Listen to ‘Pretty Flowers’ by Stogie T, Maggz, Kwesta and J Molley

Listen to Stogie T's intergenerational collaboration 'Pretty Flowers.'

On his latest single, titled "Pretty Flowers," South African rap legend Stogie T ropes in Kwesta, Maggz and J Molley. The latter delivers the vocal hook that gives the song a modern feel, while the three MCs spar with polished verses like the veterans they are.

"Pretty Flowers" is produced by Tru Hitz and Cokayn, who have been producing for the MC since he started rapping under the new moniker. The beat is midway between boom bap and trap, with a head bobbin' rhythm and 808 snares.

T raps on the first verse, "The young'ns love me for the Hermes/ These old niggas hatin' in the worst way/ 'cause I am both Crispy Fresh and Throwback Thursday," to remind you of how his career has transcended time, and that he's part of the conversation across both the old and new generation of SA hip-hop. He then plays around with words, but we won't spoil it for you, it's always dope when you pick up the Easter Eggs on your own.

Maggz, in his verse, talks about being under appreciated in the game. "They quick to celebrate everything that you flawed with/ Only make you a legend when you step in the coffin," he raps.

Kwesta's wordplay stays unmatched. Peep, "Pretty flower, how you've grown/ I wonder if you had rose if I ain't dropped these flows/ You started from the bottom, that's fresh/ You know before you got here, you was on a young'n quest." Hint: Kwesta used to rap as Quest before he stylisized his name to what it currently is.

"Pretty Flowers" is for those who appreciate lyricism, as all three MCs delivered stellar verses. It's not often that we get collaborations that span different generations of hip-hop in South Africa such as this one.

"Pretty Flowers" is the second single to Stogie T's upcoming mixtape Honey & Pain, which will feature the likes of YoungstaCPT,Rouge, Ayanda Jiya, Lucille Slade and Mike Classic, among others. The project is out September 14.

Listen to "Pretty Flowers" below and download it here:

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.

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