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Sipho The Gift's Debut Album Details The State Of Mind Of A Young South African Through 808 Beats & Raw Wordplay

South African rapper Sipho The Gift premieres his debut album 'Coming of Age,' co-executive produced by Alec Lomami and featuring Well$.


South African rapper Sipho The Gift rolls through with his debut full-length album Coming of Age, a project that showcases the 22-year-old Stellenbosch-based MC's daily journey through gritty 808 beats and raw wordplay. The 12-track LP, which is co-executive produced by Congolese artist Alec Lomami, is carried by the versatility of Sipho's flow, which effortlessly ranges from throwback-influenced boasts ("Bazobona [Rookie of the Year]") to menacing deliveries ("Phanda More") without ever seeming forced.

“It’s a raw, lyrical, relatable and very expressive listening experience detailing the mind state of a young man growing up,” Sipho tells Okayafrica via e-mail. “The album is executive produced by me and co-executive produced by Alec Lomami. It features 12 original tracks that encompass patience, faith, youthful rebellion, love, responsibility, maturity, audacity, ambition and my hustle. There are only two features throughout the album, namely Well$ as well as a vocalist named Cherry Eyes. Expect a fresh take on hip-hop.”

Stream our premiere of Sipho The Gift's Coming of Age below and revisit the Kayamandi Township visuals for album single "Phanda More."

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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