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Between South Africa & Nigeria Hip-hop: Who Takes The Front Seat?


South Africa & Nigeria Hip-hop

Between South Africa & Nigeria Hip-hop: Who Takes The Front Seat?

The origin of hip-hop, in general, can be traced to the 1970s, ‎at a birthday party in the Bronx, New York City! Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc was said to be the originator of hip-hop music!!

Hip-hop music in Africa started in the 1980s and became prominent in many African countries between late 80s and early 90s.

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Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa were among the pioneers of hip-hop in Africa! With each region incorporating their native musical styles into the culture, the sound and style varied from one region to another…

Today, when you speak of hip-hop in Africa, what comes into mind is South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana!

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There has been serious supremacy battle between South African hip-hop and Nigerian hip-hop…

With the emergence of South African new school hip-hop acts like AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C and lots more, and Nigeria drifting from the traditional hip-hop, very notable Nigerian hip-hop acts like Vector, M.I Abaga and lots of others at a point watered it down too.

Nigeria on its own part has witnessed a great drift from the traditional hip-hop to a more diverse sound mostly influenced by local afrobeat and that has raised a lot of eyebrows with many schools of thought saying that Nigeria has lost its authority when it comes to real hip-hop and that South African rappers are the new leaders representing the culture!

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That brings us to this proclamation made by South African rapper AKA on twitter and the reply he got from Nigerian hip-hop pundit M.I Abaga.

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AKA recently took to his Twitter page to proclaim that South Africa is where other African artistes look to for rap inspiration. He wrote; “because of @Tumemolekane I can proudly say that South Africa is the MECCA of African Hip Hop. There is no more room for debate. When it comes to this Hip Hop shit… South Africa IS THE TOP FUCKING LEVEL.”

It seemed that tweet got to M.I and he replied AKA swiftly with the phrase “hold my beer,” which indicates that he is not concurring to that and is ready for a fierce debate…

Now, over to you!! Do you agree with AKA that South Africa does the best Hip-Hop music in Africa? Share your thoughts below.

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