Musical brethren AKA and Anatii have spent the better part of the year curating their first full collaborative body of work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It’s a classic. That’s all!
Featured Image Credit: AKA via Instagram Photo by @blaq_smith
Internship Applications for Cassper’s Fill Up Moses Mabhida – Details
Cassper Nyovest is looking for young people to work at his upcoming Fill Up Moses Mabhida stadium shindig.
The rapper on Monday announced the return of the Fill Up Internship programme, which he first launched in 2017 as he conquered FNB Stadium.
Nyovest started the internship programme as a means to pay it forward and equip young people with tangible skills across various event disciplines.
This year’s Fill Up Internship Programme will be open to Durban residents only.
Anyone 18 years old and above may apply.
The application process will be done via interviews.
Interested candidates need only bring along their IDs and attend the interview session.
The following departments will be interviewing for interns: Operations, Talent Operations, Logistics, Accreditation, Hospitality & Catering, Merchandise, Marketing, PR and Sponsorship.
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Time: Interviews will take place between 10 am and 3 pm
Location: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
The #FillUpMosesMabhida Internship Programme will run from Wednesday, 28 November 2018 until Friday, 30 November 2018. All interns will also be required to attend the concert on Saturday, 1 December 2018 to apply their learnings.
Ticket prices range from R100 – R450 and hospitality packages range from R1495 to R2999. Tickets can be purchased at all major stores with Computicket outlets or online here
Swizz Beatz Has Been Confirmed For Black Coffee’s ‘Music Is King’ Concert
Swizz Beatz is billed to perform at Black Coffee’s looming Music Is King Concert on December 15th.
The first batch of performers at Black Coffee’s hotly anticipated Music Is King concert featured a fine selection of the continent’s hottest acts. And on Thursday, Swizz Beatz became the first international act to be unveiled as being part of the line-up.
The acclaimed American Hip Hop music producer, who is currently adding final touches to his highly anticipated album, Poison, will perform alongside a bevvy of Africa’s finest on December 15th at ProTicket Dome, when Black Coffee is hosting his inaugural Music Is King concert.
Swizz Beatz, having recently made a massive noise sparking on-going online conversations with his production of the Lil Wayne single ‘Uproar’, this famed New York DJ, Rapper and producer is no stranger to SA having recently been here. He will return to play an exclusively curated set for his South African fanbase alongside DJ friend Black Coffee.
The inaugural Music Is King Concert, an international concert experience and brainchild of SA’s own Black Coffee with the support of Soulistic Music and U-Live Africa today announced an additional waves of performers to join headliners Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Burna Boy and Riky Rick at the concert taking place this December in Johannesburg.
Local favourites Kenzhero and DJ China have also been added to the lineup. Having built a huge local and international following, these superstar DJs have been creating music for over two decades.
Also joining the line-up is international label Keinemusik’s own &ME.
With his hit track ‘Muye’ remixed by Black Coffee currently on high rotation on SA airwaves right now, he recently released his debut EP on DJ Koze’s Pampa Records ‘In Your Eyes’. As co-founder of the incomparable Keinemusik label, &ME has proven to be a master of impeccable delivery in his productions over the past few years.
Internationally acclaimed DJ Black Coffee earlier this month confirmed this mammoth undertaking, the Music is King concert which would feature his industry friends alongside a long list of other surprises not to be announced.
Music Is King set to take place at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg this December.
Nasty C, AKA, Shekhinah On Spotify’s Most Streamed SA Artists
Being one of the most nominated MCs at the looming SA Hip Hop Awards is not the only thing Nasty C will be celebrating this week.
Spotify has also named him the most streamed South African artist for 2018, putting him in the good running to dominate year-end charts with just as much impact.
Nasty comes ahead of some of the year’s hottest acts in the past fiscal – a list including AKA, Jeremy Loops, Shekhinah and Dj Maphorisa. Mind you, that makes Shekhinah the most streamed South African female artist.
The giant music streaming platform also revealed their most streamed international artists, and Drake’s In My Feelings anthem dominates. No surprises there.
In addition to topping every chart with a slew of scorchers and a hit album this year, Aubrey also broke the internet with the viral #InMyFeelingsChallenge, which saw millions sharing homemade clips of themselves vibing to the song.
Not even a near-fatal diss by Pusha T could stop the Dreezy’s momentum.
In total Drake appeared a further four times on the list of Spotify’s Top Global Songs of Summer 2018 (northern hemisphere).
He also consistently dominates the top 10 most streamed songs by South African audiences list since Spotify’s March, 13th South African launch (see full rankings below) with God’s Plan at number one, In My Feelings at number three and Nice For What at number six.
Girls like You by Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B) came in second on the global summer list and featured at number 10 on the top songs streamed by South African audiences since launch rankings. Post Malone is also shown local love by appearing three times on this list with Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) at number five, Better Now at number seven and Rockstar at number nine.
The top 10 artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- Post Malone
- Ed Sheeran
- Kanye West
- J. Cole
- The Weeknd
- Maroon 5
The top 10 tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- God’s Plan – Drake
- SAD! – XXXTentacion
- In My Feelings – Drake
- Love Lies (with Normani) – Khalid
- Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
- Nice For What – Drake
- Better Now – Post Malone
- Young Blood – 5 Seconds of Summer
- Rockstar – Post Malone
- Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)
The top 10 local artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- Nasty C
- Jeremy Loops
- Joyous Celebration
- Sun-EL Musician
- DJ Maphorisa
The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- GoldFish – Hold Your Kite (feat. Sorana)
- Lady Zamar – Collide
- Mlindo The Vocalist – AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa)
- Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile
- Kwesta – Spirit (feat.Wale)
- Shekhinah – Suited
- Black Coffee – Drive (feat. David Guetta)
- Shekhinah – Please Mr
- DJ Maphorisa & DJ Raybel – iWalk Ye Phara (feat. Moonchild Sanelly, K.O & Zulu Mkhathini)
- Dlala Mshunqisi, Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira – Pakisha