Hip Hop

 
[Video]Sjava: Not just your everyday rapper
[Video]Sjava: Not just your everyday rapper
Late bloomer: South African hip-hop’s household crooner Sjava has been writing music for over 14 years.
Kay Faith is rigging the Cape sound
Kay Faith is rigging the Cape sound
Sometime in the 1980s, when Rick Rubin was completing a degree at the New York University, he co-founded Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons....
HHP - the motswako legend who was one of a kind
HHP - the motswako legend who was one of a kind
Mo’Molemi, a reclusive contemporary of motswako phenomenon Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) once wrote about a meeting they had at his North West Bakang...
Don’t it always seem to go
Don’t it always seem to go
The year 1997 was important for the African-American hip-hop, pop and R&B scene.
The church of iNice Time and blessings
The church of iNice Time and blessings
AKA and Anatii have come a long way since their very public beef in 2015. Speaking on Ebro Darden’s Apple Music Beats 1 show ahead of the release...
Mr Tap's vision to inspire others
Mr Tap's vision to inspire others
As the sound of music bleeds through the walls of Bomba Records, a music studio in Braamfischerville, Soweto, Tebogo Aubrey Poopedi bounces his...
Literary bent to hip-hop’s Democracy & Delusion
Literary bent to hip-hop’s Democracy & Delusion
South Africa is about to see its first ever dual release of a book and hip-hop album when student activist Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh launches Democracy...
A fresh brew of old numbers
A fresh brew of old numbers
Hip-hop and jazz are like a separated parent and child. When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, it was a...
[Video]Be Careful What You Wish For: AKA & Anatii
[Video]Be Careful What You Wish For: AKA & Anatii
South African rappers AKA and Anatii speak to the M&G about their new collaborative album 'Be Careful What You Wish For'.
What Phife taught me
What Phife taught me
Last week marked a year since A Tribe Called Quest emcee Malik Izaak Taylor, popularly known as Phife Dawg, met his untimely death at 45.
Can we get more South Africa in our hip-hop? It’s time to stop picking up stompies.
Can we get more South Africa in our hip-hop? It’s time to stop picking up stompies.
When Atteridgeville-born hip-hop artist JR released his 2009 hit Make the Circle Bigger, conspiracy theorists interpreted it as a diss...
‘Niggaz’ are scared of revolution: Some artists avoid rocking the boat
‘Niggaz’ are scared of revolution: Some artists avoid rocking the boat
In a recent appearance on Sway in the Morning, a nationally syndicated American radio show, South African rapper AKA told host Sway Calloway that...

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