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Champagne 69 for the pain

by: Sandile Ngwenya - 19 October 2017

Champagne 69 for the pain

Champagne69 is probably the coolest thing to happen to South African Hip-hop this year. The duo from Midrand, whose real names are Siyanda ‘Siyangena69’ Mdledle and William ‘Willestilios’ Nkuna have been causing mass hysteria everywhere they go, from concerts to street culture festivals. ”We are just two creative black guys hustling, bringing the wave to...

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Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

by: Cole Ndelu - 4 October 2017

Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

The rapper describes himself as “Revolutionary and a game changer.” Big talk, especially from someone who only has one album. The question is, can he really back it up? It has been about 2 years since his appearance on The Hustle, and a lot has happened. He joined JR’s record label, and then swiftly left....

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Remembering the iconic Hip-Hop crew Prophets of da City

by: admin - 15 August 2017

Remembering the iconic Hip-Hop crew Prophets of da City

Before there was Skwatta Kamp or even the long-forgotten Entity, there was a Cape Town based crew called Prophet of da City. In celebrations of 44 years of hip-hop, we remember one of the most iconic hip-hop groups that have come out of South Africa. The 8-man crew established in 1988 featured legends such as...

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4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 18 May 2017

4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

A lot is going on in South Africa, and some musicians are expressing their opinions on it. Below is a list of music videos that are reflective of the lived realities of South Africans – from sexual harassment in public transport, crime in townships, and the state of our government. Mashayabhuqe KaMamba – “KwaDukuza” The “KwaDukuza”...

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4 singers re-interpret South African hip-hop songs

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 May 2017

4 singers re-interpret South African hip-hop songs

South African singers sporadically give a twist to some rap songs. Lucille Slade recently covered “Tito Mboweni” by Cassper Nyovest, adding onto covers done by the likes of Thando Nje, Karrizle Sings and Melo B Jones. The latter was the first to make this whole cover thing pop. Here’s a list of some potent covers...

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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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These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 4 May 2017

These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

There’s a group of five young UK music lovers on YouTube, who call themselves UK Guys. They are showing major love to South African hip-hop songs by recording themselves watching the music videos and then reacting to them. They have reacted to videos by artists including AKA, Gemini Major, Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C. On...

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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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5 reasons why Back To The City is important for SA hip-hop

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 24 April 2017

5 reasons why Back To The City is important for SA hip-hop

Back To The City, South Africa’s biggest hip-hop festival returns for its 11th year this week. Here’s why the festival is the most important event for hip-hop heads. 1. This is the place to discover your next fav hip-hop artist I wasn’t there, but in 2014, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba stole the show at Back To The...

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Black Coffee explains how his collaboration with Drake came about

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 28 March 2017

Black Coffee explains how his collaboration with Drake came about

Black Coffee is the man of the moment. Getting shouts from his BFF Diddy, and also appearing on Drake’s record-breaking “playlist” More Life, which dropped last week. He recently sat down with American music website Pigeons & Planes to discuss how his collaboration with Drake came about. The song followed Drake playing Black Coffee’s song...

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