“One Time” (The Pro-G Remix)
It goes without saying that AKA is one of the best, if not the best, urban hip-hop act out of the continent right about now. AKA is in the news for all sorts of reasons at the moment but the good news is that the music hasn’t been compromised one bit! This year he has featured on quite a number of international collaborations and has dropped a few new singles of his own that include the most recent single “Dreamwork” with Yanga and “One Time” which I featured on the blog earlier in the year.
The single has become very popular since it’s release, partly thanks to the “Blesser” & “Gold-digger” references in the song which have been dominating social media chatter for a while now. But that wasn’t my inspiration for making a remix to his hit single though.. The original brought back an amazing nostalgic feeling and I was so inspired after hearing it that I decided to make my own version of it! I made this one about a month back and figured the time was right to release it to the people. Big S/O to AKA for inspiring this one and consistently giving us great music!
Have a listen and let me know how you feel..
It’s been about 6 months since I released my last remix of Kapital K‘s “Dough” so I decided to go back into the lab and finally got something new for the Soundcloud fam!
Emtee has been one of the new comers to watch in the SA Hip Hop scene and deservedly won a couple of Metro FM Awards earlier this year for his efforts. One of the awards he won was for the official remix of his smash hit “Roll Up” featuring AKA & Wizkid which did some serious damage on the airwaves last year. I managed to hustle the acapella and gave Roll Up a re-up of my own which you can stream now via Soundcloud! The good news is there’s plenty where this came from and I plan to release more frequently for the second half of 2016, so do keep an eye out.
Stream, share & feel free to let me know what you think..
“Let You Know” – Sketchy Bongo & Shekhinah
Sketchy Bongo is the super producer behind some of the biggest hits of the summer and looks set to take the whole world by storm after signing with major labels, Ultra-Music & Sony this year. Sketchy has produced anthems that include A week ago by Aewon Wolf & Tribal; Back to the beach by Kyle Deutsch & Shekhinah, as well as his own single titled Let You Know, which has been very popular on the radio.
The international deal means that Sketchy Bongo’s music will be distributed all over the world which is a pretty big deal for a producer turned artist from SA. Sketchy was also quoted by the SABC saying, “I’m just happy to be getting South African music out there to the world.” He has since hinted (via SlikourOnLife) that he might even be releasing a single with Zayn Malik ex-member of One Direction! I’ll be looking out for more of his music under the new labels and hope the deal actually pays off..
Watch the video for his single Let You Know featuring Shekinah above.
“Kuze Kuse” ft. Emtee – Fifi Cooper
I first came across Fifi Cooper’s music late last year as she was being dubbed the “First Lady of Motswako” and potentially the queen of SA hip-hop by fans, artists & industry experts alike. The first song I heard from her was Monate-C which according to Fifi’s interview with The Sowetan was a message to the hater’s telling them to stop hating and watch the space. She described the song as fun in that interview, but it was more of a hardcore introduction to the rapper which was probably the point. When AKA did an all-female remix for his 2015 hit single “Baddest”, Fifi’s verse was also a clear standout, and she capped a very successful year off by releasing her debut album titled “20Fifi”.
2016 has proved to be an even better year with Fifi taking home 3 Metro FM Awards for her efforts and arguably dropping her biggest single to date titled “Kuze Kuse”. The single features another exciting new Mzansi rapper Emtee, and has been doing the rounds on radio & tv. Fifi surprisingly sings really well for an artist largely considered to be a rapper (think Drake..) which gives her a competitive advantage over the competition. But don’t get it twisted, when it comes to bars she also brings the heat which makes her the total package! The future looks pretty set for Fifi and at this rate it doesn’t seem so ridiculous to back her to hold the Queen of SA Hip-Hop title in the near future..
Watch the “Kuze Kuse” video above and let me know what you think.
“Way It Go” (ft. Tumi, Youngsta & Nasty C) – DJ Switch
“Way It Go” dropped about 5 months ago now, blew up but eventually the buzz died down as is the norm these days with urban music. At the time, Nasty C was really beginning to blow after his “Juice Back” single and was proving to be one of the best new artists to watch out for in 2016. Tumi, being the legendary MC and rap extraordinaire that he is, was of course expected to deliver accordingly, and Youngsta was arguably the relatively unknown rapper to complete the team. My expectations were that Tumi would take the best verse, being the most experienced and technically a better rapper, followed by Nasty C with all the hype around him at the time. But after listening to the joint, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Youngsta comfortably taking the best verse on the song!
What really stood out for me was how Youngsta authentically delivered his verse in the most Cape-coloured way, whilst staying relevant to the vibe. It goes without saying that both Tumi & Nasty C held their own on the track, but someone was always going to take the best verse naturally. With Cape Town artists having always struggled to break through into the mainstream market, unlike their Joburg counterparts, Youngsta represents a real ray of hope for change in that regard. It remains to be seen how the rest of the country reacts to more of his music, but if “Way It Go” is anything to go by, I’m backing him for the win! Shout out to DJ Switch for being bold enough to feature a Cape Town artist alongside the heavyweights, and in that way sparking the debate. Feel free to share your thoughts!
“Do The Most” – Tshego
Cassper Nyovest‘s label, Family Tree added a few new young artists to the roster last year and Tshego has turned out to be one of the most promising talents signed since. The first time I heard him was on Cassper’s Tsholofelo album and he immediately made a good first impression after his feature on “Cold Hearted”. Truth be told though, I haven’t followed him much since but most of the buzz in the streets has been over his features.
He recently dropped a single titled “Tell em Say” featuring Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest & Gemini Major and that’s been doing the rounds on urban radio & in the scene. “Do the most” is the follow-up freestyle to the single and looks set to be a street anthem! The future looks pretty bright for Tshego but only time will tell us how far he can go. Watch the video for “Do the most” freestyle directed by @OwenBands
“One Time” – AKA
Famous South African rapper AKA known for hits like “Congratulate” and “All Eyes On Me” is back with a brand new single titled “One Time”. The song was debuted during a live performance on SABC 1’s Live Amp music show earlier in March and set social media alight with comments & reactions. “One Time” is warm, celebratory and was (according to him) inspired by Kanye West’s “Highlights” sparking a nostalgic feel. It’s the kind of song you’d expect to hear from the late-great Brenda Fassie if anything, which makes this a standout for an African rap artist like AKA.
True to form, AKA didn’t disappoint with the live performance, bringing out his full band and dropping a few interesting quotables like “what I gotta do for a queen like Sophie Ndaba”. Sophie Ndaba, for those who don’t know, is a famous South African actress known for acting in popular TV soap Generations for 20 years (With rap you never know how serious of a line that is). But quotables aside, I predict this to be another hit single for AKA and I hope this means there’s a new album on the way..
Checkout the live performance of “One Time” above.
Update: AKA has officially released “One Time” on iTunes! Go cop that NOW!
“My Year” ft. Aewon Wolf – Big Star Johnson
Ever since winning SA’s popular reality hip-hop show “The Hustle”, Big Star Johnson has become one of the exciting new artists to watch in the game. Granted, winning the competition came with a record deal and a boat load of cash which helps to put an artist out there, but the talent is evident. I watched a couple of episodes of The Hustle and I can say dude was always one step ahead of the competition from the very beginning. Winning these ‘reality’ shows doesn’t always translate to success in the actual music industry however, and this is where Big Star Johnson still has to prove himself. The first big single he has released since winning is titled “My Year” and features another exciting new artist Aewon Wolf, alongside the nifty Sketchy Bongo on production. “My Year” doesn’t sound like most of the hip-hop songs that are out there right now which is refreshing, and it marks a promising start to what could be a big year for the guy. I’ll be keeping an eye on this dude this year..
For the Production Heads: “My Year” was produced by Sketchy Bongo
Respek – Khuli Chana ft. DJ Buckz & Howard
One thing that always fascinates me about Khuli’s music is the musicality of it (is that even a thing?) What I mean is, it’s never just a bunch of 808’s and snares and kicks but it’s really the whole package with him. The music stays relevant but they still manage to fuse the melodies & instruments in such a cool & funky way. Alas, to this very day I still hate that I can’t understand tswana, which makes me feel excluded to some extent from really interacting with the music the way I’d like to. That though, is just my own personal grievance, the fact is his music truly knows no boundaries as they say. Africa clearly loves him, with a solid track record of awards & recognition to show for it.
Anyway, the single is called ‘respek’ and samples Angelique Kidjo’s classic record ‘Agolo’ (proud African moment) which most 90’s kids will know, as well as Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’. In his own words, “Respek is a song created to take people on a trip down memory lane. Inspired by Angelique Kidjo, Marvin Gaye, Adeva & greatest rapper of all time Notorious B.I.G”. I think this one will do some serious rounds and maybe get him an award or two?
For the Production Heads: “Respek” was produced by DJ Maphorisa & Izzy
“Composure” – AKA
So just incase you have been living under a rock the last couple of hours, social media has been in a frenzy reacting to a new diss track that AKA released yesterday titled “Composure”.
Mr. Forbes had warned his followers on Twitter 1 day before the drop, but most of us probably thought he meant a new single for a new project! The big surprise was when he announced the track title as “composure” and declared a noon (CAT) drop time. By then the speculation was rife on what the track would actually be about!
After the track release we all discovered that AKA had committed 5 whole minutes and some seconds to addressing some long-standing issues with a few people in the industry! Ofcourse Cassper Nyovest was the main topic of conversation given their greatly publicized beef and on & off relationship. But one of the surprises was the jab that AKA took at Anatii! Apparently there are producers in South Africa who charge R80,000 for a beat? That’s news to me! But anyway, AKA addressed that and a whole lot more so I figured sharing the music itself would suffice. Check out the track above and let me know your thoughts in the comments!