Fresh Music Fridays – Week 1

DJ Speedsta has a new EP out titled “Bottlebrush Street.” It’s the debut project from him and can be found here. Yugen Blakrok has released a video for her second single – Picture Box – off her upcoming album. The video can be found here. TRESOR’s new album, Nostalgia, is out now on all music […]

Album Review – Shane Eagle’s Never Grow Up

Words by Joey Drumz Anyone familiar with competition as a concept would understand that history tends to favour those who come out on top. Darwinian Theory celebrates the strongest and most capable, while relegating those who remain behind to a regressive oblivion, never to be heard or seen from again. Grim as it may sound, […]

DJ PH – Anatomy of a Maestro

Words by Mercia Tucker DJ PH has had a stellar year. Never one to settle into complacency, his thinking is “How do you better yesterday? While moving forward you look at what you’ve done like ‘This is how I did it, now I need to do better.’” One of South Africa’s finest, his competition is […]

Kwesta’s Pursuit of Greatness

More than Kwesta, the musician endears himself to you as Senzo Vilakazi, the man. Never one to enforce the stereotype of ‘celebrity’, it’s his boy next-door-charm that has garnered him supporters that feel more like a community than a fan base. It’s this sense of community – imparted through the late Linda ‘PRO’ Mkhize – […]

Kid X – Coming of Age

As a coming of age, Bonginkosi ‘Kid X’ Mahlangu’s debut album couldn’t be a more fitting tribute to his journey as an artist. Running the gauntlet of themes from his relationship with God, to navigating the glare of Jozi’s city lights, romantic endeavours, and the hurdles he’s had to overcome in his career, he says […]

Top 10 Local MC’s Who Got Next

Words by Joey Drumz Very few genres require you to be on your toes and aware of yourself, and those around you, like Hip Hop. Everything can change in a matter of months and your current successes hold little weight with an audience whose overwhelming love for you today is equal only to their insatiable […]

Successful Local Brand and Artist Partnerships

Words by Sanele Mawisa Marketing as a method to effect sales has been around since time immemorial. In Economics you learn about demand and supply and the value chain. The last decade has seen the meteoric rise of two forms of marketing – digital marketing and influencer marketing. Utilizing the two in conjunction has been […]

Rouge: Raising The Bar

The love story isn’t a novel idea in the hip hop storytelling pantheon. Project Pat’s “Choose U” was one such tale of ‘hood love’; a woman choosing to move on from her relationship with her baby daddy, and supporting her new beau with her child support cheques. Pimp C was in prison when he heard […]

Album Review – Nasty C’s “Strings & Bling”

Words by Joey Drumz It would be hard to argue that there’s been a Hip Hop artist in recent memory that’s won over the hearts of South Africa and parts of the world at the rate and magnitude that Nasty C has done in 3 years. Since his early 2015 Price City Mixtaperelease, Nasty’s been […]

20 Music Tastemakers to Follow on Social Media

Words by Misa Narrates No musical landscape stays the same forever; and with every change comes an actor thereof. From the music executives changing the way music is released, to the producers who make our summer anthems, South Africa’s music scene is dynamic. In no particular order, those featured below are 20 people whom we […]

A-Reece: The Gifted One

In 1994, at the height of his legal troubles, Tupac Shakur sat down with BET’s Ed Gordon for an interview on the plight of black lives and, as he started to gain notoriety for his militant ways, his perception in the public eye. He said “That change right before you go from being eighteen and […]

2 Lee Stark & Stephen of Kent present THERE MAY BE WOLVES

“There May Be Wolves” is a joint EP project by 2Lee Stark and Stephen Of Kent. The title of the album takes inspiration from Game Of Thrones. Stark is part of 2lee’s rap alias which is the same as House Stark on GOT, the house sigil of the starks is a wolf and they also […]