The debate on the world wide web is always about Nigerian rappers and South African rappers on who has the best rappers on the continent. Even M.I’s controversial last single ‘Fix Up’ caused a lot of stir because he said ‘You rappers should fix up your life, Ya’ll getting killed by the south’
While I agree that both Nigeria and South Africa currently have the top MC’s, our West African counterparts also have MC’s that can hold their own with anyone.
Best rapper at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards, M.anifest is not just one of the best rappers in Ghana, his pen game also makes him one of the best rappers in the world. M Dot is one of those versatile MC’s and this shows from the range of his collabs, he has collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Damon Alborn from the Gorillaz. With 5 projects under his belt, Manifest just shows he’s an MC’s MC.
‘You no say money no be problem’, Once you hear that phrase, you already know you’re about to hear the machine gun flow of one of the fastest rappers in Africa. Sarkodie rose to prominence when he appeared on Adom FM’s popular rap competition ‘Kasahare Level’ and gained cult follower-ship through rap battles. Sarkodie’s list of awards are too numerous to mention so you know he’s the real deal.
A list of rappers in Ghana wouldn’t be complete without The godfather of hiplife, Reggie Rockstone. Reggie pioneered the Hiplife art form and has played an important role in the development of this uniquely African genre in Ghana’s capital Accra, Reggie is multi-skilled on the mic and he raps in Akan Twi and English. Even though he hasn’t dropped an album since 2010, his catalogue of hits are still being played.
Former meter reader for the Electricity Company of Ghana, Kwaw Kese started writing songs and performing at age 14. Abodam as he is popularly called because of his crazy delivery and stage presence has recorded songs with Wyclef Jean, 2Face Idibia, Sarkodie, Brymo and Memphis Bleek. His 2007 hit Abodam is forever a classic and he won five awards at the 2008 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
Multiple award-winning rapper D Black is not just your average MC, other than spitting bars he’s also an entrepreneur, he owns and operates a marketing firm called Black Avenue Works. With over 15 awards and a plethora of hit singles, D Black got bars and the business acumen to back it up