The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! We’ve systematically revealed 9 of The 10 Hottest Rappers in Africa since the start of the week. It’s now time for the #1!
We’re fully into the final quarter of 2015, and in the last 12-15 months, we’ve witnessed the growth of several wordsmiths with dope songs, mixtapes, EPs, albums, tours, endorsements and more.
Congratulations to South Africa’s very own Cassper Nyovest! He’s THE hottest rapper in Africa! He’s been unstoppable since his 2014 single – “Doc Shebeleza” crossed borders; sold out concerts, mega endorsement deals, multiple awards… it seems like he’s been around forever.
Cassper Nyovest released his debut album – “Tsholofelo” in July 2014. Having dominated South African airwaves, the album sat comfortably at the number 1 spot on iTunes (South Africa) for two consecutive months. It was later announced the album had gone platinum in April 2015.
Cassper featured the legendary Talib Kweli on the remix of the monster hit “Doc Shebeleza” and the American rapper returned the favour by featuring Cassper on his album title track “F**k The Money“.
The biggest move of the year for any rapper was set in motion when Cassper Nyovest announced he will be headlining a concert tagged #FillUpTheDome on the 31st of October 2015, with the release of his sophomore album – “Refiloe” billed to drop on the same day. The rapper pulled off the unexpected, and actually filled up The Dome (a 20,000 capacity venue). This got the African music stratosphere buzzing, with the rapper receiving congratulatory messages from virtually everyone including the President of South Africa – Jacob Zuma – for achieving such unprecedented feat. History was made that night.
In the words of President Zuma:
“We congratulate Cassper Nyovest for his tremendous success which has demonstrated the rich talent that exists within our country’s music industry especially amongst our youth. Cassper has also confirmed the enormous support for local music by our youth, which augurs well for the development of our arts, culture and heritage.”
Cassper Nyovest enjoyed a successful European tour, he also signed a mega endorsement deal with Telecommunication giant – MTN to end the most successful year in his career so far. As if that wasn’t enough, Cassper’s sophomore album was certified gold just THREE (3) hours after its release.
What Cassper Nyovest has done in terms of record sales and #FillUpTheDome is more than enough to confirm his status as The Hottest Rapper in Africa 2015!