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Listen to Blaklez and Reason’s Introspective Single ‘DMX Prayer’

"DMX Prayer" is classic Blaklez and Reason.

In Blaklez's latest single, the Pretoria MC does some self-introspection and reflection. He looks back at the tough come-up days and hopes for a better tomorrow as he navigates the present and its complications.


He croons on the hook:

"I'm just checking my moves, I switch 'em like a ball player/ We ain't had no money, never used to ball, playa/ Livin' through hope and luck, my homie, it was all prayer/ now we hoping that the Lord save us."

Blaklez shares the key-laden trap instrumental with Reason, who he has collaborated with before, most notably on the equally introspective 2016 single "Freedom Or Fame Reloaded," which also featured the late rapper Pro.

Reason spits a show-stealing verse on "DMX Prayer," rapping:

"Pray for my kids, my mom and my bro/ Also, my sister, my papa and magogo/ Never forget my bitch 'cause she gave me some bread when a nigga ain't had any dough/ Now, we got kids and a crib full of shit we don't need, I don't have any place for no hoes/ Only got space for the truth/ Come see my place, I got views/ Only see greens and the blue/ Don't give a fuck about you/ 'cause my daughter playing my music/ And I'm doing business with Jews /Them niggas pay for my views/ Y'all niggas pay for the views..."

Blaklez and Reason are two of the most introspective and honest rappers in South Africa. The two have both shared detailed accounts of what goes on in their lives when the stage lights go off and real life demands to be faced.

Blaklez's previous single "I Have No One" saw him share his internal battles with depression. Which is nothing new, as he wore his heart on his sleeve on his albums, especially 2015's A Broken Man's Dream. Reason has detailed his life in his autobiographical discography, which spans six albums and a few mixatpes.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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