Listen to an Hour-Long Mix of Songs Produced by Anatii

Al Da 3rd showcases Anatii's production in his latest MXD mix.

Anatii is one of South African hip-hop's super producers. Massive hits such as DJ Speedsta's "Special Somebody," Cassper Nyovest's "Destiny," his and AKA's "10 Fingers," L-Tido's "When it Rained," Riky Rick's "Fuseg" and countless others all bear his credits.


Anatii started his career in his teen ages, producing for rappers like L-Tido and Morale under the moniker Thuderkat in the late 2000s.

Read: Medicine For The Soul: Anatii Finds His Sound on His Soothing New Album 'Iyeza'

Anatii told this writer last year about his involvement with the aforementioned artists and the group Jozi:

"It's a blessing to have collaborated with Bongani in a way that people don't know. He always tells the story, when they were working on the song 'On Fire.' When they were working on that, he called me like, 'yo man, I need to know how to do that thing with your voice. How do you do the auto tune?' And I spoke to him on the phone and I ran him through it. I was in high school, and I'm speaking to Bongani Fassie, like, 'just do this, just do that,' and ever since then, we always share that moment, it's a special story. But back then, I was young, and they would never put me on, especially for Jozi, but I was around and I'd see them work, that's how I bumped into guys like L-Tido and Morale because they were around. So they would work on my beats."

Now a fully-fledged superstar artist in his own right, Anatii has released two studio albums (2016's Artiifact, 2018's IYEZA) and another with AKA Be Careful What You Wish For (2017). All those albums were predominantly produced by Anatii himself. His albums and productions have always been evolving. His sound was heavily-influenced by crunk in his early years, then trap followed. Currently, Anatii draws a lot from vintage South African genres like mbhaqanga in his production.

Al Da 3rd's MXD series sees the BETR Gang member and producer showcase a certain producer's catalog, from the most obscure songs to their biggest hits. His previous one showcased Buks' productions.

Listen to the latest of mix of Anatii's productions below:


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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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