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These are the top 5 richest rappers in SA

By  | Feb 21, 2022, 02:01 PM  | AKA  | Top of The

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Hip hop remains one of the most underestimated careers in the world, even though many global millionaires started out this way. Perhaps it is because there is no way to have a glamorous start in the industry – it is clumsy and many people would take you for a joke.

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But those who stick it out through the tough times usually emerge victorious, which we have seen with many success stories right here in Mzansi. 

Here is a list of the top five richest rappers in SA. 


AKA is a very successful rapper. His career boasts many highlights, including collaborations with international superstars. He undoubtedly sits at the top of SA hiphop, and his career is only getting better.

He recently shared that he has a new album baking, and it goes without saying that his fans are elated about it. His talent has raked in the millions, and just in case you were doubting his wealth, he recently got diamond-encrusted grills. That certainly got our attention!

As of the end of 2021, his net worth was estimated at about $10 Million dollars, although some sources provide figures as low as $6 Million, and others say as high as $12 Million.

Net worth: R90 Million - R181 Million

Read more: AKA Biography

Nasty C 

Ever since Nasty C's career went international, he has been all the way up. At only 25 years of age, he has managed to amass an impressive amount of wealth.

He is said to charge about $20,000 for a single show, and seeing as he is a great international talent, he stays booked and busy. He has also won the Best Freshman Award, and has been an official brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz for about four years now. And you know such luxury brands only go for the best.

As of 2021, his net worth was estimated at about $3.5 Million.

Net Worth: R52 Million

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Cassper Nyovest

Coming in third, we have AKA’s biggest competitor and rival, Cassper Nyovest, aka Mufasa. Cass is talented, and there is no denying it. But the voracious energy with which he goes after the bag is the reason most of us look up to him.

Other than being one of the country’s best rappers, he is also a determined entrepreneur. He has his own brand of alcohol, Billiato (A Taste of Wealth), and also has a line of sneakers, Root of Fame 99, under DRIP SA.

He recently bought one of the most luxurious cars in the world, the McLaren GT, so you can tell he is deep in his bag, and we love to see the black child winning.

As of 2021, his net worth was estimated at about $800,000, but he is said to put the figure at about $3 Million. The exact true figure is hard to determine.

Net Worth: R12 Million - R45 Million

Read more: Cassper Nyovest Biography

Da L.E.S

It would be easy to underestimate Da L.E.S. He is hardly ever caught up in drama or celebrity beef, and he doesn’t flaunt his money half as much as some other rappers on this list do. But you would be wrong, as he is definitely one of Mzansi’s richest rappers too.

When Covid-19 lockdown restrictions negatively impacted musicians and other artists who perform before audiences for a living, Da L.E.S turned to YouTube, and became a vlogger. Certainly an interesting and unconventional hustle for a rapper to turn to, but whatever gets the money, right?

Some sources say that his net worth is $500,000, while others put the figure at about $2 Million.

Net worth: R7 Million - R30 Million

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Khuli Chana 

Aside from being an award winning rapper, Khuli Chana has also established his own small empire, which he consistently continues to grow with dedication. He owns the record label, My Throne Records, where his goal is to attract new talent and give them a chance to make it in the music industry.

Being the hardworking man that he is, it is only right that he has an equally hardworking wife. Dj Lamiez Holworthy has the most impressive work ethic of anyone in Mzansi, and we cannot wait to see the empire that this lovely couple builds together.

His net worth is estimated to be between $1 Million and $2 Million.

Net Worth: R15 Million - R30 Million

Read also: Khuli Chana Biography

We love to see those who choose the paths less travelled; those who pursue their dreams rather than settling for a 9 to 5 job they couldn’t care less about. Today, we take our motivation from these trailblazers who continue to inspire us everyday. May their stars burn even brighter.

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