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.


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"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

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