Zambia is one of the African countries with an impressive lineup of talented rappers who are best known for mingling vernacular with their rap lyrics. Some music followers do not really admire rappers but the factual point is that some rappers pass meaningful messages in a contemporary style that blends vulgar words. Here are top 10 best rappers in Zambia.
TOP 10 BEST RAPPERS IN ZAMBIA 2018
Going by the birth name Mulaza Kaira, Macky2 is Zambia’s hottest rapper. As a versatile artist, the Zambian star combines his skills as a producer, singer, hip-hop musician and rapper. He is a native of Luanshya and apart from Macky2, Kaira bears several other stage names including Flava Boy, DJ Bugar, and MK.
As a vibrant rapper, Macky2 is one of the sparkling aces on the Zambian music scene. He has performed in several events and the most notable of these events is the 9th season of a renowned show –Big Brother Africa –at which he claimed the third position. Through his Macky 2 Hope Foundation, Macky 2 pays attention to the welfare of Zambia’s vulnerable children as well as orphans.
Macky 2 Among The Best Rappers In Zambia
2. Slap Dee
Slap Dee is another big name in Zambia’s music industry. As a star artiste, Slap Dee is famous for his spectacular rapping skills which make him one of Zambia’s best rappers.
Born in the Zambian city of Mwila Musonda, Slap Dee has taken his music ambit to a greater height. Consequently, the Zambian rapper has starred in various events alongside Nigerian superstar –Wizkid.
Slap Dee, who is a renowned Zambian hip-hop artiste and rapper, has included a number of albums in his music gallery. The most notable of these albums are Black na White, Asembe Isabenza and So-Che.
3. Chef 187
Going by the birth name Kondwani Kaira, Chef 187 was born in the Zambian capital city –Lusaka. He has remained a vibrant rapper, songwriter and hip-hop star since 2011. Chef 187 is a relative of renowned rapper Macky2 –precisely the younger brother of the latter.
Chef 187, who is signed to the record label Alpha Entertainments Music, performs ambassadorial roles for Proflight. The talented rapper has released a number of albums among which are Amenso Pamo, Heart of a Lion and Amnesia. In 2015, Chef 187 bagged a Zambian music award titled Best Hip-Hop Album for his hit album Heart of a Lion.
4. Ruff Kid
Born and bred in the Eastern Province of Zambia –precisely in Nyanje village –Ruff Kid is a remarkable Zambian artiste who has been on the Zambian music scene for over a decade. Popularly dubbed “Khoikhoi’’, Ruff Kid adopts a music style very distinct from other Zambian rappers’ genres. He often claims he received inspiration from Christ and due to this, some music lovers regard him as the Messiah of Zambian music.
Roberto seemed to have inherited music skills from his music-oriented background. He is the youngest child in his family –a Zambian background from which several musicians emerged. For the fact that Roberto’s parents, as well as his elder brother (Ozzy), are musicians, it was clear that he had a strong reason to stick with the legacy of his family.
Having been motivated by a song titled “My Way’’, Roberto, who initially specialized in rapping, was urged to start singing.
6. Cleo Ice Queen
Going by the birth name Clementina Mulenga, Cleo Ice Queen was born in 1989 in the Zambian capital city –Lusaka. She is best known as a rapper and hip-hop recording artist. Besides her role in music, Cleo Ice Queen is prominent as a presenter on radio and television. She has endorsement deals with renowned brands such as Proflight.
Cleo Ice Queen is a sparkling artiste who has bagged a number of awards. The most notable of these awards are 2017 Best Female in the Kwacha Music Awards (organized by SunFm) and AFRIMMA Best Female in Southern Africa –an award she claimed in 2013 and 2015.
Jordan Katembula, who goes by the stage name JK, is one of the renowned artists born in the Zambian capital city –Lusaka. He is prominent in his blend of skills as a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Significantly, he has remained a vibrant artiste since 1997 and this distinguishes him as one of the oldest Zambian musicians.
JK has taken his music ambit to the international arena with brilliant shows in South Africa and London. Jordan Katembula appeared in the list of nominees for the 2002 Kora Awards. Also in the same year (2002), he bagged a Ngoma award.
Going by the birth name Bwalya Sophie Chibesakunda, BombShell was born in 1987. She is one of the best female characters in Zambia’s music industry. While growing up, BombShell lived in several parts of Zambia.
Only at a tender age, BombShell had already been motivated to take on rap music. Meanwhile, the Zambian star received this motivation from her uncles. While her uncles rapped, BombShell would listen to them and through this, she learned how to recite rap lyrics. At the age of 11, BombShell was already a rapper because she had gathered required skills.
Classic, who goes by the birth name Gregory Gondwe, is a Zambian artiste best known for his rapping skills. He was born and bred in the Zambian capital city –Lusaka. He has been in Zambia’s music industry for years and his music career began at the time he was in the Zambian city of Kabwe.
In 2007, he came up with his first single and this boosted his presence in Zambia’s music arena. About three years later, he collaborated with T Boy in churning out another single. Besides his role as a rapper, Classic is a learned person with a bachelor degree in Environmental Education –the degree he obtained from the University of Zambia.
10. Eddie Black
Eddie Black, who goes by the birth name Nathaniel Edward Bangira Nchemba, is one of the hottest Zambian rappers. He was born in the Zambian town of Itezhi-tezhi. Eddie Black was brought up by his mother in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. Due to the death of his mother, Eddie Black was further raised by his beloved grandparents. Apparently, Eddie Black rose into stardom in 2011 and this was the year he came up with “What’s the Name of the Game’’ –his first single.
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