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Reason Has A Lot To Get Off His Chest On “July Freestyle”

Reason drops new fire freestyle.

One of South Africa's greatest lyricists of all time, Reason, just reminded you why he's one of the best to ever do it. In his newly released "July Freestyle," he goes off for a whole two minutes over a minimalist beat by 9th Audio.

He delivers his bars with high precision and exhibits confidence as is always the case when the emcee gets on the mic.

In true Reason fashion, the freestyle covers a wide selection of topics, ranging from racism, his clash with fellow rapper Flex Rabanyan, his greatness, his baby mama and a whole lot more.

He touches the ground running, as in the opening lines, he makes reference to the incident that took place in Cape Town earlier this year, in which black people slaughtered a sheep in Clifton Beach. He raps:

"My people just went and slaughtered a sheep, out in Clifton Beach/ Just to show these racists we got peace, but we ain't fucking weak/ If you got a problem with some blacks, you should fucking leave/ Basically, if you acting stupid, we can cause a scene"

His response to Flex's diss track is both scathing and clever—he doesn't mention the rapper's name directly, but uses the word "flex" as a verb—leaving it to the listener to connect the dots.

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He raps: "Actions speak louder than an empty pocket testing me/ Actually, why that whack nigga try Flex on me?"

Hopefully "July Freestyle" is kicking off a new series of monthly freestyles. In 2013 and 2014, the emcee dropped a freestyle for each month of the year in what is some of the most impressive rapping South African has ever seen.

Watch the music video for "July Freestyle" below and download the song here.

ReasonHD - July Freestyle Offical Video

Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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