Riyadh Roberts[7] (born Riyadh Emandien; 23 December 1991), known professionally as YoungstaCPT, is a South African rapper and songwriter.[8] He is known for incorporating details about his Cape Malay culture and his Cape Town roots in his music.[9][10] YoungstaCPT has been described as "one of the most outspoken South African emcees of this generation".[11] He released his debut solo album 3T (Things Take Time)[12] in April 2018, which won Album of The Year at the 2019 South African Hip Hop Awards.[13] Prior to the release of 3T, YoungstaCPT had released 30 mixtapes, six extended plays and two collaborative albums since his debut in 2010.[14][15]

YoungstaCPT
YoungstaCPT in 2016
YoungstaCPT in 2016
Background information
Birth nameRiyadh Emandien[1]
Also known asYoungsta Kaapstad[2][3]
Born (1991-12-23) December 23, 1991 (age 29)[4][5]
Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[6]
GenresHip-hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Websiteyoungstacpt.com

In 2021, he landed his debut acting role on the second season of the Netflix series Blood & Water.[16]

Selected discographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • 3T (2018)

Other projectsEdit

  • The Cape and Good Dope (2016) – with Ganja Beatz
  • Y?-Fi (2017) – with Maloon TheBoom
  • Kaapstads Revenge (2017) – with J-Beatz
  • How to Make It in South Africa (2017) with Loopsta
  • Yungloon Taliboom (2018) – with Maloon TheBoom and Yungloon Taliboom
  • To Be Continued (2018) – with Maloon TheBoom and Yungloon Taliboom

Personal lifeEdit

YoungstaCPT is a Coloured Muslim of Cape Malay descent whose music is inspired by his Muslim roots and Cape Malay culture.[17][18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 South African Hip Hop Awards Album of the Year 3T Won [19][13]
Video of the Year "YVR (Young Van Riebeeck)"
"Ho$h" – (Priddy Ugly featuring Wichi 1080 and YoungstaCPT) Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Himself
Male of the Year
Remix of the Year "Yeah Rmx" (DJ D Double D featuring AKA, Da L.E.S and YoungstaCPT)
2018 South African Music Awards "Buy it Out" (Riky Rick featuring YoungstaCPT, KLY, Da L.E.S, Frank Casino, J Molley and Stilo Magolide) Nominated [20]
2019 "Skebe Dep Dep" (DJ Capital featuring Kwesta, Kid X, Reason, YoungstaCPT and Stogie T) Nominated [21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet Maruwaan Emandien, the man behind Cape Town's most explosive brand Y?GEN Apparel" ("my brother, Riyadh (YoungstaCPT)"). 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ Ference, Isaacs (25 March 2014). "Youngsta Kaapstad free styling at CT festival". YouTube. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ Mkhabela, Sabelo (7 January 2020). "YoungstaCPT Shares New Visuals for 'Just Be Lekker'". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Salutas… it's YoungstaCPT's Chapter 26 Birthday Party". Cape Town Magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  5. ^ Youngsta Kaapstad [@YoungstaCpt] (23 December 2018). "Still learning and growing, 27 Y?RS LATER, Things Take Time #3T Shurkan for the bornday wishes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Mkhabela, Sabelo (2 March 2018). "Mr 10 000 Hours: YoungstaCPT". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  7. ^ Abrahams, Kim (9 April 2020). "YoungstaCPT on his successful career: 'It feels good to be recognised by your peers and by heavyweights in the industry'". News24. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  8. ^ Rasool, Amira (2 May 2019). "YoungstaCPT: A Voice of Post-Apartheid Cape Town". Paper. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  9. ^ Hlalethwa, Zaza (29 November 2019). "Crusading for the culture". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  10. ^ Motsa, Ernest (28 May 2019). "How Cape Town's YoungstaCPT used his lineage to fuel his debut album". The Fader. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  11. ^ Kriger, Themba (15 April 2019). "After more than 30 mixtapes and numerous EPs the Cape Town MC finally releases his first album". Red Bull. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  12. ^ Hirsch, Matthew (7 April 2019). "YoungstaCPT on Cape Town's hard truths: they don't want you to see the pain". The Times. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  13. ^ a b "YoungstaCPT wins big at 2019 SA Hip Hop Awards". Daily Voice. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ Valentine, Venecia (5 December 2018). "YoungstaCPT shows how long-term hustle pays off". iOL. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  15. ^ Sekhu, Michael (2 April 2019). "LISTEN: Youngsta CPT Drops Debut Album!". People. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  16. ^ Adejoy. "Rapper Youngsta CPT makes his acting debut on "Blood and Water" season 2 | Fakaza News". Fakaza News. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  17. ^ Valentine, Venecia (5 December 2019). "Rapper wrapped in Musallah". Daily Voice. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  18. ^ Jappie, Zayaan (30 May 2020). "Voice of the Cape". Africa Is a Country. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Nominations: South African Hip Hop Awards 2019". SA Hip Hop Awards. Archived from the original on 30 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  20. ^ Ciolfi, Tecla (20 April 2018). "The SAMAs 2018: The Snubs and Surprises". Texx and the City. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  21. ^ Kekana, Chrizelda (26 April 2019). "FULL LIST | Sama nominees leave Mzansi split over the 'death of Kwaito'". The Times. Retrieved 30 May 2020.