While many of SA’s biggest stars—from Cassper Nyovest and Gigi Lamayneto Fifi Cooper, Stilo Magolide, Emtee, Anatii and Duncan are all young—this list is something different. From Cape Town’s “boom bap” emcees, Joburg’s trappers, to Durban’s innovators and the rest, these are the best of South Africa’s next generation of hip-hop.
Patty Monroe was introduced to South African hip-hop fans through “High Fashion,” a single that blends house and rap so well you ask yourself why there isn’t a house-hop subgenre. The single was produced by house maestro Culoe De Song. The track led to house singer Busiswa giving Patty a slot during her Wits Freshers performance this year. The rapper went on to release “Talk” in 2015, produced by Durban producer Sketchy Bongo, who is also the man behind the smash-hit “Back To The Beach” by Shekinah. The Cape Town rapper has shared the stage with the likes of Rick Ross, AKA, Busiswa, K.O. and more, and has performed at Back To The City in 2015 and 2016. She’s on the right path to be one of the few Cape Town hip-hop artists to make it big nationally. Apart from raps, Patty Monroe has charisma, a great stage presence and a striking image that sets her apart from the rest.
In the past year or so, Youngsta, the rapper who reps Cape Town like no other, fell into many heads’ radar. From DJ Switch’s “Way It Go,” Revivolution’s “DTK,” to Priddy Ugly’s “Come To My Kasi,” his guest verses have been show-stealers. His journey begins a few years back, however. Between dropping more than 20 mixtapes in a period of one year from 2010 to 2011, an album with respected producer Arsenic in 2013, opening for Lil Wayne in 2011 and performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2014 and Rocking The Daisies in 2012, Youngsta’s been busy. This year, he gave one of the most outstanding performances at Back To The City. His stage game has always been on point: lively antics, a vicious delivery and always a freestyle––a real freestyle, not an unreleased verse. He’ll tell the crowd to lift objects up, and he’ll kick rhymes about those. South African hip-hop needs this guy.
Ambitiouz Ent––the indie label home to Emtee, Fifi Cooper and A-Reece––recently signed another young artist by the name of Saudi. The Soweto-born rapper delivers auto-tuned sing-songy flows over trap beats on his first Ambitiouz Ent single, “There She Go,” which features A-Reece, as well as the Ambitiouz posse cut “Ameni.” While two tracks might not be enough to judge an artist’s longevity, Ambitiouz Ent’s track record (in the form of Emtee and Fifi Cooper) should be enough to convince that Saudi will be making some noise, and might just hijack the industry. Get familiar, if you aren’t already.
Miss Celaneous’ latest single, “State Of Mind,” leans towards EDM and pop, but there’s more to Miss Celaneous than that. The Cape Town rapper has been on a grind, churning out unapologetically trap bangers like “Trap’Em,” “#1,” “All I Do” and more. Miss Celaneous raps the way she speaks––with a mix of English and Cape Coloured slang. Apart from being an adept rapper, she has charisma, and a fashion sense you and I only can dream of. She’s behind the up-and-coming clothing label Tsak Appeal and hosts a hip-hop events series, #WeLoveHipHop, alongside Goodhope FM radio host Celeste Mitchell. Miss Celanous has been consistent, collaborating with Youngsta, Patty Monroe, Kita Keez, G-Baby Da Silva and more. She also made a cameo on Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick’s “Mpitse” video. Don’t sleep.
Shane Eagle has bars. For days. Check him out dropping some alongside ProVerb, Reason and Kwesta on DJ Switch’s latest single, “Now Or Never.” Or on Priddy Ugly’s “Pray.” His collaboration with BigStar Johnson, “Way Up,” is also a banger of note. The Joburg-based rapper made the top 10 of The Hustle, Vuzu TV’s hip-hop contest. He didn’t win, but just after the show he was snatched by JR’s FeelGoodMusic label. Shane Eagle’s proven his rapping skills over and over again. He promises to be here for a long time, and it will be exciting to see what he’ll become in the near future.
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