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The Now Or Never Remix: Mzansi Hip Hop Getting A Facelift?

Mzansi Hip Hop anchilada is joined by new school to demand a return to raw talent as they ask ‘What Happened To Rap’ on Dj Switch’s Now Or Never Remix

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“Ya’ll need to know that they sell you bull**** music and they’re happy when they get plaques” – Shane Eagle voicing his take on they state of South African Hip Hop as the level of talent amongst the most commercially successful rappers comes under fire in new song. “It’s now or never”, they spit. “It’s time to change the game.


DJ Switch almost blew the internet on Wednesday when he finally premiered the remix to his latest hit Now Or Never.

The remix features a perfect blend of South Africa’s newest rappers and the industry’s most established kingpins as they host bar heavy 8 minute real-talk on the status quo.

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But while the joint itself has impressed many a fan with its clean mid-tempo flow, bars and the impressive line up of some of the finest the local game has to offer, many have started wondering whether the new voices featured in the song represent the place local Hip Hop is graduating to.

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And the question on hook is an effective one for initiating a dialogue about whether or not we can start thinking about a complete switch up on who we can expect to be dominating the scene in months to come; What happened to rap? 

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Veterans Pro, Proverb and Reason are joined by the likes of Shane Eagle, Bigstar Johnson, Priddy Ugly, Zakwe, Youngsta CPT, Zakwe, Ginger Trill, Blaklez and Siya Shezi.

“If rappers are lacking the tact, they have to retract.”

Representing in that dynamic line up the different facets of what the vision board of mainstream Hip Hop should and could look like. That is, when actual lyricism and artistic showmanship become prioritized.

“A lot of you rappers are compromised.”

Here, we’ve got some Durban, some Cape Town, some vernac. We’ve got a lot of authentic street and a touch of the burbs. We’ve got new blood, we’ve got experts.

Then why wouldn’t Nasty C and A-Reece be part of the song, considering they are already touted as the future of SA Hip Hop? It’s a technicality, says DJ Switch. WATCH that below:

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“I’m just glad somebody is asking why is nobody rappin’?”

We also have some shots being shot. In particularly, at the level of perceived mediocrity that defines the standards and the boundaries of the game for those on the come up. Book them, they say. They’ve got more to offer.

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Spotify’s Top 10 Most Streamed SA Songs in 2020

Numbers don’t lie.

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With 2020 a mere four weeks away from wrapping up, the time has come to reflect on the trends that dominated the year. It was a challenging year, thanks to the pandemic and the tough landscape it created globally.

But Spotify deals with just the music, and they have now dished out their Spotify 2020 Wrapped lists to indicate the best performing songs on the streaming platform through the year.

And it’s quite interesting because, it would appear many hits from 2019 continued to rule this year. One might even wonder if the lockdowns, which prevented conventional ways of promoting music and getting it to the streets, have frozen time for a while.

Elaine’s ‘You’re the One’ was the most streamed South African song on Spotify in 2020, making the R&B singer a force to be reckoned with for another year. Her single Risky also appears elsewhere in the top 10, making her the only solo artist with two singles appearing in the top 10.

These were the most streamed South African songs on Spotify in 2020

  1. “You’re the One” by Elaine
  2. “eMcimbini (Live)” by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto
  3. “Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)” by Sha Sha, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
  4. “Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode)” by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  5. “Risky” by Elaine
  6. “Xola Moya Wam’ (feat. Master KG)” by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  7. “Lorch” by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Kammu Dee, Miano, Semi Tee
  8. “Into Ngawe” by Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician
  9. “Love You Tonight (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha & Kabza De Small)” by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mfr Souls, Sha Sha
  10. “Sandton” by Bontle Smith, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, Kabza De Small, Kamo Mphela

We will be dishing out more lists for albums and global hits soon. Keep an eye!

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Entries Open for the 2021 SAMAs

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South Africa’s most prestigious music awards event, the SA Music Awards (SAMA) return for its 27th year by announcing that entries are open for the 2021 instalment.

Musicians and artists who are eligible for a SAMA consideration are invited to submit their body of work. To qualify, music must be released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.

The SAMAs are open to RiSA members and non-RiSA members. Head over to the SAMA website for more information on the entry process that allows for digital and physical entries.

In the past four years, the SAMAs have seen a marked and sustained increase in the number of entries, up from 400 in 2016 to 802  in 2020.

The SAMAs honour and appreciate the best across the South African music landscape delivered by individual artists or groups. Popularity is not a criterion, but quality and distinction.

Entries are open from today until midnight on 31 January 2021.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi commented: ‘It gives us great pleasure to see the SAMA maintain its longest run as an award ceremony of stature. We call on all creatives to submit their amazing works for the consideration of our panel of judges. We also look forward to SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a global pandemic and we remain dedicated and committed to the cause of making SA music recognised for its excellence.’

 

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Cassper Debuts as Director on ‘Nokthula’ Music Video

It comes with a Pop Smoke look alike.

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You may have thought Cassper Nyovest has done pretty much everything there is to be done as a rapper. But the multi-hyphenate rapper, who in 2020 welcomed his firstborn son just days after premiering his Any Minute Now album, has put on his hat as a director.

Nyovest on Tuesday debuted the music video for Nokthula, the latest single from his highly buzzed fifth studio album, and he has directed the drill inspired visual!

The music video has been tagged his “biggest to date”, at least as far as budget and production are concerned. Shot in a set that was built from scratch, the video features guest appearances by the likes of Busiswa and Legendary P, while comedian Mavusana Vhoo makes a cameo.

There’s also Tsepo the barber, who’s there really looking like the late Pop Smoke. Really drives the drill home.

The single made its entry into the Top 100 Radiomonitor AirPlay Chart yesterday, and has been supported by an online challenge.

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