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Shane Eagle – Never Grow Up Album Review

Shane Eagle returns with a powerful EP – Never Grow Up

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Although victorious in shifting the landscape and defining a success that thrives beyond the bubble, Shane Eagle could be criminally underhyped. Never Grow Up bears proof.

Shane Eagle liberated a new body of work to succeed 2017’s critically acclaimed Yellow.

Almost two years since the lyricist dropped his last body of work, and since concluded a successful national tour named after his favourite luminous hue, we finally have Never Grow Up.  The 7-track project finds Eagle yet again stretching the limits of his own creative freedom – shunning the commercial seductions of trap bops to deliver yet another impressive offering.

His dissent from the establishment continues.

Like before, he’s not afraid to depart from the mould to carve his own nook on this record, a fact which informs his decision to remain independent. Unlike ever before, however, he invites his audience to explore different layers not only to his metamorphic artistry, but also the personal truth that he delivers with much poetic justice.

It’s a truth distilling his childhood as a biracial kid by parents whose roots span continents. Ronnie Hughes is a beautiful and sombre tale detailing the meanings Shane made of these worlds.

These dynamics would later enrich the lyricist’s repertoire of understanding; he touches on the experience of love that is bigger than the ‘regular story of how Europeans try to feast on Africa’s glory’, and expands the narrative to introduce personal acts of pure love that many of us never think about in this context.

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Ronnie Hughes is the fourth track on the album, but easily amongst the best. Sonically, it’s a smooth continuation of the classical ecosystem that weaves the lush and classic flows that Eagle so triumphantly delivered on Yellow. Consistent with the album’s overall sound, the song layers organic, raw and classic tones to create a lo-fi Hip Hop atmosphere. The classic horn adds a touch of nostalgia that elevates Shane’s recollections, putting them in one hell of a vibey capsule.

It will take his audience less than 20 minutes to consume Never Grow Up. The EP is a piece of work in which Shane Eagle clearly intends to reconcile the chasm between the artist who blew up to add a veritable mark on the South African soundscape in the last few years, and the 22-year-old Shane Patrick Hughes.

Yellow‘s sibling arrives just weeks after Shane’s Yellow Tour ended with an impressive line-up of supporting acts that included contemporaries Nasty C and Shekhinah. The tour itself testified further to Shane’s disruptive game plan. He’d managed to have his debut album reach gold with minimal hype and almost no gimmicks, after all.

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Where the rapper has been successful in creating dialogues and piquing interest has lain solely in the creative expression of his art; which started with a carefully curated visual social media build-up to the release of Yellow. The gap between Yellow and Never Grow Up saw the arrival of a couple of singles – one which included a very random diss to AKA –  and that much talked about galactic visual for YellowVerse.

And while Shane has managed to sustain much of his privacy and the mystery that goes along with it, despite the success of Yellow, this offers his fans access. It’s telling then that he’s used his childhood photographs as visual tools to express this full circle. Homework As$ignment is a textual play that is complemented by the childlike typeface that is part of the album’s artwork.

Ap3x is the album’s promotional single, and it came out just before the album. It’s packed with attitude; Shane is keeping an eye on rappers who are now trying to borrow heavily from his style. It’s the quintessential Hip Hop lexicon strewn over boastful shots of self-aggrandizement that appear in every’ rappers album. It’s part of the culture. The song snaps, no doubt about more.

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Far more interesting, as always, is when Eagle indulges his most musical instincts and delves – both sonically and lyrically – into his elastic ether of abstract thoughts.

Fans will delight on Chocolake Milk:

“I can’t belong I’m growing up this fast, gettin’ rich this quick”.

I’ve discovered there’s nothing quite like driving down Oak Avenue listening to Shane Eagle tackling metaphysical questions, like a metaphysical poet, of the spiritual nature of heaven – the place, the concept, the reality.

His interest in heaven appears severally across the album.

Ride Dolo: What You Wanna Be is that girl on this album.

Shane Eagle ate the hell out of this song. The flow, the tempo, the bars, the 808s… The hook is hella catchy. The whole song has a luxurious vibe with a hushing effect. Listening to this one felt like those moments when you are in a clothing store and that one outfit that exceeds your budget until you buy it over all the other items you could have had.

Although victorious in shifting the landscape and defining a success that thrives beyond the bubble, Shane Eagle could be criminally underhyped. Never Grow Up bears proof.

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Jub Jub Tries to Make Amends

Jub Jub to drop remake of Ndikhokhele

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Jub Jub’s return from prison has been nothing short of miraculous. Seemingly, South Africans moved to forgive the hip hop artist of all the transgressions levelled against him. Real name Molemo Maarohanye held a press conference where he unveiled his plans to drop a remix to his chattopper Ndikhokhele.

The re-release of the song is meant to raise funds to help out the families whose children died from that tragic accident he was imprisoned for back in 2010. All of the details regarding his plans were set out at the press conference that included some of the big names in the industry in attendance.

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The conference aired live on 28 October on Soweto TV, DStv channel 251, hosted by Somizi Mhlongo. It was revealed that South  Africa’s crème de la crème of gospel superstars will add their vocals to the joint. Names like Dr. Rebecca Malope and Benjamin Dube have attached their names to the project alongside songsters Nathi Mankayi and Mlindo the Vocalist.

As part of his parole condition, Maarohanye was not allowed to get in touch with the families affected by the accident, With this gesture, it stands to reason that the condition has been lifted or expired.

Jub Jub’s has been the gift that keeps on giving since his rehabilitation. He found a home at Moja Love where he churns of reality tv shows such as Uyajolala 9/9 and You Promised To Marry Me. 

Each show has helped couples one way or another in as much at it has caused division. Regardless of the outcome, Jub Jub’s job to the country at large is to entertain the masses, and so far, it’s going well.

Make sure you stream, download and listen to the remake of Ndikhokhele, which drops on all streaming platforms on Friday, October 30.

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LISTEN: AKA Drops New Single with Sho Madjozi and Flvme

Bhovamania season loads.

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AKA is back with a brand new banger. On Thursday midnight, the rapper premiered Casino, the latest single from his forthcoming BHOVAMANIA album.

The track features guest verses by Sho Madjozi and Flame, whose contributions help Supamega to mark a splashy return to the charts with what promises to be a blockbuster hit.

The song’s announcement on Thursday trounced the frenzy that shook the socials, as the promotional campaign featured DJ Fresh and 947 teasing the track with fun threats of leaking it. The chatter led the release to shoot to the top of the trends on Twitter.

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Casino is the 4th single from the looming project, which is slated for release on November 4th.

Entitled BHOVAMANIA as a play on his Bhova moniker, the album has already spawned such songs as Python with Moozlie and Don Design, Monuments, Energy with Gemini Major, as well as Cross My Heart.

The album will be AKA’s first studio album and full body of work since 2017’s Touch My Blood. Already available for pre-order, the album is will also be the rapper’s 4th.

With the looming release, we will soon be reflecting on the year that was for SA Hip Hop. Earlier this year, we polled you on which Hip Hop album is most anticipated in your books. Now that Cassper Nyovest has shaken the charts with AMN, and Nasty C with Zulu Man With Some Power, the conversation is about to go there.

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Shane Eagles Shakes Twitter With his Boner

Move over Tyga.

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He typically maintains a low profile, but fans are now just finding out that Shane Eagle knows how to get a little nasty from time to time. The rapper left very little to the imagination when on Wednesday he shared a photo of him showing off his print.

Unprovoked, Topless Eagle shared a black and white selfie with him holding his phallus through shorts. Doing what it was deployed to do, the photo has since sparked a frenzy on the Twitter.

And while reactions to the post have ranged from thirsty Oohs and shocked ‘what the hell’s’, there’s no doubt that Shane knows exactly what he’s up to.

It’s been days since American rapper Tyga launched his OnlyFans and shared a nude, bringing about the kind of clout he hasn’t seen since leaving Kylie Jenner. The year is 2020, and the rappers are switching things up.

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