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Nasty C. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C Is 10 Minutes Away From a Classic In ‘Strings and Bling’

Op-Ed: In his second shot at delivering a South African hip-hop classic, Nasty C didn't so much as disappoint, but overcompensate. This trait isn't unique to him.

What's the value of 10 minutes? You'd probably get 10 different answers from 10 people. For the formidable South African rapper and producer Nasty C, it could be a classic.

That's if he'd shaved those minutes off his brand-new album Strings And Bling. With his latest drop, he's survived the sophomore hoodoo by providing an impressive album that's pretty good, but could have been great had it been shorter.

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How AKA’s Sampling Is Preserving South African Classics

AKA reimagines old South African classics into hits young fans can relate to.

On his 2009 hit "Music and Lights," the legendary motswako rapper HHP greets us by asking, "What would Jabba be without a sample?"

It's a straightforward question, over the group Imagination's infectious melodies chopped up by the South African veteran producer Thasman. South African hip-hop is constantly asking itself that very same question, with a range of interesting answers. Where would it be without the inspiration of previous generations and a plethora of different sounds from various genres?

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Burna Boy Confirms His Genre-Straddling Genius In His New Album ‘Outside’

On his album Outside, Burna Boy meshes different genres without losing his sound.

In his latest full-length Outside, Burna Boy confirms his prowess as a genre-hopping genius. He effortlessly dabbles in afropop, dancehall, R&B; and ragga, all with a tinge of the thumping bass prevalent in recent hip-hop releases. He does all this with a purposeful approach, linking his sound to a number of themes throughout.

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