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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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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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