Having been long regarded as the king, the GOAT, the best Hip-Hop artist in Africa; Kiernan Forbes has been on the lips and minds of millions as one of the greatest South Africans to ever do it. A career spanning over 15 years has seen AKA go from strength to strength amidst personal drama, industry politics and climatic changes in the music industry.
Showing up onto the scene at the tender age of 15 with his then-group Entity when they self-released their first and final album titled “Royal School of Hip-Hop” in 2005, AKA was already AKA insofar as his attitude towards stardom goes.
The disbandment of the teenage trio was not the end of the Supa Mega’s visions of fame and fortune as he went on to study audio engineering at the Academy of Sound Engineering in Johannesburg and later formed The IV League with Buks and Kamo, a production team that went on to see relative success during their time, working with some of the biggest names in the game and helping craft a distinctly South African sound when the Southy hip-hop industry was still taking its very first steps into unprecedented monetary success and continental influence.
The father of one has gone on to rise to the absolute top of the South African music business even outside of Hip-Hop, challenging the biggest and highest-selling artists of South Africa from across all genres for the throne of King of South African popular music.
Here we gather 10 of his best guest appearances.
10. Kwesta – Day One (ft. AKA & Tweezy)
10. Reason – Bump The Cheese Up Remix (ft. Tol A$$ Mo, AKA & Okmalumkoolkat)
9. DJ Milkshake – Living On The Edge (ft. AKA & George Avakian)
8. Khuli Chana – Hape le Hape (ft. AKA, Zeus, Reason, Towdee & KayGizm)
7. Anatii – The Saga (ft. AKA)
6. DJ Vigilante – God’s Will (ft. KO & AKA)
5. Ma-E – Lie 2 Me (ft. AKA)
4. Ice Prince – N-Word (Remix) (ft. AKA)
3. Zeus – #DATSWASUP (ft. Tumi (Stogie T) & AKA)
2. Da L.E.S. – Real Stuff (ft. AKA & Maggz)
1. Da L.E.S. – Heaven (ft. AKA & Maggz)