African Rap Lords: Sarkodie, Nasty C and Sampa The Great + Their Latest Singles
This week, I will focus on 3 currently hot African rappers who raps in very different styles, from Durban to Tema and their current hottest single.
“PALM TREES”, BY NASTY C
The youngest of this selection is only 23 years old but already three albums to his credit. Originally from Durban, South Africa , Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo – alias Nasty C – released a new opus on August 28, Zulu Man With Some Power, in which he says he wants to highlight the “influence and power” of Zulu people. Signed for the American label Def Jam Recordings, Nasty C released a first clip from the album, Palm Trees, in which he gives free rein to his bling-bling side. “I wear jewelry and shoes that cost the skin of the buttocks”, he announces straight away.
“TIME’S UP”, BY SAMPA THE GREAT (FEAT. KROWN)
More committed is Sampa The Great – real name Sampa Tembo -, who recently uploaded the music video for Time’s Up, a track from her album The Return, released in 2019. Born in 1994 in Zambia , raised in Botswana and now based in Sydney, this fervent admirer of Lauryn Hill – it gets along – denounces “systemic racism in the music industry” alongside the Australian rapper Krown. “I’ve seen the industry kill a dreamer’s dreams / I’ve seen the industry blueprint and it’s a killer / It’s a master plan to break you,” they repeat in the chorus .
“CEO FLOW”, BY SARKODIE (FEAT. E-40)
We couldn’t finish this selection without mentioning Sarkodie, pillar of rap in Africa and beyond. After releasing in June Brown Paper Bag, a punchy track echoing the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, the Ghanaian , born Michael Owusu Addo in 1988 in Tema, unveiled at the beginning of the summer a title featuring the American E-40. In CEO Flow, he reconnects with egotrip, chanting: “I’m so fast that I dodged all the bullets. “ Sarkodie is the author of five studio albums, the latest, Black Love, was published in 2019.