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Ginger Trill Believes Kid X Had the Best Verse on Riky Rick’s ‘Amantombazane’ Remix

"Kid X killed everybody despite what you might think," says Ginger Trill.

Riky Rick's "Amantombazane" remix, which came out in 2015, was a moment for South African hip-hop. It eclipsed the original song; it featured a diverse lineup of the country's rhymers—Nadia Nakai, Kwesta, OkMalumKoolKat, Ginger Trill, Maggz and, well, DJ Dimplez, flexing over an ice-cold instrumental by Ganja Beatz.

To this day, South African hip-hop fans still debate who had the best verse on the remix. And there's still no clear winner—almost everyone brought their A-game.

Ginger Trill, who still called himself Gingerbread Man at the time, recently revealed he feels Kid X has the best verse on the song. He told MacG during an interview on his podcast:


"I say that today, I said that yesterday, I say that tomorrow. Kid X killed everybody despite what you might think. I don't care what you think. No one cares what you think. Kid X killed everyone on that song. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk, MacG. Kid X killed the song. Maggz was cute, I was cute, everybody was cool. Kid X killed it, he burned it, took it home."


Riky Rick - Amantombazane Remix (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


The rapper went on to admit that, as strongly as he feels about Kid X's verse, he acknowledges other people's choices.

"Everybody has their favorite, that's the most exciting thing about having a remix with so many people on it," he said. "Everybody gon' pick their favorite. There's people who swear by Maggz' verse. There's people who'll kill you if you say anything except OkMalumKoolKat."

Asked why posse tracks aren't a thing in SA hip-hop anymore, the emcee said:

"A lot has changed with success being a factor in the hip-hop landscape in South Africa. I see some of the more affluent, prominent artists tweet about it saying it used to be so dope, you know. The vibe is dead now, cats don't wanna work together, everybody is trying to get there alone or by themselves or see who gets there first. It's like a weird thing, but I guess it's a competitive sport like that. But that song particularly was the birth of uniting SA hip-hop. Because after that, we got "Ragga Ragga," which was Major League, Gemini Major, Riky Rick, Cassper, Nadia… it was a dope vibe."

Ginger Trill is one of the best to ever do it, so his opinion has a lot of weight.

Watch the full episode below and stream Ginger Trill's latest EP PIF below:

|Episode 81| Ginger Trill on PiF EP , Amatombazane Remix , Full Clip , Industry Shortcomings www.youtube.com


|Episode 81| Ginger Trill on Top 5 , Nasty C, Verse of The Year , SA Hip Hop www.youtube.com



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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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