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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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[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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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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Here are the dopest South African posse tracks from the last 10 years

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 July 2016

Here are the dopest South African posse tracks from the last 10 years

DJ Switch’s latest single, “Now Or Never”, is a dope posse track. It has had people debating the tightest verse, especially on the remix, which featured 12 emcees. We look back on some of the freshest posse cuts that have come out of South Africa in the past 10 years. Disclaimer: A posse cut must have at...

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7 of the best South African hip-hop verses of 2016 so far

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 June 2016

7 of the best South African hip-hop verses of 2016 so far

Six months into the year and South African rappers have already dropped some of the hottest verses, on posse tracks, you will hear all year. Here are seven of the strongest, in no particular order:   Moozlie on Rouge’s “Mbongo Zaka” Moozle showed great improvement on “Mbongo Zaka”. The verse is one of her strongest...

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9 South African mixtapes and EPs that could have won SAMAs

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 18 May 2016

9 South African mixtapes and EPs that could have won SAMAs

The Grammys, just like the South African Music Awards (SAMAs), do not allow albums that have not been released commercially (like free mixtapes and EPs) to be nominated. But a petition, which was co-signed by Chance The Rapper, to allow free music releases to be eligible for Grammys, caused an online stir recently when it...

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13 up-and-coming musicians you should know about in 2016

by: Live Staff - 22 January 2016

13 up-and-coming musicians you should know about in 2016

They had a great run in 2015. As 2016 begins, here are a few young musicians you should be checking out, in no particular order. EmTee You’ve probably heard his smash single “Roll Up“, which won Song of the Year at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards. It’s been labelled bubblegum rap by a...

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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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