Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop At Back To The City 2023

Back To The City

Back To The City yet again lived up to its reputation as the biggest hip hop festival in Africa by hosting a successful edition on Saturday, October 7th. This year’s edition was primed as a celebration of hip hop’s 50th anniversary, doubling also as a special occasion for SA hip hop’s 40th anniversary as well. […]

Touchline and Stogie T Connect on “You Found Me This Way”

Touchline Stogie T

What feels like a long awaited collaboration between one of the young premier MCs in South African hip hop and his OG veteran equivalent who has stood the test of time, has finally surfaced. Touchline has teased a Stogie T collaboration for a while now and their song “You Found Me This Way” has now […]

Behind The Catalogue, The Podcast That Takes A Deep Dive Into Artists’ Life and Work

Behind The Catalogue

Behind The Catalogue is a new, exciting podcast series helmed by two luminaries in the South African music journalism space, Sabelo Mkhabela and Ts’eliso Monaheng, that serves a docuseries focusing on one artist’s discography per season. Sabelo serves as the creator, producer, directed and interviewer, while Ts’eliso serves as the co-producer, co-director and recording engineer. […]

Stogie T Partners With Def Jam Africa And Releases New Single “Mama Say”

Stogie T Def Jam Africa

History has been made following the announcement that Def Jam Africa has made a new marquee signing, inking a deal with none other than South African hip hop veteran, Stogie T. The signing is marked by the release of a new single by the elder statesman of South African hip hop, aptly titled “Mama Say”. […]

Ten Life Lessons I Learned From Stogie T For His 40th Birthday

Stogie T Life Lessons

“I make lines speak to the heart of the darkness, everything’s hidden, unless you’re listening with your conscious, take and revisit them lyrics to feel the content.” The greatest emcee from Africa turns 40 years old today. Boitumelo Molekane was born on 16 August 1981 in Tanzania where his parents were exiled. Since then, the […]

Ayanda Jiya Whets Our Palate With Her 7-Track EP, Queen

Ayanda Jiya Queen

Released on Friday, Ayanda Jiya’s latest EP, Queen, gives a perfect glimpse into what the talented songstress has been up to. At just seven songs, the EP potentially serves as a precursor to a longer full-length album on the horizon. Sticking to her tried and tested formula of collaborating with contemporary emcees, the EP boasts […]

Stogie T enlists Benny the Butcher and Nasty C for his double single release today

Stogie T hit us with a double single release today. He features Griselda Records’ Benny the Butcher on “Animals” and Nasty C on “Dunno”. The singles are from his forthcoming album “Dux Africanus” that we’ll be getting in the fourth quarter of the year. “Dux” being the Latin word for “leader,” the album title makes […]

Stogie T puts the Freestyle Friday series to rest

It’s been an incredible few months of lockdown with not only new music to look forward to on Fridays but new freestyles as well. Stogie T has decided that today will be the final episode of Freestyle Friday. Keeping rappers rapping through lockdown, the series has brought a new appreciation for the art of the […]

In Bed With… Stogie T, Rouge, and Bas

The year was 2003 and “They say a thin-skinned drum makes the loudest beat” were the lyrics you first heard when you opened yourself up to the experience of Tumi and the Volume’s Live at the Baseline album. The artist had already made a name for himself with his solo exploits in the Joburg hip […]

Stogie T’s Freestyle Friday is a feast of rap flair

Stogie T began his weekly dose of freestyling a verse on his social media on the 6th March and nothing was the same. If you’re familiar, you’d know his pen is second to none in SA, so serving up lyrics like “Niggas blow their own horn, Ornette Coleman/ But can’t tell the pretty Tonys from […]

Fresh Music Friday – Week 6

Youngsta’s debut album has arrived. One of the hardest working artists in SA has released 3T which is narrated by his grandfather, and is a journey on his life and history. The album can be found here. ByLwansta has released the first chapter in his SpijØnget series. Released as a series of three four-track EPs, […]