Crossover rappers Faith Nketsi

Faith Nketsi Image via Twitter @FaiithNketsi

Crossover rappers Faith Nketsi, Boity and Nomuzi Mabena take the gap

From presenting to rapping, these media personalities have ditched their jobs for a career in hip-hop.

Crossover rappers Faith Nketsi

Faith Nketsi Image via Twitter @FaiithNketsi

Faith Nketsi

The public first became acquainted with Nketsi when she was apart of dance group Pro-Twerkers and news of her one-time romance with Nigerian muso Davido became public knowledge.

These days she has her own reality show on MTV Base, travels the world as a club host and is an Insta model for luxury brands. In addition, Nketsi is now a rapper, having released an EP in November.

For close to a week now, videos of Nketsi’s debut performances have been going viral on social media. Unfortunately, it isn’t because of the quality of the performance, but rather how crowds look bored and confused with some saying she should call it quits on her rap career.

A Twitter hashtag #raplikefaith mocking the model’s rap style and rhymes even trended for hours, but that doesn’t appear to have bothered Nketsi who is using her increasing fame to her advantage.

On the same day that #raplikefaith was trending, the reality star dropped the visuals to her Ishu track. With renowned DJ Maphorisa as her mentor, it just could be a matter of trial and error as Nketsi carves out her new music venture.

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When Boity began teasing her fans with images from her promotional photoshoot to market her new rap career at the beginning of 2018, we couldn’t wait to hear what she would sound like. The TV presenter and actress has always been upfront about her love for hip hop, even uploading videos of herself rapping along to her mentor Nasty C and Cassper Nyovest’s catchy tracks.

Having released two singles and features alongside award-winning stars, such as Yanga, it’s safe to say that Boity is the most successful crossover rapper. The 29-year-old also became the first female rapper to reach platinum status at 3.4 million streams for her track Wuzdat featuring Nasty C.

Nomuzi Mabena

In 2014, the former Vuzu TV presenter announced that she would be pursuing a career as a hip-hop star. Even though it took a while for us to actually see her transformation into a rap artist Mabena eventually released her first single, Recipe, in 2016 under her record label.

Since then she has collaborated with fellow female rapper Rouge and DJ Speedsta while consistently releasing new music. Her efforts were rewarded in 2018 when she won an award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the South African Hip-Hop Awards.