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JR x Okmalumkoolkat x Spoek Mathambo 'Bob Mabena'

South African rappers JR, Okmalumkoolkat, and Spoek Mathambo team up on 'Bob Mabena.'


Motswako vet JR enlisted two of our favorites Okmalumkoolkat and Spoek Mathambo for some quotable bars on the latest edition of his nod to South African radio icon Bob Mabena– who recently celebrated his 25th year in the industry. Spoek first teased "B.O.B" a few weeks back on his all-South African rap mix (which has since been taken down). The track has now come to proper light on JR's Feel Good Music label, and from the looks of it, this is one all three rappers were especially excited about. Okmalumkoolkat took to instagram earlier today to explain:

"This one is for the new new but carries a lot of heritage for the youth. I feel blessed to be in the forefront of youths that celebrate local heroes like Bra Bob Mabena. The man is definitely someone to look up to. From being part of the whole BopTv shandees to making Metro FM very kool in the 90s. Taking television presenting to the next level with Melanie Son on Studio Mix. Introducing a lot of South Africans to Makaveli ( Tupac Shakur ) to being one of the first Tv x radio personality to record and put out an Ep ( Get Funky ) and collabo with the hottest football plaer at the time ( Doctor Khumalo ) . A real inspiration to me!"

Look for "B.O.B" to drop on iTunes May 30th. Until then, you can stream it below.

"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.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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