Top 10 Richest Rappers In South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the greatest talents in the African rap game Some of the biggest names such as AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C hail from South Africa. This article features the Top 10 Richest Rappers In South Africa. Apart from the music, the rappers lead lavish lifestyles and enjoy massive fame. Let’s delve into our topic.

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Richest Rappers In South Africa
  • Khuli Chana
  • Die Antwoord
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Nasty C
  • K.O
  • J.R
  • Da L.E.S
  • Jack Parow
  • Kwesta
  • AKA

Khuli Chana

He was born in Mmabatho, North West Province. His real name is Khulane Morule and has been in the rap game for years. He has three studio albums; Motswakoriginator (2000), Lost in Time (2012) and The Have Nots (2019). One time, the rapper was a victim of a case of mistaken identity. The police mistook him for someone else and fired several shots at his car. The rapper was lucky to get away and received a compensation of R25 million. He was once a member of the group Morafe before going solo. He is versatile and raps in various languages. He aims to be South Africa’s Richest rapper someday. His net worth is unconfirmed, but it ranges between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord is a hip hop duo that consists of the male artist ninja and female artist Yolandi Visser. The duo has been in action since 2008 and has enjoyed success due to their dynamic personalities and the duo’s musical abilities that enable them to release authentic songs. Die Antwoord’s music is mostly changing flows between Ninja’s raps and the high-pitched rhymes by Yolandi. The duo has several albums such as; $O$ (2009), Ten$ion (2012), Donker Mag (2014), Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid (2016) and 27 (2019). The duo’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million each for both Ninja and Viser. Die Antwoord made it to Forbes Africa’s richest rappers in 2018. The band has a cumulative net worth of $35 million.

Cassper Nyovest

Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, the rapper has ascended into stardom within the past decade. The 30-year-old ‘Ksazobalit’ rapper hails from Mahikeng, North West Province. His 2014 album, Tsholofelo, propelled him to fame, and he continues to rise through the ranks In 2013, he won four awards in the South Africa Hip Hop Awards. His albums include; Tsholofelo (2014), Refiloe (2015), Thuto (2017) and Sweet and Short (2018). He also has won several awards so far. Here are a few;

Top 10 Richest Rappers In South Africa
Cassper Nyovest-Top 10 richest rappers in SA
  • Best Collaboration (Kwesta ft Cassper)during the South Africa Music Awards (2017)
  • Best Hip Hop Album during the Metro FM Awards (2015)
  • Best Male Album during the Metro FM Awards (2015)
  • Best Hip Hop during the MTV Africa Music Awards (2015) 
  • Best Live Act during the MTV Africa Music Awards (2016)
  • Best Hip Hop Album during the Metro FM Awards (2015)
  • Song of the Year during the Metro FM Awards (2015)

Cassper has accumulated wealth from rapping, producing, winning awards and endorsements. His net worth is $3 million and is among South Africa’s richest rappers.

Nasty C

Nasty C is one of South Africa’s richest rappers. He was born David Junior Ngcobo in 1997. The hit song ‘Way it Go’ featuring Youngsta and Tumi, blew Nasty Cto fame. He has three studio albums so far. Bad hair(2016), Bling(2018) and Zulu Man With Some Power (2020). He has won the following awards so far;

  • Best Freshman in the South African Hip Hop Awards(2015)
  • Best New Artist, Best Male Album
  • Song of the Year and Best Hip Hop Album in the Metro FM Music Awards (2017)

The talented 24-year-old rapper has a net worth of $2million. He is a talented songwriter and a gifted producer.


He was born in Johannesburg as Ntokozo Mdluli. He was initially a member of the rap group Teargas before releasing the song Skhanda Republic which was a smash hit. He has risen through the ranks and amassed more wealth. He released his first studio album in 2014, followed by Shkhanda Republic 2.0 (2017) and “PTY UnLTD” (2019) under Sony Music Entertainment Africa. His song Cara Cara was the first-ever South African music video to gain over a million streams on Youtube. This earned him 5 nominations at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards in 2014. The rapper has a net worth of $900,000.


Born Tabure Thabo Bogopa Junior, JR is an award-winning South African rapper. He is also known for winning the R1 million in the Tropica Island and has been in the rap industry since 2007. The 34-year old rapper is signed to Feel Good Music. He is also a songwriter and just recently launched an app called Fyve, which offers the platform for musicians to release their songs for distribution via their mobile phones. His awards include;

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JR-Top 10 richest rappers in SA
  • Best Hip Hop album at the Metro FM Awards (2008)\
  • Best Hip Hop Record at the MTV Hype Awards (2008)
  • Best Rap Awards at the South African Music Awards (2009)
  • Discovery of the Year Award at the Sound City Awards in Nigeria (2010)

Da L.E.S

He was born Leslie Jonathan Mampe Jr. The 36-year-old rapper is signed to Fresh 2 Def Productions and has been active since 1993. He was born on July 26, 1985, in Washington D.C in the United States of America. Da L.E.S is a trendsetter as he is so stylish and has very good hits such as Foreign, Trust, We on Fire (Featuring Gemini Major) to name a few. He is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million and is among the richest rappers in South Africa.

Jack Parrow

Born Zander Tyler, Jack Parrow is a 39-year-old rapper signed to Parwphernia, Top Notch Music BV. He has been active since 2009 and is among the richest rappers in South Africa. In the earlier days of his career, he rapped in English, but he switched to rapping in Afrikaans. Some of his popular songs include Cooler as Ekke which has acquired over 5 million views on Youtube. He has a net worth of about $700,000.


Born Senzo brikka Vilakozi, Kwesta has been active SINCE 2002. He is one of the richest rappers in South Africa and one of the most promising as well. He was born in Katlehong, Gauteng and began writing poetry when he was in school. Kwesta is a songwriter and rapper. He has released 4 studio albums with several chart-dominating hit singles. His third album, DaKAR II, released in February 2016 was certified 7x Platinum after selling a record 210,000 copies. Kwesta has a net worth of over $2 million.


He was born in Cape Town as Kieran Jarryd Forbes. He is considered to be the richest rapper in South Africa. AKA has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry both from within South Africa and Internationally. AKA has won several awards such as;

  • Best Male Artist at the 18th South Africa Music Awards (2012)
  • Best Male Artist at the 21st South African Music Awards (2015)
  • Best hit single (2016)

He is signed to Vth Season and has a net worth of $12 million. This has been an article on some of South Africa’s richest rappers.

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