EMTEE – South Africa

Mthembeni Ndevu (born September 15, 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 is currently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment, a South African independent record label. His debut album Avery was certified platinum by RISA on 1 July 2016.


  • 1Early life
  • 2Career
    • 2.1Early career
    • 2.2Debut album: Avery
  • 3Discography
    • 3.1Studio albums
    • 3.2Mixtapes
  • 4Personal life
  • 5Awards and nominations
  • 6References

Early life

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. In an interview on South African channel ANN7, eMTee claims that he wanted to be a musician from first grade in primary school. He performed on stage for the first time at the age of 9, at a Yeoville primary school talent show.

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.




Early career

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.

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”.

Debut album: Avery

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 finalised in two hours. “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 finalising his debut album.

Emtee won his first award and a 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.

The next day on December 4, 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 albums

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


  • The Introduction (2008)
  • D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) (2014)

Personal life

Emtee has a son who was born in 2015. Emtee’s debut album Avery was named after his son.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Notes
2015 South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Song of The Year “Roll Up” Won
2016 Metro FM Music Awards Metro FM Music Awards Best Music Video Won
Best Remix Won
Best Hip Hop Album Avery Won
Best New Artist Himself Nominated Lost to his label-mate Fifi Cooper
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 Won




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  4. Jump up^ “Rolling with Emtee”. DRUM. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
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  7. Jump up^ “Emtee is earning his stripes”. The Citizen. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  8. Jump up^ “Rapper Emtee talks Roll Up, HHP controversial line”. Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  9. Jump up^ “Roll Up’s success wraps up blazing year for eMtee”. Times LIVE. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  10. Jump up^ “Emtee Finally Drops Debut Album | HYPE Magazine”.. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  11. Jump up^ “Avery by Emtee on iTunes”. iTunes. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  12. Jump up^ “eMTee releases his debut album ‘AVERY’ | YoMzansi | Have a Sip!”. YoMzansi™ BLOG | HIGHEST GRADE SOURCE of SA Entertainment News. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  13. Jump up^ SundayWorld. “15th Metro FM Music Awards nominees (Full list) – SundayWorld”. Retrieved 2016-01-22.

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