The Rise of Vernacular Hip Hop | South Africa
26 June 2012
When it comes to SA hip hop there's always rivalry or rather a secret war between vernacular and english emcees, it's often about the one being seen as real SA hip hop and the other as a plagiarism of US hip hop and therefore as fake. Fortunately we're not going to entertain that, at least not today.
We would like to celebrate the rise of vernac to the top of SA hip hop music. One can't really argue with that, here are a couple of names just in case you're not sure about what we're talking about: HHP, Pro Kid, Tuks, Driemanskap, Zakwe, Zulu Boy, Khuli Chana just to mention a few.
One can safely say they are running the show from Jozi and Durban to Cape town. All these emcees spit and flip it beautifully in their mother tongues. Say what you want , the truth is the hood is feeling them and they're moving units too.
We are not saying every emcee in SA should spit in vernacular in order to sell or to be dope, however, there's
definitely a plus to it since the majority in the country has English as a 2nd language, so yes it does help in a way as the people feel connected through the language, the emcee is not seen as a snob which is usually the case, the artist is quickly adopted by the wider audience and becomes part of the family.
Props have to be given to HHP for making Motswako music fashionable, Pro Kid for always keeping it kasi, Cape Town cats like Rattex, Kanyi and Driemanskap and also Zakwe for representing Durban to the fullest as well as all the emcees all over
SA doing their thing in vernacular. The future looks bright!
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