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DJ Maphorisa’s ‘BlaqBoyMusic’ EP Is a Great Cocktail of Gqom & Trap

The EP features K.O., Moonchild Sanelly, A-Reece, Wichi 1080, Bontle Smith and more.

South African artist, producer, DJ and serial collaborator DJ Maphorisa's latest EP BlaqBoyMusic showcases his diversity. After producing hits for Drake, Kwesta, Shekhinah, and lots more, he ticks more names off his bucket list.


The opening song "Walk ye Phara" is a posse track featuring DJ Raybel, K.O., Moonchild Sanelly and ZuluMakhathini. It's straight gqom, something reminiscent of Maphorisa's smash hit from last year, "Midnight Starring." Moonchild does her thing with a sexually charged verse, as usual. But it's K.O. who steals the show. He sounds at home over a gqom instrumental, which is unfamiliar territory for the rapper. But, for a rapper with one of the most solid flows in SA hip-hop, it's not an unexpected feat.

"Walk ye Phara" will be the last dance song on BlaqBoyMusic until the closing song "Dali," which features Lerato Kganyago and KayLow. It's a cute, heart melting, lovey-dovey track that is both calming and bouncy.

The rest of the project is mostly trap—the bass knocks and the 808s rattle. All songs are curated collaborations, consisting of artist combinations that you wouldn't get anywhere else but here.

Read: The 11 Best South African Trap Producers

Wichi 1080, who you should know as Priddy Ugly's producer, appears on two songs. And both songs that he is featured on bear his signature eardrum-wracking bass line. The producer is also forging his lane as an artist, with an upcoming project in the works.

"She Needs It" is a family gathering as A-Reece brings out his goons from the collective he's part of, The Wrecking Crew.

Every featured artist brings it, but it's Lucasraps who dominates and steals the show with most of his verses. For example, on "Amo," he kills that triple time flow, which is so prevalent in hip-hop it's the standard. But that doesn't mean all rappers excel at it the same.

But this gathering is for more than just rappers and house artists. The singer Bontle Smith, on "Money Calling," provides laidback R&B vocals over cloud trap production.

BlaqBoyMusic is a great gift for a fan of new school rap, with a few diversions that you'll either bump over and over again or skip for your preferred sound. It's a great listen that brings you collaborations you otherwise wouldn't have had for a long time to come.

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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