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Fifi Cooper Debuts Take Me Back Album; And It’s Honest

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Fifi Cooper on Friday liberated her first studio album since her highly publicised and explosive departure from Ambitiouz Entertainment.

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Aptly entitled Take Me Back, the 21 track Motswako project finds Fifi spitting cold trill about trust and betrayal, wicked schemes from people she once trusted, and the confidence gained from her victorious – albeit rough – journey back to the charts. Cooper also pitches her tent as a Motswakolista ready to be welcomed back into the scene.

She had been with the controversial label since its inception when she decided to jump ship, setting in a motion a devastating legal battle between the parties that once threatened to exhaust her very ability to access her discography.

It’s one that she lost initially; famously losing the rights to perform the music she recorded with the label, which basically consisted of her entire catalogue. A political party, the EFF, would later come to her rescue.

RELATED: OUR 2016 INTERVIEW WITH FIFI COOPER 

The last time I met Fifi Cooper her was in a control of a studio where she was to be doing a television interview about the case she had just lost against her former record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment.

I expected her to look deflated and sombre.

Yet the girl who walked in for makeup was triumphant and bubbly. She greeted everyone cheerfully and continued taking pictures.

This was mid-2016, and it seemed the rapper’s world had come crashing down. Not only was she no longer allowed to perform any of her commercial work, she was also reportedly ordered to pay all the legal fees.

Two years later we’ve got Take Me Back. In it, Fifi Cooper blends some bonafide vocals with smooth Motswako raps that she transitions back and forth between English and Setswana without losing control of her flows. The album tackles various themes; with romance and related drama adding to some of the reflections on her career.

 

 

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Kid X’s Thank Da King Album Is Here – Album Review

Kid X shakes the table with the premiere of his debut studio album, Thank Da King. Should you get it?

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On October 3, 2018
Last modified:October 4, 2018

Summary:

Kid X stretches our expectations in his debut studio album, Thank Da King. With a slew of high profile collaborations, a combination of new bops and favourites, the rappers proves why he can longer be ignored.

Nasty C and AKA had the most anticipated South African Hip Hop albums in 2018, but Kid’s X’s debut studio album packs sufficient proof that he can no longer be ignored.

While he’s churned out the solid singles through the years, Thank Da King is the first time the rapper had space to fully express himself artistically.

And at 26 tracks, the ‘double-disc’ record gives Kid X enough room to splay his skills, tell his story and make a mark. Of course, it won’t really be a double ‘disc’ for fans who will be streaming the album, but everyone will still enjoy the transitions between the rawer version of Kid X in the first part, to the smoother sounds in the second.

RELATED: 5 ARTISTS PROVING THAT KWAITO IS BACK ON TOP IN 2o18!

Thank Da King boasts a slew of collaborations that include Kwesta, Da LES, Shwi Nomntekhala, Stogie T, Yanga and, amongst others, Vennessa Mdee.

Sonically, the rapper plays at his biggest strengths while anchoring the album’s overall feel as an authentic South African production – embracing the many rich facets of our musical heritage and fusing them with his contemporary Hip Hop sound to produce something pleasant to jam to.

RELATED: OUR 2016 INTERVIEW WITH KID X… HE WAS STILL AT CASHTIME!

The woofer blowing bass on 2 Spin – the album’s intro – sets a tone for the album in several ways; One, this album puts Kid X’s storytelling skills at its center. His lyricism and flows are undeniable, but you will delight in the many themes he tackles with each verse. Secondly, there’s plenty of the township swag and zesty kwaito influences that have come to define his sound and, three, he is not here to play.

It can only help that the stint quickly moves to Stokvel, one of the album’s best bops, and Ipati, a single he released a few years ago during his tenure at Cashtime. Both songs do justice to the seamless weaving of Kwaito and Hip Hop that threads the overall fabric and texture of the project.

Negotiating the boundaries between Hip Hop and Kwaito, as he has always done, Thank Da King finds Kid X stretching our expectations to find tempos and flavours that echo far beyond that dichotomy. There’s the maskandi influence on Mtan’ Omuntu – one of the album’s lead singles –  with Shwi Nomtekhala. The song finds the unexplored spaces of harmony between Hip Hop and maskandi, proving that Kid X is really crafting his own lane in the game.

Nude is one of the album’s most pleasant surprises. Not because it’s one of the best songs here (it’s hard to quickly whip up a list of the best songs on this album), but because we are being introduced to a different side to him.

He’s a pantsula playing in varied spaces on Mtan’ Omuntu, but here there’s a smooth and lush vibe we haven’t heard a lot of. It’s a love song that finds Kid X laying down some vocals over a nostalgic beat.

Both tracks appear in the second part of the album, where Kid X is essentially allowing us to the softer side of his flow. Whether you are more impressed by the alternative RnB meet rap influences on Medicated with Zoocci Coke Dope, or the encounter with more traditional melodies, or just the nostalgic RnB vibes with the bit of singing, we’re sure some of you will be vibing more to disc two.

We vibed to the album in it’s entirety. Because while no one does albums anymore, Kid X shows us there’s still space for raw talent and pure music, music without all the extra stuff that we must endure prior to releases these days, and we are enjoying every bit of it!

 

Kid X stretches our expectations in his debut studio album, Thank Da King. With a slew of high profile collaborations, a combination of new bops and favourites, the rappers proves why he can longer be ignored.
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Wuz Dat: Boity’s First Ever Hip Hop Single Has Arrived!

Boity thrilled fans and left the industry shook when on Friday she unleashed her dynamite first ever banger – Wuz Dat

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No one knew what to expect when Boity revealed plans to release some music not so long ago.

And on Friday the media personality finally wore her rapper tag when she unveiled her first ever single, Wuzdat, with Nasty C. The song has already shot to #1 on iTunes SA, scoring her first chart-topping hit!

In it Boity declares her entrance into the South African Hip Hop ecosystem; spitting cold trill about not recognising the competition.

RELATED: BLACK COFFEE, CASSPER NYOVEST  & SHANE EAGLE DROP NEW BOPS 

The banger first surfaced on Thursday following on DJ Fresh’s Metro FM breakfast show. The radio station later shared videos of Boity having a blast in the studio as the song played, garnering some pretty impressive pre-listen reviews from fans who’ve been awaiting the release.

 

The single is a strong introduction of Boity as a rapper as she splays clean bars with confidence and a badass vibe we are only now being made privy to! The song was as highly anticipated as it was already dismissed by some long before it saw the light of day, thanks to scepticism about her then-unknown rapping abilities.

Wuzdat blasts in with 808s and trap flavoured sonic vibes, a catchy chorus and one hell of a dynamite verse by Nasty C.

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Mobi Dixon’s 10 Steps Forward Album Has Arrived – Album Review

Mobi Dixon’s freshest offering is rich with potential to achieve both purposes of filling dancefloors this coming summer, and living beyond the constraint of seasons with instant timeless classics

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On August 25, 2018
Last modified:August 25, 2018

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Mobi Dixon's freshest offering is rich with potential to achieve both purposes of filling dancefloors this coming summer, and living beyond the constraint of seasons with instant timeless classics

Mobi Dixon has seldom misfired when it comes to putting out a solid product, a fact which rings true to South African House music.

If you’ve tapped into this sound and the niche subculture, you’ll know that its considered “expensive music” by avid followers, who are constantly on the hunt for the freshest supreme but delightful productions.

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And since South Africa is known to be the world’s capital of House Music, the DJs normally take years to put out new work, which must leave a lasting impression.

The House music Dj and producer returns with a 10 track project which sees him enlisting sultry vocals from a select list of SA’s finest; including Shekhinah, Donald, Samthing Soweto, the inimitable Nokwazi and amongst others JSomething). The album also showcases Mobi Dixon’s apparent high roller status, as he has been able to get quite the line up of the hottest acts in the country, such as DJ Tira, Dladla Mshunqisi and Tamara Dey.

Strategically, the best thing any artist can do is position some of the strongest works at the beginning of the album. It sets the mood and tone, which in turn influences how the listener potentially perceives the rest of the project.

Though for me, this is also a trap. It took me a while to move past the album’s title track. Shekhinah’s soulful vocals anchor Mobi Dixon’s green and mint productions in the most magical way. Admittedly, I’ve enjoyed both Mobi Dixon and Shekhinah’s works through years, and this timely collaboration struck such a cord that I had to take it to the treadmill!

“Every lesson I learned, braced me for the worst”, sings Shekhinah ss beautifully as only she can. This track establishes this album as a bevy of richly vocalised house classics that will both animate partying sessions in the looming festive and sustain relevance that will live beyond seasons, as we’ve come to see House music do over the decades. When it comes to house music, the trick to longevity lies in songs that have more than nine lives.

Please You with J’Something comes in next, and immediately upticks the level of soul this record brings. It’s a pleasure listening to good ol’ authentic South African music, especially when the richness of the work is not open to debate. J’Something’s vocal harmonies are as blissful as ever here, and they allow you to bask in the supremacy of the marriage between the Dj and the soulful vocals on this track.

Samthing Soweto’s unmatched vocal acrobatics kick in on Abantu, the next bop in what is undoubtedly a timely session for this summer. “Abantu bajaiva nabantu ababathandayo”, he sings beautifully through electric synths and Dixon’s trademark organic sounds.

Nokwazi is one of the country’s most formidable vocalist, who honed her skills doing back up vocals for some of the biggest names in the South African music industry’s biggest names. She decided to move to spotlight recently; and embracing House music, she finds herself laying down her uniquely African sounding vocals on this jam. It’s yet another dancefloor filler.

Maybe Impilo will be the album’s biggest hit on the charts; it has all the right elements. There’s Dladla Mshunqisi – the hottest voice in the Durban music scene right now, as well as details of the popular Pretoria broken-beat sound. It could also be Visa, featuring heavyweights Kwesta, DJ Tira and Nichume. It could also be both!

There’s no doubt that Mobi Dixon’s mission is to distrupt and dominate. You’ve got look out for this album!

 

 

Mobi Dixon's freshest offering is rich with potential to achieve both purposes of filling dancefloors this coming summer, and living beyond the constraint of seasons with instant timeless classics
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