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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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JimmyWiz. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Interview: JimmyWiz Quietly Released One of the Strongest South African Hip-Hop Albums of the Year

We chat to South African rapper JimmyWiz about his debut album, Accordin' to Jim.

JimmyWiz channeled his life story into his biographical debut record, Accordin' to Jim. At just nine songs, the album is a self-portrait of the artist as he shares the stories that contributed to how he makes sense of the world. Even the accompanying music reveals an aspect of Jimmy's childhood.

In his chat to OkayAfrica below, the MC from the East Rand of Joburg, explains that sonically, Accordin' To Jim was influenced by the music he grew up with. The project is built on smooth jazz samples and compositions by SP Dubb, a prominent producer in the East Rand and the rest of the country.

JimmyWiz is part of a huge network of South African lyricists who may not be on everyone's radar, but have built solid niche fanbases and are striving in their own way and own terms. JimmyWiz just happened to get a boost that a very few young up-and-coming rappers are afforded.

In 2015, the rapper appeared on the reality show The Hustle on TV channel Vuzu. His class included the likes of Bigstar Johnson and ShabZi Madallion, the latter who is still a close friend and frequent collaborator of Jimmy's. JimmyWiz has stuck to his path—instead of jumping on the trap bandwagon, he has always shown a liking for production that leans towards traditional East Coast hip-hop, multi-syllable rhyme schemes and rich lyricism.

In the interview below, JimmyWiz tells OkayAfrica about his take on popularity waves, witnessing gender-based abuse in his household as a child, his plans for the future and many other topics.

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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These are 2019’s Most Shazamed South African Songs

"Fetch Your Life" by Prince Kaybee and Msaki was the most Shazamed song of 2019 in South Africa.

Apple Music recently released the statistics for the most streamed songs, artists and genres on their platform by South Africans. The country's Apple Music subscribers stream a lot of Post Malone, as his song "Sunflower" was the most streamed song on the platform in the country.

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Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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