The homie Chillimane drops of another heater, listen to it Here.
To some this is old news and might go unnoticed, however I feel it needs to be said and documented as are the stats in the 50th Hype Magazine Issue. Documenting Hip-Hop in S.A. is a big task and with such, comes great responsibility as to many this is not a part time job or hobby but the reason for ones being.
At first I was going to ignore whatever stats came out and keep mum on my opinions but after much hype, controversy, word of mouth, various radio discussions and interviews I listened to, I felt the need to say something and went on a “twitter rant” on the night of July 26, 2012. After which I got a hold of the magazine, they’ll be examples about me, some others about others, I might have forgotten but you’ll get the gist. Here are some of my thoughts in not too much detail…
- For a South African magazine I felt there was too much biased towards American music. As American as hip-hop is, your magazine is consumed by South Africans and should reflect the growth of the culture in South Africa. Not saying that you should not include the Americans but a more balance approach should have been considered for the home grown. This very point leads to the reason why a lot of SA acts were not considered at some very crucial points throughout the magazine.
- Missing Top 50 Hip-Hop Moments;
- The birth of Le Club
- YFM Rap Activity Jam
- Ikapa vs Jozi event in Cape Town, mid 2003, where an underground hip-hop scene filled the 3 story upmarket Dockside nightclub. BVK, 5th Floor, Mizchif, Godessa, ProVerb, Ramesh, Skwatta Kamp, Zubz and Amu. Brought to you by YFM and UCT Radio.
- Zwai winning best hip hop SAMA in 2002
- Skwatta bringing home the 1st real Rap SAMA with Khut en Joyn in 2003
- Battle of the Pro’s: ProVerb vs Pro Kid at The Rand Show
- Inqaba hip-hop sessions in Durban
- Missing Top 50 Most Important Songs in Hip Hop ;
(Songs I consider to be “game changers”)
- Amu “Skillz”
- Pitch Black Afro “Pitch Black Afro”
- H2O “It’s Wonderful”
- HHP “Tswaka”
- JR “Show Dem” / “Gata Le Nna”
- Morafe “The Whole Thang”
- Ramesh “It Rocks”
- Spex “Hizo”
- Mizchif “Fashionable”
- Skwatta Kamp “The Clap Song”
- Tuks “Senganga”
- Teargas “Chance”
- PRO Kid “Woz’ Uzababona”
- P.O.C. “Neva Again”
- Da Les “We On Fire”
Missing 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time;
- Various Artist’s “The Muthaload”
The 1st hip-hop compilation to be released by a major.
- Jack Parow “Jack Parow”
The impact of this album on the Afrikaans Rap scene cannot go unnoticed
- Pitch Black Afro “Styling Gel”
1st rap album to go platinum
- Amu “The Life, The Rap, The Drama”
Long awaited 1st offering from Rap’s god father
- Missing Top 50 SA MC’s;
If this list was based on feelings and opinions I wouldn’t step to it but you stated that your reasoning is based on impact thus the below
- Skwatta Kamp (2x Gold Albums and with members sitting on 5 out of your 50 covers, that’s 10% of the material you put out, not worth considering?)
- Pitch Black Afro
- Kwesta (2x SAMA Nominations, Channel O Awards Nomination, Voted Grittiest Rapper in the World by SOHH.com and a Hype Mag Cover)
- Shugasmakx (Over 40 000 downloads sold on “Numba 1” and a Hype Cover)
- Loko a.k.a. LokoMotion
I don’t claim to know it all but having being in the mainstream for a decade I believe my opinion and views will resonate with many.
This issue might sell a lot of copies but let’s hope it is not the issue that takes away from your credibility.
Over and Out
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The Sprite Uncontainable Rooftop Experiences are a much needed break from the American Idol format talent shows that seems to have taken over mainstream television. Following a recent nationwide search for Hip-Hop talent, participants have been narrowed down to 18 finalists.
These 18 need to bring their ‘A game’ in order to secure 1 of 6 spots in the final round. I have no doubts the competition will be fierce. The top 18 finalists’ performances in dance, emceeing and graffiti are made up of the top six participants in each category. However this doesn’t include turntablists (DJ’s). Missed opportunity there, Sprite should have included that category.
The rap battle is something that you can’t fake. Emcees will call you out if you don’t have what it takes. The audience is always candid & unforgiving. If you don’t engage the crowd while you dismantle your opponent with Punch lines, Puns & Superior Wordplay then you will quickly be devoured on stage.
The same is true for the Dance battles also being showcased. I’m excited to see what kind of masterpieces the Graffiti artists will give us. Graffiti is not just visual art, it’s Visual Poetry. Where emcees have hundreds of syllables to express themselves, the graf artist must convey his message in a single piece.
A respectable panel of judges (Simba, Reason and Falko) will no doubt pick the Justin Biebers from the Johnny Blazes, but if I know anything, it is the Crowd is the ultimate decision maker.
The 6 finalists will perform on stage at the Sprite Uncontainable Hip-Hop Festival on 1 September with American rapper Talib Kweli. I don’t need to convince you what an amazing opportunity this is.
The Sprite Uncontainable Rooftop Experiences will take place inDurbanat Moyo in Ushaka Marine World on 14 July; inCape Townat the Loop on 20 July; and inJohannesburgat Shine Studios on 28 July.
Live Performances by Liquid KZN, Sky Wander, ABDUS, DJ’s 2Dexa & Manelise on the ones & two’s.
R50 gets you through the door
For more information on the Sprite Uncontainable Rooftop Experiences, visit www.spritehiphop.co.za
The Militia an independent hip hop producer from Joburg teaming up with legendary Philadelphia MC – Reef The Lost Cauze to bring you “New York Started It” the 2nd track off The Militia’s debut EP – That New York Sound.
That New York Sound is NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE from his website Here
Featuring: AOTP member – Reef The Lost Cauze, Sparkingtin (who is a former Wu-Tang Harlem 6 affiliate) Pete G, Mo The General & more
Here is the official video for the track as well:
A rapper Chippa M who has been given countless opportunities to showcase his talent on the full clip decided to bite the hand that feeds him and disrespect both Siz and Scoop in their own house. Siz invited Chippa to come to the show and battle him live on air. Chippa must of thought there was something sweet about siz until the latter kicked his bars.
Chippa was totally fighting out of his weight class as he was totally made to come off sounding like an amateur. Siz totally had him clutching at straws the entire battle. Apparently Chippa has been hiding indoors and afraid to show his face since the massacre. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.
It is a unique lyrical journey featuring 16 of Southern Africa’s most prolific rappers, some you know, some you should. It’s sixteen mcis dropping a 16 bar verse about what concerns the young of today. Make your own legacy this Youth Month.
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