Nadia Nakai has not always been known to be a very lyrical rapper but she has always managed to impress mostly with her hunger. Ever since signing to Family Tree earlier this year, she has grown as an artist and managed to cultivate a sound of her own. Everybody sat up and took notice when she dropped The Man and there is more sitting up to be done.
Earlier this week, Family Tree first lady Nadia Nakai announced that she will be dropping new music today. True to her word, she dropped her 5 track EP titled Bragga which features Cassper Nyovest, Tshego, Gemini Major and Yung Swiss. She lent the production talents of Gemini Major, Ganja Beats, Nat Powers, Playground Productions, Mae N. Major, K Beats and Tshego.
On 100 she features Tshego, the Trap Soul crooner and they turn it out. The track is about keeping things honest and not fronting on anyone. On Don Dada she enlists the ragga flavours of Gemini Major and Nakai shows us that she can also rap in Patwa. The track is quite sexy and sensual and judging from the lyrics, you’d want to “F#$% with the real Don Dada”.
On Paying, featuring up and coming rapper Yung Swiss, she strictly states that she is in the club “only coz they’re paying” and don’t get it twisted. She also raps about how rapping is her full time job. Yung Swiss is a hella skilled rapper and brings his freshness to this track without being too much, “Nowadays it’s hard to tell what’s what, nigga’s act like bitches. So even if a nigga got a black belt, we can’t even kick it”.
Don’t Cut, just like The Man, is a club joint and she is being straight up and saying their style doesn’t measure up. And in this joint, she is clearly still on that steeze: “Just getting started, bitch I’ve been about it. Your shit wasn’t dope so they cut it”. In The Man she threw some jabs at NoMoozlie claiming that “Imo drop a bitch this is Cash Time”. She goes in with this track and places herself ahead of the rest.
The response from her fans has been major, check them out!
— Lennox Serojane (@SerojaneLennox) September 15, 2016
— IG:Katmokgopa_14 (@KatMokgopa_14) September 15, 2016
— Mae N. Maejor (@MaeNMaejor) September 15, 2016
— Tebatso (@Tebatso_2) September 15, 2016
— P🚀R🚀D🌈SE. (@KGATHATSOTWALA) September 15, 2016
— Guuz (@GuuzP) September 15, 2016
— Thapelo Matshwane (@Teepla) September 15, 2016
— Cheryl’s Hubby 😂 (@ChuckeeLeeRay) September 15, 2016
Only like Don Dada off Nadia’s bragga but that’s jus me … well done #Bragga👏
— De Bonnes Vibes (@Diketso101) September 15, 2016
— #HUSTLETATION (@moeti_matlala) September 15, 2016
This EP skillfully displays Nakai’s versatility and growth. From the rawness she shows on The Man and the smoothness on 100, there is something she is cooking up. The range and variety of the producers that she has on the EP help to keep it interesting; the songs do not have the same style but they all go together cohesively. The overall sound of the EP works! There is still lot to come from her and we can’t wait for the full album.
Stream the EP below!
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ICYMI: Nadia Nakai First SA Female Rapper To Perform AT SXSW Fest In Texas
Nadia Nakai to make history as first female rapper to perform at SXSW fest in Texas
This year is shaping up nicely for most of the artists this year who are starting the year off on a strong foot. With her highly anticipated debut album on the way, Nadia Nakai seems to be carving her own way.
She recently announced that she will be performing at the distinguished international music festival, South By South West (SXSW), in March and she will be the first female from South Africa to do so.
Nadia Nakai is one of the few artists who have been closing major deals last year and began trailblazing her own path outside of music. This includes the Castle Lite advertisement as well as her Bragga fashion line with Sportscene. So it is natural for her 2019 to begin on such a great page.
Bragga went onto her social media to announce that she was chosen to be part of the festival.
“Im SOOO excited!!! I’ve been selected as 1 of the South African artist to showcase at @sxsw in Austin Texas in the United States !!!! I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!”
Over the past year or so Bragga took some time out from dropping music and instead has been doing shows and perfecting her set so we are confident that she will absolutely kill the SXSW set. We also hope that Cassper Nyovest and Tshego also makes an appearance in the show to officially put Family Tree on a global scale.
Earlier last year, she took The Dome by storm when she was announced as one of the opening acts at the Castle Lite Unlocks concert. She shared the stage with Chance The Rapper, Frank Casino and Shane Eagle among many others.
Other artists who have performed and completely impressed at the SXSW festival include Kid X, Kwesta and AKA.