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How Anatii totally owned 2016

by: Lebohang Morake - 15 December 2016

How Anatii totally owned 2016

As we’re nearing the end of 2016, one thing’s for sure, the producer, singer and rapper Anatii has had one hell of a year. He dropped his debut album Artiifact and brought RnB heartthrob Omarion on his Artiifact Tour. The duo recently released the video for their song “Tell Me”. Anatii has also bagged two...

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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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7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 25 November 2016

7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

2016 brought us melodic trap music, known as trapsoul (named after American singer Bryson Tiller’s album of the same name). South Africa, not to be left behind, has also produced a few trapsoul singers who are holding it down. Here a few you definitely need on your playlist this festive season: Tellaman Tellaman doesn’t dab,...

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[Video] This is why South African rappers sound the same

by: Live Staff - 17 November 2016

[Video] This is why South African rappers sound the same

Would you say your favourite South African rappers are original? Well, after listening to A-Reece’s new album Paradise, two of our contributors found themselves asking the same question. Aseza Pupuma didn’t like it because “everything on the album sounded the same; ‘Couldn’t’ sounded like ‘Ama Hater’”. While Mayuyuka Kaunda sees it this way: “If everyone is...

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[Video] Electronic music duo Stiff Pap’s new single will have even hip-hop heads moving

by: Lufuno Ramadwa - 8 November 2016

[Video] Electronic music duo Stiff Pap’s new single will have even hip-hop heads moving

We recently took a walk around Cape Town CBD with electronic music duo, Stiff Pap. The group is made up of producer Mshindi AKA Jakinda (20) and rapper Ayema Probllem (20) who describe themselves as one of the most progressive new acts in the country. To switch things up a bit, we got hip-hop dancers from a crew...

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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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This review of Nasty C’s “Bad Hair” album might upset you if you’re a fan

by: Live Staff - 3 November 2016

This review of Nasty C’s “Bad Hair” album might upset you if you’re a fan

Nasty C‘s debut album Bad Hair was released about a month ago. Two of our contributors debate whether it’s good or not. Mayuyuka Kaunda wasn’t impressed with the album. “I really didn’t get to know who Nasty C is as a person,” he says. “You go from intro to interlude, who the fuck does that?” Aseza Pupuma,...

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Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 26 October 2016

Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

You’ve heard the the tag – the “Ambitious” whisper at the beginning of your favourite SA trap songs. Ambitiouz Ent is undebatably the best hip-hop stable in South Africa currently. It’s home to Emtee, Fifi Cooper, A-Reece, B3nchmarQ, DJ Citi Lyts, Miss Pru DJ and Saudi and their latest signee, Amanda Black. The label has...

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How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 6 September 2016

How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

Kimosabe’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are all over radio these days. Be it on DJ Clock’s latest dancefloor anthem “Wolves” or DJ Dimplez’s “Bet It All” alongside the rapper Maggz. Last year, the vocalist appeared on DJ Ganyani’s House Grooves 9 album on a song called “Heaven”. However, Kimosabe’s not just a vocalist. He’s a producer,...

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10 notable South African female rappers of all time

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 August 2016

10 notable South African female rappers of all time

Our list of the most influential women in local rap history includes many impressive names: Like Yo Girls, the first ever all-female South African rap crew who performed in the ’80s, to the new crop of rappers, like Fifi Cooper, Kanyi, Gigi Lamayne and more. These rappers are ensuring women’s presence in hip-hop is felt and influencing...

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