Listen to Saudi’s new mixtape ‘The Drip’s Leak’

Saudi releases a new mixtape and promises more projects to come.

South African rapper and singer Saudi just released a new mixtape. The 13-track project is titled The Drip's Leak and features some of Saudi's affiliates such as Ranks ATM, Sims and Emtee, most of who are part of the African Trap Movement (ATM), a collective Saudi co-founded alongside Sjava and Emtee.


Saudi has positioned himself as a dexterous trapper who sings as well as he raps. His debut album, D.R.U.G.S Inc showcased his writing, rapping and singing skills.

In his latest project The Drip's Leak, however, Saudi raps more than he sings. For instance, in the opening song, he raps until the song fades away. Most of the songs follow the same format. The Drip's Leak is a mixtape consisting of previously unreleased songs alongside new ones.

The Drip's Leak is the first mixtape Saudi has ever released, and according to him, it's the beginning of many to come. While breaking the news about the release, Saudi tweeted that the project is "the beginning of a mixtape rampage." He further shared that his long-promised project Sinaoane and his sophomore album Japan Four.

Prior to sharing The Drip's Leak, Saudi hadn't released new music since he made an appearance on the Black Panther soundtrack album on the song "X" alongside Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and of course Kendrick Lamar.

Stream The Drip's Leak below:

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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