2015, I’ll be honest, was an exciting year for South African hip-hop. Not only did the current Kings of Hip Hop prove why they are held in such high regard but the females in the game managed to make enough noise to get people to sit up and take notice while fresh talent like Nasty C, EMTee and Witness The Funk came out of nowhere and took over the charts. Man, what a banging year it was.
AKA was doing Supa Mega things, K.O was cementing his place as thee Dust God, Khuli was showing us what it do with the KFC collabo #Mnatebawen” and Cassper was filling up the Dome. Naturally we cannot talk SA hip-hop without acknowledging the incredible year had by Boss Zonke, Riky Rick. He’s been around for some time but when he stepped into “Boss Zonke” mode it seemed everything fell right into place. And how can we forget about Anatii? Let’s be honest every other song featured the self proclaimed “Sexy Chubby Nigga” and he did make some great music so I can finally forgive him for that appalling song “Bananas”.
While they were making waves respectively, a new breed of fresh talent emerged and before we could ask who they are and where they came from, we were turning up to Nasty C’s “Juice Back” and EmTee’s “Roll up”.
Durbanite David Junior Ngcobo aka “Nasty C” has at just 18 years old managed to attract the attention of industry big boys with the release of his “Price City” mix tape. Most impressive about this youngster is his ability to hold his own against the heavy weights, something he proved in DJ Switch’s “Way up” and on his “Juice Back” remix with Nigerian superstar and BET Award winner Davido in addition to Cassper Nyovest.
EMTee Da Hustler or Mthembeni Ndevu as his parents know him, is another musician we had neither seen nor heard off. But as I type, all you really need to say to someone is “Roll Up” and you’d have caught their attention, just like he caught ours. Soon after bumping to this banger, we were blessed with the remix re-up …ironically a week after Nasty C dropped his Cassper assisted “Juice Back” remix. This may have been one of the most anticipated collaborations between one of the hottest hip hop artists out right now and two African giants in the form of Nigeria’s Wizkid and our own Supa Doro Mega!
As we get into 2016, I’m predicting another major year in hip hop and I’m certain that with Nasty C’s impressive flow and EMTee’s unique, alternative hip hop style, this year will see these SA Hip Hop Award winners soar to new heights. I will be paying close attention to the nominations lists when award season comes around because I’m confident that a few nods are headed their way.