"Kid X killed everybody despite what you might think," says Ginger Trill.
Riky Rick's "Amantombazane" remix, which came out in 2015, was a moment for South African hip-hop. It eclipsed the original song; it featured a diverse lineup of the country's rhymers—Nadia Nakai, Kwesta, OkMalumKoolKat, Ginger Trill, Maggz and, well, DJ Dimplez, flexing over an ice-cold instrumental by Ganja Beatz.
To this day, South African hip-hop fans still debate who had the best verse on the remix. And there's still no clear winner—almost everyone brought their A-game.
Ginger Trill, who still called himself Gingerbread Man at the time, recently revealed he feels Kid X has the best verse on the song. He told MacG during an interview on his podcast:
"I say that today, I said that yesterday, I say that tomorrow. Kid X killed everybody despite what you might think. I don't care what you think. No one cares what you think. Kid X killed everyone on that song. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk, MacG. Kid X killed the song. Maggz was cute, I was cute, everybody was cool. Kid X killed it, he burned it, took it home."
Riky Rick - Amantombazane Remix (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
The rapper went on to admit that, as strongly as he feels about Kid X's verse, he acknowledges other people's choices.
"Everybody has their favorite, that's the most exciting thing about having a remix with so many people on it," he said. "Everybody gon' pick their favorite. There's people who swear by Maggz' verse. There's people who'll kill you if you say anything except OkMalumKoolKat."
Asked why posse tracks aren't a thing in SA hip-hop anymore, the emcee said:
"A lot has changed with success being a factor in the hip-hop landscape in South Africa. I see some of the more affluent, prominent artists tweet about it saying it used to be so dope, you know. The vibe is dead now, cats don't wanna work together, everybody is trying to get there alone or by themselves or see who gets there first. It's like a weird thing, but I guess it's a competitive sport like that. But that song particularly was the birth of uniting SA hip-hop. Because after that, we got "Ragga Ragga," which was Major League, Gemini Major, Riky Rick, Cassper, Nadia… it was a dope vibe."
Ginger Trill is one of the best to ever do it, so his opinion has a lot of weight.
Watch the full episode below and stream Ginger Trill's latest EP PIF below:
|Episode 81| Ginger Trill on PiF EP , Amatombazane Remix , Full Clip , Industry Shortcomings www.youtube.com
|Episode 81| Ginger Trill on Top 5 , Nasty C, Verse of The Year , SA Hip Hop www.youtube.com