The South African rapper known to the world by his stage name as Emtee has already gained enough popularity and would go up high on the ladder of success. The promise has come up in the South African hip hop scenario. Ambitiouz Entertainment one of the prominent record labels has observed the potential of the rapper and henceforth entered into a contractual relationship for the release if the proof of his credentials.

Perhaps there is hardly any South African listeners who have not appreciated the “Roll Up,” a memorable solo for any music lover. The time has not come for the estimation of his success as the rapper is expected to flourish further in the future days. The rapper along with his musical ability has already shown interest in recording business and its related deals, which with his growing endorsement would one day make him a rich singer.

The rapper in this budding stage had already accumulated enough fame, and his current net worth of 300 thousand dollars is expected to rise with his popularity.

Early life

Emtee, the South African rapper was born as Mthembeni Ndevu on 15th September 1992 in a town of Easter Cape called Matatiele. He was born to a Christian family and was raised in the Gauteng Province precisely at Rockville, Soweto. The detailed information about his early childhood days is yet not available. But it is known that from the very early childhood right from the primary schooling days Emtee has a great inclination towards music. Gradually his interest in music caused his education suffer a bit and later fail to get an entry in any major university of his country.

His feelings for music was realized when he was a student of Yeoville primary school and gave a confident performance when he was just nine. Growing up with a hope to gain success in music started earning money from his teenage period. At the Barnato Park High School, he was youngest of all choir players. During that period he represented the marimba group of his school and participated in many competitions at the provincial level and won. It cannot be denied the rapper has shown his extreme interest and proficiency in music from his teenage.


He was only 17 years when he recorded his first mixed tape. This expense of recordings he met from the earning as a music instructor of other schools. There is no shade of doubt to understand that the rapper was very much focused on building a musical career with sincere and determined efforts. He was working with several prominent singers and rapper in South Africa. For the records, Emtee released his mixtape ‘Introduction’ in 2008. In 2010 he worked with Maraza, the South African rapper on the song which was titled as “In It to Win It.” In a show program titled “HeadRush” appearing on Channel O they two appeared. During this time he was collaborating with popular artists to get tuned to the hip-hop music. In 2014 his mixtape “Do It Yourself” was highly acclaimed in his country.

But for quite some time he was trying to make a real breakthrough but was not happening. The perseverance had never failed any genius and Emtee was also rewarded for his unrelenting determination. The year 2015 came to him as rewarding as his debut single titled “Roll Up” which was produced by Ruff made him popular as he dreamt. Amazing the whole track which brought new life to the rapper was and recorded end edited in just two hours. But these two hours gave him the popularity of lifetime. In all the South African radio station the single became the major play and an obvious choice for any listeners. On YFM hip-hop chart of DJ Speedsta in South Africa, the song went to the top.

The popularity of the song was so immense that it was again released on remix when he joined hand with Wizkid, the prominent pop singer of Nigeria, and AKA, the rapper of his country. The singer called the remix as ‘Roll Up Re-Up.’ In most cases, the remix never reaches the popularity of the original version, but in the case it was different. Listeners preferred the remix and the song made a long-lasting effect on the musical arena. The success story of the song got an extension when it was nominated at the South African Hip Hop Awards for the Best Song of the Year 2015. The day of the award is followed by the release of his first album titled “Avery.” On 4th December 2015, iTunes released the album for the music lovers to enjoy the compositions. The album was produced by the Ambitiouz Entertainment and was recorded in the digital format. The listeners highly appreciated his “Pearl Thusi,” “Amamenemene,” “We Up,” “My People” and some more song of 2015-16.

As per some authentic reports of the musical survey in South Africa, it has come up that Emtee has become the third most favorite hip hop singer and it the category of overall he stands at the 10th position. He is also seen collaborating with various prominent figures of the music industry as Maraza, Kid X, Maggz, Smashiz and so many. On 15th September 2017, Emtee came out with another album titled ‘Manando’ recorded under the label Ambitiouz Entertainment. In 2017, some of his singles as “Corner Store,” “My Way Feat Sims,” “My Enemies” “Ghetto Hero,” “Winning Feat Nasty C” were much liked by the audience.

Personal life

In 2015 he became the father of a son, but the world is not aware of his relationship. He has also kept silent on social media regarding his personal life. In 2016 at the Metro FM Music Awards he became the Best New Artist. In the AFRIMA Awards of 2017, he has won the Best Male Artiste.

Quick summary:

Full Name: Mthembeni Ndevu

Date of Birth: 15th September 1992

Birth Place: Matatiele, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Age: 26 Years Old

Profession: Rapper and Record Producer

Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches / 1.80 m

Weight: NA

Net worth: $300 Thousand