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Beat Bangaz Are Superheroes In Their Latest Music Video For ‘Level It Out’ Featuring Zubz

Beat Bangaz and Zubz are here to save Capetonians from trash music.

Legendary Cape Town-based DJ and producer trio Beat Bangaz just released a music video for their song "Level It Out," which features veteran lyricist Zubz.


In the video, the three DJs (E20, Ready D and Azuhl) are on a quest to save Capetonians from listening to trash music, which is making them zombies of some sort who can't think straight. The trio use their DJ techniques. Zubz, who is only introduced towards the end of the video as an animated character, comes through with his 'golden mic attack.'

But just as Last Letta initiates his attack, the video comes to an end, and we are told it will be continued. We hope they stick to that promise because we can't live with the suspense.

The video is directed by the accomplished visual artist Roger Williams, who is responsible for the animation.

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The song "Level It Out" is not just a dope collaboration by legends, but legends who are able to keep up with new trends without losing the essence of who they are. Zubz uses the triplet flow, which, though not new, is now a staple in new-school rap. The beat he raps over, which is produced by Ready D, also blends new and old school hip-hop elements.

"Level It Out" will be on the upcoming Beat Bangaz album 7785 Disrupters.

Watch the music video below, and follow Beat Bangaz on Twitter, Facebook and SoundCloud. Be sure to check out Beat Bangaz Radio for your daily fix of varied South African hip-hop.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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