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Interview: It’s Blxckie’s Time to Shine

In conversation with fast-rising South African hip-hop artist Blxckie about his come-up, breakout year, collaborations and his debut album 'B4Now'.

Blxckie's arrival has made the game a little more exciting. The Durban-born rapper, singer and producer first sprout into the spotlight last October with his single "Big Time Sh'lappa" alongside LucasRaps. The track instantly caught everyone's attention and grew Blxckie's dedicated fan base, while also earning him new believers. The music video for "Big Time Sh'lappa" recently reached a million views.

Sharpening his prowess, and making a name for himself, with the Durban collective Clout Internet Boyz over the past three years, Blxckie eventually had to make the move to Joburg in pursuit of his music dream and its advancement.

Being on lockdown at his producer 808Sallie's house would prove to be a blessing to the rapper and his friends LucasRaps, Shouldbeyaung and Yung Seruno. Throughout this period, Blxckie recorded and dropped loosies almost religiously. He also used this time to acquaint himself with the inner workings of the industry. It's through all that background work and his recently released debut album B4Now that Blxckie's the most talked-about South African hip-hop artist right now.

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Indigo Stella and Nadia Nakai Connect in New Slapper ‘Pay It Up’

Indigo Stella teams up with Nadia Nakai on 'Pay It Up', the first single off of her upcoming debut album.

Indigo Stella, one of the new wave's brightest stars, proves her worth alongside Nadia Nakai. In this highly anticipated collaboration, the two South African rappers demand their money over a minimal instrumental which they populate with potent bars and melodies.

"Pay It Up" is catchy and showcases the lyricism of two rappers from different generations. It's a display of chemistry between the candid raps of Nadia Nakia and Indigo Stella's unassuming but solid delivery.

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