Music

J Molley and Ka$hCpt Release Triumphant Collaborative Single ‘Narco’

Watch the music video for J Molley and Ka$hCpt's new single 'Narco.'

J Molley and Ka$hCpt unleashed a collaboration which has since gone viral. The two South African hip-hop artists go back and forth about living the life you and I only see in series and movies, with a chorus that goes:

"Run his pockets take his weed like a narco/ I am god gifted and I am in god mode/ Lighting rockets smoke alone I don't pass hoe/ Only come out in the night like it's dark mode"

J Molley has been consistently showcasing his ability to write and perform potent melodies and melodic raps for the last few years.

Ka$hCpt is one of the country's most promising rappers at the moment. His style is that of a modern hip-hop artist, with autotuned raps and melodies. A style that one wouldn't have foreseen would ever move Cape Town hip-hop fans. But times have changed, and the city's is changing along with them.

"Narco" came with the announcement that Ka$hCpt was joining Never Broke, a multi-discipline media company which is home to J Molley.

Watch the music video for "Narcos" below and stream the song underneath.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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