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A-Reece Explains Why He Doesn’t Like Doing Interviews

"The questions people got for me, if I answer them, then a n*gga gotta get paid," says A-Reece.

If you are familiar with the goings on of South African hip-hop, then you know very well that A-Reece is hard to reach, and hardly ever does interviews.

The website Slikour On Life has been vocal about Reece not answering his phone when they reached out. Almost every hip-hop journalist and publication (including this one) has a story to tell about reaching out to A-Reece for an interview and never getting anywhere near the popular and talented Pretoria MC. The last interview A-Reece did was with The Plug in July when he graced the publication's cover.


Slikour recently put the man on the spot when he bumped into him at the Castle Light Unlocks event about two weeks ago. Slikour shared a rumor with Reece that the reason the rapper's been avoiding an interview with him for his website is because Reece doesn't like being asked mundane and personal questions.

The MC confirmed the rumor, saying:

"I don't want none of that no more, it gotta be curated. It gotta sound like a storyline, it gotta be well planned. It gotta be well thought-out, it gotta have substance. 'Cause, man, these days, I could tell you right now, the questions people got for me, if I answer them, then a nigga gotta get paid. Because if I tell the story that I got right now, a lot of motherfuckers gon' get paid. You gon' get paid if I tell you what's poppin'?"

Asked by Slikour if he's scared to tell "the story," Reece retorted: "I ain't scared to tell the story, I wanna tell it for my own expedition, I wanna tell it when I wanna tell it. And right now, I feel like it ain't the time, 'cause nobody will understand."

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"The story" is, of course, the 411 on what exactly has been happening with the collective Reece is part of, The Wrecking Crew. For the past few months, the rumor was that the crew was disbanding. The latest development was that two of the crew's members Flame and Ecco left. This was confirmed when The Wrecking Crew Twitter account removed the artists' names from the member listings on their bio.

Last week, A-Reece released the song "Carele$," in which he told fans that his dispute with Flame was over a woman. More about that here.

The MC told Slikour that he's only open to discussing music. "We can talk all day about my music, I'm down for that topic," he said.

Watch the full interview below, and stream Reece's latest project Reece Effect underneath.

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Listen to 10 Great Songs From Johnny Clegg

Here are some of the best songs to remember South Africa's son of the soil.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that South African musician, Johnny Clegg, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Understandably, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in ever since. Long before it was cool (or even legal) to be in close proximity to blackness and anything attached to it in South Africa, Clegg, a white man, was doing just that. That is exactly why he was given the endearing title of South Africa's "son of the soil."

Growing up during Apartheid, Clegg was taught how to speak the Zulu language by a domestic worker named Charlie Mzila. In his teenage years, his appreciation for the Zulu culture continued and he soon learnt the traditional dance styles known as isishameni and also learnt how to play the Maskandi guitar. Clegg's music was a beacon of light during a very dark time in South Africa's history and his songs about Nelson Mandela (at a time where songs were banned for merely mentioning the name of the late statesman and other key struggle activists) brought the country together.

It is irrefutable that a music giant has fallen. However, Clegg leaves behind a wealth of music featuring other great South African artists and groups such as Zakwe, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Juluka/Suvuka, among several others. His music undeniably brought South Africans and people all around the world together.

We've picked ten of our favorite songs from the late musician's discography in honor of a life that was lived to the fullest.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Beyoncé Wore These 2 African Designers in Her Music Video for 'Spirit'

Queen Bey continues to include and give a nod to African talent in her visuals.

As we draw even closer to Disney's The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music video for "Spirit"—the first single off of the film's album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.

Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona's Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to "Long live the king": Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.

Keeping our eyes peeled for African influences in the music video, it's evident that is seen in the choreography. We even spotted our extended fam with the afrobeats moves—the AVO Boys: Stephen Ojo and Caleb Bonney—as two of her dancers in the video.

Beyoncé continues to also give a nod to African talent through the looks she donned in "Spirit" styled by her mainstay, Zerina Akers.

Take a look at the two African designers she wore in the video below.

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