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L-Tido, Maggz and Sean Pages earlier this year. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

L-Tido Breaks Down What Exactly Happened to Glitz Gang in His New Album ‘16’

L-Tido releases his most introspective album to date.

South African rapper L-Tido dropped a new album today, titled 16. The project is his first in five years (his sophomore All of Me came out in 2013).

16 is undoubtedly Tido's most introspective album to date. While on All of Me, the MC had a few personal songs, like "Problems" and "Unbreakable," on 16, he has more of those types of songs, in which he's speaking about issues that have been in his mind.

He speaks on his thoughts on the ever-changing hip-hop scene on the song "Letter To The Game," in which he personifies hip-hop. He raps about DJs who only break their songs, politicians using hip-hop for their agendas, OGs who are failing to evolve… issa lot.

But one song that sticks out is the second last track on the 13-track album, "Glitz Gang Forever." In the song, Tido breaks down the story of what happened between him, Maggz, Sean Pages and Morale, who are collectively known as Glitz Gang (formerly Glitterati).

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Glitz Gang was one of the groups that were instrumental in shaping what South African hip-hop sounds like today. They were on that trap shit before it became cool this side of the Equator.

Glitz Gang only released a few singles in the late 2000s, but never got to release an album.


Maggz, L-Tido and Sean Pages have worked on numerous collaborations since then, but Morale has been out of the picture. In "Glitz Gang Forever," Tido raps:

"Finally crossed over; streets to the fame/ They waited for the album, release never came/ But instead we dropped solos, went against the grain/ More success we got, we drifted apart/ [?] we lost the plot/ that linked us from the start/ Egos got inflated, jealousy invaded/ I guess that's a diplomatic way that I can say it/ Pages left the crew, Morale left the crew/ We disintegrated; foes out the blue."

Tido goes onto mention an interview Morale did with Vuzu in which he said undesirable things about him.

In the song, while telling the story of how Glitz Gang came up, Tido makes reference to his beef with AKA, which has since been squashed. "08, 09 had the streets locked/ "Amaretto" dropped, Kiernan took some cheap shots/ Then I.V. League-Glitz Gang beef popped/ Fist fights, gun shots, couple teeth knocked."

"Glitz Gang Forever" is an emotional song, which tells the story of friendship and growing apart. Tido says in the song that he hasn't spoken to Morale in three years, but it's still all love. "As far as Maggz and Sean Pages go, they my brothers for life," he says in a monologue towards the end of the song. And the piano keys… someone is chopping onions next to me. 😢

Sean Pages and Maggz also make appearances on 16, alongside the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Darne, Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major and a few others. The album features the singles "I'm Back" and "Zilele." 16 is L-Tido's first album released under a major label, Universal Music, after being the face of independence his whole career.

Listen to 16 below or download it here.

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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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uSanele Releases a New Project ‘uMvelase’ Featuring ASAP Shembe, Windows 2000, Manelisi and Others

Listen to uSanele's new project 'uMvelase.'

South African hip-hop artist uSanele's recently released project is titled uMvelase. "This project," says the artist, "is in honor of my father and family, abakwa Mthembu; all my siblings, extended family and my roots in the heart of KZN, kwaNongoma. It is a calling—if you will—a completion of my journey and all things coming full circle."

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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