Although not everyone concurs, Nadia Nakai is regarded as the wackest rapper in South Africa. She is thought to be terrible on the mic and incapable of producing quality music on her own without the assistance of other rappers.
Nakai’s inclusion on the list of the wackest rappers in the nation has continued to spark discussion from various online forums, with her supporters reminding her detractors that she has roughly five awards under her belt. Besides the rapper, there are some other local rappers who made it to the light of the wackest rappers in South Africa.
How the Controversial List of Wackest Rappers in SA Emerged
South Africans were greeted on September 1, 2022, with a list of 20 local rappers who are regarded as the worst rappers of all time. The contentious list was published by Everything SA Music, a well-known local website for fans of African music.
After it was published, the list sparked a great deal of debate about the individuals that were included in it. It’s interesting to note that the list has continued to elicit conflicting viewpoints online because some music lovers believe that some of the names on the list shouldn’t be there because they are personal favorites of theirs.
The appearance of a few “big shots” on the list, like Boity, Nadia Nakai, and a few others who appeared to have done well for themselves (given the fact that they have won some accolades and have an outstanding number of albums and songs to their credit), surprised a lot of people.
One of the list’s shortcomings is that Everything SA Music did not specify why they thought these rappers were the wackest. Nonetheless, it might also have something to do with their songs, slack performances, mediocre or weak rapping abilities, terrible delivery, accomplishments, and low visibility in the South African entertainment sector.
Sadly, despite our best efforts, we were unable to locate any tracks by these artists that are regarded as their “worst songs”. Let’s quickly look at these rappers’ short bios and other interesting facts.
List of the Wackest Rappers in South Africa
These 20 rappers are regarded as the wildest rappers in South Africa’s history. As was previously said, it is unclear why some of them were chosen for the shortlist. Nonetheless, we were able to determine why some of them were included in the list.
Top 20 Worst 🇿🇦 Rappers of All Time! Who’s missing? pic.twitter.com/U39j4EMgzf
— Everything SA Music (@ESAMofficial_) September 1, 2022
- Real Name: Thato Lloyd Madonsela
- Date of birth: January 30, 1985
- Age: 38 years old
Thato has opened for Rick Ross, The Game, Slum village, Maino, and Usher. He is yet to win major awards in the music industry since he launched his career in 2009. The only award he’s known to have won is the Best Newcomer in Africa award at the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards.
He has, so far, released four studio albums and a mixtape.
- Real Name: Mzayifani Mzondeleli Boltina
- Date of birth: November 20, 1985
- Age: 37 years old
- Record Label: Sony Music
iFani won the Best Hip Hop award at the Eastern Cape Music Awards in 2015 and the Best Rap Album at the South African Music Awards in 2014. Since then, he is yet to win another award.
He has one studio album and two singles to his name. In 2021, his rap career was criticized, and his songs were called whack by online users for his response to Boity’s assault drama.
3. Zulu Boy
- Real Name: Mxolisi Mgingqeni Majozi
- Date of birth: May 19, 1976
- Age: 46 years old
- Record Label: Universal Music Group
Zuluboy has released seven studio albums. He won the Best Rapper Award at the 2008 Metro FM awards, after which he was nominated for Best Hip Hop at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Zuluboy’s choice of music beat has been criticized on several occasions. He’s been described as someone who is definitely not trying to please everyone in the music space.
4. Du boiz
- Real Name: Sandile Kubheka
- Record Label: Independent Artist
In the course of his career, Duboiz has collaborated with so many notable artists, including the late AKA and US rapper Tyga. He also won the prestigious Best Music Video award at the Metro FM Music Awards in 2017.
Sadly, after the star-studded occasions, he was heavily bashed by some people for winning the award. They called him a whack rapper who doesn’t deserve the spotlight. This took a toll on the rapper, and he slipped into depression for a month.
He only got better after he claimed he realized their comments were coming from a place of jealousy from his then-record label, Mabala Noise.
5. Da L.E.S
- Real Name: Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr.
- Date of birth: July 26, 1985
- Age: 37 years old
- Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment South Africa
Da L.E.S’s inclusion on the list came as a big shock to many people. Regardless, a lot of people still feel he makes dope music.
- Real Name: Bantu Hanabe
- Record Label: Electronic Music
Rapper Ntukza has severally been caught up in a couple of webs of scandals and controversies on his song and music career generally. In 2020, his song titled: “GYHO” was heavily criticized and called a flop by people.
In response, he accused his former Teargas mate Scoop Makhathini of speaking ill about the song first. He, therefore, demanded that Scoop pay him money for the low performance of the song and for losing the SAMA as a result of the whole drama.
7. Sean Pages
- Real Name: Sefako Moloto
- Place of birth: Alex
- Record Label: Final Touch Entertainment
- Worst song
Sean Pages is an Alex-born rapper and producer who’s worked with the likes of Morale, iFani, and L-Tido, to mention a few.
- Real Name: Sipho Mkhize
- Record Label: Like Brother Like Bro
Smashis is from Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal province. He started out his journey alongside Teargas and Cashtime Fam. He now goes by the stage name Zingah. He has featured in DJ Sliqe’s Flexin alongside Tweezy and Stilo Magolide and has collaborated with acts such as Thabsie, Farx, and Johnny Basz.
Zingah made headlines in 2020 when he claimed to be the best rapper in South Africa who combines the English Language and native South African language in his song, unlike most rappers. Regardless of his claim, a lot of people still consider him one of the worst rappers of his time.
- Real Name: Ezee Hanabe
- Record Label: Electro Mode
Ezee was born in Soweto and is the co-founder of Cashtime Life. He is best known as one of the members of the South African hip-hop trio, Tearga
In the year 2020, he was labeled “the oldest upcoming artist in South Africa” by a Twitter troll. However, Ma-E was quick to remind him of his achievements which include over 10 million YouTube views, 5 SAMAS, 1 Sound City Award, 3 Metro awards, 3 ChannelO awards, and a BET nomination, something he bragged his critic could never see in his family’s lifetime.
- Real Name: Boitumelo Thulo
- Date of birth: April 28, 1990
- Age: 32 years old
- Record Label: Def Jam Africa
Boity is one of the most-criticized female rappers in South Africa. In 2020, she was criticized for “weak bars” and even sounding like South African rapper Cassper Nyovest, which led to most people alleging that she sounds like Nyovest because they’ve dated in the past. This was after she released her debut project titled: 4436.
Boity, in response, said people were jealous because she was getting richer. Despite winning a couple of awards, a lot of people still doubt Boity’s rapping skills. In an interview with a local tabloid, she made it clear that a lot of people still doubt the rapping abilities of famous stars like Drake, Jay Z, and Nasty C, adding that she is also a sangoma who has chosen to focus her energy of perfecting her craft and growing with her fans.
Boity also admitted that she still has a long way in her musical journey. She won three South African Hip Hop Awards between 2018-2021 and African Muzik Magazine Award in 2021.
11. Aewon Wolf
- Real Name: Arnold Phillips
- Date of birth: March 24, 1988
- Age: 34 years old
- Record Label: Wolfpack
- Worst song
South African hip-hop rapper, producer, and songwriter Philips started out in 2012 and has released an album, an EP, and a Mixtape. The KwaZulu-born artist is yet to win an award from four nominations so far as a musician. The Fall Off crooner returned to the local music scene in 2020 after a three-year break.
12. Nomuzi Mabena
- Real Name: Nomuzi Mabena
- Date of birth: 22 September 1992
- Age: 30 years old
- Record Label: Nomuzi Mabena Music
Nomuzi, professionally known as Moozile, started out as a television personality in 2012 before becoming a rapper three years later. She still makes cool money from both careers. She has two studio albums, a mixtape, and a couple of singles to her name. She hasn’t won an award yet.
In 2018, Mabena trended for days for her poor performance on AKA’s ‘Baddest Remix’, which also featured other female superstars such as Fifi Cooper, Gigi Lamayne, and Rouge.
13. Stilo Magolide
- Real Name: Micheal Chirwa
- Date of birth: May 23, 1990
- Age: 32 years old
- Record Label: Content Connect Africa / Precise
South African hip-hop performer, songwriter, businessman, and producer Stilo Magolide. He became well-known while performing with the rappers Okmalumcoolkat, Scoop, Usanele, Sibot, and the late Ricky Rick in the BoyznBucks rap ensemble. He is also known for hit songs, including Pose Like Stilo, All on Me, and Day Off feat. Nasty C.
The rapper is said to be currently struggling with his music career as his sound is not penetrating the mainstream media.
- Real Name: Sizwe Moeketsi
- Date of birth: 30 June 1987
- Age: 35 years old
- Record Label: Warner Music South Africa
Rapper Reason, also known by the names Reason the Mass, Reason HD, gaaaAHDbody, and Sizwe Alakinehe rose to fame as a result of his collaborations with Ms. Nthabi. He has formed a group with some well-known figures in South Africa, including Stogie T, Moneoa, ProVerb, DJ Maphorisa, Kwesta, and HHP, to name a few.
The rapper has severally been accused of lacking originality and copying US rapper Kanye West. In 2021, he was accused by a fan of disrespecting the culture for appearing on ‘Amapiano Hip Hop Cypher‘.
Honestly, I didn’t know it would be called that. But I also don’t understand why you would want to crucify ME for it being called that. I’m not @MTVBaseSouth. I did what I’ve always done. Which is to rap on their cyphers. Don’t involve me in anything else. But the quality of rap. https://t.co/IaNw3WGOMm
— Sizwe Alakine World (@ReasonHD) October 4, 2021
15. Nadia Nakia
- Real Name: Nadia Nakai Dlamini
- Date of birth: 18 May 1990
- Age: 32 years old
- Record Label: Def Jam Africa, Bragga Records
- Worst song
Nadia Nakai is a Zimbabwean-South African rapper and television personality. She has won about six awards so far, including the South African Hip Hop Awards, All Africa Music Awards, and Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.
Shortly after Nakai’s late partner AKA’s album Mass Country dropped, a popular YouTuber called Slik Talk dragged Nadia for contributing a verse to the project, which she described as a piece of sh*t”.
Slik Talk slammed Nakai’s lousy’s voice, adding that it was not needed at all. A lot of people subsequently bashed Slik Tak for her comments.
16. Ex Global
She let her own parents down , why did you think you were better ? pic.twitter.com/68k5N2Mssk
— Ex Global (@mansbusy_) January 31, 2023
- Real Name: Johannes Motalane
Ex-Global, who is known for songs like “Holy Trinity,” “K.K,” “Dimir,” and “Star,” is considered one of the wackest rappers in South Africa.
17. Witness the Funk
- Full Name: Witness The Funk
Witness the funk was formed in 2009 by Moshine Magnif, Aux Cable, and former members, Muzi and San Season. ‘The group was created during their first year on campus.
- Real NameLesego Kyle Mnyandu
- Date of birth: 10 September 1999
- Age: 23 years old
- Record Label: Regime Sound
- Worst song
FLVME is one of South Africa’s new wave of trap-fueled hip-hop titans. His music career was inspired by artists like Lil Wayne, Da L.E.S, and Travis Scott. He launched his professional career in 2019, and today, he is a multi-platinum producer and gold-selling artist.
In 2021, Flvme was accused of stealing four lines from one of Drake’s songs, “Trust Issues”. In the same year, he was also accused of stealing a beat for his ‘Impatient’ track. He insisted that he did not steal the beat but sampled it.
- Real Name: Luke Duncan Malong
- Record Label: Universal Music (Pty) Ltd.
LucasRaps is a 4-time South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA) nominee. Sometime in April 2022, he was accused of stealing and copying lines from upcoming rappers. LucasRaps is yet to win an award.
20. Gigi Lamayne
- Real Name: Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney
- Date of birth: 7 July 1994
- Age: 28 years old
- Record Label: Ambitiouz Entertainment
Gigi was inspired by the likes of Jean Grae, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie, and Tupac Shakur. She won the Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year in 2022 and the best female at the South African Hip Hop Awards in 2013 and 2014