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!
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