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Mthembeni Ndevu (born 17 September 1992), better known by his stage name Emtee, is a South African rapper. He is best known for his debut hit single, "Roll Up". Emtee was signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment[2], a South African independent record label. His debut album Avery was certified platinum by RISA on 1 July 2016[3][4].

Birth nameMthembeni Ndevu
Also known asEmtee Da Hustler
Born (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 27)
Eastern Cape, South Africa[1]
OriginGauteng, South Africa
GenresHip Hoptrap
Years active2010-present
  • Emtee Records

Ambitiouz (former)

  • African Trap Movement (current)

Early lifeEdit

Mthembeni Ndevu was born in the mid-sized town Matatiele, situated in the Eastern Cape, a coastal province in South Africa. He grew up in Rockville, Soweto, a major township in the Gauteng Province.[5] In an interview on South African channel ANN7, eMTee claims that he wanted to be a musician from first grade in primary school.[6] He performed on stage for the first time at the age of 9, at a Yeoville primary school talent show.[7]

At the age of 17, eMTee started making money from his musical efforts. He became the youngest choir conductor at Barnato Park High School, and won many provincial competitions as a member of his school's marimba band.[citation needed]


Early careerEdit

eMTee kept working on his music throughout his late teen years, opting to not repeat his final year although his pass was not good enough to enter him into the major universities in South Africa.[8]

In 2010, emTee collaborated with South African rapper Maraza on a song titled "In It To Win It". They appeared on Channel O's show "HeadRush".[9]

Debut album: AveryEdit

In early 2015, a friend of eMTee, his producer Ruff produced the beat for the song that would eventually become his debut single "Roll Up". eMTee claimed that the entire track was recorded and finalized in two hours.[10] "Roll Up" received major radio play in Southern Africa and peaked at the top of DJ Speedsta's hip hop chart on YFM. Wizkid and South African rapper AKA featured on the official re-release of his single, which eMTee called "Roll Up Re-Up". He said that "Roll Up" was recorded within a tight schedule, because he and team were finalizing his debut album.[11][12]

Emtee won his second award and nomination for the Song Of The Year award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, due to the single "Roll Up". "Roll Up" competed in a category where two South African gold selling artists as well as Khuli Chana each made at least two appearances.[13]

The next day on 4 December 2015, eMTee's debut album Avery was released on iTunes and to domestic music retailers. eMtee is currently the third most played South African hip hop artist in the latter part of 2015 (10th most played artist overall).[citation needed]


Studio albumsEdit

Album Title Album Details
  • Released: 4 December 2015
  • Label: Ambitiouz Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
  • Certification: The Album Went Platinum

Extended PlaysEdit

Album Title Album Details


  • "Roll Up" (2015)
  • "Pearl Thusi" (2015)
  • "Roll Up (Re-Up) feat. Wizkid & AKA" (2015)
  • "Amamenemene" (2016)
  • "My People" (2016)
  • "Ngeke feat. Fifi Cooper" (2016)
  • "We Up" (2016)
  • "Winning feat. Nasty C" (2017)
  • "Ghetto Hero" (2017)
  • "Corner Store" (2017)
  • "My Way feat. Sims" (2017)
  • "Me and You feat. Tiwa Savage" (2017)
  • "My Enemies" (2017)
  • "Manando" (2017)
  • "Plug" (2018)
  • "Thank You" (2018)
  • "Lesson" (2018)
  • "Fugeyzi" (2018)
  • "Keep It 100" (2018)
  • "Abantu" (2018)
  • "What I do" (2018)
  • "Smogolo" ft Snaayman (2019)
  • "Prayer" (2019)
  • Popular (2019)
  • Sativa Garden (2019)
  • Occura (2019)
  • These days (2019)
  • Zen Dojo (2019)

Personal lifeEdit

Emtee has a son, Avery who was born in 2015. His debut album was named after him. The birth of his son contributed to the release of the track 'roll-up-[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result
2015 South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Song of The Year "Roll Up" Won
2016 Metro FM Music Awards[17] Best Music Video[18] Won
Best Remix Won
Best Hip Hop Album Avery Won
Best New Artist Himself Nominated
Listeners Choice Award Won
22nd South African Music Awards Album of the Year Avery Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Newcomer of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Album Avery Won
Amstel Record of the Year "Roll Up" Won
2016 BET Awards Viewers’ Choice Best New International Act Himself Nominated
2017 AFRIMA Awards Best male artiste in South Africa[19] Himself Nominated
2019 SAMA Awards Best Hip Hop Album DIY 2 Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Retrieved 26 February 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Emtee Confirms His Departure From Ambitiouz Entertainment". Hiphopza. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "eMTee's debut album 'Avery' has reached platinum". Yomzansi. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "EMTEE" (PDF). Ambitiouz Entertainment. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Emtee is earning his stripes". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ Emtee talks about his single 'Roll up, 22 April 2015, retrieved 18 January 2016
  7. ^ "Emtee is earning his stripes". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Rolling with Emtee". DRUM. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "eMtee just keeps getting better". CityPress. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  10. ^ Emtee talks about his single 'Roll up, 22 April 2015, retrieved 18 January 2016
  11. ^ "Emtee is earning his stripes". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Rapper Emtee talks Roll Up, HHP controversial line". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Roll Up's success wraps up blazing year for eMtee". Times LIVE. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Emtee Finally Drops Debut Album | HYPE Magazine". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Avery by Emtee on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  16. ^ "eMTee releases his debut album 'AVERY' | YoMzansi | Have a Sip!". YoMzansi™ BLOG | HIGHEST GRADE SOURCE of SA Entertainment News. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  17. ^ SundayWorld. "15th Metro FM Music Awards nominees (Full list) - SundayWorld". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  18. ^ Nigerianinfobox. "Emtee Biography – History, Age, Net Worth & Songs - Nigerian Info Box". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  19. ^ "AFRIMA 2017: The list of winners". Loliby.