The capacity of Africa's rising stars to beat Americans at their own game has not escaped US hip-hop megastars.

This article titled “African hip-hop is recreating America” was written by Afua Hirsch, West Africa correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 12.06 UTC

These days if you want to get away from US hip-hop’s big bling, Moët overflow and embrace of all things ghetto, Africa is not the place to go. The continent’s burgeoning music industry is churning out images of champagne bucket-laden yachts, fair-skinned girls in bikinis and the entire range of mixed messages that has made black American music so notorious.

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