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Maputo Duo Simba & Milton Gulli's Tribute To ATCQ

Mozambique duo Simba & Milton Gulli pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest on 'The Heroes: Tribute To A Tribe' via BBE Music.


An exploration of hip-hop in southern Africa in the form of a tribute to a group of emcees whose musical theology was intrinsically tied to their southern African roots (or at least the southern Africa they imagined). The entire concept is mind fuzzing. Well, back in September the travels of ATCQ inspired projects made their way to Mozambique, where Maputo music forces Simba & Milton Gulli linked up to add a multi-lingual tongue to an utmost historic repertoire– and arguably one of the most iconic in the OKP canon. The collaborators opt not for covers in the strict sense (because, come on, it's THE TRIBE), but the classics reimagined with live instrumental help from musician friends in Maputo. In the lead-up to the "last ATCQ show EVER," we roll out these reinvented beats and rhymes below. Listen to a couple of cuts from the project and watch behind-the-scenes action in the video. Simba & Milton Gulli's The Heroes: A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest is available via BBE Music.

The Heroes: A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Excursions

3. African Tour

4. Can I Kick It (Chuta)

5. Electric Relaxation

6. Bonita Intro

7. Bonita Applebum

8. Scenario

9. God Lives Through (I Love My God)

10.We've Got The Jazz

11.Outro

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

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