Rising Cape Town rapper, Cash Popeye drops his album, Name Anybody Fresher
Nothing screams confident more than dropping a new album just as the year is starting. This is because this could be a standard of measuring you are fresh or wack. Cape Town rapper on the rise, Cash Popeye has dropped his album as a solo artist titled Name Anybody Fresher.
Cash Popeye, real name Teboho Fenyane, has been buzzing in the streets of Cape Town for a young minute now. He is the self-titled “Coolest guy in the city” and has made a name for himself as such. Many might know him from his Hip Hop group YBG where he managed to build a substantial following and a name for himself as a rapper.
He even coined the kind of music he makes as Fanakaloko Rap which describes the use and fusion of township and suburban elements.
The album Name Anybody Fresher is a combination of township lingo and suburban vibez all wrapped in the music. The project includes his hit single Chakalaka which had spins on Ukhozi, 5fm, Gagasi, Bush Radio and Tshwane Fm to name a few. Name Anybody Fresher comes after his 6 track project, the Congruet EP which was released in 2016.
What do we think of the album?
Versitality is what Cash Popeye brings on this project. The young rapper flexes how he is able to finesse different genres on this album from throwing down in township lingo on joints like Chakalaka and Spinza. He does this effortlessly. He also shows us that he can also do his thing on Trap beats on songs like Capable and For My People.
Name Anybody Fresher is not a great listen, technically. There were parts of the album which seemed like they were not properly mastered. Because of this it made going through 18 tracks a little challenging and the easiest thing to do was press next. We can also argue that lyrically Cash Popeye is not the best in the city. The guy knows how to pick beats and make decent songs out of them but he can do way better when it comes to sharpening his pen skills.
Take a listen to the album below and let us know what you think. You can also purchase it here.
Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?
If you were alive in the early 2000’s then you may remember how huge Kwaito music was. TS Records, owned by DJ Sbu and Thembinkosi Nciza produced some of the most stellar artists who dominated the charts and won countless awards. This was a major deal because TS Records was an independent label. Artists who we consider the cream of the crop at the time included Brown Dash, Brickz, Mafikizolo and the balaclava-wearing Mzekezeke.
The Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu situation being the one in the same is long so we won’t get into that. But in October of last year the duo announced that they are forming a new record label together. This was after TS records closed down due to both DJ Sbu and TK Nciza decided to focus on their individual business ventures.
Mzekezeke’s come back has been warmly received so far
The new label is called Mzekezeke Music and the first release was DJ Sbu’s soulful house joint titled Beautiful featuring Portia Monique. The second being Mzekekzeke’s first official come back single Gqom single, Nay Lento which was surprisingly warmly received.
So this begs the question, is this the year that Mzekekzeke will finally be making an official and unrelenting come back? We think so.
Mzekezeke has always been illusive and a little of an enigma. Even though we have always suspected that he is DJ Sbu, there was never a slip up or a confirmation of this. This may work to keep his relevance up to a younger audience. Plus if he is already working on new music which appeals to people who haven’t heard of him, this may be advantageous for him.
At the moment there is an interest in authentic South African sounds from the global audience and from within the country. We are beginning to appreciate the beautiful influence that Kwaito has had on our music. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Kwesta have been incorporating elements of the genre into their sound and creating a fusion of Hip Hop and Kwaito. If Mzekezeke hops on this trend and brings back that essence of the sound he had in his glory days, this could work.
The charm of the Mzekezeke persona has always been his authenticity and singing about issues that we laugh at in our private corners. The world never gets tired on genuine energy so this may be one thing that works in his favour.
What do you think? Is 2019 the year Mzekezeke comes back in a huge way?
Check out the visuals for Nay Lento below!