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Cape Town MCs Call For Collective Hip-Hop Consciousness On 'Follow Us Home'

Cape Town MCs call for collective hip-hop consciousness in the Mother City on the DJ Azuhl-led 'Follow Us Home.'


The cult of the Cape Town beatmaking and electronic scene has only continued to make strides in the new year. Cape Town hip-hop, in contrast, has seemed a bit less entity-like these days. Enter DJ/producer Ricardo Nunes (aka DJ Azuhl), who's ringleading a call for collective hip-hop consciousness in the Mother City. One of his earliest measures is a Native Tongues-like gathering of emcees on "Follow Us Home." On the jazzily backed Mother City salute, Azuhl tapped Cape Town MCs Ben Caesar, Youngsta, Ill Skillz, Jean Pierre and the soulfully piped EJ Von Lyrik to call for more collaboration amongst their city's hip-hop community. Watch the "Follow Us Home" video below and scroll on to catch "Azuhl's Allstars" discuss Cape Town rap culture and the need for more citywide collaboration.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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