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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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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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Oh no, A-Reece, BenchmarQ, Fifi Cooper and La Flame just left Ambitiouz Ent

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 17 February 2017

Oh no, A-Reece, BenchmarQ, Fifi Cooper and La Flame just left Ambitiouz Ent

We didn’t see this one coming. Today, in a series of tweets, the rapper A-Reece announced that he was leaving the label he released his debut album Paradise under. He tweeted this morning, “To whom this may concern the most: The fans. I would like to say that I’m no longer a part of #AmbitiouzEnt...

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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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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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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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Music video release: Jacob Zuma kills everyone in the game

by: Nadine Kutu - 17 June 2015

Music video release: Jacob Zuma kills everyone in the game

We at Live Mag SA decided to tackle politics by making a music video inspired by Jacob Zuma and the controversy. Our fictional president “JZED” takes on all the haters in the video, check it out! Video by: Nadines_Pics and mdnyzs JZed by: Lucky Mthabela  

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Lawless rap

by: Bizani Meyiwa - 17 March 2015

Lawless rap

Cell phone for recording? Check. Functioning pen? Check. Notebook? Check. I dash off to the elevator wasting no time. He told me to meet him downstairs by the café. Walking out, I looked around but couldn’t see anyone recognisable. At least from a Soundcloud or Twitter profile image. Looking to my right I finally see...

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Patty Monroe is so high fashion

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 20 February 2015

Patty Monroe is so high fashion

2014 was a big year for South African Hip Hop. The industry has been on a steady rise for a while and has finally found it’s own voice. We have the gear, the parties, the beef, the proudly South African flavour, the hip hop awards, but we still don’t have any women at the forefront of hip...

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