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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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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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