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MTV’s #HottestMCs: the Artistes, the Opinions, the Controversies


Every year, Music Television (MTV) Base South Africa compiles a list of the hottest artistes of the year who have wowed and thrilled the nation with their songs, projects, and what say you.

The list has always been steeped in controversies. Who should make the list? Who shouldn’t? Who should be at number 1. Who shouldn’t? Does rapper “A” deserve to be at bottom of the list? What about rapper “B”? And rapper “C”?

Questions. Opinions. Interjections.

This year’s list was no different. The top 10, according to MTV Base are:

  1. Kwesta
  2. AKA
  3. Nasty C
  4. Cassper Nyovest
  5. Rouge
  6. Shane Eagle
  7. Anatii
  8. Ricky Rick
  9. Moozlie
  10. Nadia Nakai
Source: Nadia Nakai/Instagram

Many do not question Kwesta’s position on the list – maybe except Kwesta himself, who thought AKA should be higher up. “@akaworldwide being number 3 on your #HottestMCs list is just disrespectful… Truth be told he was my only competition this year & number 1 on my list, without a doubt. I swore I would never tweet about that list again but I’m shocked at how they played the Supa Mega shem!” He tweeted.

Kwests, who recently celebrated his eighth wedding anniversary with wife Yolanda, has wowed South Africa with several songs, including the hit “Vur Vai.”

AKA, who Da. L.E.S recently co-opted on “Iced Out” alongside Emtee, was equally on fire this year, the year of “Touch My Blood,” which has since gone platinum. Need one mention the monster hit “Fela in Versace

Source: AKA/ Instagram

Can South African music be reviewed and no mention be made of Nasty C? Apparently no. The rapper, who Audiomarc recently featured on “Catch It” has been in the forefront of delivering great vibes, wowing fans at his Ivyson Tour and with dope offerings such as “Don’t Bab,” featuring Tellaman and Gemini Major.

Source: Nasty C/Instagram

Cassper Nyovest is undoubtedly one artiste who made the most impact this year as he filled up Moses Mabhida Stadium and then joined some global superstars, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, on stage at the Global Citizen Festival December 2.

Cassper Nyovest will go down in history as one rapper whose album went platinum with 24 hours.

Source: Cassper Nyovest/Instagram

While Rouge, who recently relocated to Fourways, Johannesburg, has charmed fans with her collaborations with other artistes and even with the scorcher “The Break Up,” Shane Eagle gets a spotlight for his features and his disses at AKA, including “Gustavo.”

Source: Shane Eagle/Instagram

Anatii, who made humanitarian interventions after fire raised several buildings at Site B, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has been no less fiery this year, with several scorchers and the “solo” album “Iyeza” to his credit.

Riky Rick scored some major endorsement deals this year and even joined Nigeria’s Wizkid and others to headline the BoothFest. The rapper, who recently decried back on black violence, has remained musically relevant.

Source: Riky Rick/ Instagram

Moozlie dropped his album “Victory” in September this year. Before then he has released a host of scorchers and collaborated with some of the industry’s major voice.

Nadia Nakai smashed onto the rap scene this year with “Yass Bitch.” She has gone on to collaborate with some major names, including  Tshego on “Money Machines.” She is basking in the success of her new global web series.

As stated earlier, opinions have been hot and divided on the list and even rappers themselves are speaking out. Peek some opinions below and drop yours in the comment section.

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