Some of the best African hip hop songs of 2021 so far. Our favorites.
2021 has been sort of a slow burner for African Hip Hop, nevertheless we have gotten more than a handful of new music from some of the continent’s heavy hitters including the likes of A-Reece, Emtee, A-Q, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, M.I. Abaga, Khaligraph Jones and more.
With new projects from Sarkodie, Priddy Ugly, Kwesi Arthur and Cassper Nyovest still to come. The excitement is almost guaranteed to pick up before the year runs out. With the first half of 2021 done and dusted – Creative-HipHop is looking back at some of the best African hip hop songs released so far.
These are our best African hip hop songs of 2021 (so far). Songs from this list were released between January 2, 2021-June 20, 2021.
For your listening pleasure, here is Creative-HipHop’s Best African Hip Hop Songs of 2021 … so far.
Priddy Ugly “April 2nd Freestyle”
“First of all, with the raps I’m in first place.” South African native Priddy Ugly chose violence on his birthday. On the Hercules Beatz produced April 2nd freestyle, the Angolan-born rapper bodies the competition and declares himself the “greatest.”
The track also includes stray shots at A-Reece, Shane Eagle and Nasty C. He clearly wants all the smoke.
April Showers x YoungstaCPT “Kaasy?”
Young rising South African female rapper April Showers puts on for Cape Town with her debut offering Kaasy?” The energetic hood anthem features Y? Gen boss YoungstaCPT, who shows why he remains one of the continent’s most underrated wordsmith.
Khaligraph Jones x Sarkodie “Wavy”
Adrenaline induced bars? Check. Formula one paced lyricism? Check. Bars about being the best? Also Check. Two of the continent’s finest showcase their range and amazing breath control on this rappity rap track produced by Motif The Don. KJ big flexes and metaphorically alludes to his dominance. “I be taking over Africa like I’m the f****** Chinese.”
Sarkodie reminds his detractors of his status and challenges anyone hurt about it to step up.
Dominant 1 x Holstar “Lost Generation”
Holstar recently revealed to creative that he often feels disconnected from the culture. “I do feel like I am not in the industry…just a spectator that Raps. I do understand that everyone creates their own lane but it is just a reminder that it is not too late to start a positive conversation where things have gone off track.”
On “Lost Generation” Holstar and Dominant 1 remember the golden years of hip hop. The track featuring Kim Of Diamonds touches on culture shift and the new trends that have led to hip hop’s change of pace. Certainly one of the best tracks from Dominant 1 and Holstar’s African Diamond EP.
Rouge Feat. Youssoupha And Sarkodie “W.A.G”
Rouge asserts her superiority over her peers on “WhatsApp Group” featuring French-Congolese rapper Youssoupha and Creative-HipHop’s 2020 African rapper of the year Sarkodie. On the track Ms popular moves swiftly under pressure, cares less about the opposition, and reaffirms her position as one of the continent’s most prominent female rappers. She move different.
Kwesi Arthur Feat. Vic Mensa “Winning”
Kwesi Arthur doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. The Tema native vows to keep winning on this infectious single featuring Chicago-based rapper Vic Mensa. The track is taken from his forthcoming album “Son Of Jacob” set to arrive soon.
A-Q Feat. Chike “Breathe”
Despite his earlier struggles A-Q has found recent success with his music. His God Engineering album was one of our favorite African hip hop projects of 2020. On Breathe featuring Chike, A-Q reflects on his underdog story and breaks free from the shackles of society. He finds solace knowing, despite the hindrances, he will continue to overcome.
M.I. Abaga Feat. Sinzu & Erigga “TBDK”
M.I Abaga enlists Sinzu and Erigga for TBDK, a playful track produced by Chopstix. On the song each MC take turns delivering comical lines that caters to Nigeria’s street/slang culture. TBDK delivers a catchy hook, clever bars and a smooth instrumental.
Shane Eagle Feat. YoungstaCPT “Ammo”
Shane Eagle and YoungstaCPT make a deadly combination. Their chemistry on this record made fans envision what a possible collaborative project between the two South Africans would sound like. Shane’s hybrid raps is complemented by Youngsta’s Sonic bars.
Ladipoe “Rap messiah”
Ladipoe proclaims himself Nigeria’s hip hop Jesus on this single. With his recent success on the charts, I don’t see how anyone can argue against his position.
Sarkodie “No Fugazy”
On this song Sarkodie brags about his refined taste and innate drip. “No Fugazy.” is another example of the Ghanaian rapper’s attributes as a trendsetter. “No Pressure” album soon come.
Ladipoe Feat. Buju “Feeling”
Ladipoe has a lot to feel good about at the moment. Earlier this year the rapper won his first Headies award for Best Collaboration for “Know You” featuring singer, songwriter Simi. The collaboration just recently surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, becoming his first ever video to achieve that feat. “Feeling” with Buju is a celebration of his recent trajectory.
Blaqbonez Feat. Psycho YP, Laycon & AQ “Zombie”
“Sex Over Love” is filled with slappers, making it nearly difficult to settle on a track to feature. However this is a hip hop website with a bias for bars so we have settled for “Zombie.” Blaqbonez taps newcomers Psycho YP and Laycon, as well as veteran Nigerian rapper A-Q for the get money anthem. Blaq raps about his new found fame, getting money and how fast people switch up on you.
Blxckie Feat. Nasty C “Ye x4”
Young South African rapper Blaxckie is being touted as the new face of South African hip hop. That’s a heavy burden to have and it will be interesting to see how it unravels.
Following the success of his breakout single “Big Time SH’LAPPA” featuring Lucasrap$. Blxckie capitalized on the success by releasing his debut album B4Now. On “Ye x4” he links up with Nasty C for a verbal showcase centered around flexing. “Ye Ye Ye Ye.”
Blixxack Feat. Tucker HD “Royale With Cheese”
You expect an onslaught whenever Blixxack and Tucker HD link up. The two keep their end of the bargain on Royale Cheese.
Released for hip hop traditionalist, both MCs set aside the frivolities and deliver a bar masterclass. No hook is needed to carry the song.
M.I. Abaga x Vector “Crown Of Clay”
M.I and Vector on the same track? Who would have envisioned it after witnessing their lyrical exchange last year. M and V had that nasty feud in 2020 so it’s good to see them move past their differences it. As entertaining as beefs are it’s always good to see rappers grow and learn to put their differences aside for the bag and of course the greater good and unity of hip hop.
On “Crown Of Clay” the two prove two kings can co-exist. They share pan-African bars, loaded with metaphors referencing the tenacity of black people. “The wealth that’s in our continent was stolen out/But what they going do with me when they can’t control me now.”
Priddy Ugly Feat. YoungstaCPT “The Pen”
Priddy Ugly and YoungstaCPT showcase their artistry on “The Pen.” Both rappers brag about their immaculate writing abilities and claim superiority over their peers, whilst also calling out the no pen rappers. Put your pen where your mouth is.
A-Reece “Mark 15:35”
“If I’m losing everyone I’m living for
Then dear Lord why the fuck a nigga still alive?” A-Reece reflects on his lost ones on the introspective Mark 15:35.
The rapper confronts his demons and gets candid about his anxieties. The track is featured on his latest mixtape, Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory. A-Reece has been through a lot in his 22-short years on the planet, but his story is just beginning.
Emtee raves about the birth of his second born, Logan and the unevenness he felt while awaiting his arrival. Being a father is a big flex – something the “Roll Up” rapper wears proudly on this record. Logan is also the title of his third album.