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You Need To Hear This 17-Year-Old South African Rapper

The Big Hash's Life + Times of a Teenage Influence EP is a gem you can't afford to overlook if you care about the future of South African hip-hop.

If you are a fan of flows, just press play already. On his latest EP, the aptly titled Life + Times of a Teenage Influence, Pretoria-based rapper The Big Hash shows off as he segues from melodic flows to conventional raps over eardrum shattering 808-based trap production.


The EP's opening song, "I Don't," where he raps "Dropped out of school to get rich/ Season I play the assist/ Money long talk/And I mean 'em Mandelas/ I know my worth, nigga," will win you over, and for the next four tracks, Hash won't bore you—not even once.

While he may not be delivering double entendres by the dozen, his EP excels in having songs that you'll fall in love with. So if his story, which honestly isn't anything new, doesn't move you, you'll have the EP on repeat just for the vibe.

Erykah Badu put it best in her interview with Vulture:

"What's interesting to me about music and the younger generation is that what we hear on the radio is more about frequency and sound than words. People talk about 'mumble rap,' but that's because they don't understand that the important thing is the vibration, not the words. The kids need vibrations, because their attention span is about three seconds."

With Life + Times of a Teenage Influence, you'll get both those "vibrations" and storytelling. Hash is by no means a mumble rapper—he raps.

Life + Times of a Teenage Influence will take you into the mind of the 17-year-old rapper. He's the voice of generation X. He reveals how he navigates relationships, sex, money, hustling and just life in general. He raps on "Uzi":

"Need diamonds wet enough for boats/ And gin and tonic for the woes/ I'm milly rocking on the moon/ The stars are shining on my folks/ We ain't sleep, sleep, sleep/ Working 24 a week."

The young MC is not apologetic about dropping out of school. "Took an L, came back the greatest," he raps on the song "Anita," "All these niggas run up on me/ Like 'Hash, you a motherfucking star/' Dumb niggas gotta ask what my Grade is."

He is ambitious, relentless and emotional (without being whiney), and he expresses it fully in just five songs. Life + Times of a Teenage Influence is one gem you can't afford to overlook if you care about the future of South African hip-hop.


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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