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2021 Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards Announcement And Nominees

2021 Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards Announcement And Nominees

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2021 Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards Announcement And Nominees

African hip-hop creatives find themselves stuck in a frustrating loop because they get almost no recognition for their efforts in a continent that has seen unprecedented international success with Afrobeats and more recently Amapiano.

Hip hop, despite being the most influential genre in the world hasn’t been the most profitable, and as a result some of the continent’s biggest rap figures are making forays into other genres in search of a proverbial hit that can hopefully help them attain continental success. This is the new normal in hip hop, while the seasoned rappers are seemingly less inspired to get in the studio.

I’m not pointing fingers, neither do I blame them. As a creator I know how defeating it can be when you work tirelessly on a piece and it fails to hit the projected heights. It absolutely sucks!!

African hip-hop creatives go through extreme lengths to keep us entertained and deserve to be recognized for their efforts. I can’t reward them for their passion but I can celebrate them.

As part of our ongoing commitment of promoting hip hop on the African continent, Creative-HipHop.com is introducing the Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards (CAHHA) – A end of year list to celebrate the creatives in the African hip hop space.

We will be handing out virtual awards on our website to some of the best and most consistent African Hip-Hop artists every year just to let them know we see all they do and to also let them know they’re appreciated.

To help us settle on a list for our year end awards we speak to different hip hop writers, producers and fans from all around the A continent.

Editors note: Like all our lists, the nominees mostly consist of artists and songs we’ve featured on our platform. You have to be in it to win it.

Introduction

Despite the challenges brought by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it was business as usual for some of the continent’s biggest rap names. Sarkodie dropped his ninth studio album No Pressure, Priddy Ugly tried his hardest to create chaos while Emtee embraced fatherhood with Logan. East African rappers Dominant 1 and Holstar uplifted black minds on African Diamond, and Blaqbonez spoke his truth on Sex Over Love.

Unfortunately the year was not without its losses. Nigerian hip-hop producer Victor Chujor-Idowu popularly known as Beats By Jayy died from Covid-19 complications on the 21st of November. He was 28. 

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Overall there’s still a lot to celebrate as regards to hip hop on the A continent and we’re just getting started.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards.

Preceding the inaugural awards will be our annual end of the year list.

(No fixed dates as of now)

December

Top 50 African Rappers Of 2021

Top Top African MCs Of 2021

Best African Hip Hop Songs Of 2021

January

East African Rapper Of The Year

West African Rapper Of The Year

South African Rapper Of The Year

Best African Hip Hop Song Of 2021

Best African Hip Hop Collaboration Of 2021

Lyricist Of The Year

Hustler Of The Year

African Rapper Of 2021

Best African Hip Hop Album Of 2021

Without further ado, these are our nominees for the 2021 Creative Africa Hip Hop Awards (CAHHA). Whether you agree or disgaree, please be respectful with your comments.

East African Rapper Of 2021

The East African rappers included in this year’s list have been covered numerous times on our website. Tucker HD is currently one of the best rapper’s in Uganda, and Khaligraph Jones needs no further introduction. Dominant-1 remains an unsung hero and Holstar keeps finding new ways to keep East Africa on the map.

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Nominees.

West African Rapper Of 2021

Ladipoe spearheaded the west African hip-hop revival this year by restoring the feeling. A-Q lived his life like it’s golden, Kwesi Arthur took no losses, and Blaqbonez was a menace, making himself, and his music hard to ignore all year long.

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Nominees

  • A-Q (Nigeria)
  • Blaqbonez (Nigeria)
  • Kwesi Arthur (Ghana)
  • Ladipoe (Nigeria)
  • Sarkodie (Ghana)
  • M.anifest (Ghana)

South African Rapper Of 2021

Southern Africa continues to set the bar when it comes to hip hop on the African continent. The competition was at fever levels in 2021 with the likes of Priddy Ugly, YoungstaCPT and A-Reece holding it down for the pen rappers. Blxckie continued to elevate his status and 25K proved he’s the real deal. These are your nominees.

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Nominees

  • A-Reece (South Africa)
  • Blxckie (South Africa)
  • 25K (South Africa)
  • Priddy Ugly (South Africa)
  • YoungstaCPT (South Africa)

Lyricist Of The Year


In 2021 these rappers put bars first. They ignored the noise and chants to dumb-down their music, even when it might have been profitable. Here are Creative-HipHop’s nominees for lyrcist of the year.

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Nominees

  • A-Reece (South Africa)
  • A-Q (Nigeria)
  • Dominant 1 (Malawi)
  • Loose Kaynon (Nigeria)
  • Priddy Ugly (South Africa)
  • Wordz (South Africa)
  • YoungstaCPT (South Africa)

Best African Hip Hop Song Of 2021

Covid-19 and all its variants couldn’t stop the music in 2021. Sarkodie brought his lavish lifestyle to the forefront with Rollies And Cigars, K.O embraced his position as an African hip hop legend in “K:HOVA,” and Ladipoe teamed up with BUJU for one of the biggest songs of the year.

  • Sarkodie – ‘Rollies And Cigars’
  • A-Q Feat. Chike – ‘Breathe’
  • Blxckie – ‘David’
  • K.O. – ‘K. Hova’
  • 25K Feat. A-Reece – ‘Hustler’s Prayer’
  • Ladipoe Feat. Buju – ‘Feeling’

African Hip Hop Artist Of The Year

The rapper of the year is reserved for African rappers with great artistic output (singles, guest verses, projects and freestyles) in the year under review. Our best African rappers for 2021 includes rappers from across the continent, from the East, West, and South. So many African rappers were on top of their games this year, but these are our picks for the best of 2021.

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Nominees

  • Sarkodie (Ghana)
  • Loose Kaynon (Nigeria)
  • A-Q (Nigeria)
  • Blxckie (South Africa)
  • 25K (South Africa)
  • Holstar (Zambia)
  • A-Reece (South Africa)
  • YoungstaCPT (South Africa)
  • Blaqbonez (Nigeria)
  • Priddy Ugly (South Africa)

Best African Hip-Hop Collaboration

Some of the biggest moments in African hip-hop this year came in the form of collaborations. They were exciting, lyrical and created a lot of talking points. From Khaligraph Jones and Sarkodie trading flows or YoungstaCPT spittin’ dictionary bars alongside Priddy Ugly, to Loose Kaynon, M.I Abaga and A-Q morphing into Jordan, Pippen and Rodman.

Kwesi Arthur brought out the sharpest bars I’ve heard from Vic Mensa in a minute, and M.I and Vector put aside their differences for the greater good. So many to choose from but these were some African hip hop collabs that stood out this year.

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Nominees

  • Kwesi Arthur Feat. Vic Mensa – ‘Winning’
  • Priddy Ugly Feat. YoungstaCPT – ‘The Pen’
  • Sarkodie Feat. Cassper Nyovest ‘Married To The Game’
  • Blxckie Feat. Nasty C – ‘Yex4’
  • Dominant 1 x Holstar – ‘Lost Generation’
  • 25k Feat. A Reece – ‘Husters Prayer’
  • Khaligraph Jones Feat. Sarkodie – ‘Wavy’
  • Loose Kaynon Feat. M.I Abaga and A-Q -‘98 Bulls’
  • Shane Eagle Feat. YoungstaCPT – ‘Ammo’
  • M.I. Abaga Feat. Vector – ‘Crown Of Clay’

Hustler Of The Year

Live shows took a big hit as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which means rapers had to find other ways to secure the bag. The Hustler of the year category focuses on rappers that made major moves this year and found other ways to level up.

In 2021 Blaqbonez delivered a master class in content curation and promotion. He hawked his music all over social media and when it came time to rap he didn’t miss. Sarkodie sold out another Rapperhaloic and Cassper Nyovest continues to be the standard when it comes to securing major endorsements.

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Nominees

  • Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • Sarkodie (Ghana)
  • Blaqbonez (Nigeria)

Best African Hip Hop Album Of 2021

In 2021 African rappers continued to prove they’re on top of their game as the albums just kept coming. Sarkodie stayed calm under pressure, 25K channeled his inner 2Pac, Loose Kaynon, after a brief hiatus returned with survivor’s remorse, Blaqbonez planted seeds of polygamy, Gigi Lamayne delivered her self-reflective project and Blxckie carried his 2020 momentum into the new year.

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Nominees

  • A-Q – ‘Golden’ (Nigeria)
  • Sarkodie – ‘No Pressure’ (Ghana)
  • Blckie – ‘B4Now’ (South Africa)
  • Priddy Ugly – ‘Soil’ (South Africa)
  • Dominant 1 x Holstar – ‘African Diamond’ (Malawi And Zambia)
  • Gigi Lamayne – Mermaids And Stuff (South Africa)
  • 25k – ‘Pheli Makaveli’ (South Africa)
  • Emtee – ‘Logan’ (South Africa)
  • Blaqbonez – ‘Sex Over Love’ (Nigeria)
  • Loose Kaynon – ‘Survivors Remorse’ (Nigeria)

Winners will be announced on our website in January.

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