Nadia Rose, a creative young rapper from South Africa Ghana, based in England has been changing the music scene with her lyrical talent. Her unique character has been in the game for a few years now, and her style has been matched by few competitors. Rose’s legendary music video, Skwod, has caught the attention of millions on youtube and various other social media platforms. There’s very little negative to say about her skill. She has managed to combine high quality, intellectual lyricism with a dope style and flow. Continue reading “Nadia Rose: Lyricist”
South Africa is known for having a strong female presence in the hip hop scene. This is especially true for 26 year old Fifi Cooper, who rose to the scene in 2010. But the work of Fifi Cooper has changed the once male dominated hip hop game. In May 2015, the music video “Kisses” by South African hip hop artist Fifi Cooper was uploaded to Youtube. The music video also features AB Crazy, another famous male, South Africa hip hop artist.
Yes I’m aware you can google this question and come up with a handful. But in a sense that is a part of the point I’m making. Where are the female mc’s from South Africa who rap? Not rap/sing. I mean straight rap – bar upon bar. Flows. Punchlines. Metaphors. Wordplay. WHERE THEY AT THOUGH? If you think i’m being extra take moment to google South African rap and see who comes up.
South African “rap” duo Die Antwoord dominates the search results….Is this your king? Nah.
The Hip Hop culture that flows out of South Africa is one which echoes, in its highest frequency, the political and social voices of the people. Messages against injustice, and those which ask for revolution and reformation, are a common topic of conversation for most south african rappers. Of course, this only makes sense when we take a look at the political narratives that have been under spotlight in the country. Continue reading “Da L.E.S Speaks Society instead of Soweto”
Now first and foremost it is not my intent for this brief assigment to be perceived as a criticism, condemnation, or any negative synonym associated therewith. It is instead an American rap fan being exposed to the cultural similarities between African-American and African trap music and working out his thoughts on [digital] paper.
Next month’s episode of the podcast will be available March 1 and will feature an interview with South Africa’s Yugen Blakrok.
Cashless Society AKA The Hard Cashless Society AKA THC Society highlights the collaborative efforts of Botswanan and South African Emcees Draztik, Snazz D, Black Intellect, X-Amount, Fat Free, Criminal, Tizeye, and Gemini. The music video for their 2004 track “Hottentot Hop Bantu 1, 2”, off of their album African Raw Material Vol. 1, was shot on a Botswanan salt pan. Continue reading “Botswanan Flow is Electric”
South African born Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi, better known by his stage name Kwesta, is an indie rapper whose debut album ‘Special ReKwest’ was released in 2010 to some excitement and acclaim. He followed up this effort in 2013 with ‘DaKAR’, an acronym which means “Da King of African Rap”. It was his his third studio effort in effort 2016 that launched him into the limelight with ‘DaKAR II’. This platinum selling double LP featured prominent names in the South African rap scene such as his label imprint mate Kid X and Capetown native AKA.
Shane Eagle, a twenty-one year old Johannesburg Hip Hop artist, is one of the most prominent rap potentials in the South African music game right now. Born to an Irish father and Black mother who divorced when he was young, Eagle received a heavy influence of European culture growing up attending predominantly white schools, and frequently visiting his mother in Rabie, Johannesburg, a primarily caucasian region of the province. Needless to say, he received a mixed influence of several african cultures through his interactions in the Johannesburg area. He presents himself with an overall semi-woke style. In one of his songs, Let it Flow, Eagle openly references black culture yet uses only western-influenced visuals in the music video. One of his first lines claims that “the only nigga to own time is Ben Franklin,” but then goes on to talk about how he doesn’t wear diamonds because they killed his ancestors. Now, it should be commonly known to those cultured in black history that a black man did invent the first clock, and therefore should at least be credited where it’s due as opposed to the faux historical figure he is commonly mistaken for.
Shane also raps about forcing himself to become “commercially viable,” which only makes sense as Gauteng, where he grew up with his dad, stays at the top of the ranks for South Africa’s wealthiest and most populated province. Eagle is aware of the need to keep up with a rapidly changing environment and uses his music style as his platform for growth. Continue reading “The Rise of a Prospect: Shane Eagle”