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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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