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!
AKA Chats Platinum Plaques & Redefining What Accolades Mean To Him
We recently caught up with the Supa Mega, AKA who celebrated a huge milestone last week. The multi talented rapper and businessman hosted an intimate gathering to receive his several plaques for the outstanding work he did on his album, Touch My Blood.
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak since 2016 with him releasing his joint project with Anatii which included several music videos. He had also been on his Supa Mega Tour and when that ended came the Touch My blood tour. This saw the rapper hard at work so it’s understandable that he is a little burnt out.
“I’m tired. Not physically tired, I’m just more emotionally tired, spiritually tired, mentally tired but it’s okay because we did what we came to do. I poured my heart and soul into the album and people really could feel that”, he expresses. And the results have paid off because the accolades and the recognition he has received since this album was released has been the most he has received since he began his career.
On how he is redefining what accolades mean to him
He shared some insights on how he has remained relevant for as long as he had. He touched on authenticity as one of the key things that artists have to uphold to stay winning.
“Just make what you need to make and put it out there. People recognize and appreciate authenticity. Just be authentic, be original and be sincere and heartfelt,” he says.
It’s been a while since AKA has submitted for any awards and he mentioned that he is considered it since he has the number one selling album in the country. But he questioned the motive to get involved in the awards when he has already won the hearts of many South Africans. The platinum plaque is proof of that.
“Isn’t the award to be the highest played artist? Isn’t the award to be the most booked artist? Isn’t the award to have people f*ck with your music?”.
These are very important questions and no doubt something that artists on the come up can question about the product they put out. Well done Supa Mega.
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