Five African-U.S Hip-Hop Collaborations You Should Hear

Five African international hip hop collaborations every hip hop fan should know. 

I was listening to Shane Eagle's Ap3x [Remastered] with Dreamville rapper, Bas a few days ago and I couldn't help but notice how natural the collaboration sounds. Shane doesn't sound out of depth and Bas' energy on the track comes out as genuine.

It's easy to understand why the South African was  theorized to be Dreamville's latest acquisition. 

Within the last decade we've witnessed an influx of collaborations between rappers from the continent of Africa and the U.S. - but not too many have been this good or memorable. In my opinion at least. Narrowing it to just five, I've decided to spotlight some of the better link ups between hip hop acts from the two continents. 

Sarkodie Feat. Ace Hood "New Guy"

Sarkodie played to his strengths by choosing to rap in Twi (an Akan language commonly used in the southern two-thirds of Ghana) - I wish more rappers would do this - (Not rap in local dialects) but rap to their strengths. African rappers used to feel this unwavering pressure of sounding American or foreign on records on the conjecture that it's going to make their music somewhat acceptable with the foreign public.


The international Media only takes note when your song becomes a viral hit  or it becomes financially fulfilling to be associated with you, so your best gamble is staying true to a sound your fans are familiar with. No point in alienating your day-ones just to conciliate a section that very likely won't purchase or listen to your music.

Cassper Nyovest Feat. Black Thought "Ng'yekeleni" 

This collaboration went exactly how I expected it to go, which is in no way a shade to Cassper. The South African stunts on his demons with an impressive flow that's bound to leave a bad taste in the mouth of his critics. 

"I can't believe I'm in Times Square/Same spot where they shot Pac/Broke as hell but where I come from/I'm like a king there, I'm in the posh squad/I'm in a Bentley, I'm in an Aston/They like my music there, there I'm like Jackson."

Cassper alludes to being a small fry in the U.S while also stressing his gargantuan status in S.A.

And if that doesn't raise your anxiety levels, he went on to say: "Every single night I could spend your worth."

“Ng'yekeleni” is Zulu for “leave me alone."

[Editor's Note] The first time Cassper met Black Thought was when he flew out to Los Angeles to shoot the video for 428 to LA.

Phyno Feat. Wale "N.W.A."

‪Indigenous raps is not my forte for obvious reasons. (Nough respect to the Indigenous rappers). Collaborations of this nature rarely work out largely due to the contrasting demeanors of the artists involved, but when it works it's beautiful.‬

‪Lambeatz managed to craft a beat polarizing enough for both Phyno and Wale to fully get into. Phyno naturally alternates between English and Igbo (the principal native language of the Igbo people of Nigeria) on both the chorus and his verses, but Wale steals the show with one of the smoothest verses in his catalog.‬

Cassper Nyovest Feat. Casey Veggies "428 To LA"

"428 To LA" first appeared on the platinum edition of Tsholofelo. On the track the South African hustler wax's lyrically about his bankroll and contemplates moving to LA. "I cannot pretend that I’m fucking with any of you niggas in the game/I done did everything that’s to be done in S.A/So I might move out to LA."

You can tell Nyovest had fun recording the track. The video is just as hyped  if not more, and it features cameos from Black Thought and Sway.

Shane Eagle Feat. Bas "Ap3x [Remastered]

Hip-Hop artists link up on records and the first thing they try to do is outstrip or like us fans love to say “body” the other rapper. Competing is good and all but sometimes you gotta do what's best for the overall vibe of the song, you know? Shane Eagle was smart to let Bas have his day on the track and he's ripping rewards for it.

Hip hop, like any other musical art form thrives on Synergy. Eagle and Bas show what rap collaborations can be when you let the music take its course. In the words of JAY-Z "Let that b*tch breathe."

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