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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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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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Inside Zahara’s 5 Months Of Sobriety

Zahara has opened up about her 5 months without alcohol, saying she now wants to shine the spotlight on the mental health of local artists, who’d rather “destroy themselves” than face record labels.

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It’s been 5 months since Zahara has consumed any alcohol.

The Afro-Pop songbird revealed to TshisaLive that she decided to quit after “one night I finished a whole bottle of wine by myself.”

This personal milestone attends to negative portrayals of the singer, who’s had to fight persistent reports of a drinking problem that is out of control. It’s a reputation she’s keen to challenge. “I want to show people that those stories aren’t true.”

It’s also a reputation, says the singer, that has been engineered to undermine her credibility amid her fight for album royalties.

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Her breakthrough moment, however, happened last year in October, when her mother and sister fasted in prayer as a means to intervene. She hasn’t had any since then, and doesn’t miss it.

The 30 year old afro-soul songstress has recently detailed rough patches she’s endured in recent months, most of which are related to the alleged heated disputes between her and her previous labels.

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“I won’t be a statistic, I want my money”, says Zahara in a new Instagram post, in which she also gives out her personal mobile number. Repurposing lyrics from her hit single, Umthwalo (My baggage), she went on to clarify that the account was not hacked. Instead, she’s decided to use her platfom to expose unspoken realities in the music industry.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, Zahara said she’s adamant to be heard.

“Some of my peers are suffering from depression, some have thrown themselves into drug abuse, others into the arms of men simply because they are afraid of admitting that they have no money, because the record labels are not paying us”, says the Loliwe hitmaker.

Zahara also said that she’s now pursuing legal action for said album royalties.

 

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Nasty C Opens The Industry With ‘Lift As You Rise’

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Nasty C, Tellaman, Rowlene for Lift As You Rise

More and more of Mzansi’s hip-hop artists are climbing the ladder of success with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives.

This phenomenon brings to life a gripping narrative that the local hip-hop space is overloaded with inherent quality and talent. With this in mind, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have joined forces to form Lift As You Rise; a music project that is aimed at uplifting artists across South Africa and subsequently catapults them into success.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project will see these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks.

These tracks will incorporate verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that will allow Mzansi’s aspiring artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks. As a result, SA’s budding musicians can contribute to the songs and add their parts so as to complete the tracks.

The musicians will then need to upload their tracks onto their respective social media platforms with the correct tags.

Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records will then select the best artists. Successful artists will get an opportunity to go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town where songs will be recorded culminating in complete tracks released to the public.

“A much-undervalued part of the music industry is collaboration, especially in the world of fresh and independent hip-hop artists,” Nasty C comments.

“At the moment, our music culture in SA is becoming more and more open to sharing and collaborating and this is the culture the Lift As You Rise project looks to achieve. This is the era where budding artists need to catch up with the understanding that they must collaborate to take their gift one step further.”

Rowlene adds, “Collaboration is the biggest uplifting force driving music today. To young and upcoming artists looking to project their talents onto a bigger audience, the Lift As You Rise project is the powerful stepping stone.”

For more information on the Lift As You Rise project, visit http://redbull.co.za/lift-as-you-rise

 

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Doccie To Premiere on Netflix

Beyonce’s Coachella documentary is coming to Netflix

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Beyoncé has premiered the first look into her looming documentary, and the streets are shaken.

The promo for ‘Homecoming‘ landed on the internet on Monday. The South African beyhive is in for a treat as the documentary will surface on Netflix, April 17th.

The picture is set to chronicle the journey to one of Beyoncé’s most iconic performances – Beychella.

The doccie will feature the actual performance – which means you can now stop scouring the internet for that pixelated footage obtained from the live stream – as well behind the scenes preparations for the critically lauded show.

The piece is said to offer an “intimate, in-depth look” at the concert, revealing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Netflix said.

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