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Mazi Chukz & Maleek Berry Share The Dance Visuals For ‘Dem Hail’

The UK-based Mazi Chukz and Wizkid signee Maleek Berry stomp around back alleys and shipping containers in "Dem Hail."

Photo courtesy Of Mazi Chukz.


The UK-based Mazi Chukz just released his first video of the year for “Dem Hail” featuring Maleek Berry. The new song is filled with club-ready drums, auto-tune vocals, and synth punctuations that let “Mr. Mazi, run this party,” as the track goes.

From dabs to getting in formation, Mazi and his crew stomp around back alleys and dance in front of shipping containers to the pulsing beat of “Dem Hail.” Maleek Berry, a signee of Wizkid’s Star Boy Entertainment, handles production and even lays down his own verse on the energetic track. Peep the dance-packed video, directed by Alex Adjei, below.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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