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African Hip Hop Artists With The Most Monthly Spotify Listeners In 2021

African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify
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African Hip Hop Artists With The Most Monthly Spotify Listeners In 2021

The most popular African Hip Hop artists as of July 2021. Spotify’s monthly listeners give us a clear view of currently popular African rappers.

These are the 10 most popular African hip hop artists on Spotify this year.

On March 4 this year, Spotify extended its reach in Africa to 38 African countries. The Swedish audio streaming and media app was previously only available in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia.

Spotify’s expansion into more African countries means African stars now have a comprehensive data on how well their music is doing. The platform’s popular songs section and monthly listeners count is an important metric to track your progress and see if your audience and song’s popularity is growing from month to month.

How Spotify Listeners vs. Streams are counted.

Spotify streams are how many times your song is played past the 30 second mark, while Spotify listeners are the unique users who have played your song past the 30 second mark.

Confused? Okay let’s try again.

Spotify only counts a listener as a listener one time but will count multiple streams from that listener if they continue to stream your music past the 30 second mark.

To simply put it; Spotify only counts listeners once, if they have streamed any of your songs in the past 28 days. So if they stream the song multiple times, it still only counts as 1 listener.

If a listener does not continue to listen to any of your music after 28 days they are no longer counted as a monthly listener.

Spotify revealed they chose 28 days because it is the lowest amount of days that a calendar month can have.

With the semantics out of the way, let’s return to why you’re here.

This list contains the most-streamed African hip hop artists on the audio streaming platform as of July 2021. When last checked on July 15, Somali born-rapper K’naan has the most monthly listeners on Spotify with almost 3 million, followed by fast rising Ghanaian star Kwesi Arthur with over 600,000 monthly listeners. Newcomer Blxckie also makes the top ten.

See the full top ten below. Numbers are subject to change.

Most Influential African Rappers Of All Time.

Artist: M.I. Abaga
Country: Nigeria
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify

10. M.I Abaga

120,043 thousand monthly listeners

Artist: Blxckie
Country: South Africa
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9. Blxckie

123,712 thousand monthly listeners

Blxckie is a part of budding musical movement, Clout Internet Boyz. These are a group of artists from Durban who decided to collaborate on music and establish their own take on the popular Trap sound.

Artist: Joey B
Country: Ghana
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify

8. Joey B

142,300 thousand monthly listeners.

Joey B had be toying with the idea of making music from an early age and when he got introduced to another budding producer/rapper Lil Shaker, it didn’t take long for them to get the attention of Skillions founder Jayso. After a brief stint with Skillions, Joey worked with Black Avenue Music before branching out to establish his own label World Records.

His popular songs on Spotify includes “Visa” remix, “Tonga” “Cold,” “Greetings From Abroad” and “Iyabo.”

Artist: AKA
Country: South Africa
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify

7. AKA

148,469 thousand monthly listeners.

AKA rarely releases new music but whenever he does, it’s an event. Despite his absence his popularity still remains strong.

Best African Hip Hop Songs Of 2021 So Far.

Artist: Blaqbonez
Country: Nigeria
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6. Blaqbonez

177,432 thousand monthly listeners.

Bad Boy Blaq is currently Nigeria’s trendy hip hop artist at the moment. With co-signs from the likes of Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy, Emeka’s stock is at an all time high.

Artist: Sarkodie
Country: Ghana
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify


5. Sarkodie

342,687 thousand monthly listeners.

I expect Sarkodie’s monthly listeners to shoot up next month when his new album No Pressure arrives July 30th.

Artist: Cassper Nyovest
Country: South Africa
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4. Cassper Nyovest

373,125 thousand monthly listeners.

Cassper is winning in music and in life. So many successes to celebrate and he keeps improving. We also expect his popularity on the platform to grow next month due to the success of his new album Sweet And Short.

Artist: Nasty C
Country: South Africa
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify

3. Nasty C

619,835 thousand monthly listeners.

Who can argue against Nasty C’ star power? The South African is currently one of the most popular music names outside the African continent.

Artist: Kwesi Arthur
Country: Ghana
African Hip Hop Artists With Over 100K Monthly Listeners On Spotify

2. Kwesi Arthur

626,843 thousand monthly listeners.

Kwesi Arthur is unsurprisingly the second most popular African hip hop artist on Spotify.

The Tema native’s popularity continues to grow and with his new album “Son Of Jacob” arriving soon, we expect his monthly listeners to hit a million by the end of the year.

Artist: K’Naan
Country: Somalia
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1. K’NAAN

2,702,371 thousand monthly listeners.

K’NAAN became an international superstar following the success of his track “Wavin’ Flag,” which eventually became the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Somali born rapper remains popular on Spotify despite his last project being 2012’s Country, God Or The Girl.

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