It's that time of the year again. No, not 'ke Dezemba boss,' 'iBig Days' or as we darkies like to call it 'iFestive,' we mean that time of the year when people compile lists of things that happened throughout the year.
True to his nature as a rapper and authority in the game, Tumi 'Stogie T' Molekane, took the time out to give props to some of South Africa's rap talent who murked verses this year.
Rouge came in at number 10 on the list and as the only female on it, we're disappointed that she didn't rank higher, but given Molekane's explanation in the caption, we totally get where he's coming from.
10. Rouge - Now Or Never Lefemme Remix It's hard to not take notice of Rouge when she spits. She is a technically gifted spitter and has mad flow to boot. It's in the content where her limits are exposed. Here she shows clearly that she is many levels above the female mcis in S.A as a matter of fact she would have stood out amongst alot of the male mcis on the initial remix. #VOTY2016
OkMalumkoolkat is number 9 for his verse on Don Dada
Ginger Trill's verse on David Genaro earned him the number 8 spot.
8. Ginger Trill - David Genero The only mc on this list who seems to take special care with the pen. I can almost imagine Trill reading the lyrics back to himself like "that shit crazy". They really don't make 'em like Trill no more. Wish there was more room in the game for the likes of him. He might have a battle in ahead of him in making people care about his story, but thankfully his pen game is not in need of such a panacea. #VOTY2016
AKA (whom Molekane calls "one of SA's better pens), comes in at number 7 for his second verse on Dreamwork. We wonder if he'll take this spot or tell Tumi to 'voetsek' too....?
Reezus comes in at number 6.
N'veigh's Denneboom verse got him the number 5 spot.
5. N'veigh - Denneboom For the last couple of years N'veigh has been trying to carve a space for himself in the much changed hip hop landscape with party songs and radio friendly efforts. Here he abandons the mainstream play and just spits. Shows why it's good to still have a pen in this overly saturated market. Good solid entedre stacked verse. #VOTY2016
Reason's Yipikayay is a jam of note, but it's surprising that the hottest verse on the song (according to Molekane) was Khuli Chana's
4. Khuli Chana - Yipikayay And then he just raps. On a song where AKA Dominates the flow with his signature cadence that even Reason borrowed on here. Khuli sticks to his meandering ever malleable untraceable moswako flow. Where most moswako rappers have always had a solid grasp of flow and rhythm Khuli is easily the most mesmeric with it. Magical to listen to. #VOTY2016
Cassper comes in at number 3 for his verse on 'Ngud but this is one we strongly disagree with. Has Tumi not heard Cassper on Gemini Major's 'Ragga Ragga'?
3. Cassper Nyovest - Ngud When most people think of best verse they usually think quick fire flow and super layered verses, indeed when done right that could be the case. With that said my third pick might seem anomalous. I've always said Cassper is almost unfuckwitable on his vernac shit. Undoubtedly most would mention his verse on Nadia Nakai's The Man or Same Chair As Kanye but it takes some dexterity to make the most famous verse of 2016. #VOTY2016
Young homie, Nasty C is at number 2 for his verse on the Juice Back remix.
Aaaaand the number one spot goes to.... Idols presenter and rap veteran, ProVerb.
1. Proverb - NowOrNeverRemix* Very few can do what he did here. This is one of his finest moments on wax. Everything Proverb does and is about lives on this verse. He is a crafty dude who writes clever witty interconnected phrases with enough of a moral slant to even deem him socially conscious. This song had a slew of mcis write to it, few owned it like my number one pick for Verse Of The Year. Damn near perfect verse. #VOTY2016
He prefaced the countdown by giving honourable mentions to young talent such as Buks (from rap duo Betr Gang), YoungstaCPT (who Molekane is a vocal fan of), K.O on Don Dada, Cassper Nyovest's Sway in the Morning freestyle (which is what we think Molekane mans when he calls it 'Same Chair as Kanye'), Shane Eagle and Big Star Johnston.
Honorable Mentions Buks - Stripes Probably the best producer rapping in South Africa. As one half of the outfit BETR gang Buks can hold his own against the dope Solo. On Stripes though he seems a seasoned practitioner and his glow is mistakenly bright. YoungstaCPT - NowOrNeverRemix Hard to argue against what he does on this verse, his delivery is pure fuego and one has to salute his insistence on carving out his own lane in with this style but it's a case of more of the same from the undisputed King Of Cape Town. K.O - Don Dada verse 2 Mrcashtime has mastered this much loved s'kanda style of his but as genius as his invention was you get the sense he can do much more with it. Cassper Nyovest - Same Chair As Kanye Probably Cassper's best lyrical display to date. He showed us there is a real pen in him. He over achieved here but still a tad short of great. Shane Eagle - Cutting Corners Great emotional candor shown here. Shane Eagle has proven he is capable of rapping with beasts but it's in moments like these where he separates himself. Big Star Johnson - NowOrNeverRemix A rapper being a rapper. Over did it a little towards the end where one couldn't make out the words. But no discounting his quality.
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