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Listen to pH Raw X’s New Album ‘Sensei Experience Ekeyoto’

pH Raw X releases a new album featuring J Molley, Sho Madjozi, Berita, Una Rams.

Accomplished South African hip-hop producer pH Raw X has crafted hits and classics for some of the country's biggest and most respected artists such as AKA, Sho Madjozi, Reason, Khuli Chana, Maggz and many others.


Since circa 2017, though, pH Raw X started releasing solo music as a rapper and singer after appearing on some songs by the artists he has produced for.

His latest project is titled Sensei Experience Ekeyoto, and has 14 songs that showcase his skills behind the mic and the boards. Assisting him on the project are legends such as Ootz the Afronaut and Riky Rick, among the new wave—the likes of Una Rams, Sho Madjozi, Berita, Ricco and J Molley all appear on the project.

pH has shown himself as an artist who refuses to stay behind, as he continues to incorporate modern styles of producing, rapping and singing in his music. His last two projects Thank God and The Break, both released in 2017 demonstrated his versatility and knack for collaboration.

Sensei Experience Ekeyoto builds on the foundations laid by his last two projects. What's more evident on Sensei Experience Ekeyoto is that he is having with his craft, and that will always translate to a fulfilling listening experience.

Stream Sensei Experience Ekeyoto below:



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South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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