Emerging out of the shadows of kwaito, South African hip hop has grown to become a dominant force in mainstream South African music. The last three decades have seen it grow from being a form of political expression in its birth place Cape Town to artists such as AKA being embraced by fans from around the world. While the rise of South African hip hop features the hard work of many, in this brief history we look at ten moments that led to genres rise.
South African Hip Hop game has gone from strength to strength over the years. Here are some awesome Moments In The history of SA HIPHOP..
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1. Fill Up The Dome
This i think is the biggest moment in South African music because it was impossible to think. Cassper Nyovest sold out the 20000 Capacity Dome couple of months after Chris Brown had failed to do the same!
2. Fill Up Orlando Stadium
After cassper nyovest rapper filled up the Dome he went ahead and did what no artiste has done in the history of South African music. He was able to fill up Orlando stadium by himself.
3. Future Bringing Nasty C On Stage
At The 2016 Edition Of MAma’s Future brought up 19-year-old South African rapper Nasty C to the stage to perform alongside Hum. Everything was even more amazing when we noticed how the audience sang Nasty C’s ‘Hell Naw’ louder than they did Future’s record.
4. AKA’s Levels Becoming The First English Album To Ever Go Platinum
AKA is one of the rappers who carried the game right before Hip Hop became this influential and he did it consistently for a long time. The rapper went on to become the first English rapper to go platinum in South Africa with his 2014 classic titled ‘Levels.’
5. Peach Black Afro’s ‘Styling Gel’ selling 50 000 copies
His first album was produced by Cleo and released in 2004, selling 50,000 copies in South Africa with hit singles Pitch Black Afro, Matofotofo & A Day In My Life.This made his debut album ‘Styling Gel’ the biggest ever selling African Hip Hop album (at the time)until Cassper Nyovest released his debut album Tsholofelo in 2014.
6. Nasty C almost Downloadting signed to Roc Nation
The news broke on social media and the whole game was left at a stand still because we never thought anything like this would ever happen. Jay Z’s record label approaching a South African artist was something that was out of our imagination.
7. Cassper Nyovest & AKA beef
8. Caracara winning Song Of The Year at the SAMAs
The SAMAs are an award show that legitimately focus on all genres in the industry and for a Hip Hop song to be the Song Of The Year was something out of this world for us. The record was hella huge but we didn’t believe the Cashtime Tsotsi would take it home.
9. SA Hip Hop Dominating The Radio Charts
For the longest time South African Hip Hop artists were marginalised and found it very difficult to Download their music playlisted on local radio stations. SA Hip Hop started dominating local radio charts 2014/15 and that’s when we realised there was no turning back.
10. AKA and Cassper Downloadting nominated for the BET’s
We knew the genre was big and we were being appreciated all over the continent but we never thought the BET’s were watching the movement. It was such a big moment when these guys first got nominated for the BET Awards.
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