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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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This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

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This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

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In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

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