Tonight, MTV Base (DStv channel 322) counts down “SA’s Hottest MCs” from number 10 to number 6 ahead of the winner’s announcement tomorrow night on the channel.
According to the annual poll of tastemakers and music industry insiders, the hottest MCs in the South African hip hop scene right now are: #10 – L’Tido, #9 – Ifani, #8 – Kid X, #7 – Khuli Chana, and #6 – Kwesta.
Bound to spark debate amongst fans, “SA’s Hottest MCs” sees the MCs weighed and measured by a panel of industry experts and well respected names, judging them according to buzz, impact, style, lyrics, sales and other “intangible factors”. This year’s panel, itself controversial, included Fred Kayembe, Slikour, Tbo Touch, Vukile Zondi, Ms Cosmo, Melanie Triegaardt and Loyiso Gola, while MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo helmed the debate.
At number ten is former Glitz Gang rapper, L’Tido whose latest hit single “Dlala Ka Yona” is one of the most popular hip hop songs of 2015, with an attention grabbing video starring the infamous Pulane.
Taking the ninth spot is Ifani, whose second album “I Believes In Me – Second Quadrant” went gold within 24 hours of release, with single release “Ayadelela” enjoying great airplay on radio right now. Ifani’s upbeat and catchy IsiXhosa tracks, and his signature off-beat vintage style have set him apart from the rest of the South African industry.
Appearing on the list for the second year running is Cashtime’s Kid X, now at number 8. The panel believes Kid X to be one of the hottest rap talents in South Africa, although his full potential is yet to be realized.
At number seven is hip hop veteran Khuli Chana, whose recent collaboration with Nigerian talent Patoranking, “No Lie”, has scored him new fans all over the continent. His appearance on the bottom 10 created heated debate among the panellists.
The number six spot belongs to the “Do Like I Do” rapper Kwesta, who has had a great 2015, notching up impressive collaborations with DJ Sliq and more; the decision to have him at number six was unanimous.
Tune in tomorrow night (Friday 27 November) as MTV Base continues the countdown starting at Number 5.
“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” premieres on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT. A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.