The six greatest South African diss songs

Beef is not JUST a hip-hop thing. These South African beefs birthed some really great songs. 

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:45 PM  | Drama

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TKZee Brotherhood

When it comes to beef, you can rest assured South African artists can BRING it. Here are some of the better songs/verses that have come out from our artists hating on each other.

1. TKZee -  Masimbela 

Aimed at: Mdu

There's always going to be bad blood between people during 'breaku ups'. This was the case when Magesh was kicked out of Mashamplani. It all started with Mdu's then group Mashamplani taking a dig at Tokollo who, in-turn, rallied up Kabelo and Zwai to drop this scorcher with a hook taken from a traditional sotho track. 


2. Cassper Nyovest Ft. Riky Rick - Le Mpitse

Aimed at: Tumi (well, Riky's verse)

It seems like a distant lifetime ago but there was a time when Riky was signed to Motif. A great time for the label if you think about it considering that Reason was also part of the stable. Things turned sour very quickly though with Riky parted ways with the Motif because of creative differences. Right. Anyway, this fire verse came from that. 

3. AKA - Composure

Aimed at: Cassper Nyovest

This one is pretty straight forward though. This song was a sleeper which eventually got its due. Its release was well timed but it concentrated on one person in particular. Refiloe. The crazy thing is that the song became an absolute club-banger and people went crazy every time AKA performs it live.


4. Brenda Fassie - Ama-gents 

Aimed at: Senyaka

You can't be the Queen and then expect people to not take shots at ya! And Senyaka sure did. This is probably South Africa's widest generated diss track mainly because every song the Queen of Pop did kinda became a national anthem. 

Brenda Fassie

5. Riky Rick Ft. A-Reece - Pick You Up

Aimed at: Ambitiouz Entertainment

When Fifi Cooper, Benchmarq and A-Reece left Ambitiouz Entertainment it raised a lot of brows. People started questioning whether the artists could survive post-Ambitiouz and their money fueled promos and music videos. One artist proved that he could: A-Reece. He's maintained a consistent in the sight of all the hate from his former label (who we're guessing urged their new artist Kid Tini to do this). 

Riky Rick and A-Reece

6. Mzekezeke - Ub'dadada aimed at Sbu

Considered to be one of the best kwaito diss tracks in the history of the genre, masked musician, Mzekezeke, went off on kwaito star, Sbu, when he released the diss track Ub'dadada.  The song was so brutal we hardly recall Sbu replying with his own diss song. Ub'dadada was probably the final nail in the coffin when it came to Sbu's kwaito career.

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