This year we have seen the celebration of 20 years of freedom going around. It haunts us again this year as the nomination for the South African Hip Hop awards have been announce.

The revolution of hip hop in South Africa  in the last 10 years is visible to ones eye as “dogs” no can sell gold. When i was in high school i was seen as the weird kid  around my hood and people wondered why i had a twang, need i say my friends were the first ones to judge. Still i enjoyed my hip hop. I mean HHP, Skwata kamp, H2O were ranking the chats and had something fresh and i enjoyed that. It brings me joy to write this because hip hop is a culture that is seen lived every day of our lives.You can not say you want to join in to the noise that is your K.O, BOYZEN BUKS, khuli chana, A.K.A  and all the gangs pushing the envelope.

Radio stations and T.V during my time was playing a lot of over seas music and it gives me joy to know that now 80% of music needs to be South African, which means that we are feed our own. To what was pushed during the late 80’s is becoming a reality to a lot of amaqabane and one needs to humbled and be pleased that the noise is re -lived yet again. The growth of back to the city resembles the growth of hip hop in South Africa. Groups like vintage cru pushing the stereo types and advocating the diversity in our country with dance and showing that one needs to be free in a culture that seemed to degrade homosexuality makes go to sleep with a smile on my face.

this is just my description to what i see in industry. Then again they are some major issues we are facing in this country and we as the youth have to find ways to keep the noise going. We are young and all we have is each other. Let us keep the BLACK NOISE going. with out boring you here are this years nominations for South African Hip Hop awards. Remember we celebrating 20 years of freedom so be free to vote for who you think deserves the pyramid award.


Contenders are judged on performances and achievements made

between 15th September 2013 and 15th September 2014.

The nominations are as follows:

Album of the Year

  • Kwesta – Dakar
  • Duncan- Street Government
  • AKA- Levels
  • Da L.E.S – Mandela Money
  • Cassper Nyovest- Tsholofelo

Producer of the Year

  • AKA
  • Kay Masta
  • Tweezy
  • Ganja Beats
  • Psyfo

Hustler of the Year

  • Ifani
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Monde Dube
  • DJ Naves

Best International Brand

  • Sprite
  • Miller
  • Castle Lite
  • Red Bull
  • Hunter’s Extreme

Best Local Brand

  • Butan
  • Head Honcho
  • Bambata

Song of the Year

  • Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
  • Da L.E.S – Fire
  • AKA – Congratulate
  • Riky Rick ft. DJ Dimplez, Kid X, Kwesta, Maggz, Ginger

Breadman, Nadia Nakai and Okmalumkoolkat –

Amantombazane Remix

  • Duncan – Tsiki Tsiki
  • AKA ft. K.O – Run Jozi
  • DJ Dimplez ft. Dreamteam and Anatii – Yaya

Best Dance Crew

  • Supreme I Crew
  • Freeze Frame
  • Ace Crew
  • Vintage
  • Creed Crew

Honorary Award

  • Emile YX

Best Collaboration

  • Riky Rick ft. DJ Dimplez, Kid X, Kwesta, Maggz, Ginger

Breadman, Nadia Nakai and Okmalumkoolkat –

Amantombazane Remix

  • Khuli Chana ft. Da L.E.S & Magesh – Hape Le Hape Pt 2.1
  • L-Tido ft. Ice Prince – Fresh and Clean
  • DJ Capital ft. Kid X and Psyfo – Imma Tell Her
  • AKA ft. K.O – Run Jozi
  • Major League DJz ft. Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest and Siya

Shezi – The Bizness

  • Psyfo ft. Ifani – Umtu Wam’
  • DJ Dimplez ft. Dreamteam and Anatii – Yaya

DJ of the Year

  • DJ Speedsta
  • DJ Naves
  • DJ Dimplez
  • DJ Switch
  • Major League DJz
  • DJ Capital

Best Newcomer (Freshman)

  • Yugen Blakrok
  • Duncan
  • Blayze
  • Maraza
  • Solo

Mixtape of the Year

  • DJ Switch – The Switch Up
  • Lwansta – Normal
  • Fratpack – Famlove
  • Gigi Lamayne – Colour of Reign
  • E-Jay – The Best of E-Jay

Most Valuable Artist

  • AKA
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • DJ Dimplez
  • Reason
  • Khuli Chana

Video of the Year

  • AKA – Congratulate
  • Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
  • L-Tido ft. Ice Prince – Fresh and Clean
  • Kwesta – Keep Walking
  • Riky Rick – Nafukwa
  • Khuli Chana ft Hash One, Kt and Towdee Mac – Wannabeez

Best Graffiti Artist

  • Mars
  • Sure
  • Riot
  • Link1
  • Bias

Best Male

  • AKA
  • Da L.E.S
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Kwesta
  • Duncan

Best Female

  • Yugen Blakrok
  • Gigi Lamayne
  • Missy RBK
  • MegMafia
  • Chazz Le Hippie

Lyricist of the Year

  • Duncan
  • Mo’Molemi
  • Yugen Blakrok
  • Kwesta
  • Solo
  • AKA

Promoter of the Year

  • Head Honcho
  • Maftown Heights
  • Authentic Sundays
  • HomeComing Picnic
  • Good Sundae
  • Pop Bottles
  • WeHeartBeat
  • Scrambles 4 Money
  • 4Play Fest

Best Hip Hop Radio Show

  • The Mixtape – Alex FM
  • The Stir Up – 5FM
  • Rap Activity Jam – Metro FM
  • iNamba Namba – Ukhozi FM
  • The Ready D Show – Good Hope FM
  • Hip Hop Music Sessions – Gagasi FM
  • 16 Bars Reloaded – UJFM

Milestone Award

  • Khuli Chana

Best Digital Sales

  • Da L.E.S – Dice
  • AKA ft. K.O – Run Jozi
  • Duncan – Tsiki Tsiki
  • Riky Rick ft. DJ Dimplez, Kid X, Kwesta, Maggz, Ginger

Breadman, Nadia Nakai and Okmalumkoolkat –

Amantombazane Remix

  • DJ Dimplez ft. Dreamteam and Anatii – Yaya
  • Zakwe – Usenzani
  • AKA – Levels
  • Duncan – Street Government
  • Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
  • Da L.E.S – Mandela Money
  • Kwesta – Dakar

King of Gauteng

  • DJ Dimplez
  • Authentic Sundays
  • Refiloe Ramogase
  • KGB

King of Mpumalanga

  • Mfundo Nyambi
  • Ecks Exodus Nkosingiphile
  • Thabs The Acid

King of Western Cape

  • Rattex
  • Rozzano Davids
  • Uno July

King of Northern Cape

  • Vuyo “DJ Speedy” Tongela
  • Kgomotso Modiragale
  • Lebogang “The Verdict” Magagane

King of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Lindo “Prow-jekt” Thwala
  • Brian Khoza
  • Bon Hussla

King of Eastern Cape

  • Yahkeem Ben Israel
  • Buck Matyila
  • Tsviel The Prince

King of Free State

  • Uncle Spank
  • Professor Dalton
  • Thabo Tsasane

King of Limpopo

  • DJ Chocos
  • Nema Wama- Hunguni
  • Culprit

King of North West

  • DJ Lemonka
  • Godfrey “Soxmatics” Seribe
  • Ofentse Tapile


Starts: 14th November

Ends: 7th December

Voting is based 100% on judge’s scores for the following categories: Album of the Year, Best Dance Crew, Best DJ, Best Freshman, Best Graffiti Artist, Best International Brand, Best Local Brand, Hustler of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, Mixtape of the Year, Most Valuable, Producer of the year, Promoter of the Year and all the King of “…”

Voting is based on the judges’ scores and public votes (60% judges and 40% public) for the Top 5 categories:Best Collaboration, Best Female, Best Male,Video of the Year and Song of the Year.

Voting is based on 100% on public votes for the following category: Best Hip Hop Radio Show.

Public Voting Methods

Public votes are only open to the Top 6 categories: Best Collaboration, Best Female, Best Male, Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop Radio Show and Song of the Year.

There are two methods for the public to register their votes:

  1. Text – public can text their votes as many times as possible,

please view table for codes:

BEST MALE BM 33110 SMS “sahhas+bm+NOMINEE” to 33110
BEST FEMALE BF 33110 SMS “sahhas+bf+NOMINEE” to 33110
BEST VIDEO BV 33110 SMS “sahhas+bv+NOMINEE” to 33110
SONG OF THE YEAR SY 33110 SMS “sahhas+sy+NOMINEE” to 33110
BEST COLLABO BC 33110 SMS “sahhas+bc+NOMINEE” to 33110
BEST RADIO SHOW BR 33110 SMS “sahhas+br+NOMINEE” to 33110

SMS costs R1.50 (free SMS’s do not apply)

  1. Online – public can register at One vote

per IP address.

Online and text voting will be open from 24h00, 14th November 2014 and close 13h00, 7th December 2014.

Judges’ Scores

Preliminary judges come from a pool of local music industry

professionals, including musicians, songwriters, producers, recording

engineers, music publishers, booking agents, program and music

directors, talent coordinators and music marketing professionals. Final

judging is done by music industry professionals who are not related or

connected to the nominees or their record labels. Judging criteria for

each criteria is available via


Damage: R200pp | R180 (Block Booking 10+)

Ticket outlet: Computicket | (South African Hip

Hop Awards)


22nd November and 29th November| 111 Ritual Media Group, Cnr Bree

& Henry Nxumalo, Newtown| Free entry| 13h00-16h00


All media enquiries are to be sent cc

Hip Hop


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