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Our dudes Ill Skillz hit us with their EP Skillz That Pay Da Billz 2. The 8 track album is full of the flow and melody that made us fall in love with the Cape Town trio a couple of years ago. Catch them at one of Africa's most renowned music festivals, The Cape Town International Jazz Fest where they'll perform among other star MCs Jean Grae, and HHP.  The Jazz Fest is a gig they say they've been waiting their whole lives for. Stay tuned for the OKA TV piece in which Ill Skillz takes us vinyl shopping in Cape Town and peep one of their studio sessions. Stream and download the album below.

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Photography by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Price to Pay: The Complicated Relationship Between Ambitiouz Entertainment and South Africa’s Music Scene

Through all the horror stories shared by artists, it's impossible to overlook Ambitiouz Entertainment's contribution to South African music.

One of the biggest South African songs at the moment boasts a lineup of artists that blend styles for a smooth collaboration. With verses for the heads and a catchy hook for the radio, "Price to Pay" by Miss Pru DJ features the duo Blaq Diamond and Lesotho-born rapper Malome Vector.

A quintessential Ambitiouz Entertainment song, "Price to Pay" feels like 2016/2017 all over again, even if it's for just above five minutes. When Ambitiouz started circa 2015, a majority of its hip-hop artists—Emtee, Saudi, Sjava, FiFi Cooper, and others—were doing trap rap, mostly in native languages. Even A-Reece, who raps almost exclusively in English now, threw a few SePitori phrases in his rhymes. Singles such as "Tshela" and "Smokolo" released by the rapper Priddy Ugly under Ambitiouz were his first experiments with adding native languages in his verses beyond hooks.

While streaming "Price to Pay" and other songs released by Ambitiouz Entertainment, however, one wonders if, years from now, Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond will be sharing horror stories of working with the label, just like many of its previous signings.

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