The Mysterious Road to A-Reece’s ‘Paradise II'

A-Reece has all eyes on him in anticipation for his upcoming album 'Paradise II', but the South African rapper is not perturbed.

A-Reece loves The Matrix—a movie about, among other things, our power as human beings if we realise the vastness of our potential and the fact that there's more to life than what we know. The movie depicts a world under the control of machines while a few enlightened humans who "escaped the Matrix" rebel against this simulated reality humanity is trapped in.

Two weeks ago, A-Reece released a trailer of sorts referencing scenes from the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster. Fans agreed the trailer was for Paradise II, the South African rapper's upcoming album.

Just like Neo, A-Reece did escape the Matrix. Ever since 2016 when he left Ambitiouz Entertainment, the label that launched his career into the mainstream, the talented South African lyricist has been free-falling further away from industry circles and the public eye.

This includes social media. Save for his Twitter bio ("busy working on the album") and Instagram stories, some showing him teasing unreleased music, A-Reece has been relatively quiet since releasing two songs in January. It's still not clear if those two songs will be on the upcoming album, which he announced in a cryptic tweet in the same month.

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