South Africa has a most diverse range of languages that musicians can perform in if the can master them but it seems that most rap artists manage well enough with English. While South African rappers mostly do their thing in vernac, some are quite successful in English.
Rappers have to be gifted in expressing themselves to become successful and choosing a language is part of that expression.
In South Africa, it can be hard to decide on a language. Spitting bars in vernac is often the path chosen by artists. Cassper, K.O and Kwesta have made it quite popular.
But there are rappers who made a name for themselves by going with English. They proved that it's possible to express themselves in a country with such diverse languages by using focusing on just one.
Briefly took a look at some of these artists and made a short list of some of the most popular ones.
AKA knows the importance of a vernac album but for now, he's killing with English rhymes.
Nasty C has always felt more comfortable doing his thing in English and his fans don't mind.
Shaneazy is expressing himself the best way he knows how and it's giving fans just what they want.
Stogie has actually rapped in vernacular but he mostly sticks to English - which works for him.
Riggy has admitted to being more comfortable expressing himself in English and if it works for him and his fans, who's going to complain?
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