Watch J Molley, A-Reece, Rouge, The Big Hash, Espiquet, and Moozlie’s #SwayColdCyphers

Sway shares all the freestyles by South African rappers from Castle Lite Unlocks.

Clips from the #SwayColdCyphers have been making rounds on the internet in bits and pieces and varying quality since June. But, for the first time, Sway has finally released all the clips on the official Sway's Universe YouTube channel with great audio and video quality.


South African rapper J Molley, A-Reece, Rouge, Moozlie, The Big Hash and Espiquet were all invited by Sway to spit some freestyles on stage during the festival. They all rapped over 90s and 2000s instrumentals, except for A-Reece who went acappella.

The #SwayColdCyphers were part of the annual hip-hop and urban culture festival, Castle Lite Unlocks. The event started in 2014, and has been headlined by Young MA, Travis Scott, Drake, Kanye West and more alongside some of the country's top tier hip-hop artists. This year, the event was extended to a two-day experience and included panel discussions and offered opportunities for cultural exchange.

The freestyles were yet another great gesture from Sway who has shown a fondness for the country's hip-hop scene in the last few years. He has interviewed the country's hip-hop artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, Nasty C, AKA and Stogie T on his show Sway in The Morning.

Sway has had only good things to say about the above mentioned rappers, whose careers he has since followed.

Watch all the clips from the #SwayColdCyphers below:

The Big Hash Freestyle in South Africa #SwayColdCyphers | SWAY’S UNIVERSE www.youtube.com


Rouge Freestyle in South Africa #SwayColdCyphers | SWAY’S UNIVERSE www.youtube.com


A Reece Freestyle in South Africa #SwayColdCyphers | SWAY’S UNIVERSE www.youtube.com


Moozlie Freestyle in South Africa #SwayColdCyphers | SWAY’S UNIVERSE www.youtube.com


Espiquet Freestyle in South Africa #SwayColdCyphers | SWAY’S UNIVERSE www.youtube.com

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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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