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Track By Track Album Review: AKA x Anatii’s Be Careful What You Wish For

AKA and Anatii have finally released their highly anticipated collaborative album – Be Careful What You Wish For. Here’s a track by track review

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AKA and Anatii Be Careful What You Wish For Review

Musical brethren AKA and Anatii have spent the better part of the year curating their first full collaborative body of work.

AKA Anatii Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

And on Friday, they finally released Be Careful Of What You Wish For, a 10 track LP containing the two’s previous smash hits The Saga, 10 Fingers and Don’t Forget To Pray. #BCWYF has been one of most highly anticipated albums this year, as AKA and Anatii have continued to consistently build an impressive discography consisting of chart topping collaborations through the years.

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The album represents a full circle for the rappers, whose relationship has seen many publicised highs and lows. But after putting all of that behind them in 2016, they vowed to make the most of their obvious synergistic magic.

Be Careful What You Wish For is a culmination of that creative energy, as they’ve put together a cohesive work that combines themes of spirituality, a stellar production, addictive hooks and experimental vocals to deliver a solid introduction of their fresh wave.

Bryanston Drive 

The album’s opening single is also the most talked about amongst the fans, at least since the album came out. Praised for supreme production, the track sees the two showcasing the best of what they each represent. AKA gets personal on his verses, touching up a bit on aspects of his highly publicised romantic life. Anatii lays down the synthetic vocals, in which he gives us his take on Boom Shaka’s It’s About Time. In many ways, that alone represents the entire album’s play on creatively using throwback elements with a modern day twist.

10 Fingers 

The song is a bop! Released earlier in 2017, 10 Fingers is the single that set the new chapter in motion. The spiritual messages, sound, visuals and now, a full body of work. It also presented solid material for the AKA and Anatii to return to the stage together.

Like the rest of the album, the single oozes a sense of style and plug to a fresh wave for South African Hip Hop.

How Do You Like Me Now? 

‘I come through the kitchen, yeah that’s a doggy style’ is there by the chorus, you all. If this duo has established a signature sound that comes to life whenever they hit the studio, How Do You Like Me Now would be the sibling who has the family’s best features, the freedom of being a bit bratty and privilege to enjoy refined parenting. They’ve refined their mastery through the years, this banger combines everything that has worked for them. There’s the autotune, the catchy chorus, the vocals and their trademark transition to the hard bass.

Personally, I also love this track because of how it will sound when they perform it live.

Holy Mountain

Take us to church!

The album’s third single was released just days before the album followed, and it’s not hard to tell why. It brings the album’s most definitive features in one song. The autotune – which you are gonna love or hate -, the spiritual themes, the wavey vocals tied neatly by AKA’s confident bar filled verses at the ends…

Don’t Forget To Pray 

10 Fingers‘s sibling single has been out for a few months, but behind the scenes pictures are the closest we’ve gotten to a music video for the song. When this song came out, we just loved the consistent, cohesive and timely transit from the first single. We loved that the narrative was becoming clearer, the sound maturing but still informed by a signature.

Accompanied by artwork with religious symbolism, the rappers laid the groundwork for their new era.

Angelz

The single is another early fan favourite. It’s a really nice song, with the two dabbling in some much appreciated Xhosa in that one cool hook. Bringing some of the church to the dance floor

Jesus Plugz

Out of all the songs in the album, Jesus Plugz has the most potential for organic success in different parts of the continent. With West African influences, the religious themes that thread the album, vocals and that beat, it’s one of those songs that can end up blowing up in places you least expected.

The Saga

It’s a classic. That’s all!


Featured Image Credit:  AKA via Instagram Photo by @blaq_smith 

 

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TELLAMAN’s Debut Album, God Decides, Has Arrived

Tellaman has premiered his debut album – God Decides

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Tellaman God Decides

Last week, we had the privilege of attending Tellaman’s album listening session for God Decides, which took place at his musical home merely hours before the album premiered.

Tellaman God Decides

The preview of the looming body of work was a showcase of what sounded like a mellow record from one who’s created the kind of anticipation only a handful of artists can, particularly in the age of streaming. The rules have changed – Kanye set precedence for a 7 track album not long ago. Singles are the new destination and, it seems, their lifespan is now down to just about a month.

Give or take.

The excitement around the soulful vocalist’s first studio album is, therefore, quite telling of the unique space he takes up in the South African soundscape, where we see names replace each other’s relevance with quick succession.

RELATED: TELLAMAN TALKS TO QUENCHSA ABOUT LOVE & MAKING MUSIC 

His has been a steady journey; he was certainly in a different space when we had a conversation with him two years ago.

Tellaman God Decides

The place he is now, though, informs the not just the work itself, but the many talents behind it.

“For the first time, I wasn’t trying to prove anything. I wasn’t trying to prove that I’m the best producer or writer. I just wanted to bring this idea to life and make sure that it’s exactly how I’d imagined it; if it sounds simple and cheesy or complicated and complex, that’s because I wanted it to sound that way.”

The inspiration behind the album is being in a relationship and trying to make it as a musician, two important aspects of life to balance, and something Tellamanhas yet to figure out. God Decides is about Tellaman meeting a girl he believes he loves and trying to make it as a musician whilst trying to make both work and his relationship work, but she fails to understand, and the industry gets the best of Tellaman.

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Based on his religious background, Tellaman titled the album God Decides.

“I was taught that I can only do the best I can and let God take care of the rest. I chose ‘God Decides’ as the title of my first album because I have always felt like somehow, I am not fully in control of everything that is happening in my life. I chose the name because I believe I would not be where I am in my life if God didn’t allow it and I wouldn’t have gone through things I write about if God didn’t allow it.”

Featuring Tellaman’s signature melodies, smooth vocals with instrumental highlights, the story of the album is the bigger picture, with each song being a compiled episode that forms the bigger picture. But most importantly Tellaman brings a simplicity in his music in which a young or old person can find something to relate to. Fans can look forward to a new insight into Tellaman’s life; a lot of flaws, love and hope in the form of the music from his debut offering.

“If you want to put a specific style to the album, you can call it ‘Hip Hop/RnB’, but I like to call it good music and just leave it there. This is my life from 2014 until the day I stopped recording it. My mistakes, my good and bad moments in love. I hope what I have gone through will help someone do or choose better than me.”

Look out for our full album review soon.

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Boity Long Awaited Second Single Is Here – [LISTEN]

She’s no one hit wonder! Boity debuts triumphant follow up to Wuz Dat with new single, Bakae

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Boity Bakae
Photo Credit: Boity via Instagram

Boity on Friday delighted fans when she availed her hotly anticipated second single.

Entitled Bakae, the scorching track comes hot on the heels of the up and coming rapper’s debut single, Wuz Dat, which  was first availed for public consumption in August, 2018.

Bakae arrives as debates on whether or not the 28 year old media personality would be able to sustain the hype she was able to build with Wuz Dat, the collaborative project with Nasty C that has amassed over 700 000 views on YouTube, peaked online.

RELATED: BOITY STARTS JANUARY WITH A CASE FULL OF CASH!

This wouldn’t be the first time Boity had much to prove ahead of premiering music.

A successful acting and entertainment broadcast career notwithstanding, the multi-hyphenate star’s first single not only debuted atop the iTunes chart within hours of release, but continued to help Boity mark her own territory as the country’s hottest female Hip Hop Act.

RELATED: THIS IS BOITY’S APOLOGY OVER THOSE OLD HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS 

Bakae builds on this momentum to find Boity showcasing the lyrical gravitas and flawless flow we never knew she had.

Your thoughts on it?

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Tributes Pour In For Oliver Mtukudzi

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OLiver Mtukudzi

The passing of legendary Zimbabwean artist, Oliver Mtukudzi, sent waves of shock around the world when the news was confirmed on Wednesday. Aged 66, the much-celebrated icon is reported to have died at a hospital in Harare.

Reports of Mtukudzi’s death first surfaced through a local Zimbabwean publication, Masvingo Mirror, who tweeted that they had on it “good authority that he died two hours ago in the ICE at Avenues Clinic in Harare.

The Gallo record label later confirmed the news. Although no statement has been released by his family, tributes have been pouring on social media by fans and high profile names alike.

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