Mozambique's Pacas Raps Over Drake & Jai Paul Beats In 'Enquanto Esperam Pela' Mixtape

Mozambique rap newcomer Pacas rhymes over Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd and Jai Paul in his debut mixtape.

Maputo-based rapper Pacas showcases some sleek Portuguese wordplay on his debut 8-track mixtape Enquanto Esperam Pela. A member of Mozambique rap label Capo Gang, the MC wears his influences on his sleeve, turning in Maputo reworks of recent US/UK hip-hop & underground electronic hits. He kicks things off rapping over elusive producer Jai Paul's "BTSTU" and then runs through an Atlanta-indebted catalog of Future ("Move That Dope"), Rae Sremmurd ("No Flex Zone"), and Drake ("0 to 100," "Pound Cake") anthems throughout the mixtape.

In an e-mail to Okayfrica, Pacas talked to us about his influences, the current state of hip-hop in Mozambique and why he chose to rap over mainstream American beats:

My influences are national and international, I would say rappers such as (from Mozambique) Duas Caras, Hernani, Azagaia, MC Roger, Ogah Siz and internationally 2Pac, Lil Wayne, Jay Z.

Being a rapper in Maputo currently is not easy if you want to make profit out of it. Currently we spend more money in studio and video shooting but then there is no return and we do it because we love to do it and music is our passion. The state of hip-hop here, I would say [it's] under-developed because many of us here don't live by doing music. We still trying to compete with each other here instead of uniting power, and the rappers are not humble. What made me rap over a Drake beat is that I'm still a newcomer in the music scene here and in order to promote myself I had to rap over popular and "free" beats because they're less expensive, and most of the beats on the mixtape are famous... And very soon I'm going to release an EP with beats made by Mozambican producers.

Watch Pacas' Maputo-shot music video for "Chamanculo Cake" and stream his Enquanto Esperam Pela mixtape below.


This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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