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Stogie T's ‘God’s Eye’ Touches on Black Lives Matter, the Terrorist Islamic State & the Human Condition

Stogie T's 15-minute long song covers a diverse range of topics.

South African rapper Stogie T released a 15-minute long track this morning called "God's Eye." The song is essentially an EP—he raps over different beats, with the songs being separated by skits.

The project is released to commemorate the youth who were slain by the apartheid regime in June 16 of 1976. T always releases music on June 16, if it's not an album (Return of the King was released in 2014 on the same date), it's a series of verses from different artists.

But this year, he opted to go at it alone. Skimming through "God's Eye," you'll hear different themes including rap politics, Black Lives Matter, and the terrorism of the Islamic State, among others.

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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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Listen to AKA’s ‘Touch My Blood’ Album

One of the most anticipated South African albums is here.

Touch My Blood, AKA's highly anticipated third studio album is finally here. The album features the likes of OkMalumKoolKat, Yanga Chief, JR, Stogie T, L-Tido, Kwesta and Kiddorminant. Kairo, AKA's daughter also appears on the closing track "Daddy Issues II."

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