This year in particular has seen records sales that are going to be referred to in the future as evidence that this genre has come of age. Ifani, Riky Rick, AKA and K.O all went gold this year. Adding to this fantastic win for hip hop is also Cassper Nyovest going platinum with Tsholofelo, his debut album.
Ifaniâ€™s I Believes In Me: 2nd Quadrant
Ifani made headlines earlier this year when his 13-song album managed to sell 20 000 copies in just a day. A lot of shade was thrown about the legitimacy of the sales figures but after various interviews and interventions by his record label, the matter was laid to rest.
AKA second album Levels also went gold this year. He added that Mr. Forbes touch by doing something special with the album and releasing a limited edition vinyl version of it.
KOâ€™s Skhanda Republic
K.O not only brought us a collabo which broke YouTube viewing records, it also went on to win the major record of the year â€“ an award which has previously been taken by genres such as kwaito and house.Soon after that, his Skhanda Republic album went gold.
God over everything!!! Thank u for changing our lives, South Africa!!! Your votes added another chapter to the monumental success of #Caracara, first rap song to win Record of the Yr at the SAMAs!!! Thank u for all your prayers and well-wishes! Special s/o to my team @cashtimelife for the tremendous support behind all this, @thabiso my manager/business partner/Big brother, Lunatik Beats, @maezeedoesit, @sarahlanga, @akaworldwide, the multi SAMA-winning @kidxsa, @moozlie @maggz100 @cashtime_siya @djvigilantesa @kash_sa, @2freshles, SonyMusic CashtimeLife/Gallo Publishing, all radio TV stations, bloggers and Deejays and all our living fans world wide. Words can not describe how grateful we are! Dreams do come true!!! love and blessings #MrCashtime #DustGawd #KIzzo #MrSwaggaOfTheSeason #MPsNumber1Prophet #SkhandaKing #KO
Ricky Rick's Family Values
Boss Zonke recently joined the elite group of rappers who have been raking in gigs, corporate deals and now a golden status for his very personal debut album.
I never had dreams growing up. Although I always tried to seem in control of my life, the truth is my self confidence was low. Through the years I had learnt to mask my emotions but eventually I couldn't continue living my life as somebody else. By the grace of god I was sent angels. They saw my pain and helped me love myself again. They saved my life and added joy to my existence. They gave me a family. They gave me children. They gave me a reason to live. This album was only possible through those angels: Only possible through the people we have met along the way. Thank you for being my angels. Thank you for believing in second chances. Thank you for spreading love. #FamilyValues
Cassper Nyovest's Tsholelo
Cassper's debut album went platinum earlier this year and boy did he let errbady know. He even made a special edition version of the album cover to celebrate the milestone.