Hip-hop artist AKA has tweeted he will not be opening for international acts again because of poor treatment and minimal exposure.
It was the year not just of great music, but also of hip-hop shaping the debates around popular culture.
Maftown Heights has returned to Newtown, Johannesburg, and will be featuring some of the hottest SA hip-hop acts around.
Lebogang Naves, popularly known as DJ Naves, is one of South Africa’s most talented and popular hip-hop DJs.
The much anticipated video of AKA's latest single 'Kontrol' debuted on MTV Base Africa this past weekend.
A song about racial perception has drawn the ire of both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release.
He is the former pimp married to his childhood sweetheart; the shrewd businessman who smokes 30 joints a day.
Many are not convinced by the boom in SA hip-hop, saying it's become too commercial. But SA rapper Reason explains it's a just reflection of society.
SA's hip-hop and kwaito stars, including a hologram of the late Brenda Fassie, celebrated the country's musical history at the Hansa Festival of Legends.
The inaugural Hansa Festival of Legends featured the usual highs, lows, hits and misses - but everyone was there to see Brenda Fassie's hologram.
The rapper behind 'Blackz Are Fools' won't apologise for the title, throws around Malema metaphors and says Indians and Jews will rip outsiders off.
Death Grips' new album grabbed the attention of columns and headlines when it chose to leak it to their fans after a dispute with their record label.
African hip-hop rappers seem to be the setting standard of how the music should be made internationally.
Underground hip-hop artist Ben Sharpa, BlackNoise legend Emile, and ProVerb ask whether hip-hop is still relevant and whether it still talks to social issues.
El-P has moved towards the mainstream, or at least a wider audience. Thankfully, he has pulled it off without sacrificing urgency and proficiency.
Lloyd Gedye discovers three new hip-hop albums that have more to talk about than guns, money, bitches and bling.
Dubbed this year's Die Antwoord, Spoek Mathambo's sound is uncategorically South African.
In Nigeria, every other youngster wants to be a rap or hip-hop star. And for those who make it these days the rewards can be greater than ever.
Gil Scott-Heron was a poet, jazz musician and rap pioneer who used mordant lyrics to express his views on politics and culture.
A refreshing change from many recording artists who figure fame places them not merely in another world, but in another time zone too.