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The Now Or Never Remix: Mzansi Hip Hop Getting A Facelift?

Mzansi Hip Hop anchilada is joined by new school to demand a return to raw talent as they ask ‘What Happened To Rap’ on Dj Switch’s Now Or Never Remix

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“Ya’ll need to know that they sell you bull**** music and they’re happy when they get plaques” – Shane Eagle voicing his take on they state of South African Hip Hop as the level of talent amongst the most commercially successful rappers comes under fire in new song. “It’s now or never”, they spit. “It’s time to change the game.


DJ Switch almost blew the internet on Wednesday when he finally premiered the remix to his latest hit Now Or Never.

The remix features a perfect blend of South Africa’s newest rappers and the industry’s most established kingpins as they host bar heavy 8 minute real-talk on the status quo.

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But while the joint itself has impressed many a fan with its clean mid-tempo flow, bars and the impressive line up of some of the finest the local game has to offer, many have started wondering whether the new voices featured in the song represent the place local Hip Hop is graduating to.

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And the question on hook is an effective one for initiating a dialogue about whether or not we can start thinking about a complete switch up on who we can expect to be dominating the scene in months to come; What happened to rap? 

READ: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PRIDDY UGLY

Veterans Pro, Proverb and Reason are joined by the likes of Shane Eagle, Bigstar Johnson, Priddy Ugly, Zakwe, Youngsta CPT, Zakwe, Ginger Trill, Blaklez and Siya Shezi.

“If rappers are lacking the tact, they have to retract.”

Representing in that dynamic line up the different facets of what the vision board of mainstream Hip Hop should and could look like. That is, when actual lyricism and artistic showmanship become prioritized.

“A lot of you rappers are compromised.”

Here, we’ve got some Durban, some Cape Town, some vernac. We’ve got a lot of authentic street and a touch of the burbs. We’ve got new blood, we’ve got experts.

Then why wouldn’t Nasty C and A-Reece be part of the song, considering they are already touted as the future of SA Hip Hop? It’s a technicality, says DJ Switch. WATCH that below:

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“I’m just glad somebody is asking why is nobody rappin’?”

We also have some shots being shot. In particularly, at the level of perceived mediocrity that defines the standards and the boundaries of the game for those on the come up. Book them, they say. They’ve got more to offer.

Your thoughts on the track?

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Kwesta Debuts Vur Vai & Shoots To #1!

Kwesta continues his winning streak with the premiere of his latest chart topping bop – Vur Vai

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Kwesta on Tuesday thrilled fans and shook the game when he debuted a brand new single.

Entitled Vur Vai, the mid-tempo kwaito flavoured banger sees the rapper continue his winning streak as he continues down the path of a revival of kwaito with a modern day twist, a formula that produced him two of the biggest South African Hip Hop hits back to back.

Kwesta Vur Vai

Trending the whole day upon its release, thanks to the instant hype the summer bop received,  with some fans already plugging it as the biggest record this year.

ALSO READ: BLACK COFFEE ANNOUNCED CONCERT AT THE DOME 

Vur Vai shot atop the South African iTunes chart merely hours after being availed on digital platforms, marking the K1 bred hitmaker’s latest chart-topper, a catalogue which now boasts such classics as Ngud’, Spirit, and amongst others Mayibabo.

Your thoughts on the jam so far? Scroll down to leave your comment!

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Black Coffee Has Announced A Concert At The Dome

He’s thrilled massive crowds globally, and now Black Coffee is bringing his deep house sets to a concert at the Dome this December!

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Black Coffee concert at the Dome

South Africa’s biggest house music DJ and Producer, Black Coffee, has announced a concert at the Dome this December!

Black Coffee concert at the Dome

The announcement comes just days after Coffee walked away with the Best Deep House DJ gong at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain, where he is also currently completing a successful residence.

RELATED: BLACK COFFEE’S DRIVE IS HERE 

Entitled Music Is King, the show will be taking place at the TicketPro Dome on the 15th of December. And it because the show will be happening just a day before the Day of Reconciliation public holiday, you’ve got a bundle of partying joy lined up for you this festive.

RELATED: HUNTER’S HOSTED ONE HELL OF A PARTY WITH BLACK COFFEE

Following the exciting announcement, #MusicIsKing trended all day on Twitter, with music fans and artists complimenting Black Coffee for bringing his globally celebrated deep house sets back into our shores.

Tickets are already available at WebTickets

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AKA’s Fela In Versace Video Premieres To Mixed Reviews

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AKA Fela In Versace Music Video
Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

AKA’s Fela In Versace music video was met with mixed reactions from fans when it premiered on Wednesday.

While die-hard fans are thrilled by the first motion picture from the Touch My Blood album, others are let down by the visual’s aesthetic, creative direction and technical quality.

The video arrived on Wednesday following a promotional drive that began last month, when the rapper first teased fans with lush looking behind the scene photos.

AKA Fela in Versace behind the scenes photos

Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

Delighting his social media followers with glimpses of the video, AKA debuted his gold box fade as he showcased his outfit, which included a R25 000 Cornici Balletto print shirt.

RELATED: AKA’S TOUCH MY BLOOD ALBUM REVIEW

Shot in Joburg. the music video centers on showcasing the skhothane subculture, which is defined by, amongst other things, the setting of expensive brands on fire. That happens here in between freeze frame edits that produce these cool body doubles of AKA.

Some fans have slammed the video – likening its “disappointing” quality to that of an amateur Powerpoint presentation, while some have drawn comparisons to rival, Cassper Nyovest’s Tito Mboweni video.

Others are vibing with AKA’s latest music video, complimenting SUPAMEGA for continuing his winning streak

What are your thoughts on it? Scrawl down to post a comment!

 

 

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