Adriaan Roets
2 minute read
21 Nov 2014
6:01 pm

Mixed reactions over SA’s Hottest MCs list

Adriaan Roets

K.O is South Africa’s 'hottest MC' according to a controversial Top 10 list by MTV Base.

A Screenshot from the music video of K.O's smash hit 'Caracara'. K.O was recently named SA's Hottest MC by MTV Base. Picture: YouTube

The Caracara hitmaker beat out fan favourites AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Khuli Chana to clinch the top spot.

The list was revealed during a broadcast of MTV Base Roundtable: SA’s Hottest MCs 2014 on Wednesday and Thursday.

The two-part count down was the culmination of a no-holds-barred discussion between industry experts who weighed in on hip-hop artists that made the biggest contribution to the genre and culture over the past year.

“The vote was very close and all of the top 10 are worthy representatives of SA’s burgeoning hip hop scene,” channel head Tim Horwood said.

The Top 10 is as follows:

1. K.O
2. Cassper Nyovest
3. AKA
4. Khuli Chana
5. Riky Rik

6. Reason 
7. Kid X 
8. Da L.E.S. 
9. Kwesta 
10. Maggz 

While many welcomed K.O’s placement, the list has received mixed reactions from industry insiders and fans.

Simone Harris, editor of Hype Magazine – which came under fire for its Top 50 MCs list in 2012 – said the list was an accurate reflection of the industry in 2014 and that it was good for the culture as it sparked debate.

“K.O is deserving of the top spot because of the work he’s put in…He’s championing a new identity for hip hop which is needed for the culture,” she said.

Simma however felt acts such as Jack Parrow and Die Antwoord were overlooked considering the impact they’ve had locally and internationally.

Rashid Kay, co-founder of the South African Hip-Hop Awards and editor of I Speak Hip-Hop magazine said he did not agree with the list and questioned the panel’s criteria for selecting the entries.

“Emceeing is an element of hip-hop!  Rhythm and poetry and lyricism are what make an MC, not fashion and twitter followers,” he said.

Meanwhile on Twitter, #SAHottestMCs has been trending since the show aired while the debate rages on among divided users.

Many would have liked to see MCs that didn’t nab the top spot move up, while others asked why some other well-known rappers were not included.

For another chance to see MTV Base Roundtable: SA’s Hottest MCs 2014, tune into MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on November 22 at 3pm and November 23 at 7pm.