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Miriam Makeba. Live at Montreaux Festival. It showcases his ability to rap over different drum patterns and his traits as an MC—he has the wordplay, knows how to tell a story, and is not scared to look in the mirror and share his fears and aspirations with his listener. The Born Free works as a full body of work, and has a lot of songs that can work as stand-alone singles without deviating from the album's overall mood.
It has plenty of quotable lines that also don't deviate from the story. Tyrant is hungry. She doesn't necessarily say it, but her vicious delivery gives it away.
Stress of a Genius is rappity rap in which the the MC shows both bravado and vulnerability. The latter, she does without being whiny, but it's still effective. Tyrant's flow is gripping, and she doesn't waste your time and money, as she tells her story using clever punchlines and similes that reveal an MC who has taken time to horn her skill and is always willing to better herself.
Sonically, Stress of a Genius is strictly boom bap that is both soulful and grimy, the way your average purist likes it. Tyrant is not to be messed with. No Pineapples On My Pizza doesn't overstay its welcome; it only lasts for 20 minutes. And the MC and his collaborators never lose your attention. N'Veigh is slowly coming out the "rapper's rapper" box. All songs on the 6-track project excel lyrically, but will entertain more than just the fan of bars.
The MC chose musical beats and soulful vocal hooks to make the project listener-friendly. No Pineapples On My Pizza is not about pineapples on pizza, though—the rapper flexes his lyrical skills on the battle-ready "Nomsa Nene Freestyle," raps about the game alongside Solo and Captain on "Villains," flirts with kwaito on "Souffle," shows off his mack game on "Falling" and self-introspects on "Way Too Gone.
If you love your hip-hop with heartfelt lyrics that are delivered with flair and passion, No Pineapples On My Pizza will sure treat you well. Kid X really outdid himself on Thank Da King.
He taps into various subject matter. It's difficult to fault him, whether you are a hip-hop head, trap head, kasi rap head, or just an ordinary lover of music. He kills everything. Maybe that's why he featured everyone? Either way, I sincerely thank da king. His flow and delivery are consistently on point, and he even sounds good on those notes; peep "Jakalas," "Nude," "Get Up" and "Somebody. X really does make music for everyone, which could explain the manner in which he complemented his myriad features: Maggz, Reason, Kwesta, Stogie T, Makwa and Da L.
S to mention a few, all make appearances on Thank Da King. On her Broken Silence mixtape, Ms Nthabi manages to be introspective without coming off as preachy. Keeping true to the EP's ethos, she delivers a mature release moulded around both her personal growth and musical evolution. Although Broken Silence is deeply personal, it's a level headed offering that encourages relatability.
The MC's self assured delivery is a testament to an artist at peace with herself and one with her craft. J Smash assembled a group of artists that weren't so much unpredictable, but still pleasant to hear on the same songs and project.
All the collaborations on Rise of Loneliness - Various - The South African Pop Explosion! (CD) King are safe and make sense. As safe as J Smash plays it in terms of artist choice and beat selection, Rise of a King is still an EP you'll find yourself falling in love with, with every successive listen.
BigStar curates an album that's easy on the ear and centres throwbacks by squeezing his rhymes between nostalgic hooks and melodies. It's a project that shows he's a student of the game and suits his rap style with flows always prioritized. The beauty of this project is that despite its musicality BigStar doesn't completely sacrifice spitting dope lines, instead placing his schemes over boppy production.
The result is a well devised exploration of the trappings of young adulthood. The project peaks with the standout "Company," which exemplifies Zoocci's airy production and Flame's hit-making abilities. Flame makes a case for his inclusion as a hot prospect by establishing his voice more on DNDmoulding his autotune in a distinctive way that lets the timbre of his voice shine through. The pairing of these two is more proof that, for young rappers, finding the right captain to steer your ship is just as important as plotting your path.
Zoocci brought the best outta Flame by complimenting his style while challenging him in the process. This shit bangs. J Molley is mean with the pen, and has an ear for beats which allow his ethereal digitally enhanced vocals to feel at home. On Leader of the Wavehe is here to let you know that he runs this shit, and doesn't need anyone's approval. The year-old artist lets the listener in on his life in which he pops molly, ignores DMs and blows 10 bucks on a shirt just for a date.
Sonically, Leader of the Wave is trap, consisting of cloudy pads and big basslines that, coupled with his vocals, create a trippy listen, which, I imagine, is representative of J Molley's aura. Amilcathe godfather of the subgenre ringzblessed listeners with two projects and tons of singles and guest features this year.
Road 2 Ringz 2 sounds like a solid rap album though the rapper released it as an EP. Popular for his banging hits, Amilca surprises listeners and slows down the tempo on this one. Most of the tape consists of soulful sample-laden hip-hop beats and is more introspective lyrically.
We hear him zoom in on subjects like betrayal, gang violence and hood mentality, especially on tracks like "Mr Fake" and "Murder Talk X Skomline News. Overall, Road 2 Ringz 2 is musically easy on the ear and offers a well-rounded picture of life in urban Cape Town. Continuing his tradition of the captivating intro with "Izitha," Sjava prepares us for a more musically diverse offering than his debut album Isina Muva.
Umqhele combines his textured voice with Ruff's sumptuous production. Following the release of his EP Umphakohe continues to show his versatility with a mixture of Afropop, maskandi, isicathamiya, mbaqanga and trap. Although a tad lengthy, Umqhele sees Sjava in true form both vocally and thematically. By pulling us in with his raspy tone, he explores love, loss and the strains of inner-city living. With its intoxicating saxophone, the standout track "Linda" is a great example of the instrumentation Ruff pairs with Sjava's messaging throughout.
Tracks like "Umama" and "Isibhamu" balance out the romance of "Confession" and the majestic "Intombi Yam" to make for a wholesome listen. It's this variety that makes Sjava a joy to listen to, and with two solid albums on the trot, he's fast becoming the chief-narrator of South Africans' innermost feelings.
From romance to regret; his voice captures the experiences that stand out the most to us. Assessa is a spiritual person, and it seeps into her music. On uGogoshe tells relatable stories of everyday struggles faced by black people with the angst of a sangoma on the job. Her rhymes are delivered with a certain urgency, just like her subject matter.
When Assessa raps, she does so like it's the only thing she can do in the world, but she will surprise you with vocals that are influenced by maskandi and mbhaqanga. If you understand IsiZulu, uGogo will give you multiple eargasms while forcing you to think about your own life and purpose.
Kly 's debut is a South African take on the trapsoul wave that swept through the world. He stamps his Zulu identity on the portmanteau that might be termed AfricanTrapnB with local slang and expressions infused with Loneliness - Various - The South African Pop Explosion! (CD) sound. Keep Love Young is Wichi at his bass-heavy best with the soundscape lush, romantic and moody suiting the exploration of emotions Kly Loneliness - Various - The South African Pop Explosion! (CD) into.
Tracks like "Umbuzo" and "Bite" not only include vernac but place it at the center of the compositions. Keep Love Young is a study in owning your sound and narrative. Just as the title suggested, Jabba was feeling good, and it showed in the five songs on the EP.
In true Jabba fashion, the music is tailored for a great time; most of the songs are upbeat and are laced with catchy hooks that are guaranteed to stick to your head in no time. The man's flows sit perfectly over the assortments of beat styles on the EP. He had last released the album Motswako High School in It's romantic in parts, smooth across the entire listen. JR is at his best when crooning and effortlessly purveying emotion.
The key to his longevity has always been his ability to straddle through genres, and his latest effort is no different. Throughout the album there's influences of pop, hip-hop, kwaito and RnB in typical JR fashion it all fits together. The veteran's ability to pen memorable melodies improves with each iteration of his output, and it's a testament to his quality as a musician that we tend to forget he came out during motswako's early rise.
PatrickxxLee is the avatar of being in your feels. On Nowhere Childthe MC speaks about drowning in emotions, and being so destabilized by them that you are terrible to those around you. The production is dark, consisting of distorted basslines and painful electric guitars. His vocals are distant, peeking behind a layers of vocal effects. Nowhere Child feels the way the MC probably felt when he wrote the album. He may have pop-punk sensibilities like most rappers of his generation, but one thing you must never doubt is his rapping skills.
Nowhere Child displays his adeptness with the pen and effective songwriting. He may not be in control of his emotions, as is revealed in the album, but he's in full control of his tongue. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook.
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