As the silent hand behind a plethora of music, Zeph Beats has made a immense contribution to the South African music industry. Born Simphiwe Mhlongo, the producer/engineer has worked with Stogie T, Ayanda Jiya, KiD X & A-Reece and also handled the mixing on Riky Rick's gold-certified crowd favorite "Buy…

In terms South African hip hop debut offerings, JimmyWiz put out one of the most solid releases in recent times. Some boom bap, socio-political themes and introspective lyricism are all apparent on his Accordin’ To Jim album. I caught up the MC to discuss the process behind his deeply personal…

Kings of the east: zero degrees of separation

The mantle in South African Hip Hop seems to continually be passed between certain regions. And specific spots within those provinces seem to breed exceptional talent.

Well, a quiet revolution seems to be happening in the game right now. When we sat…

From R&B to Kwaito and Bubblegum, SA Rappers have been infusing their tracks with nostalgic elements in 2017. From Cassper Nyovest’s Destiny tapping into Malaika to Kwesta revisiting Spirit Chaser, some of the biggest records have been prominent samples of yesteryear’s hits. South African rappers are reinterpreting feel-good classics and…

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This is a genius record by Jeffery and London On Da Track. It bridges two eras of hip hop with some intelligent reimagination too. The Notorious B.I.G might seem like an odd pairing with Young Thug, but the acoustic version of Biggie’ s own sample of Dave Grusin’s keys on Either Way is a breeze to listen to. Check all 3 tracks out below and see how that sound has been folded into afropop.

Here’s how the Young Thug interpolation Made It’s Way To Lagos:

Thanks, you reached the bottom. Here’s a little something extra from Jon Moskowitz, Dj Cappel & Smitty’s Blue Eyes Meets Bed-Stuy. This mashup sees Biggie and Sinatra’s worlds combine, definitely not a struggle to listen to!

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samples and reworks… “if you see the E drop it”

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