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)

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)

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.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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