Hip Hop super group, Solo and The BETR Gang seem to be what is missing in South African Hip Hop. The collective has consistently given us food for thought in their music and recently launched their album, Tour Dates Deluxe.
Tour Dates Deluxe is a 15 track album with heavy features from hip hop artists from all across the country. The album features artists such as Dream Team, K.O, Rouge, Youngsta CPT, P.H, Big Star and Yanga Chief to name a lot more.
The album is a holistic experience, beginning from a sonic place, where regions represented on the album are traveled to. Solo and The BETR Gang will tour South Africa, performing in the regions on the album’s track list. From Pretoria, Durban and Limpopo to Soweto and Cape Town, all these regions will be covered.
The tour will see the band headlining their concerts with the special guests that are championed on the records. Each leg of the tour will take place at a secret location that will only be revealed to fans who purchase tickets. These performances will all be tailored to a specific region.
The album of and by itself serves everybody who is a lover of hip hop- from the smart street styles to the incredibly reflective as well as the soulful and smooth. The album shows off the collective’s versatility but also how well traveled and sensible they are. The music speaks volumes of their capabilities and if this is anything to go by then we expect longevity from the gents.
Tour Dates Deluxe album is available for purchase on all major digital stores.
#TrapTuesday: Darse Mayne Drops New EP Titled Vacation
Tuesdays are our faves because we dedicate it to the wonderful genre of Trap Music. Although the genre has evolved over the last couple of years with the popular approach mellowed down, it still kicks. Today we profile talented young rapper, Darse Mayne who recently dropped his EP.
Derrick Oliver is young, hungry and making music that not only resonated but that is well suited for his scope of talent. The young rapper was born on the 17th of April 2001 which means he is barely out of his teens.
He is better known by his stage name, Darse Mayne, is a Nigerian recording hip hop artist, producer, songwriter born in Nigeria and raised in South Africa. Darse is originally a rapper but due to his versatile art and raw talent, he has tapped into different genres such as Afro pop, Rnb and Dance hall.
In May he dropped his single titled Whole Life followed by a music video which got so much support from his listeners and the single earned him an interview on Vow fm and UJ FM. To follopw that success up, Darse Mayne dropped his first solo project titled Vacation with 7 tracks that are self produced.
Did he name his EP Vacation because of the sound?
The EP itself is such a breath of fresh air. There is a seamless fusion of Trap Soul, RnB and Dance Hall which makes Vacation a literal vacation for the ears.
The beats are not too intrusive, they are laidback enough for the listener to be able to enjoy the actual content of the song. It’s also comforting to know that he produced this entire project by himself.
He raps mostly about the current state of his mind, his hustles, what he struggles with. His flow, cadence and sensible approach to making music is impressive, especially for an artist as young as he is. He shows incredible maturity and honesty in this project.
Darse feels that it’s in his hands to get South African music recognized beyond that which is already set by our current reigning artists. If he carries on making this type of music then we have no doubt that his vision will be realized.
Listen to Vacation below!