Cape Town rapper, Youngsta CPT has unveiled a new single ahead of his upcoming album, 3T
YVR is the first single off the album and it stands for Young Van Riebeek, a name that the lyricists gave himself a few years ago. And to be honest, this single is a reflection of the rapper’s political stance in his music over the years. And on this single, he takes the persona of a person who is colonizing the game the same way the Dutch Colonizer of the same name did South Africa.
In a press release he said:
“Looking at the current state of our country it saddens me to know that the we’re still dealing with forced removal and protesting of housing. I’ve always been one to speak about the social ills that haunt our people and apartheid has really stunted the growth of couloured/black people in SA. I feel the bigger my platform gets, I need to speak out against the things I feel are preventing our youth from excelling”.
YVR is not just about the serious issues but Youngsta gives it a little bit of humour just so the message settles a little more comfortably. He still spits knowledge on our how history has left us in an unfortunate position though. The hook is what draws the listener in. The chant like rhythm of it is weirdly addictive.
He said about the song:
“It’s going to do a lot and shake up a lot of sleeping minds. It is going to rattle the beehive more. It is going to be a historic album. You have seen what I have done so far and now I am telling you it is going to be bigger than that and historic.”
The album, 3T which stands for Things Take Time. 3T is believed to drop next year and will be a culmination of all the work that they young rapper has put in over the years. 30 mixtapes and several hit songs later, Youngsta CPT is not done with us yet.
YVR is available for purchase on all major digital stores.
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!