If you were too busy watching Cassper Nyovest fill up the dome this year, you might have missed AKA dishing up the latest remix to his chart topping single – 'Baddest' around the same time. The remix features a handful of Mzansi's finest femcees: Fifi Cooper, Moozlie, Rouge and Gigi Lamayne. It kinda broke the internet and was too fly for us to let it slip!
The original remix to 'Baddest' featured Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga – but the latest lady jam is comes in hot on its hi-tops. It's not to say that these femcees weren't on fire before AKA called them up for the remix – but it doesn't hurt having a renowned artist giving them an extra platform and some cudos!
If you haven't heard of these local MC's before – here's a quick rundown so you can get the names in your brain…
Fifi Cooper – Refilwe (Fifi) is a 23 year old rapper from Mafikeng. Her late father was a musician and she's been singing since was just eight years old and rapping since 2008. She has a love for Motswako, raps in her mother tongue and is probably one of the biggest female names in Mzansi hip hop right now.
Moozlie – Nomuzi Mabena (a.k.a Moozlie) launched her career as an MTV Base VJ and Cashtime Life rapper. She's also known as the "Skhanda Queen" and her rhymes are tight!
Rouge – Barbara Wedi (a.k.a Rouge) is a French-speaking, Pretoria-based rapper and University of Pretoria Drama graduate. She takes some of her musical inspirations from Lauren Hill, Drake and Kanye West and kills it on AKA's track!
Gigi Lamayne – Gigi has just completed her studies at Wits University (on the Dean's List nogal). She grew up around Jozi – mainly Soweto, Eldorado Park and Yeoville and has won numerous SA Hip Hop awards. She raps in a variety of different African vernacs, including Afrikaans né! Her hit 'Ice Cream Remix' held numerous No. 1 spots earlier this year and her inspirations are the blessed Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie and Tupac.
Talented African FeMCees are on the rise and let's hope Mzansi (and the rest of the world) can give them the respect and recognition they deserve in 2016! Now that'll be baddest… Check out the track below.