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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.

Download "DMX Prayer" here, and/or stream it below:


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Photo by Kwesi Yanful, courtesy of MIZIZI.

MIZIZI Has Released a Special Edition 'Lion King' Jersey in Collaboration with Disney

The sleek baseball jersey was designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The Lion King."

MIZIZI returns with yet another timely collaboration—this time with Disney to commemorate the 25th anniversary of our childhood classic, The Lion King.

The African streetwear brand says through the jersey's kid sizes, it now has the opportunity to cater to the next generation of viewers of the upcoming live-action remake that's to open in theaters this week. "The Lion King marked many of our childhoods," the brand says in a statement. "Much before we were aware of our identities, it resonated with us."

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Watch the Intense Trailer for 'Don't Let Go,' Starring David Oyelowo

Oyelowo and Storm Reid shine in the new trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller.

David Oyelowo and A Wrinkle In Time star, Storm Reid are on a psychological journey to escape death in the new trailer for their film Don't Let Go.

Both actors give heavy performances, as the film sees Oyelowo taking on the role of a police officer, Jack Radcliff, who has a chance to change the chain of events that led to the murder of his niece Ashley (Storm Reid), and hopefully save her.

The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, with the producers of Get Out. Oyelowo himself is also a producer on the film.

Read: In Conversation: Abiola Oke With David Oyelowo

Don't Let Go also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, and April Grace. The film, which originally premiered at Sundance under the title Relive, is due out in theaters on August 30.

Back in March, it was announced that Oyelowo is also working on his very own directorial debut The Water Man, which will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Watch the trailer for Don't Let Go below.

Don't Let Go - Official Trailer (2019) www.youtube.com

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Watch the Music Video for Patoranking's 'Wilmer'

The artist's beautiful visual ode to his daughter will tug at your heartstrings.

Earlier this year, Nigerian artist Patoranking dropped his 12-track sophomore album, Wilmer, which he dedicated to his daughter. The same-titled track, which features French-born Georgian singer and songwriter Bera, sees Patoranking professing his immense love for his daughter.

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