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AKA’s Latest Song ‘Practice’ Is Straight Raps, No Auto-Tune

It's bars everywhere.

South African rapper AKA has been rapping less and less, in his efforts to become an overall pop star. But his latest song, "Practice," is, for the lack of a better word, raw.


It brings out the aggression of AKA of Altar Ego days. The beat leads with a droning electric guitar, and AKA laces it with battle-ready raps like, "ASAP with the bag, b/ Yeah, I rap, but they pay me like an athlete" and "Keep it sexy, flexy/ But taking it slowly never impress me/ That' why I got the game by the testis/ King Forbes that's how you address me."

The song is essentially an ad for Reebok, which AKA is in a partnership with. But he only namedrops the brand once on the song. The branding is more prevalent in the music video, which shows Supa Mega rapping as he walks in a building and eventually walks out onto the rooftop.

"Practice," will however, not appear on AKA's upcoming album, Touch My Blood, which is out June 15.

Watch the video for "Practice" below, and download the song here.


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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

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