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A New Instrumental Album & Single From Boyzn Bucks Members Riky Rick And Bhubesii

Boyzn Bucks crew members Riky Rick and Bhubesii share 'Family Values The Instrumentals' and "Kobayashi," respectively.


Two members of South African creative collective Boyzn Bucks are back with new projects. Last week, Durban-born artist Riky Rick shared Family Values The Instrumentals, a fully instrumental version of his debut solo album which dropped this past April.

Riky Rick’s 18-track record is inspired by the work of J Dilla, Madlib and Pete Rock. The rapper and producer expressed his appreciation for the legendary beatmakers in a recent press release, “being able to rap over their productions gave me confidence and motivation to dive into the world of production. This drop is dedicated to that stage of my life. When I was hustling to find dope beats on the internet so I could express myself” mentions the musician.

Fellow Boyzn Bucks member, Bhubesii, also dropped new music recently. The Soweto-based artist released his pulsating rap single “Kobayashi,” named after the artist and fashion designer’s alter-ego. The song, Bhubesii’s first in three years, sees him delivering what he describes as “hybrid fashion street rhymes" over a merciless beat.

Check out Riky Ricks’s Family Values The Instrumentals and Bhubesii’s latest single “Kobayashi” below. For more on Boyzn Bucks, revisit our profile on the Johannesburg street crew from earlier this year.

>>>Download Riky Rick's "Family Values The Instrumental."

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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