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Listen to Flame’s Highly Anticipated Debut Album ‘CandyMan’

Flame finally releases 'CandyMan.'

Flame released his debut album this morning. CandyMan has been long promised and teased. The South African hip-hop artist's cult following has been impatiently waiting for the release.


Flame has established himself as a force nature among the country's new wave of artists in the last few years. From the countless appearances on songs by member of The Wrecking Crew, which was part of until recently, to releasing three solid projects, Clouds, Germander and Do Not Disturb. The latter was a collaboration with TWC ally Zoocci Coke Dope.

All three projects were solid. It's, however, still too early to determine if CandyMan matches up to the previous releases. And at 19 tracks, it's a lot of music to get through and make sense of in one listen.

A lot has happened since Flame last released a full-length project. Most notably, him and other members Ecco and Mellow left The Wrecking Crew to form The Lean Team. The speculations have been many and the story has been getting told in bits and pieces. A-Reece shared his side on the song "Carele$$," while The Lean Team gave theirs in an interview with Zkhiphani.

CandyMan features the likes of Frank Casino, Ecco, The Big Hash and Ayanda Jiya among others. On first listen, it's a solid project that sees Flame maintain his style and attempt to build on it (for instance on the song "Up and Lost," in which he rides an uptempo pop beat).

Listen to CandyMan below:


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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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