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Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 5 May 2017

Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

Not that it was a difficult feat to achieve. His last two albums were pap. One listen to an album isn’t enough to conclude all its merits and demerits, but Thuto sounds fresh. This is the first time I’m listening to a Nyovest album in its entirety. His previous two disappointed me. Both were scattered...

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This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 2 May 2017

This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

On the video for “Tito Mboweni”, his latest single, Cassper Nyovest flosses with 10 bucks notes – a part of the video a reasonable number of fans laughed off. For a guy who has “a Bentley and a Bentley”, you’d expect at least R100 notes, right? Well, according to Cassper Nyovest’s manager, T-Lee Moiloa, it...

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[Video] Lines from your favourite SA rappers that don’t make sense

by: Aseza Pupuma - 14 December 2016

[Video] Lines from your favourite SA rappers that don’t make sense

While we are still trying to figure out the logic behind Emtee’s “She used to ride me like a rodeo/ Until she heard me on the radio” line, he strikes again with another line that doesn’t make any sense. This time on Stogie T’s self-tiled album. On the video below, our contributors Mayuyuka Kaunda and...

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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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Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

by: Shingai Darangwa - 20 January 2016

Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

Nasty C’s story begins in the narrow halls of his dad’s house in Durban. His 11-year-old brother is holding up a camera phone as he raps and dances shirtless around the house. They had no way of knowing it then, but the song they were recording, “Juice Back”, would become a massive hit, thrusting him...

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Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest rock Cape Town’s Festival of Lights 2015

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 7 December 2015

Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest rock Cape Town’s Festival of Lights 2015

Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest both impressed at the Cape Town Festival of Lights. Take away the mini stampede and the customary sound hiccups, the festival was entertaining. Cassper Nyovest is a superstar. You think you know that until you get to see his live performance. He had thousands of Capetonians rapping along to his verses...

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What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

by: Shingai Darangwa - 12 November 2015

What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

When Brian Soko stepped onto the main stage at the Grammy Awards to receive the Grammy for Best R&B Song – awarded for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s hit song “Drunk In Love”, which he produced – he became the first Zimbabwean, and one of a handful of African artists, to have received the most prestigious award...

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9 South African songs we loved in the month of September

by: Live Staff - 30 September 2015

9 South African songs we loved in the month of September

From AKA’s diss track to Cassper, “Composure” which broke the internet, to Black Coffee and Nakhane Toure’s boundary-breaking collaboration, to Dookoom’s unapologetic collaboration with David Banner and many more, September brought us exciting tunes from South Africa. Live SA contributors each pick their favourite songs and let you know why they are great.   Black Coffee...

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5 of the best South African new school diss tracks

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 23 September 2015

5 of the best South African new school diss tracks

Too many battles are being settled on Twitter. We want music, as one house music legend tweeted, after Drake released the diss track to Meek Mill “Back to Back” in July. Black Coffee tweeted: “Now that’s hip hop, not this nonsense some of our local hip hop artists do. Some even attacking tweeps. Put [it]...

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Cape Town’s Ipotsoyi Spring Festival in pictures

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 15 September 2015

Cape Town’s Ipotsoyi Spring Festival in pictures

Yeezy Boosts and Jordans that looked like they were stepping on dust for the first time, Carvellas, Vans and All Stars that insinuated familiarity to gravel and high heels that seemed out of place were all domicile at Cape Town’s Ostrich Ranch last Saturday. The annual Ipotsoyi Spring Festival hosted by deejay duo, Groove Afrika attracted...

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