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Raw Bars got next

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 25 July 2017

Raw Bars got next

After a Shugasmakx co-sign, he got to work on a collaboration with JR through the #StartSomething campaign. Born Bhungane Hadebe, the 20-year-old rapper has been making waves since dropping his mixtape Road to Conscious Trap in November last year. He lives up to his name on the project, delivering his signature fusion of trap beats...

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Dope lyrical references by South African rappers

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 23 June 2017

Dope lyrical references by South African rappers

Rappers often throw in some seemingly innocuous lines mid-verse, that let us know what they’re listening to currently, or what they were influenced by growing up. These lyrical references shed light on who some of rappers own favourites are.  It’s a dream to catch these lines and serves as a little gift for the discerning...

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JR’s Feel Good Live Sessions takes the stage online

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 22 June 2017

JR’s Feel Good Live Sessions takes the stage online

The best place to really enjoy South African music is undoubtedly online now. The move by musicians to online platforms is becoming an unstoppable trend on the local music and the latest proof  is the Feel Good Live Sessions. This initiative was started by multi-faceted musician JR Bogopa, who’s already invited Kly, Shekhinah, Reason, Kwesta...

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5 Young South Africans owning the cultural space

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 15 June 2017

5 Young South Africans owning the cultural space

We’ve come across a range of young people throughout the year who’ve entertained and educated us in equal measure. We highlight five shining stars of the South African cultural sector. Celebrating their contributions from vlogging to fashion with Youth Day upon us, here’s why you should get to know them. THATO MAHAPA – lifestyle blogger (Bearded...

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We’re here for Nasty C riding over afrobeat

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 14 June 2017

We’re here for Nasty C riding over afrobeat

Nasty C is set to spread his wings with a feature on internationally-renowned trio Major Lazer’s brand new track titled Particula. It seems the rapper brings out his best when rocking over afrobeat rhythms. It’s an exciting move for the young rapper and also sees him expand his sound by venturing into afrobeat territory on...

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The 10 best South African hip-hop verses of 2016

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 13 December 2016

The 10 best South African hip-hop verses of 2016

From Blaklez’s effortless cadences, K.O’s multi-syllabic delivery, to Emtee’s combination of rapping and singing, we bring you the verses we found impressive this year. In no particular order. 1. Emtee on Stogie T’s “By Any Means” On Stogie T’s “By Any Means”, Emtee delivers another one of his catchy hooks. He also proceeds to drop...

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Popular slang words and the South African hip-hop artists who popularised them

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 7 November 2016

Popular slang words and the South African hip-hop artists who popularised them

Nowadays we call just about anyone a “Stan” for being obsessed with a particular artist. But how many of you remember that it came from Eminem’s song by the same name? In the same way, there are certain South African slang words that have wormed their way into everyday use that would probably not exist,...

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4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 21 October 2016

4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

Mzwakhe Mbuli is the people’s poet. Mzwakhe Mbuli was the people’s poet. Poems of his, like “The Spear Has Fallen” released around 1988, shows how substantial his work was in opposing the previous regime. These days, however, the living legend lays claim to being a resounding must-fallist: pinpointing everything wrong around us with fervour. A cultural...

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