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Listen to Da L.E.S’ New Compilation Album ‘Hall of Fame 2’ Hosted by DJ Envy

The album features Stogie T, Maggz, A-Reece, Khuli Chana, Beenie Man, and a whole lot more.

South African rapper Da L.E.S, aka North God, just released the second installment of his Hall of Fame series of compilations. Hall of Fame 2 is hosted by DJ Envy, and features a great selection of both established and up-and-coming artists, including Maggz, Stogie T, Beenie Man, A-Reece, Flame, G Baby Da Silva, Tellaman, L-Tido, and a lot more.


After just one listen, it's safe to say HOF 2 is worth your time and money. Da L.E.S is playing the role mostly played by DJs in South Africa; curating collaborations you would have otherwise waited your whole life to hear. The opening song, "Get Ready," for instance, sees Stogie T and Maggz, two of the country's most potent lyricists, spitting vicious bars, setting the tone for the heat that's to come.

"Pave The Way" is another monumental combination, especially if you were a fan of the groups Jozi and Glitz Gang in the late 2000s. Maggz, L-Tido and of course L.E.S played a huge role in making Dirty South-influenced hip-hop acceptable in the country.

"Take It" by Khuli Chana, featuring L.E.S himself is an unlikely entry (not complaining, though) as it leans towards the boom bap side of life, with DJ scratches the way hip-hop purists like it. And Chana still got it—he's still able to give a song of this kind the type of mass appeal it otherwise wouldn't have.

There are many other highlights on HOF 2, and you are guaranteed to have countless favorites. My favorites at the moment are "Get Ready," "Pave The Way," "Take It," "Top," "Ballers Freestyle" and a few more.

HOF 2 is promising to be bigger than its predecessor, looking at how potent it is, and the single prospects it contains. The first installment went gold, and this one shouldn't struggle achieving that.

L.E.S is one of the most prolific rappers in South Africa, with five albums under his belt as solo artist, as well as two with his former crew Jozi.

Listen to Hall of Fame 2 below.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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