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Stiff Pap Reference Past Eras In Their Progressive New EP ‘Stiff Pap Radio’

The Cape Town duo take a leap forward.

Stiff Pap is a duo from Cape Town consisting of the producer Jakinda and the rapper Ayema Problem. In the last two years, Stiff Pap has refused to be ignored. In just a few years of meeting in the University of Cape Town, where they are students, they have managed to become mainstays in the alternative scene.


With their latest EP titled Stiff Pap Radio, Stiff Pap take a leap forward as a duo. Their debut EP Based on a Qho Story, was lean in nature owing to the overt gqom influence on the project. On Stiff Pap Radio, however, Jakinda intensifies their production and Ayema Problem's writing goes further than the fun raps. The opening song"NNNEWWW," for instance, sees the emcee reflect on his life rapping, "I feel sad most of the time, I don't even know why," over a wide airy pad that ripples like ocean waves.

Jakinda is primarily an electronic producer, so it's expected that he favors synths and pads in his production. The drums on Stiff Pap Radio vary from 1990s and 2000s kwaito ("MKokotelo," "Yebo") to trap ("Maradona").

Stiff Pap - NNNEWWW (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Nostalgia plays a huge role in the creation of Stiff Pap Radio. It starts with the project's skits—listeners call in to Stiff Pap Radio and request their favorite songs. The 8-bit synths and video game effects point back to the '80s and '90s. So do a huge amount of Ayema Problem's references, which include Van Damme, Patrick M'boma and Jika Majika.

His writing is emotive this moment, boastful and playful the next. His wordplay isn't complex, but it's still entertaining—a great example is on the song "Yebo," where the rapper plays around with soccer references.

Stiff Pap Radio manages to take you through different eras in its 5-song span. It displays a more refined Stiff Pap making memorable songs and have a tighter grip on their craft.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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