For a long time, rappers in South Africa have not received the attention they deserve. They’ve been dismissed as lyrically underwhelming and masters of diss tracks. However, this mentality is slowly changing as South African rap music takes root in the country’s entertainment industry. As a result, more music enthusiasts appreciate rap music. This trend change is evident in the consumption of rap music and rapper earnings in SA. And with money comes an extravagant lifestyle.
Rappers in SA are not any different. They use the money earned from music to solidify their position in the industry through public displays of flashy lifestyles. But does the show of extravagance equate to real wealth? Sometimes rappers grossly overestimate or lie about their true wealth, resulting in never-ending battles among fans about who is richest in South Africa.
Here is a list of the richest rappers in South Africa, how they accumulated their money, and how they are retaining it.
Die Antwood Net Worth $16 Million
Die Antwood is a rap duo in South Africa consisting of female and male members. These two have been active together since 2008 and are considered to be the richest rappers in the country. Their incredible sound is inspired by Yolandi’s high-pitched lyrics and Ninja’s swagger.
Some of their well-known albums include Ten$ion (released in 2012), $0$ (released in 2009), 27 (released in 2019), Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid (released in 2016), and Donker Mag (released in 2014). This duo has featured and collaborated with several South African artists and other international musicians.
In 2013, Die Antwood made it into Forbes’s list of highest-paid rappers thanks to their “Fok Julle Naaiers” hit single, which featured in the soundtrack of “Chappie.”The duo’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last few years, making them one of South Africa’s biggest rappers.
Die Antwood has earned an estimated $11 million from their songs, with the rap duo valued at $5 million.
AKA Net Worth $12 Million
In number two, we have AKA, also known as Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. AKA is a successful entrepreneur and rapper who, despite rapping throughout his adolescent years, only started producing his rap music professionally in 2011. He has so far released four studio albums; Touch My Blood in 2018, Be Careful What You Wish For in 2017, Levels in 2014, and Alter Ego in 2011.
In August 2019, he released a press statement that he was working on his 5th album, which he stated would be the peak of his career. According to him, the album will avail 1 billion features from the hyped South African Hip Hop artist.
AKA has won several accolades for his music, including:
- Triple No Show Award in 2020
- Pan African Artist of the Year in 2019 during Namibia Annual Music Awards
- Favorite South African star in the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2019
- Best Collaboration in the Metro African Music Awards in 2014
- Best South African Male artist in 2014
- Best Collaboration MTV Africa in 2014
- Best Male Artist in the South African Music Awards in 2012
AKA’s net worth is valued to be $12 million
Casper Nyovest Net Worth $8 Million
Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Casper Nyovest is considered the third richest rapper in South Africa, with a net worth of $8 million. Casper is popular in South Africa and across English-speaking African countries. He first soared to fame in 2014 with the release of Tsholofelo, his first album. After that, he added Fill Up the Dome Concert to his list of achievements in 2015 and has never looked back. He has since received numerous accolades both outside and within South Africa including; Best Hip Hop album in the Metro FM Awards in 2015, Gifted South African Artist in the Channel O Music Video Awards in 2015, among several others.
Casper has accumulated an estimate of $3 million through producing, brand promotion, and rapping. Apart from his studio recording royalties, he has also managed to build a fortune from the numerous awards that he has received over the years.
Nasty C Net Worth $2 Million to $7 Million
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, better known as Nasty C, is the fourth on our list. Nasty C has proven to be a force to reckon with in the South African music industry, carving out a place for himself in the competitive rap industry. He rose to fame when he released Single Way It Go, a single featuring Tumi and Youngsta. He has so far released three studio albums; Zulu Zulu Man with Some Power in 2020, Strings and Blings in 2018, and Bad Hair in 2016. Besides his studio albums, Nasty C has received multiple accolades due to his remarkable music prowess. These awards include:
- Best Hip Hop Album award in the 2017 Metro FM Music Awards
- Song of the Year Award
- Best Male Album Award
- Best New Artist
- Best Freshman award in the 2015 South African Hip Hop awards
Khuli Chana Net Worth $1 Million
Khulane Morule aka Khuli Chana is among the top 5 richest rappers in South Africa. He was formerly a member of the Morafe band before going solo. He raps in multiple languages and aspires to be the richest rapper in South Africa soon. Khuli Chana has released three albums: Planet of the Have Nots in 2019, Planet of the Have Nots in 2012, and Motswakoriginator in 2008.
His net worth doesn’t have a clear definition, but it is estimated to be between $100k and $1mill.
It is vital to note that the richest rapper in South Africa is subject to change. With the ever-growing music industry, more and more new rappers are coming into the limelight and gaining more wealth. Emtee is one such rapper establishing a name for himself as a rap artist. However, until one of the entrants makes their way into riches, the artists listed here top the list of richest rappers in South Africa.