actress/Presenter and newly turned rapper Boitumelo Thulo, has in store for us.
Listen to the official audio of Boity's Wuz Dat featuring Nasty C
Refilwe Boingotlo Moeketsi aka Fifi Cooper took to the local Hip-Hop scene like a seasoned pro and released bangers such as "Kuse" and "Kisses" in 2015. After recently overcoming her legal issues with Ambitiouz Entertainment (where she was not allowed to release new music), the rest of 2018 and beyond promises to be great for this talented rapper.
The future of South African Hip-Hop definitely looks bright with a blend of experienced and youthful artists thriving in the local music scene. The Golden Generation are set to entertain us for years to come.
Watch the official music video for Fifi Cooper's Zwagala featuring Obakeng Moribe