Listen to a Mix of South Africa Hip-Hop Songs Produced by Buks

Songs by the likes of AKA, Tumi, Tuks, ProVerb, Pro and a lot more.

BETR Gang member Buks is one of South African hip-hop's key producers. He was introduced to fans in the late 2000s, as part of the super producer trio The I.V. League aka I.V League aka I.V League Papa, alongside AKA and Kamza.

I.V League brought a new sound to the game. While most producers in that era were either boom bap or crunk/trap, I.V. League found common ground between traditional and progressive styles of beatmaking.

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Their beats usually consisted of sinewy synths, airy pads and other electronic sounds that you never heard much of in SA hip-hop at the time. Their basslines were varied, but had one thing in common—they knocked hard. The crew were also creative with their rhythms—they took it further than the boom-bap boom-bap boom-boom-bap pattern (think of "Bang" by AKA).

I.V League went on to produce hits for the likes of the late Pro, Tuks, ProVerb, and eventually AKA. When the crew disbanded after AKA's 2012 album Altar Ego, Buks and AKA became solo artists and producers, while Kamza took the media route. AKA only produced for himself. Buks, however, carried on the tradition of working with different artists. He went on to conjure bangers for the likes of Tumi, Reason, Solo, and himself.

Recently, fellow BETR Gang member and producer Al Da 3rd released an hour-long mix of songs produced by Buks. He manages to go through close to 40 songs that bear Buks' credits, since his I.V League days to present day.

Al Da 3rd will be releasing similar mixes regularly in the future in a series simply known as MXD. Each mix will focus on one producer and showcase their best work.

Listen to the mix below:

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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)

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