Today we going to highlight top SA hip hop records from 2013 till now. The reason we going to highlight from 2013 its because that’s when local hip hop became so popular and people started to jam on it, before it was only kwaito and house music that did the numbers, then durban kwaito took over in the late 2000s.
Of course we have legends who have been in the game for over 10 years and managed to have hit records, artists like Skwata Camp, pitch black afro, Pro Kid, HHP, and Teargas to mention a few
After the success of his debut album “Altar Ego”, AKA came back in 2013 and released Kontrol as the first single off his second album, which bacame one of the hottest hip hop singles of that year. Also DA LES realesed Heaven which featured AKA and Maggz. Heaven had some people confused, they were convinced that the song was released in united states, because of the top notch production and AKA delivered on of his best hook there
DAKAR also had Boomshakalaka the song was released late in 2012 but it also caused a lot of noise in the streets in 2013. Teargas’s last album had few hits like party 88 and paradise, but then it was the end of them.
DJ Vigilante released God’s will one of the best SA hip hop collabos of all time, which featured AKA and KO both homies came through it was bars on bars
This year was the biggest year for hip hop a lot of of albums were released. Cassper Nyovest released his debut album Tsholofelo, AKA released Levels and KO released his Debut Skhanda Republic as a solo act. It was a very competitive year and beefs started
Cassper released his first hit single Doc Shebeleza, which was inspired by A$ap Ferg’s shabba ranks, we can say that doc shebeleza was the single that gained him a lot of fans, and few months later he showed that he’s no one hit woder when he realesed Phumakim which had few jabs towards AKA.
Early in 2014 AKA droped Congragulate which was one of the most playlisted songs onSA radio stations. He also introduced two talented homies tweezy and yanga when he dropped his KO assisted single Run Jozi, where Tweezy was on the beat and Yanga on the hook, where a lot of hip hop heads belived that KO dropped the verse of the year on that song. Later that year he expanded his fanbase throughout the continent when He dropped the biggest sing off levels “all eyes on me” which had burna boy on the hook, the song even won the best collabo on MAMAs.
Then KO dropped the biggest song of his career Caracara which had Kid X as a guest artist. Cash Time life camp dropped a lot of good songs that year which includes Kid x’s pass n special, Vigi’s Sorry makhe, Me-E’s First solo hit Ugogo.
Not to forget Riky’s boss zonke where he proved that you can be a dope rapper and a producer as he’s the one who produced the song. Also he dropped Amantombazane Remix, one of the greatest hip hop remixes of all time which featured Maggz, ginger trill, Kid X, Kwesta, Nadia, and Koolkat.
Early in 2015 Cassper nyovest released a Delux version of tsholofelo, where we got Ghetto which featured anatii and Dj Drama, then at a later time he started working on refiloe and dropped Mama I made It, the first single off refiloe.
KO continued to promote Skhanda Republic as he dropped Skhanda love for valentines day, later dropped one time.
After the success of All eyes on me AKA dropped last single off levels “ Sim dope “ which was more of a club record, and it was one of those songs you can put on repeat at the gym. And later in 2015 he released composure and Baddest
Things got interesting when young kings Nasty C and Emtee came into the picture, when emtee dropped DIY EP which had his blow up single Roll up which became one of the biggest sings of 2015. Nasty C also droped delux version of price city which had his blow up single Juice back, his mixtape made leople belive that hip hop is still alive as he was named one of the best lyricists in the contry. Both songs had remixes with on of the bests in the continent, juice back haf Davido and cassper while Roll up had AKA and Wizkid.
Kwesta was about to finish working on Dakar 2, then he Dropped Nomayini a platinum selling single. And L-Tido released the biggest song of his career Dlala kayona which was produced by tweezy
Late in 2015 emtee dropped his debut album “Avery”, which had a lots of hits. Emtee broke a lot of records for the debut album. Early in 2016 he dropped winning Ft. Nasty C but didn’t shoot the video at that time, instead he dropped pearl thusi’s video which became one of the biggest songs. He kept on releasing hits from the album including we up, ngeke
Nasty C dropped Hell Naw which won Song of the year both on SAMAs and Metro awards. Later he dropped his debut album bad hair
Then Dakar 2 dropped the highest selling hip hop album (almost 8 times platinum). Early 2016 kwesta dropped his first collabo with nyovest “ngud” which was the biggest song of the year, followed by Day one and Ng’yazela ngawe where he introduced Thabie.
Then A-Rece dropped his first single Couldn’t, followed by other hits like mngani, sebenza and paradice.
Dj Speedsta’s Platinum sellin mayo dropped
AKA started dropping singles from his latest ablum Touch My Blood. He premiered The world is yours and caiphus song on Idols late in 2016 and dropped them in 2017. Both songs went big TWIY went 3 times platinum abd caiphus song went gold. But he didn’t stop there as he was working on BCWYWF with anatii that album had s lot of single worthy songs. In january they dropped 10 fingers then in may they dropped Dont forget to pray.
Then cassper nyovest dropped his third album Thuto which had hits like Tito Mboweni, destiny, and baby girl.
Then later kwesta came with spirit which feature Wale. And KO dropped his second album which had hits like call me.
Then Mlazi milano dropped, one of the creative albums we’ve had the album, the album had Gqi where he rapped on a gqom beat but still killed it. Then he dropped the peoples favorite Amalobolo, the current single off the album is La Liga.
Emtee dropped his second album which had me and you and coner store. Riky rick also dropped his EP that had stay shining. Then shane eagle dropped Rap album of the year Yellow which had biggest song of his career Let it flow.
A lot of albums have dropped this year, Strings and bling, Cebisa and Touch My Blood to mention a feaw. Currently the umber one sing is AKA’ fela in versace followed by the likes of vur vai, Nasty C’s King, Cassper’s Gets gesta.
Other good songs have dropped like Sebentin remix, sweet fire, Ksazoba lit, Starsigns