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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:


Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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