Hip-hop is, without a doubt, one of the best paying music genres in the world. Some of the best international rappers, including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Eminem, rank among the richest musicians globally.
Our South African rappers have not been left behind as they are also making millions from spitting verses and are dominating the space of the top-earning musicians. Take a look at the top 5 richest rappers in South Africa.
With a net worth of around $12 million, AKA tops the list of the richest rappers in South Africa.
AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, started rapping from a young age. While his teenage peers were struggling to understand the basics of poetry, AKA was already spitting verses.
His journey to success officially began in 2009 when he released his first singles Do it, Problems, and In My Walk. He kept his name growing with the release of his debut album in 2011, and there has been no stopping for him since then.
He has produced some of the greatest hits, collaborated with some of the biggest names in Africa, performed on international platforms, and made millions from his talent.
Besides earning big from his music, AKA has also made millions from his endorsement deals with companies like Reebok and Cruz Vodka. He also owns his own media company called Beam Group, which he founded in 2017.
As one of the richest rappers in South Africa, AKA knows how to live the part. He only flies private, only drives expensive machines and lives in a giant mansion.
Refiloe Maele Phoolo, also known as Cassper Nyovest, is one of the most accomplished rappers in South Africa.
Cassper, who dropped out of school and only started his career less than ten years ago, is a living testament that hard work and talent pay off.
Besides being a talented musician, Cassper is also a smart businessman. He owns several successful ventures like his record label Family Tree Records, a line of sneakers, as well as a company of luxury alcohol called Billiato.
As one of the most influential people on social media, Cassper is highly sought after by multinational brands including Coca-Cola, Samsung, and M.T.N.
All these hustles bring Cassper Nyovest’s net worth to around $8 million, making him amongst the richest rappers in South Africa.
Nasty C is a young fresh talent who is making a killing from his talent. At only 25 years old, he is already a millionaire.
Thanks to his prowess in writing and spitting verses, Nasty C has made a name for himself internationally. And as one of the best rappers in Africa, he has collaborated with some international superstars, including French Montana and T.I.
Nasty C, who charges about $20,000 per show and is a brand ambassador for Puma and AXE, is estimated to have a net worth of about $2 million, making him one of the richest rappers in South Africa.
Da L.E.S is one of the few rappers in South Africa who prefer to keep a low profile, but just because he prefers to keep his affairs private doesn’t mean that he is a name to mess with.
The rapper, who has been in the game since 2008, is one of the best rappers in South Africa and also one of the richest.
Although he doesn’t flaunt his money as much as other rappers do, it is estimated that his net worth is about $2 million.
Khulane Morule, better known by his stage name, Khuli Chana, is an award-winning rapper from South Africa who loves to fuse Setswana and English in his songs.
The talented artist has shared a stage with American rapper Drake and has won several awards to prove just how talented he is.
His music, as well as his endorsement deals for brands like Absolut vodka, has brought Khulu Chana immense wealth. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated at $2 million, earning him a spot as one of the richest rappers in South Africa.
Other South African rappers who are minting millions include K.O, Kwesta, and Jack Parrow.