Listen to Stogie T's new EP 'The Empire of Sheep.'
Stogie T has finally released his EP The Empire of Sheep. The South African wordsmith has been teasing the project in the last few weeks.
In its right tracks, The Empire of Sheep tells the story of Stogie T's family, from his kids being snobbery and to him not having to worry about lawyer fees as his wife is one on the project's opening song.
Before the project was released, Stogie T shared: "The Empire of Sheep EP is an apogee of countless hours of conversation between Stogie T, his mother, an ex guerrilla fighter with Mkhonto WeSizwe, and many men and women that participated in the armed struggle against the fascist apartheid regime of South Africa."
View this post on InstagramOUT NOV 29 'The Empire of Sheep' EP is an apogee of countless hours of conversation between Stogie T, his mother, an ex guerrilla fighter with Mkhonto WeSizwe, and many men and women that participated in the armed struggle against the fascist apartheid regime of South Africa. In this impromptu brief body of work, Stogie skillfully carries the heroic, treacherous, ugly, beautiful and love stories of Black men and women who took up arms against a nuclear State in pursuit of freedom and won an improbable victory. Ultimately, he adeptly tells of their disappointments at what freedom has meant for the majority of African people in this land. Through his voice the ghosts of our ancestors bemoan They Empire of Sheep', sometimes known as the dominance of mediocrity and the weak! The EP is a place holder for the yet coming full album in 2020., which was delayed by features from artists in the U.S and home. 'The Empire of Sheep' is not a commercial project. It's strictly for the culture and the severed tongues of our heroes. It's a project for anyone who's authentic and committed to real shit. It's Africa's dopest lyricist reminding the culture of why he holds such a lofty position in the hip hop culture.
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In the rest of the project's songs, he tells the story of his family being deep-rooted in the struggle against apartheid and what implications it came with. He raps on the song "Love and War": "My poppa die for a freedom in now enjoy, but left some frightening demons we ain't recover from."
He also reflects on the state of South Africa, for instance in the song "Nobodies," in which he paints the picture of what being stuck in a never-ending cycle of poverty is like.
The Empire of Sheep features P-Kuttah, Lucille Slade, Ason, Ayanda Jiya and Brittney Melvin. The project is prequel to a full-length from the rapper, which will be released in 2020.
Stream The Empire of Sheep below:
- Listen to South African Hip-Hop DJ P Kuttah’s Mix as Heard on Sway in the Morning - OkayAfrica ›
- Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition - OkayAfrica ›
- Watch Stogie T and Nasty C’s Music Video For ‘Dunno’ - OkayAfrica ›
- Stogie T Delivers A Masterful Verse On Long-Awaited A-Reece Collaboration 'BRAVO' - OkayAfrica ›