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Beat Bangaz. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Beat Bangaz’ New Album ‘7785 Disrupters’ Is a Grand Gathering of Cape Town’s Finest MCs

The legendary trio's debut album features the A-listers of Cape Town hip-hop.

Cape Town DJ and producer trio Beat Bangaz (DJ Ready D, E-20 and DJ Azuhl) is South African hip-hop royalty. And their debut album, 7785 Disrupters, matches their stature.

The project features the A-listers of Cape Town hip-hop, from both the old and the new school. Look out for appearances from the likes of Uno July, Deff Eff, Kanyi, YoungstaCPT, Driemanskap, EJ Von Lyrik, Andy Mkosi, Linkris The Genius, Early B, Cream, Chase, Dope Saint Jude and a whole lot more.


Artists from outside of Cape Town such as ProVerb, Zubz, Black Moss, and a few more, are also featured on 7785 Disrupters.

The trio made sure to place each artist on an instrumental that matches their style. As a result 7785 Disrupters is one of the most diverse projects you'll hear this year. The different personalities and mind states of the featured artists means the subject matter on the album is varied. For instance, ProVerb waxes poetic about the state of hip-hop on "My Kinda Hip Hop," while YoungstaCPT and Kanyi paint the picture of what it's like to live in the hoods of Cape Town on "Soundboy Killa."

Beat Bangaz X YoungstaCPT - Bokaap (Official music video) www.youtube.com


Production on the album ranges from trap to boom bap and even funk.

On first listen, 7785 Disrupters reveals itself as a solid project with no forced collaborations, as can be the case with albums that have too many features. And through the diversity, the album doesn't sound like an incoherent collection of bangers (you know how DJ albums usually are).

The album includes the singles "Bo Kaap" (featuring YoungstaCPT), "Level It Out" (featuring Zubz) and "My Kinda Hip-Hop (featuring ProVerb). The album version of the latter, which is the project's opening track, is an embellishment of the single version. While the single version was boom bap, this time around 'Verb's nostalgic rhymes find a new home in the form of an 808-heavy trap instrumental. My ear will take sometime to adjust.

Beat Bangaz ft.Zubz The Last Letta - Level it out (Official music video) www.youtube.com

Beat Bangaz are one of the most forward-thinking hip-hop artists in South Africa, harnessing the Internet to levels not many of their generation have. They have built an empire that includes a DJ academy, an online radio station, and are big on community building projects.

Which is why the album title is a fit—they are indeed disruptors. The Cape Town hip-hop scene is segregated, and what better way for the OGs to lead by example than to give you an album featuring artists you'd otherwise never hear in one song?

The last time I heard Afrikaaps, spaza and English rap together to such an extent in one album was on the 2007 compilation Planetary Assault released by the label Pioneer Unit.

Download 7785 Disrupters here.


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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